irek KIELCZYK: lady midday is a series of photographs, taken on the hot summer days in the mysterious land of mazovia, in the heart of poland, where i am lucky to live. i wanted to create painterly images rather than classic photographs. the use of long exposures and camera manipulation made the pictures look surreal.
sP: what or who influenced this project?
iK: the story of poludnica, a character of myth and tradition common to much of eastern europe. poludnica can be referred to in english as lady midday. she is a noon demon in slavic mythology, usually pictured as a young woman that roamed fields and forests. she assails folk working at noon causing madness. she will stop people in the field to ask them difficult questions or engage them in conversation. if anyone fails to answer a question or tries to change the subject, she will cut off their head or strike them with illness. she is only seen on the hottest part of the day and may appear as an old hag or beautiful woman.
sP: what were you reading/listening to/watching while developing this project?
iK: psychedelic ambient and etno
sP: whose work is currently on your radar?
iK: bacon,van gogh,picasso,balthus and many other great artists