Jersey City, New Jersey. Thursday, June 15, 2000.
I just lit incense for Buddha. The scent of my house in Gierałtów hovers in the entire studio. There is heavy fog outside today. I open the window and see the Mały Staw lake in Poland. Empire State Building is lost somewhere. The Hudson River, which I cross by ferry twice a day, is also invisible. The Karkonosze Mountains, the Hostel Samotnia and room number seventeen. A good cigarette and tea that’s too strong on the night table. New photographs. The radio, which goes in and out, has just played the hysterically nostalgic “Yesterday”. My photography. A room with a view on the Mały Staw lake. Should I? A window with Wojtek’s large ears. And the funny hook under the old-fashioned curtain with tassels. How well it has all turned out. Some say “photographic thinking”. Nonsense, of course! I only thought about the upcoming journey, about a feeling of loneliness and detachment. I am walking this path, just like you wanted me to. “Cinema Paradiso”…
Andrzej Jerzy Lech was born in Wroclaw - Poland. He has been working and living in the New York Bay area for over 30 years. He is a traveling photographer, working in black and white classic technology. He exhibited his photographs internationally, including Fotokina in Cologne, at the PhotoPlus Exhibition in New York, at Foto-Fest in Houston, Texas, at the 4th International Biennale of Modern Art in Florence - for his presentation he received the Medici Medal. In 2005 he received from the Jersey City Landmarks Conservancy the J. Owen Grundy History Award. His works appear in private and corporate, gallery and museum collections such as the Museum of Modern Art in Łódź, Poland, the National Museum in Wroclaw, Poland and in New York the Icon Pictures Collection and the Pfizer Collection of Art on Paper.