We introduce you to Maciej Ślaski, a Warsaw-born photography student currently at Gdansk Academy of Fine Arts, whose enigmatic and unpretentious images caught our attention. We talk about his love for both cities and how each broadened his way of looking at the world. He calls himself a visual artist as he attempts to conjoin different visual mediums to produce work that challenges the viewer to question their own perception of colour and societies imposed associations on them. 
At what point in your life did you realize that you wanted to be a photographer?
I always wanted to do something creative. I was convinced that I couldn't draw, so I was looking for a medium that allowed me to express my teenage fury. I have also been collecting vintage photos since I can remember, so this passion for photography came naturally. After all, I wouldn't consider myself a photographer. I like to think about myself more as a visual artist. Mainly because I do also film, art installations, and sculptures. I try to connect this altogether.
Who or what inspires you most?
I would say the little things inspire me the most. It could be a phrase that I overheard on the street or during a Saturday Night Live sketch, a funny looking shadow or story out of this world that brought me to tears. I'm open for inspirations and I always try to think unconventionally.
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Your works vary between analogue and digital pictures, but which do you prefer to work with and why?
If I had a lot of money I would prefer to work with analogue. In my experience it forces you to think more about the picture you are creating in a technical way, because of limited film. The process of developing the film itself has something even spiritual; it’s for sure more rewarding.
In your own words, what defines your aesthetic?
Minimalism, irony and a little bit of childish foolishness.
What are life and the creative scene like in Poland, and does it play much influence in your work?
As a twenty two year old, I can't say much about life. At this stage I try to listen and observe. When it comes to the creative scene in Poland I feel like I always see or hear the same names over and over again which is sad, because there are lots of young talented people. It feels hopeless and it can be demotivating.
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You photograph the streets and urban scenes of Warsaw and Gdansk. What is your favourite thing about these cities?
Well, Warsaw is purely sentimental to me. It's my hometown. I started to see things there that were previously unnoticeable to me. I'm rediscovering this city. Gdansk is an adventure. This town has a specific vibe, everything there is slower, calmer. And of course, the sea!
When choosing a theme and subject, do you prefer to photograph still objects or people?
I don't have any preferences now, but I used to be scared of working with people.
As of your latest series, you have started to incorporate more colour into your work – more specifically, pink. What does this pink represent?
At first I was adding pink to my images because I wanted to disturb the reception of my works. Pink is mostly associated with something happy, joyful and of course with femininity. It's really fascinating and sad at the same time, how we identify colours to certain emotions, situations, people and gender. I try to change this way of thinking.
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What is the most important thing you want to communicate when creating your images?
The most important thing for me is to provide as much information as possible, using as little means of expression as possible. But at the same time I want to give my ‘recipients’ a little field for interpretation.
Some of the pictures you’ve been doing lately include blood, needles and blurred or totally covered faces. What attracts you to these elements?
The elements of mystery and understatement.
Where do you see yourself in five years?
In some space program, on my way to the Moon.
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