Artist Blog

Every week an artist whose single image was published by Der Greif is given a platform in which to blog about contemporary photography.


May 22, 2018 - Piotr Pietrus

Mammalia is a collaborative work with my partner the artist Catherine Evans.


Just like the photo series A Warm Wind at Night (shown in the feature) maps out a transitional moment in my life just before having a son, so Mammalia has become a shared intuitive response to our first months as parents.


It felt like the only possible way to process this strange cocktail of love and insomnia was to create a body of work that reads like a visual poem, a journey as three.

Following a windy path with the baby strapped onto us we visited forgotten playgrounds in the dark, met a crystal hunter in a polish forest or photographed meteors in the Museum für Naturkunde in Berlin.

Our lives shifted, not only because of a new responsibility but in a deeper way we found a different perspective on the passing of time. Creating life reminds us also of our mortality. Everything, from my grandmother sitting silently in her chair to quartz crystals in the  forest, everything has its own timeline.


Mammalia has become our meditation on the journey we went on together.