Side Effects & Waving

Supported by Lodz Fotofestiwal & Foundation of Visual Education

Featuring Kacper Kowalski

Side Effects:
What interest me the most are intersection points of society and nature – says Kowalski – it is where interesting things happen: disorder in harmony, emergence of new forms.” “Side Effects” presents a sky-high journey to the core of the complicated human-nature relationship. Kowalski demonstrates how human race changes the environment and how the nature fights back against this influence.

I’ve been living at the sea side for my whole life, so beaches are a kind of natural environment for me. And the natural subject of my photography. I like watching how they change over the year. How the sea changes its color, its sound and temper. What I like the most, however, is the relation between people and the beach. Tension is a better word, I guess. For many years I have observed and documented the sunbathers – when they come, what ways they go, where they spread their towels, what they do. How they look for a space that is free, but not too far from other people. It can actually be pretty close to them. Much closer than you think. WAVING is the result of the deconstruction and re-creation. Colors and bodies are my fiber. Welcome on my blanket.

Kacper Kowalski, born in 1977, was supposed to be an architect. Yet five years of studies and four of designing were more than enough for him. In 2006, he eventually quit his job and turned to his two true passions: flying and photography. Both a pilot and a photographer, he takes unique control over each shot, capturing previously unseen natural environments and ordinarily inaccessible cityscapes. The results are unreal, almost graphic images, which reveal patterns, symmetries, and asymmetries created by humans and nature.

His aerial photographs have received numerous awards, including World Press Photo awards (2009, 2014), Picture of the Year International POYi awards (2012, 2014), NPPA Best of Photojournalism award (2013), and the Sony World Photography Award (2014). His first photography book, Side Effects, was published in early 2014. He is represented by the Panos Pictures agency for editorials, his fine arts prints are available by Leica Gallery Warsaw. He lives and works in Gdynia, Poland.


PHOTOPOLAND is a project that aims to promote modern Polish photography abroad. It has been developed by Adam Mickiewicz Institute and Foundation of Visual Education, the main organizer of Fotofestiwal, in cooperation with an international group of curators. The first edition of PHOTOPOLAND was organized in May 2007. Representatives of various festivals and institutions dealing with photography from Spain, Brazil, USA, Mexico, Russia, Greece, Israel and Great Britain met during International Festival of Photography in Lodz. They spent two days analyzing portfolios and talking to 15 Polish artists. The outcome of these meetings is a series of exhibitions of 10 Polish photographers, presented in galleries and exhibitions all around the world. During Photoville festival PHOTOPOLAND project presents 3 exhibitions: “Karczebs” of Adam Panczuk, “In the car with R” of Rafal Milach, “Side Effects” and “WAVING” of Kacper Kowalski.