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Artist Feature

Every week an artist is featured whose single image was published by Der Greif. The Feature shows the image in the original context of the series.

Jagoda Wisniewska - Never. Rarely

Jan 30, 2019

How often are you distracted by an activity or noise around you? How often do you feel fidgety? How often do you appear restless inside even when sitting still? How often are you forgetful in your daily activities?


ADD – Attention Deficit Disorder is one of the type of more commonly known ADHD that characterizes in chronic attention difficulty, hyperactivity and impulsiveness. It often begins in childhood and it can persist into an adulthood. It may contribute to low self-esteem, troubled relationships, difficulty at school or work and problems with focus, distraction, and attention. These challenges are ongoing and are undermining the best intentions in many areas of life.


In Never. Rarely we take a photographic journey through a state of mind, visual journey towards nowhere in particular, an investigation of one’s attention (or lack of it?), where ADD acts as a guide to seeing, noticing and finally connecting.


In Never. Rarely I am interested in the general idea of connectivity; looking for ways to stay connected (with oneself and with the now and here). Through this series of photographs, represented in a form of a photographic book, I wanted to literally re-connect, connect and dis-connect on personal and universal levels through means of photography. My aim was to try to (through visual language and text) reach a level of comfort, and to provide alike sense to the viewer.


This visual trip is guided by Adult ADHD/ADD Self-Report Scale, a kind of self-test, that is a certified medical method for self-diagnosis. As a tale of walking through different survey questions, each “chapter” starts with a statement and ends with a confirmation.


As humans we constantly aim to progress and overcome ourselves in order to perform better and faster in the ever-changing, technology and image driven world. The amount of THINGS that happen around us, load of information, people and encounters, things that appear and disappear, THINGS that have an impact on us are overwhelming. Why am I looking at that person? What is worth stopping for? How image speaks to another image? What is it saying to me? In this state of mind photography becomes a way to digest and to make sense of the visual information I receive. The series of images in Never. Rarely aim to show the sample of the mental health issues western societies deal with. This issue is often unspoken and undiscussed despite being a common problem amongst young and well- educated people.


Never. Rarely takes a bitter-sweet approach on the often troubling reality. Through the set of photographs and text, I aim to comment on feelings such as confusion, feeling of disconnection, sense of belonging and displacement, being lost but not being able to fully acknowledge it. Through fragmentary qualities of photographic medium I aimed to challenge the narration of the images. I am really interested in editing and sequencing photographs, aiming to constructs new readings and interpretations through my images. Process of editing my photographs plays an active role in constructing the final reading of my project. It also stands for the idea of connectivity that photography as a medium allows to manifest at every stage of creating.

Artist Blog

The blog of Der Greif is written entirely by the artists who have been invited to doing an Artist-Feature. Every week, we have a different author.

Short Note on Self-belief

Feb 06, 2019 - Jagoda Wisniewska

On self-believe and self-doubting and why both are important to just go on.

To finish up my notes this week, I would like to share with you a short fragment of one of my favorite accidental findings — a text by Italo Calvino gracefully titled “Adventures of a Photographer”. I am bringing this text up, because in my belief it speaks so beautifully about self-doubting and self-believing through the thoughts and actions of the main character of the story, Antonino Paraggi.

I left you all spend the time reading Calvino’s text, rather then explaining my own thoughts on self-doubting which I clearly have right now working on this note.

Lonely Traveller

Feb 05, 2019 - Jagoda Wisniewska

On importance of right people in photographic practice.

You and me need other people. Why we need them I am still not quite sure, but I know this is really applicable to everyone. The creative journey towards the bright future, usually takes a little longer to pass then planned beforehand. It does take unexpected turns, ups and downs, a constant hyperbolic path. Here is where other people, with their <other> heads and hearts, with <other> hands and sometimes also <other> computers or cars come into the picture. I think that needing the presence of other people applies especially to photographers who usually are kind of lonely travelers, and from time to time, as any traveller they might get off track – literally. We, photographers, do need other people entering in and out our creative processes, our ideas and our methods. It is really important part of realizing what you already know, but what only through presence of another person can be finally  demonstrated.

Distractions Continuing

Feb 04, 2019 - Jagoda Wisniewska

On finding a good working environment and what does this mean?


For someone who works without 3rd party time-frame, without an office or a studio it takes some extra care in creation of a good working environment. For those who have hard time staying focused on one activity for significant period of time, (like myself) it is even more important to take care of yourself and equipped your-working-self with some proper working space gear. What you will need is a pure white wall that accepts masking tape. You will need a surface that can be called a desk or a table, ideally with a comfortable (enough) chair that comes with it. Perhaps you do not like to restrict yourself with furniture- that is fine. You then need some floor that accepts your body. Perhaps you need much longer list of items in order to call it a good working space. That is fine. Do not add any distractions onto that list. Take care of your working space by not having too many not-working items in or around the space. Even unwanted sound of a boiling water can add the dark chaos into this fragile environment.

Looking Too Much

Feb 01, 2019 - Jagoda Wisniewska

On social media and internet scrolling and their downsides when it comes to creativity.


I like to use my phone for discovering work of others, who spent their time on actually creating something before I could see it online, on Instagram or Pinterest. I like to spend long hours on my phone scrolling through thousands of images better then the images I have ever manage to take myself. I like to look at all of those successful editorials, exciting sets designs, crafted art directions and skillful light set-ups. I admire the ideas behind each image, I consume the craft and talents. It seems that looking is never too much. After practicing Looking on a regular week, for several hours a day, I become aware that it is indeed possible to overdose it. This is the moment when Looking becomes dangerous and somehow unhealthy. I wonder how many things could I have done already instead of looking at them. Did I need to see it all? Am I a better look-er now? Will this contribute to my well-being in any visible way?

“I tend to overdo things even when they are not good for me”.

Overloading Connections

Jan 31, 2019 - Jagoda Wisniewska

When working on a creative project that involves investigating multiple subjects or territories, it is easy to get off track. Gathering information, gathering images, gathering data into your head and onto your desk and onto your hard-drives becomes the primary activity in the creative process of many. I wanted to write few lines on that overloading connections between the project you undertake and the multiple obstacles you need to pass on the way towards bright finish line. I guess somewhere on the way the connections get little blurry and the general goal you first decided to reach becomes less visible. With every screenshot you take, with every drawing you make you take few steps backwards. When I start to notice that overloading connections dangerously enter my creative processes I take my head for a long walk. If I ask you to sketch your creative process during the realization of some of your biggest projects, how would it look like ? Would it resemble any geometrical shape?