Let's Talk about Life & Death Darling

Piotr Karpinski

2014 - Ongoing

United Kingdom

My work is about Life and Death. I am fascinated by both.

Presented series is a part of an ongoing project initially consisting of two parts called “Let’s Talk About Life & Death Darling” and “My name is P and You will die soon < ? >”.

What is always behind the image is a thought. Thoughts behind my photographs are my fascinations, fears and concerns related to existence and its ending. I use photography to record these. Time is my biggest inspiration. Observing its consequences fascinates me. I tend to depict my states of mind when creating a photograph.

I often work with constructed photography though my project is a mixture containing documentary approach as well. I like to tell stories and tend to construct a narration to be more like a poem than a novel- enigmatic yet conveying a strong message. A deeper analysis of my work should direct the viewer to eternal matters of Death, what’s “after” and the fragility (and/or power) of Life. I am very much interested in Memento mori theme in visual art.

The way I use photography it is shaped by my bipolar characteristic. I experience both - periods of severe sadness and times of being hyperactive and intoxicated with happiness. I think of Death extensively and most of the time it gives me a positive energy. I like operating with symbols and I use religion references sometimes. It is worth knowing for instance, that a mudra is a symbolic or ritual hand gesture in Hinduism and Buddhism. One of the meanings of spiritual sign of Katarimukha mudra < known as scissors > is “Death”. I am fascinated with “never”, “forever” and “always”.

I work on a medium format 6x7“ film camera.

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  • Woman in the Church No.1

  • Boy Crying

  • Old Woman with Narcissus

  • D. Before a Birth

  • "Katarimukha Mudra as Death"
    Mudra is a symbolic or ritual hand gesture in Hinduism and Buddhism. One of the meanings of spiritual sign of Katarimukha mudra < known as scissors > is “Death”

  • Sister No.3

  • Boy on the Grass

  • Man Exercising Between Graves

  • Girl on a Tomb No.1


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