IT IS SHOCKING HOW OFTEN WE LOOK AT THE USUAL PLACES WHEN WE ARE LOOKING FOR BEAUTY. FOR PERFECTION IN PHYSICAL APPEARANCE WE OFTEN LOOK AT SOUTH AMERICAN COUNTRIES. FOR BREATH TAKING LANDSCAPES WE DON’T SELDOM TURN TO THE UNITED STATES. BUT BEAUTY CAN BE FOUND EVERYWHERE. BEAUTY CAN BE FOUND ALL AROUND US AND AT THE MOST UNEXPECTED PLACES.
Babie Doły in the district of is Gdynia, Poland, is divided in 2 part. First there are the housing blocks of flats and a colony of single-family houses, all located in and around the streets of Icarus and Daedalus. And secondly there is an administrative area. Babie Doly is the most northern part of Gdynia and has under 2,500 inhabitants. But more than anything else Gdynia Babie Doly is known for its military airport. As of today we will also know the district as the place where Maciej Grochala found and created beauty.
Poland. Located in central Europe and bordered by Germany, the Czech Republik, Slovakia, Ukraine, Belarus and Lithuania and the Baltic Sea. It is a country with cold winters and warm summers, impressive mountain ranges, almost ten thousand lakes and a sand desert and ancient woodlands that never have been cleared by people, offering living grounds to animals that still survive here, but have died out in other parts of Europe since long. This is the country of Maciej Grochala. Maciej has been interested in photography for as long as he can remember and since curiosity is hard to resist, he couldn’t help but experimenting with the art. Not only did he intensively studied the works of international renowned artists, he also placed his first steps on the slippery slopes of Professional art photography about 6 years ago, and has known success ever since.
Maciej Grochala almost exclusively works in Poland which has, on numerous occasions already, presented us the opportunity to discover more of what this country has to offer. And y I just say, we are not disappointed. Piter Hanisz for example. Piter is 29 years old, originates from Wroclaw and currently resides in Gdańsk, 2 cities that are situated in Poland. Piter has been modeling for several years already, which explains the ease and professionalism he cleary shows in this most conceptual body of work from Maciej. However, Piter’s physical appearance is not exactly standard and has resulted in him taking the modeling job more as a hobby than anything else. In fact, Piter sees himself as being the anti-model. Since his childhood he trained and practiced different sports, including acrobatics, athletics, swimming (professionally for 15 years) and water lifeguarding... all with great achievements. Each of these sports has left its mark on him, hence this type of physique.
Piter Hanisz radiates a strong masculinity. His bulky and muscled appearance is an living example of strength and power. Maciej Grochala artfully compliments Piter’s strong looks with elements of soft, almost feminine beauty. Flowers and features add a magical touch to these portraits, a softness that regardless of their nature, do not effeminate Piter’s presence. On the contrary, it is almost a manifestation of his softer characteristics. Places against the broken backdrop of the Gdynia Babie Doly beach, it creates an eerie, a supernatural ambiance that makes us once again discover the extra ordinary beauty Poland – and Maciej Grochala – has to offer. We often look for beauty in the usual places, forgetting how majestic and impressive the unexpected can be. Thankfully we have people like Maciej Grochala and Piter Hanisz to remind us. -BM-
MACIEJ GROCHALA | BEAUTIFULMAG