Culture - NOMINEE: Emil Kowalczyk
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My photo project "Amerikas" (americas) began as a portrait of the places I visited when traveling the US West Coast for the first time in early 2017, but quickly shifted to a series that
is more about my personal view of these places and people that were so new to me at that point.
It's a vibrant and colorful series of quirky moments and characteristic gestures that picture that feeling of freedom and people living in their own fashion.
Interesting for me is how or if my perception of the people I encounter and my stereotypical point of view while working on this project changes over time as I begin to get more familiar with a different culture or lifestyle than back home.
This project is about "Americans" and "their" everyday life from the eyes of an outsider, a biased tourist like I am.
I'm Emil Kowalczyk, born 1995 in Hamburg, Germany. I still live in Hamburg and study Communication Design, with Photography as my main subject, at the HAW.