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The Tenderness of Things

Untitled (Balladyna Cukiernia) © Monika Sosnowski

The elusive past. The unwritten. forgotten, swept under the rug kind. Is there really any other?
And yet all it takes is one glance at a little photograph. Taken so long ago it will elicit scratching of the head even for those who might have something to say about it.
Something gets stirred. Awaken. A tiny chance to fill in just one blank. Possibly.



Glimmer, 2012-13 © Monika Sosnowski

At last a small breakthrough. Something is beginning to come into view and though I still cannot fully comprehend the form or the meaning, I trust it. This pairing finally opens up for me a way in. There’s few others I’ve discovered that I sort of ignored for about a year. I’ve been thinking a lot again about my pilgrimage last April to the place I hold so very, very dear to my heart. To go back is sometimes the only way to go forward.

When I first started working on this project I found the poetry of Anna Kamienska to be particularly poignant and helpful. Even the working title, ‘The Tenderness of Things,’ comes from one of her poems. And here’s my motto:

“Into this space step alone
and the tenderness of things will enfold you
and lead you towards the dark
as if you had lost worldly sight
- Anna Kamienska

Thank you.



Point of departure or return. More like a pause. Looking at this moment, at his moment in time and place, from a perspective of a lot of time gone by, this snapshot has already transformed itself to so many other meanings and possibilities. I thought I at least remembered the general circumstances when I pressed the button on my iPhone. So I searched for proof of my impeccable memory and discovered I was wrong.
One thing is certain – I was on a walk with Ruby. And so even though she’s not pictured here, and neither am I for that matter, this tiny moment exist because of her. This is not a tribute just a reflection.

Today I looked at it and it made me think of longing and connections. But also of certain impossibilities and distance. But also of the way things come up against each other and interweave in a dance. Symbiosis.


This and That

Untitled (Suwalki) © Monika Sosnowski

Untitled (Sebastian/Glinianka) © Monika Sosnowski

Lots of work, and thoughts, and feelings.  Very little sleep.

The two images above, both from my trip to Poland last year, I did not consider at first to be in the same realm of pursuit.  And yet they so obviously are.

And now, I can finally drift off to dreamland for few hours.  Leaving the dishes unwashed.


Puddles abound – and other thoughts on Artist Staments

© Monika Sosnowski

The artist statement.  The “Hello, My Name Is” of the art world.  The definition, clarification, proclamation of what one does and often how it’s done, and why.

Over the next week or two, I’ll be musing on mine and perhaps refining it or expanding it further.  Here’s what it is currently:

‘In my photography I focus on the ephemeral nature of being, memory and everyday wonder.  I’m interested in moments and things easily overlooked or otherwise hidden in plain sight.  I look for traces, presence in absence, the in-between.  My desire is to reveal the strange beauty in the unexpected and the awkward.’

I sincerely do.



The Magic Woods: A One-Day Photographic Workshop

The Grass is Always Greener, 2011-13 © Monika Sosnowski

I’m happy to announce I’ll be teaching this one-day workshop!

Mountains and forests abound in rich symbolism which can represent emotional, spiritual or mental states. Nature’s summits and woods, powerful in their permanence and immovability, have often been associated with personal quests, overcoming obstacles, seeking inner knowledge. Artists and writers have been inspired by the majesty of mountains and the mystery of forests in a variety of ways. Herman Melville imagined Mt. Greylock as a massive great white whale and that vision fueled him to write one of the best American stories, “Moby Dick.“

“The Magic Woods” is a one-day photographic workshop in which we will learn ways of transforming the physical splendor and awesomeness of Mt. Greylock and its surrounding forest, by creating images which suggest a narrative beyond the subject matter’s natural attributes. How something is perceived makes all the difference creatively. We can find our own versions of Melville’s whale.

Where: Atop and around Mt. Greylock’s summit (meet in Bascom Lodge on the porch), Adams, MA.

When: Sunday, August 4th, 10:00 am – 4:30 pm

Cost: $75 (includes hot & cold beverages and breakfast pastries at the beginning of the workshop and bottled water for our photo hike

To Register: email me to signup and for further info:

I’ll be posting soon information on additional workshops I’ll be teaching at IS 183.  Spring is in the air.