1/2 - Puddle, Autofire series, photography, 2010
2/2 - Molotov, Autofire series, photography, 2010
Pawel Fabjański is a visual artist who creates his works primarily through the medium of photography. He focuses his attention mostly on the issue of merging art and commerce – he deals with this topic both in his own creations and by exploring it as a lecturer. He received awards in the KTR contest (organized by SAR Marketing Communications Association) and was granted a Silver Lion at the annual advertising festival in Cannes. His photos were presented in the “200 Best Ad Photographers Worldwide” album published by the prestigious publishing house Luerzer’s Archive and featured as Best-in-Book in Creative Review photography annual. Currently, Fabjański puts great emphasise on artistic projects.
“AUTOFIRE” is a series about uncertainty, indecision and an attempt to catch balance. It was created when I was crossing the symbolic perimeter of being 30 years old. At the time, I had the feeling that everything which seemed constant and certain to me, was beginning to turn into a shaky and unpredictable form. I wanted the photographs to portray “every” 30-year-old–not me (although I appear in one photo), but an anonymous man at a similar stage of life, in which I was at the time.
Q: What does the title “Autofire” refer to?
A: The title “Autofire” refers to a button on a joystick, which allows automatic firing in shooter games. It’s a button of total destruction. It refers to the state I was in, when the series of photographs was created – at the time I had the impression of participating in a continuous, uninterrupted movement, a rush that seemed like madness. Just as the “autofire” button works and allows shooting blindly in all directions, only to get to the next stage and score as many points as possible.