Photography is travelling to me, and travelling is always connected with taking photographs. When I began creating “Nightscapes”, I already had planned a few years ahead, with a precise list of cities that I wanted to visit in order to complete the project.
Every day I watch the evolution of over 170 different buildings in China, the Emirates, South Korea or Malaysia. It’s an amazing feeling, being able to visit places whose growth I’ve been watching for a few years, being the witness to a gigantic expansion, seeing how the entire landscape changes from year to year, how new replaces old, and having the chance to immortalize those images before they become history entirely.
Every city I visit is different, but I don’t care about capturing its character. I’m looking for elements that will constitute the wholeness of an architectural form and lights.
Martin Stavars was born in 1981 in Czestochowa, Poland. He studied economics, computer science, and photography, which he ultimately focused on. He specializes in black-and-white cityscapes, landscapes, and night photography. He and his camera have visited more than twenty countries, with Asia holding a key spot. His work has been showcased in numerous international competitions, and he was named “Architecture Photographer of the Year” at the International Photography Awards in New York; he also received the “Grand Prix” at the Image International in Canada and Hei Ming Prize in Tokyo. He won the first prizes in the 2008, 2009, 2011 and 2012 International Photography Awards in New York. In 2012, Charta Editions published his first photographic monograph entitled “Megalopolis“.