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My name’s Roman. I’m from Poland.
I’ve been living in Ireland for three years.
I used to work as a photographer and a writer in my country.
It was a lifetime ago… I left my country.
I found a job here, in Ireland.
Physical one, in a factory.
My hobbies fell asleep…
Roman Lipczynski opened his email to CultureHUB with an earnest and honest declaration. If you’re a regular reader of the magazine, you’ll know our previous issue was produced with a focus on community relations in Northern Ireland, and not just between the community divides we’re all too aware of; we looked beyond the obvious and immediate past of Northern Ireland towards the evolving cultural diversity and to what that means for both the community as a whole, and for those that arrive here for economic, social and personal reasons.
Roman Lipczynski was born in Sosnowiec, in the south of Poland. He is an artist and photographer, from a family of photographers, and lived in a very industrial area of Poland. “It’s an industrial region, with lots of mines and factories,” and it was difficult for Roman to secure a steady income whilst pursuing his art. A move to Naas (ROI) with his girlfriend and family,“our dog Witek and our cat Puma,” brought them on an adventure that took 40 hours to arrive in Ireland to begin their new life. Having worked broadly in a range of artistic pursuits in Poland, including starting as a wedding photographer for his father’s business where he learnt his craft (“we had our own studio, so I was able to take still life photos after hours”) then as a photojournalist for a number of national and international publications as well as a writer for comic books and of short stories, Roman arrived with a wealth of experience and creative endeavours behind him. Like with many things, life gets in the way, and sometimes art, whilst always a passion and something that offers a sense of calm and release for him, had to take a step back to make way for the demands of tricky economic situations.
When you moved to Northern Ireland, did you find you stopped creating work, or simply that you didn’t have the time to allow it to be your main focus?
I didn’t stop creating. I have been doing it since … I can’t remember. Non-stop, I couldn’t stop even if I wanted to. Sometimes I create something and I ‘put it into the drawer’ like we say in Poland. But I must write and take pictures. I’d like to do it professionally once again sometime.
What kind of things were you creating in Poland and what kind of photography do you specialise in?
I opened my own firm Mirror Photos whilst I worked as a photojournalist for a local newspaper “Silesian Tribune” and for a magazine “European Integration”.
I cooperated with a Polish photo agency and I published my photos in magazines, books, CD covers. I organised five exhibitions of my photographs. As a writer; I published my short stories in an anthology of short stories Against the Nature, and in magazines both printed and online. I’m an author of two comic books, Without End and The Moment like a Flame. There are about twenty stories based on my short stories.
For my photography, I use a digital camera and often photograph people and landscapes, and explore the relationship between both – as you can see in my photos. For me, you know, the language of pictures is the best. Isn’t it? Everyone can understand it, without any dictionary. I can come to a country away from home, like this one, and my picture can speak when sometimes my English can’t.
Roman’s work shown here is a documentation of a recent trip to Portugal during which the artist wanted to explore the marriage of images and words in relation to time and place. More of Roman’s work can be seen at HERE
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