"Street Life" Editors' Pick
"Small Pieces of Peace": Candid Photography Series by Georg Worecki
It is refreshing to see work that is focusing on the positive aspects of their society. So many times we are shown the darkness that creates the negative in our world that I don't think we are shown enough good. Imagine what the world would be like if we had the same about of positive imagery and news as we do negative, how different would our perception of the world be and more importantly how different would the perception of our children be?...
excerpt from: LensCulture Reviewer Feedback
Georg Worecki’s directorial works stage people in unpredictable situations with unpredictable objects, resulting in unpredictable scenes and visual experiences.
…Ducks-Configuration by Georg Worecki offers a great variety of interpretations based on the mere identification of the visual elements of the image. These possible creative interpretations, however, immediately become difficult as we realize how the scene portrayed resists straightforward interpretations and remains fundamentally ambiguous.
Zsolt Bátori (Philosopher of Art)
December 18, 2003
Neuss. They almost have a documentary character and yet are products of an artistic spirit: a good three years ago Georg Worecki made a whole series of shots in a place that was the focus of his working life for a long time, but no longer exists in this form: the old theater building on Drususallee. The 42-year-old took around 100 photos inside the house, all in black and white; For the first time, some of them can be seen - fittingly in the foyer of the new Landestheater, lined up on the wall that leads the visitor into the new stage area. Worecki's pictures, however, have nothing to do with nostalgia - although or precisely because he is connected to the house through direction, acting and stage technology? - but put the old theater in a new, sometimes even harsh, light. The studied German studies has long been an accomplished photographer whose pictures show a very special form of aesthetics: Whether industrial architecture, photographs from the "night harbor" or now the pictures from Drususallee - they are remarkably cool and also taken from an angle that is denied the "normal" look. Who would come up with the idea of staring at the floor for a long time in the old and narrow cloakroom corridor because its pattern is suddenly interesting? Or to look fascinated by the stage sky at the empty boards that supposedly mean the world? Worecki takes a perspective that does just that.
published in: NGZ
"Night Harbor": photographs by Georg Worecki
The spell of otherness
Neuss/Germany. For half a year the Neuss Harbor was a nightly aim of Georg Worecki. Within these six months he took over 1300 pictures.
"I do wish that this photographs touch particularly positive images and their underlying feelings, which are connected with the notion ´harbor`". With it Georg Worecki means for instance "to leave all known and devote oneself to the immediacy of strangeness, the spell of otherness.“ In fact this photos convey ingrained citizens a different view of the Neuss Harbor. All photos have been taken between 11:00 pm and 03:00 am.
Flashlight was taboo. All pictures resulted only from long exposure times and the existing light of the lamps and neon signs. And whoever thought, that the sky is only black at night, will see in this photos, how bright the sky is by night over the Düsseldorf region. Georg Worecki marvelously succeed in capturing the melancholy of the dark side: the void, the cold autumn and winter weather, which one can feel nearly physically, the dark water, on which the lights of the ships and buildings are reflected. All seems to breathe out, to hold still after the hectic pace of the day.
It`s very interesting, that even the cold, rain and dark helped him "to take pleasure in a certain aesthetic of this morbid industrial landscape." The artist is primarily interested in moods and aesthetics, which is detached also from classical industrial photography. The composition is at the forefront, light-dark contrasts and the opposition of lines and areas are calculated indeed. Worecki pleasantly leaves out any straining after effects like foreseeable corporate advertising. The scaffolds of the night-black cranes appeared spooky, illuminated factory windows are in contrast to high concrete warehouse walls.
Many motifs, especially the details, could also be photographed in a completely different harbor. Georg Worecki goes his own way, "my way", like the ship is called, which he discovered in the harbor. Worecki, born 1961 in Düsseldorf/Germany, studied history of art & architecture, was trained as a director and is now working as a freelance photographer & filmmaker.
Dr. Heribert Brinkmann (Art Historian)
published in: NGZ