Klaudia Cechini: In Search of the Self
Klaudia Cechini opens up to Supriya Joshi about her journey to discover her sense of being with a little help from photography.
How would you feel if one day you wake up, completely disinterested in doing things that would come naturally to you? This was the emotional turmoil Polish photographer Klaudia Cechini would go through. “I used to express myself by painting and sketching, and one day I just could not. I could not hold my hand steady for even a moment. It felt like my gift was snatched away from me,” she said. Today, she is know for her evocative photographs. This is her journey of finding herself through photography.
Finding Beauty in Pain
In 2011, Klaudia was at a doctor’s office, when she saw a woman covered in bruises being brought in. At first she was intrigued, and every time she went in for a checkup, she would find the same woman there. “No one would speak with her, and I never saw anyone visit her either,” she said. “I could not stop thinking about her. All I could think about her feelings and what she must be going through. I wanted to do something for her, and the first thing that came to mind was photography.”
She did not think too much about how she would shoot or what device she would use to capture the images. She simply picked up her phone and began photographing the woman. “I began to shoot my perception of her thoughts and feelings. This experience really shook me out of my own creative coma and I began my own journey into photography as a means of self-exploration.”
Where I Belong
Soon after, Klaudia began photographing the other patients at the doctor’s office regularly. “Strangely, I would be inspired by the various emotions I saw on the faces of the people there. As an introvert, it is difficult for me to truly express my feelings, and making these photographs allowed me to pinpoint those feelings.
Her next, most important, photo project became a deep inspection of herself and her feelings through self-portraiture. Far from the frivolity associated with self-portraits, Klaudia’s images display a sensitivity, a hunger, and are a fantastic study of who she really is. “I think the human body mimics one’s emotions and that’s exactly what I want to photograph. This is my voice, my way of expression.”
Klaudia has created a sanctuary for herself inside her apartment. “I have a whole wall covered with my photos and sticky notes with my own thoughts. I created a safe world for myself so that I can truly be myself.”
Symbolism plays a huge role in Klaudia’s images. “I like to add various objects and effects to my self-portraits and they are the ingredients of the world I live in. I love staring at the clouds, and in my photos they act as my safeguards. My hands symbolise the forces that fight within me. Double exposures show me how trapped I can be within my own shell sometimes,” she said.
It’s amazing how much I personally could relate to Klaudia’s work and her quest to bring out who she truly is with her work. Perhaps this is what we need from life… a little creative push, and our ideas can truly flourish.
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Website: www.klaudiacechini.plTags: Better Cellphone Photography, black and white, Interview, Klaudia Cechini, self portrait, September 2015, Supriya Joshi, surreal