Q&A: Marek Wykowski


Which words or phrases do you most overuse? “Mhmm” Do you believe in world peace? No. The vast majority of animals use force to fight for resources. Does the modern world impress you? Endlessly. In the event of a disaster, where would you go? I always thought of hiding in a forest. Yet, there are almost no forests left. If you had to align yourself with a leader in history, who would it be? No one. There is some psychotic aspect about being a great leader. Is disappointment healthy? I haven’t heard of someone being cured by disappointment. Is it healthy to meet your heroes? Can’t say, never did. When are you most aware you are ageing? When I hear the music that young people listen to. Ultimate camera? Camera doesn’t matter. Most used camera? Pentax 67, Voigtländer Bessa R2. What is the best way to educate yourself? Internet. Which living person do you most admire? Edward Snowden, if his motivation is what he claims it to be. On what occasion do you lie? When rewards exceed by far the risk of being caught.

Do you google too much? A lot, but not too much. Are you satisfied with your level of physical strength? Yeah, I still manage to climb the stairs by myself. What do you think is the most plausible of the supernatural? Traveling in time. What is your nationality? Polish. What nationality would you like to be alternatively? Preferably, I wouldn’t have any. What is it that interests you about photography? That it has so many faces. Are you aware of any conspiracies? We are just a food storage for bacteria. Have you recently been living by any life philosophy? No, it’s constantly changing. What moment have you most wished you’d had a camera when you hadn’t? I don’t shoot moments.

Make a prediction for the future. Some nobel peace prize laureate is gonna see his prize revoked? What essential life skills are schools neglecting to teach our children? Understanding (own) emotions. Name one smell that triggers an abstract memory. Smell of mediterranean pines. You have the superpower to control a single emotion in all people. Which emotion? Life would be so boring if I could control other people. Last words before death? Oh, I am not there yet.

Marek Wykowski – Website.