Paul Kwiatkowski – Disposable
Paul Kwiatkowski was one of the first photographers that we sent a disposable camera to for the Disposable? project but unfortunately due to some bad timing on our behalf, Paul ended up in Paris and missed the deadline for submissions by a few days.
We’ve been sitting on these for a while now, but it’s finally time for our last Disposable submission…
Keep reading to hear what Paul has been up to lately and check out his photo’s.
Unfortunately, you missed out on the deadline for Disposable because you were in Paris;how long were you over there, and what have you been up to?
I was in Paris for only about a month working with Designer Myriam Barchechat on the final version of And Every Day Was Overcast.
Could you please explain the process of shooting the camera, did you have any plan of action or was it quite simply day to day life?
I have a friend from college that now moonlights as a cocaine dealer to yuppies in Manhattan and parts of Brooklyn. I convinced him to let me shadow him at work for a day. Surprisingly, most people didn’t question two guys coming to deliver blow. I also took pictures of my dog Toni French.
When we last spoke to you, you were in the process of working on ‘and everyday was overcast’ How have things come along? has this been published yet?
I’ll have more details towards the end of the summer. Publishing is a bitch.
Obviously many of the images from and ‘everyday was overcast’ were shot on cheap or disposable cameras, How has your photography changed since then, and how did it feel to be using such a cheap basic camera again?
I initially shot on disposable cameras because they were all I could afford. I also liked that I didn’t need to change film or worry about breaking them. Now I’m into whatever gets the job done easily, cheap and with the least amount of people involved.
Now you are back in America, have you got any new or interesting photographic or literary projects coming up? I have also noticed you have been doing a load of editorial work lately, hows that treating you?!
I’m workin on a new photo essay/novel called Summer Chills, it’s about missing people.
I like that less generic fashion editorials explore a projected intimacy that is all at once elegant, seemingly unattainable and risqué. Incorporating narrative text with fashion photography has been an exciting challenge.
What have you got planned for the rest of the year, and anything we should be looking out for in particular?
I was recently granted duel citizenship! This summer I plan on spending time with family in Poland and hopefully commingling a bit of travel and work as well.
Otherwise I’m excited for an upcoming collaborative on Appalachia with photojournalist Anthony Karen.
We still have a few copies of the Disposable? zine available that you can buy in our Shop
And make sure to hold tight for our next project…