In the ephemeral realm of fashion and photography, Kinga Klimczak emerges as a narrator of nuanced tales. Her recent venture, “Beyond Boundaries,” is a pictorial sojourn that challenges the conventional and embraces the unexplored. In a candid tete-a-tete with Vanity Teen, Kinga unfolds the inspirations, the creative sojourn, and the profound message encapsulated in this riveting editorial.
VT: What was the pivotal moment or insight that ignited the conception of “Beyond Boundaries”?
KK: The day of the photoshoot marked the pivotal moment. Despite the models being briefed, the real essence emerged as they adapted to the fluidity of hairstyles traditionally associated with women. Their reflections, interactions, and the authenticity of emotions exhibited amidst the blurred lines of masculinity and femininity were enlightening. It was about delving into a reservoir of experiences, dreams, and experimentation to manifest genuine expressions which could be captured through the lens.ç
VT: Could you elaborate on the creative and technical process involved in bringing this editorial to life?
KK: My creative voyage began with exploring myriad photos, particularly fixated on women’s hairstyles across different decades. Understanding the essence of capturing such hairstyles, choosing the Mamiya 645 PRO TL camera for its aptitude to render natural imagery, and the simplistic backdrop of a plain wall to avoid distractions, encapsulated the technical facet of this venture. The aim was to spotlight the models, showcasing the interplay of light and shadow on their faces and hair, maintaining an aura of naturalism.
VT: Were there any significant challenges or revelations encountered during the photoshoots?
KK: Capturing hairstyles, reminiscent of different decades yet on subjects defying traditional gender norms, posed a complex narrative. Working on analog, with a finite number of attempts, intertwined with the quest for a potent expression, was both challenging and rewarding. The endeavor was to transcend a mere abstract portrayal, aiming for a strong, simplistic yet evocative portrait.
VT: What is the fundamental message or experience you desire to impart to viewers through this photographic narrative?
KK: “Beyond Boundaries” is a narrative of courage, elegance, and the audacious spirit of young boys embracing femininely-associated hairstyles. It’s an invitation to the audience to perceive beyond traditional gendered appearances, delving into the essence of individual personalities, celebrating the divine intricacy, and rebellious allure inherent in the theme.
VT: How do you foresee this work influencing the conversation around gender, beauty, and identity in contemporary society?
KK: Through these thought-provoking portraits, the hope is to challenge mundane hairstyling conventions and traditional gender roles. It’s about venturing into a realm where hairstyles become a medium of self-expression, transcending gender norms and redefining beauty ideals. The power of transformation and rebellion exhibited through these images propels a discourse around gender fluidity, opening vistas for personal exploration and a broader understanding of identity.
Kinga Klimczak’s “Beyond Boundaries” is more than a photographic expedition; it’s a narrative that challenges, provokes, and celebrates the boundless spectrum of gender, beauty, and self-expression. Through the lens of Kinga, we step into a realm where the conventional is questioned, and the unexplored is celebrated. Her work not only reflects a unique artistic vision but also contributes to the ever-evolving discourse around gender and identity in the contemporary societal fabric.
Photographer: Kinga Klimczak @klimczakinga
Photo assistant: Michalina Kacperak @mkacperak
Art Director: Wojciech Tubaja @wojciechtubaja
Make-up: Ola Kułak @olakulak_makeup
Hair stylist Marcelina Sroczyńska @marcelina.sroczynska