March 1, 2012 - April 1, 2012
During one full year, between May 2003 and May 2004, artist Andrzej Maciejewski created a series of photographs of the same place in different weather conditions near his home in rural Ontario, Canada. The 24 images that comprise Blue Sky’s exhibition of “Weather Report” tell the story of this single view taken from an ingeniously constructed walk-in camera obscura. Maciejewski meticulously recorded the date, time, and precise meteorological conditions when he made each photograph, and subsequently Maciejewski’s camera obscura inscribed the data directly below each round image on the actual prints themselves.
“Since I have moved from Toronto to the country, near Moscow, Ontario, I have been amazed with the constantly changing weather and how it affects the look of landscape. It was also interesting to imagine how a particular view looked like even a few months ago. During the summer, when looking at the green grass and flowers, it was easy to forget that in the winter the entire landscape had been covered with snow. Even in the evening it was hard to remember how the view from my window had looked in totally different light of the morning. . . . Living in the country, you look at the weather with much more attention and much more awe than in the city.”
Born in 1959 in Warsaw, Poland, Andrzej Maciejweski studied at the Warsaw College of Photography and Polish Society of Art Photographers School. After working for a period as staff photographer at the State Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw, Maciejewski immigrated to Canada in 1985, soon establishing himself as a commercial photographer with work appearing in House and Home, Interior Design, and Elle. Maciejewski started Klotzek Studio and has since published three books: Bread (1996), Toronto Parks (1997), After Notman: Montreal Views – A Century Apart (2003). In 2000, he began teaching camera obscura and pinhole photography workshops. Maciejewski currently lives in Yarker, Ontario.