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Just be yourself

Just be yourself

by

Bolesław Lutosławski

 

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Just be yourself

Copyright 2016 by Bolesław Lutosławski

 

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On the 25th of May 2013 I walked into MOS, an art centre close to the heart of the Old City of Krakow, Poland, my hometown. I came to have a conversation with my readers about a profession, which is the foundation of my personality, about being a Portrait Photographer.

 

 

Bo Lutoslawski in Krakow 2013 photo© Karolina Moskała

 

 

And this is what I was talking about, while showing portraits of people from all walks of life, who shared with me the intensity of their eyes, lips, gestures, beings for the duration of a session.

I said that at least two people, two different personalities, a model and a photographer create a portrait in a fraction of a second, in a moment of special affinity, a kind of spiritual kinship. And that this is so unique to photography, so refreshing that I feel like I am starting all over again every time I meet up with someone for a session.

 

This is why I always say, “Just be yourself”, when asked, “What to you want me to do?”

 

That is why I think silently “Observe, listen, stay honest, truthful, instinctive and above all – be fearlessly creative”

 

Bem Le Hunte

 

Simon Callow

 

Bem La Hunte

 

Witold Lutosławski

 

 

Ewa Mann

 

 

 

Matthew Saunders & Bem La Hunte

 

 

Lucy Burge

 

 

Bill Brandt

 

 

Lucy Bethune

 

 

Lindsay Anderson

 

 

Grażyna Lutosławska

 

 

Witold Lutosławski

 

 

 

Joanna Jakowlew

 

André Matti

 

 

Albert van Nierop

 

Matthew Saunders

 

 

 

Albert van Nierop

 

 

Matthew Saunders

 

 

Liz Wright

 

 

Sir Tom Stoppard

 

 

 

 

Marina Warner

 

 

Roman Jabłonski

 

Witold Lutosławski

 

Maximilian Lutosławski

 

 

Andrzej Wajda

 

Roman Lutosławski

 

 

Fou Ts’ong

 

 

John Peel

 

 

 

Michael Ho & Ballet Rambert

 

 

 

 

Kazimierz Wiłkomirski

 

 

Connie Raichert

 

 

Tadeusz Kantor

 

 

Grażyna Lutosławska

 

 

Bohdan Pociej

 

 

Willie Landels

 

Andrew Brown

 

 

Mieczysław Jastrun

 

 

Sir Robin Day

 

 

Glenda Jackson

 

 

Robert Kee

 

 

Michael Ho

 

 

 

Sir Harrison Birtwistle

 

 

Lucyna Sokół

 

 

 

Albert van Nierop

 

 

 

Bem La Hunte with a friend

 

 

Maximilian Lutosławski

 

Sir George Martin

 

 

Kirill Burlov & Estela Merlos

 

Lucyna Sokół

 

 

 

 

Christopher Bruce

 

 

Barbara Hudzik

 

 

 

 

 

Liz Wright

 

Nigel Osborne

 

Theo Benner

 

 

Maximilian Lutosławski

 

 

Roman Lutosławski

 

Sir Peter Hall

 

Glenda Jackson

 

James Thackara

 

Marie Angel & David Freeman

 

Richard Newman

 

 

 

Philip King

 

Ewa Mann

 

Baroness Williams of Crosby

 

Grażyna Lutosławska

 

Venkatraman “Venki” Ramakrishnan

 

Joanna Jakowlew

 

Sir John Tusa

 

Grażyna Lutosławska

 

 

Rob Derby

 

Chili Hawes

 

Witold Lutosławski

 

 

Richard Sadler

 

 

Ewa Mann

 

 

Christopher Bruce

 

 

Ewa Mann

 

Baroness Williams of Crosby

 

 

Ewa Mann

 

 

Anna Lutosławska -Jaworska

 

David Mann

 

 

Adam Zagajewski

 

 

Ewa Mann

 

Sir Peter Hall

 

Glenda Jackson

 

 

Philip King

 

 

Pamela Johnston

 

 

Józef Hen

 

Barry Flanagan

 

Grażyna Lutosławska

 

Professor Sir Leszek Borysiewicz

 

Lucy Burge

 

Leszek Długosz

 

Michael Popper

 

Stuart Blackwood

 

Wisława Szymborska

 

Witold Lutosławski

 

Ewa Mann

 

 

Krzysztof Penderecki

 

Belle Shenkman

 

François Baschet

 

Kees Meerman

 

Nigel Osborne

 

 

Witold Lutosławski

 

Rob Derby

 

Vanoucka Meerman

 

Meary James Thurairajah Tambimuttu

 

 

Michael Vyner

 

Nigel Playford

 

Bem Le Hunte

 

Bolesław Lutosławski

 

 

 

Beautiful and strange photographs … full of deep feeling

Richard Avedon

 

I have known Bo Lutoslawski’s work for thirty years. He is a photographer with a deep insight into people and character, an extraordinary honesty and a capacity to reveal the identity of his sitters. He engages with his sitters in a very powerful way as his work reveals.

Sir John Tusa

 

For Bo Lutoslawski taking a portrait is like falling in love. His technique is near-telepathic inside into his subject, the way they move, the way they think – a fleeting attempt to catch their true identity.

Sophie Grove

 

..an evocative photographer, with images that are so haunting, conjuring up stories from another time and place. Bem Le Hunte

 

 

Bolesław has been a portrait photographer for over 40 years working with some of the most diverse and interesting theatres, ballets and figures all across Europe.

 

He has taken portraits of Stanisław Lem, Andrzej Wajda, Krzysztof Penderecki, Wisława Szymborska, Witold Lutosławski, Glenda Jackson, Sławomir Mrożek, Tom Stoppard, Simon Callow, Bill Brandt, Paloma Picasso, Ernst Gombrich, Tambimuttu, Tadeusz Kantor, Marina Warner, John Peel, George Martin, Konrad Swinarski, Peter Hall, John Tusa, Mieczysław Jastrun, Nigel Osborne amongst many of others.

Worked on assignments for The Independent, The Guardian, Vogue, Newsweek, Harpers & Queen, The Illustrated London News and for the BBC & Channel 4.

Bolesław has also lectured on film and photography at colleges and universities in the UK & Poland. Individual exhibitions since 1969: Krakow (3), Wroclaw (2), London (4), Edinburgh (1) Cambridge (2), Kazimierz Dolny (1)

 

 

Bo Lutoslawski


Just be yourself

On the 25th of May 2013 I walked into MOS, an art centre close to the heart of the Old City of Krakow, Poland, my hometown. I came to have a conversation with my readers about a profession, which is the foundation of my personality, about being a Portrait Photographer. And this is what I was talking about, while showing portraits of people from all walks of life, who shared with me the intensity of their eyes, lips, gestures, beings for the duration of a session. I said that at least two people, two different personalities, a model and a photographer create a portrait in a fraction of a second, in a moment of special affinity, a kind of spiritual kinship. And that this is so unique to photography, so refreshing that I feel like I am starting all over again every time I meet up with someone for a session. This is why I always say, “Just be yourself”, when asked, “What to you want me to do?” That is why I think silently “Observe, listen, stay honest, truthful, instinctive and above all – be fearlessly creative”

  • Author: Boleslaw Lutoslawski
  • Published: 2016-09-17 19:50:15
  • Words: 817
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