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Comments on this portfolio:

Jarek Wyganowski , January 18, 2006; 01:17 A.M.

Excellent portfolio. You are Wojciech Kossak with a camera. Regards!

Jan Peter , January 19, 2006; 07:44 A.M.

Excellent horse photography!

Adrian Szeler , January 19, 2006; 09:32 A.M.

Teraz wiem, dlaczego temat konie w fotografi to niekonczaca sie przygoda..... fantastyczne portfolio pozdrawiam Adrian

Aykan ÖZENER , January 19, 2006; 05:32 P.M.

Bravo

what a wonderful portfolio.Wowwwwww.Congrat...

Robert Semnic , January 20, 2006; 01:45 A.M.

great

I am not horse fun, but this...

Sasho Alushevski , January 20, 2006; 09:50 A.M.

great work here....im simply speechless ...and fan of your work

Angel Hernandez , January 25, 2006; 06:54 P.M.

I have to take my hat and lift it up. Chapeau!!

Joshua Stevens , January 25, 2006; 08:42 P.M.

Great Style

Your style looks like something that should be hanging up in an art gallery. congrats

Dariusz Nowicki , January 27, 2006; 02:04 P.M.

znam Twoje Konie - sa rewelacyjne

Hugh Croft , January 29, 2006; 01:17 A.M.

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Superb photography

Marino Thorlacius , January 29, 2006; 05:28 A.M.

Great

I'm amazed!! You capture the strength of these animals in an incredible way. The processing is also brilliant.

Jan Emil Christiansen , January 29, 2006; 03:49 P.M.

Some off the best horse photos I have seen. Fantastic work.

Yann R. , January 31, 2006; 07:45 A.M.

Exceptionnal horses portfolio!

Serge Sidorov , February 02, 2006; 01:47 P.M.

Fantastic art photos!

Biliana Rakocevic , February 03, 2006; 10:33 A.M.

oh, I am ridding horses since my childhood and I had this opportunity to live in Tunisia and to ride some Arabian Horses, but not so beautiful as YOURS here in your wonderful portofolio!

YOu are giving me a pure Poetry of Horses with your Photography!

I am amazed by the beauty of each horse, they are dancing for you in their own force and beauty!

Thank you for sharing the Magie of Arabian Horses with us :)

My compliments, B:l:ana

Kathy Brown , February 06, 2006; 08:45 A.M.

Your photography is breathtakingly beautiful, and the Arabian horses you have captured so perfectly are simply exquisite.

Thank you so much for sharing your magnificent talent with all of us.

Kat

Jill Placey , February 09, 2006; 11:08 P.M.

More, more! Absolutely beautiful work with horses, you have a true talent for portraying the spirit in every moment. Congratulations, keep shooting and sharing!

Roberto Fiocchi , February 10, 2006; 07:32 P.M.

WOW

Your way to represent horses is spectacular. Congrats!

P.S. Thx for your rate

Jarek Grudzinski , February 12, 2006; 10:53 A.M.

Niesamowite zdjea koni. Gratuluje i pozdrawiam.

Janet Cull - Western NC , February 15, 2006; 08:07 A.M.

Oh my gosh! When I opened up the front page just now, it caught my breath. Beautiful!!! (~going now to look more~)

Derek Winchester , February 15, 2006; 08:19 A.M.

Davinci could have used these for models for his horse. Great work

J Smith , February 15, 2006; 08:46 A.M.

Swietne zdjecia!

Bardzo mi sie podobaja! Niektore wygladaja troche jak rysunki. 7/7

Pozdrawiam, Michal

(przepraszam za polskie znaki :)

Shawn Gibson , February 15, 2006; 08:57 A.M.

Unbelievable

This is Timeless Art. Thank you very much for sharing. You've fought hard.

Shawn

Niranjn T , February 15, 2006; 09:29 A.M.

The best horse portfolio I have seen. Bravo!

Deb Aschmann , February 15, 2006; 09:58 A.M.

Amazing!

Frank Uhlig , February 15, 2006; 10:12 A.M.

Photography this is?

I am amazed that this beautiful portfolio of horse pctures is considered photography.

The pics were - i assume - all originally taken by the photon-light process and a camera. Then they were massaged into dreamlike arty artifacts that look more like oil paintings or pencil drawings (like those over the couch) than actual photos.

All legit, as this is art. Formally based or debased on/from the use of light and photons. Ok and very pleasant to see.

But it is not photography. Let me explain, please:

A relative of mine goes the other way around: she likes a photo of mine and then sits down to recreate it in oil. Some come out very nicely!

Would/could her output be considered photography as well? On this site?

What is the difference between painting with photoshop from a photographed model and painting with oil from a photographed model?

Photons were the origin either way.

Ron Tincher , February 15, 2006; 10:35 A.M.

Magnifico

Among the best that I have ever seen. Keep up the GREAT work.

Joe Lee , February 15, 2006; 10:54 A.M.

This is great art but not photography.

Howard Dion , February 15, 2006; 11:38 A.M.

I have been a member of this site since October 2003 and this is one of the most remarkable folders I have ever seen. My heart felt congratulations.

Tom Leech , February 15, 2006; 11:42 A.M.

Frank - I tend to disagree. This is photography, and great photography at that. I had an art teacher who was a painter by trade but also taught photography. This was long before the digital revolution. He used to take a photo, enlarge it to 16x20 and then take his palette and paint brush and paint right on top of the photo in various places (but not completely paint over it). It was his method of manipulation. Some of them were marvelous. Also, consider the old timers (of which I am one) that used to use Marshall photo oils to add color to B&W images.

Are these old methods still photography? Of course they are, the photos remained intact and visible just embelished one way or another.

Now consider what Wojtek has so beautifully done. He has added something to his photo (albeit digitally) in much the same way as my old teacher did with a paint brush or as I did by coloring a photo.

The underlying element is the photo image regardless of techniques used to enhance.

The comparision to a painter copying an image is faulty in that the photo in that case was used merely to visualize what was to be painted - from scratch - no different than looking out the window and painting what is seen. That is not photography.

Great work Wojtek. You have an amazing collection and demonstrate great skill in your methods.

Mona Chrome , February 15, 2006; 12:16 P.M.

Photography or not? I think this could be a long discussion. For me though, this does look like, for the most part, photography trying to emulate painting. Having been to several rodeo and western art exhibitions in the US, these are very similar in content and style to a large number of painters at such shows. The work is not particularly original and I think if I were attracted to this type of art, I would prefer a painting to an altered and manipulated photograph. On the other hand, I am sure these would find great appeal to those who do like the paintings that this work emulates.

As photographic art, I prefer work that is true to the medium, or as described above, mixed with other media, it becomes mixed media work. Both of these are very legitimate art forms. Here it is photography trying to be something else, in my opinion and does not fall into the mixed media category. Is it photography, I guess that is a matter of opinion!

Heather Forcier , February 15, 2006; 02:56 P.M.

Fantastic style - you have captured the essence of horses superbly with the images here!

Alan Katz , February 15, 2006; 03:18 P.M.

Since the images were taken with a camera it must be photography. The relationship to painting is only coincidental. Photo shop is not painting, its a form of artistic manipulation using a computor program. Copying photos in paint is also a dumbing down of the artistic process that suits comercial illustration more than fine art ( art that goes beyond superficial values)) . Wojtek's horses nevertheless are easy to look at and reflect a true love for the subject. I would like to see the unvarnished versions.

Sue Cllapsadle , February 15, 2006; 03:33 P.M.

Featured Portfolio

Wojtek, This is an excellent portfolio. Every photo whether digitally altered or not is beautiful and exciting. Congratulations on being the featured portfolio. You have quite a talent and I Appreciate it. 7/7

Sue.

C. G. , February 15, 2006; 04:59 P.M.

I had to call my wife over to see these, she loved them.

Excellent photos.

cg

Robert Haller , February 15, 2006; 05:18 P.M.

...shocking good pictures. I am not into horses - but you have your very own dramatic style. This is a true marriage where best photograpy meets best painting dramaturgia...

Chip Willis , February 15, 2006; 05:39 P.M.

Great work!

Regardless of the nonsensical debate over photoshop...This is great work. Who cares what it is called. I actually would love to own one of the prints.

Chip

Jim Dockery , February 15, 2006; 05:55 P.M.

Gorgeous

Excellent work. I don't understand those who question whether this is photography - obviously it is, with heavy manipulation to express the artistic intent of the creator. Bravo, superb work. 7/7

Heinrich Jakob , February 15, 2006; 06:18 P.M.

kitsch

IMO pure unadulterated kitsch - anyway well done - regards Heinrich

Helene Blitz , February 15, 2006; 06:51 P.M.

Beautiful, beautiful work. I am a huge horse fan and have tried unsuccessfully to capture the beauty and majesty of these animals. You have succeeded not once but repeatedly.

Gail Sowder , February 15, 2006; 07:26 P.M.

What is Art?

In reading the posts for this portfolio, I was amused that the question has become what we should consider a photograph to be...a little over a hundred years ago the art world asked the same question and we can look backwards with the improved vision of hindsight. In the mid to late nineteenth century a group of artists decided to go against tradition and began to paint street scenes and contemporary life...worse yet, they didn't paint "photo realistically". The Salon refused to accept or acknowledge the work of these artists so they exhibited at the Salon des Refus鳠in 1863 and they held their first exhibition in 1874. The reviews from the press were harsh; "This school does away with two things: line, without which it is impossible to reproduce any form, animate or inanimate, and colour, which gives the form the appearance of reality." EMILE CARDON, LA PRESSE "The exhibition of the Revoltes", April 29, 1874. For those of you who have not guessed at identity of the artists and this movement, it is the Impressionists. Perhaps we need not be as short sighted as our predecessors when we look at these photos, the issue should be that of this portfolio...a collection of stunning photographs that I cannot criticize. I applaud you work. For those of you that may fall prey to the argument that by virtue of the fact that these pictures were captured by the photon-light process and now resemble paintings; therefore, should not classified as photography, let us 'see' things from another perspective. The fact that you can examine these photos and view the world around you is because photons travel through the lens of your eye back to the retina which interacts with photons of light. It matters little whether we are looking at a photograph or a painting, the way we see does not change. For anyone who takes issue with photos because they are not true to the photon-light process...I suggest you cease the process immediately by closing your eyes.

Sharon Jackson , February 15, 2006; 08:23 P.M.

I want to thank you for putting up your photos. It's not often you see a talent like yours. Thanks again!

Nadya K , February 15, 2006; 10:46 P.M.

Wojtek,

YOu have an amazing portfolio. Your pictures are full of life, energy and dynamics. I like your style very much! Hope one day I'll be able to learn to do what you are doing with your photos! Thank you for sharing them with us! Excellent!

Edward Woods , February 16, 2006; 12:39 A.M.

Wojciech, My wife has always loved Arabians and as a Thoroughbred owner she acknowledges that thoroughbreds are the descendants Polish Arabs. Your renderings take advantage of light and time without over stylizing. You know your subject so well. For horse owners everywhere these moments you have captured are so real. Thanks for working very hard to bring them to us. Very respectfully, Andy

Malcolm Coghill , February 16, 2006; 03:41 A.M.

Chav Pics

In Great Britain we have people called 'chavs'. These are ignorant layabouts whose idea of taste is a Burberry baseball cap. These horrible horses are the sort of 'pictures' they hang on their walls. Tasteless, poor renditions of ghastly kitsch.

Tamara Johnson , February 16, 2006; 04:45 A.M.

Wow!

Excellent photos.

Sam Vincent , February 16, 2006; 04:59 A.M.

Good work!

You really must have put a lot of work into these photographs, and, I think it really has paid off! Very interesting portfolio and a very artistic approach!

Frank Uhlig , February 16, 2006; 10:25 A.M.

Photographs?

To continue the discussion:

If I were to post photographs of my relatives' well done artistic paintings of my photos, would those then be considered photographs? Worthy of serious discussion in a photographic forum?

How about the pictures in a museum catalogue? Are they art, are they photographs worthy of a "Photo of the Months" merit mention?

Mind you callous rejectors of the work in painting from a photograph: it is highly interpretive work and art in itself, since it conveys a sense of beauty and wonder.

Could a photographic crop (highly artistic, showing NEW aspects of composition etc etc ) of the self portrait of van Gaugh in the National Gallery in DC be considered for photographic merit? Used as "Photo of the Week"?

I am just wondering what you think.

Rene Chow , February 16, 2006; 11:42 A.M.

WOW

What a GREAT protfolio!!! I love it.

Will King , February 16, 2006; 12:23 P.M.

My 2 cents

First of all Wojtek, you have a very impressive portfolio that captures the majesty of these horses in their true essecense.

Regarding the photography debate. This is absolutely photograhy ! It came from a camera. Who says that photography is limited to a photojournalistic or documentry style? Photography is art captured by a camera and finished by the artist. Stop limiting photography by claiming it's not photography if it's been digitally altered. Photography has a huge umbrella and artistic photos like this belong under that unbrella.

Ryszard Tychawski , February 16, 2006; 12:28 P.M.

piekna koniografika...

...doskoniale zdjecia...perfekcyjna robota...pozdrawiam rycho.

Mona Chrome , February 16, 2006; 01:37 P.M.

As I said above, whether this is photography or not is, indeed, a matter of opinion. I think digital manipulation can be wonderful and there are several fine examples of people doing great work here on PN. But those people maintain the integrity of the medium and are not trying to emulate some other medium. The question isn't whether we limit what can be done with photography, the question here is whether we should imitate a painting with altered photography or should we learn to paint if we want to create a painting! I think there should be integrity to the medium in a work of art and lack of skill is not an excuse. That said, again, those that do like the paintings in this genre I am sure would also like this work.

Paolo Mollica , February 16, 2006; 01:49 P.M.

Bellissimo!

The only thing I cant understand is the rason why you need critiques: you dont need it at all, you just fly high! Your photos have their own personality, their specific appearence, in a way that once someone looks at a photo-paint of yours recognise your hand immediately in all the others, wherever they are. Good, very good! Bye

Dom N , February 16, 2006; 02:35 P.M.

you are my hero. there is nothing more to it.

~much love

Alan Katz , February 16, 2006; 04:58 P.M.

Mona, In this age of technology gone wild, it should be expected that new species evolve. Its a little like genetic engineering, dont you think? The days of pure photography or painting are soon to be the good ol days. Even illustrators begin their paintings by hand and finish them on photo shop these days. Many questions will become known as this process evolves. The Artist hopefully will transform as well to meet the challenge of avoiding mediocracy.

Darren Green , February 16, 2006; 05:25 P.M.

Pardon my French

Pardon my french, but screw anyone that tries to find fault with this collection. Weather your looking at them as photos, paintings, drawings or other they are truly phenomonal.

Wojtek, you have truly created a collection of masterpieces worthy of nothing less than total admiration.

Roslyn Harvie , February 16, 2006; 05:25 P.M.

Absolutely stunning - beautiful!!!

Greg Scott , February 16, 2006; 08:41 P.M.

Photographic Luddites?

I'll believe that the "purists" are being intellectually consistant when they sell their digitial cameras, remove photoshop from their computer, and remove their photos from this forum, returning to the "pure" medium of silver and emulsion.

Photography, in many ways, is all about compromise and choice. Aperture vs Depth of field. Iso vs detail or noise. Sharpness against motion. Light and dark. Texture and form. No one photograph can encompass all the elements of photography. It's up to the artists to make their choices, and evoke what ever muse they can summon.

The debate here only proves, in my mind, that this IS art. There's no question in my mind that these are also photographs, and of the highest quality. Because a subject is overworked and often trite, shall we abandon it? Who will suggest that Edward Weston said it all about nudes, and that we should forget to try to see what WE can see, say what WE have to say? Horses are as highly evolved as humans, in their own niche, and we sometimes percieve them in the Heroic nature protrayed in these photographs.

But, Hey, that's just MY opinion!

Gail Sowder , February 17, 2006; 01:16 A.M.

photography

photography n 1: the act of taking and printing photographs [syn: picture taking] 2: the process of producing images of objects on photosensitive surfaces 3: the occupation of taking and printing photographs or making movies (Source: WordNet 2.0, 2003 Princeton University). This discussion began with one comment which was based on the opinion that these photos resemble paintings and a suggestion that they should not be in this forum. It has prompted some of the most mean spirited comments that I have seen here. These critics would elevate the photos to the the tactlessness of black velvet 'Elvis' paintings and plastic lawn ornaments. As a photographer I welcome critiques that are on point with a desire to help others to improve. I appreciate and applaud their efforts. That being said, the harshest of critics for this portfolio do not have photos of their own posted. With all of the talk of being true to the medium it makes me wonder what their medium could be? What better way to influence the photographers of this forum than to post your photographs and dazzle us with your brilliance? Perhaps it is easier to sit on the sidelines and throw stones?

A.K. Sircar , February 17, 2006; 07:29 A.M.

The same question troubled my mind-"whether these are photographs" or 'digitally manipulated images' and to what extent the later images acceptable? I have read with interest the debate over this issue here. Even in the days of early days of photography, manipulation was done to achieve desired result. When color films were introduced, the B & W purists raised alarm and objections.But color films and prints were accepted. Now that Digital SLR cameras & digitally manipulated images have been introduced, I feel it is going to stay and prosper. Photograph is art, when photographer is an artist. All Black & White and color photographs are not work of Art. Similarly all images manipulated in ps are not work of Art. I feel Wojtek Kwiatkowski is an artist extra-ordinary and his few images(not photographs) are work of superlative Art.

Rich Evans , February 17, 2006; 07:56 A.M.

Right on point Gail - I totally agree. I take great offense to the use of the word "kitsch" to describe these or any other renderings that members have referred to during this discussion.

To wit:

1. kitsch kich, n. trash: work in any of the arts that is pretentious and inferior or in bad taste. --adj. kitsch'y. --adv. kitsch'ly. [Ger] Definition from Chambers dictionary

2. kitsch kich noun. trash; art, literature, fashion, etc dismissed as being of merely popular taste or appeal, vulgar, sentimental or sometimes pretentious. Also adjective. kitsch'ily adverb. kitsch'y adjective. [German] Definition from Larousse plc.

3. kitsch In the arts, anything that claims to have an aesthetic purpose but is tawdry and tasteless. It usually applies to cheap sentimental works produced for the mass market, such as those found in souvenir shops and chain stores, but it is also used for any art that is considered in bad taste. Definition from Helicon Publishing Ltd.

4. kitsch Derived from the German verkitschen etwas, kitsch means to 'knock something off'. Today it is synonymous with objects of bad taste that are so bad they're good in an ironic way. In the fifties and sixties kitsch was - and still is - highly collectable. Kitsch can be anything from flying ducks to Tretchikoff paintings and Elvis toilet roll holders. Definition from BBC News Online

These definitions are all very subjective - negative - and in my opinion the images in Wojtek's folders do not meet those criteria. Kitsch is something that could be applied to many of the images you will see if you look at the end of the list of TRPs - there's alot of junk there.

If any of you 'critics' have ever even tried to photograph horses, you might have a better appreciation of what it took to capture the original images. And while they may be fabulous and could stand on their own merits, Wojtek has chosen to enhance the images in one way or another to reveal or hide details which may have been distracting to the original intent of the image.

I am not a horse photographer, but can certainly appreciate the time and energy spent to arrive at these results.

I would like to see critiques be a bit more purposeful rather than demeaning. While you may not like it, and while to some it may seem overly-commercial, the technique has become valid in today's electonic age, and is no less valid than manipulations which have been done to photographs in the past.

Just my 2 cents... --Rich

Carlos Ramirez , February 17, 2006; 08:11 A.M.

Photography

"Good Horses are few, like good friends, Though they appear many to the inexperienced eye." I own Arabian horses and I must say that these images portray with great justice the grace and beauty of the Arabian. The Polish people have been great lovers of the Arabian horse and have immensely contributed to the preservation and betterment of the breed. I can't understand why some people must degrade the experience of the enjoyment we get when seeing these wonderful images by making inanimate, lifeless, insipid comments... very much like their portfolios.

Aniket Shirke , February 17, 2006; 10:27 A.M.

Stunning

The pictures are simply awesome, I think the way you have captured the horses is very surreal, they almost look like paintings. great work .. very inspiring

Aleks T. , February 17, 2006; 11:48 A.M.

Your photos are amazing. You have a great talent to really capture the moment and make the photos 'calm'.

Charly Makray-Rice , February 17, 2006; 01:40 P.M.

This work is beautiful, it does wonderful justice to the power and splendor of the breed of horse he had chosen to photograph. Let's not get caught in the trap of becoming snobs by choosing to claim one horse is better than another.

If another photographer can claim this is not pure photography, let him or her try to capture any of these moments, much less turn it into any type of art form. Art moved and evolved throughout past centuries, so did photography. To get caught in the trap of claming purism is to claim one has closed their mind to learning new methods of transition. You may not embrace new techniques, but you must achknowledge them, and understand that the rest of the art/photography world is using them.

To deny that essence of movement and change, is to become stale, to founder in your jealousy. To wonder why artists like Wojtek gain a following while others remain unknown is no mystery. Those that continue to educate themselves will succeed, those that only complain and remain stuck in 'pure' styles will fall further behind.

This folio is pure horse pleasure, horse movement, horse joy. For anyone who loves horses of any breed, we find the passion, speed, and grace we love in our equine friends in his photographic arts.

Bravo Wojtek, and keep up the great work!

Mona Chrome , February 17, 2006; 01:58 P.M.

As I read all that has transpired since yesterday, I find it quite amusing. In my case, I don't think I have made any attacks on the work here, other than to suggest that it has not remained true to the medium.

I think my point against this type of manipulation was aptly put by Alan Katz, "The Artist hopefully will transform as well to meet the challenge of avoiding mediocracy." How mediocre will art become if we all buy the same programs to convert our photos to paintings! I think it is great that illustrators and others "create" art work on the computer. And yes, there will be blurred lines where someone uses a photograph and various paint programs to create hybrids, but the key is that something is being "created" from scratch or pieced together, not that someone is pushing a button, if you will, that changes a photo into one of several canned choices to yield the desired look, and a look that can be achieved, with so much more nuance, by someone willing to learn the actual skill of painting. As a painter, Alan, you of all people should have the knowledge of how important the brush work and the way the paint is applied is to a painting. And so are we really going to be willing to accept a computer generated algorythmic conversion of a photo as a painting, that is mediocrity!

I can't wait to see what all the computer will continue to allow us to do in the arts, but I hope it is not this! (no offense to the work, it is just the process)

Janusz Kwiatkowski , February 18, 2006; 05:45 A.M.

b e a u t i f u l

Wojtek, I think some of the critiquers here forgot what photography is really all about. You have achieved a great result in providing viewers with beauty of your images. Your photos are not only pleasing to the eye, but also interesting, thought provoking and inspiring. Congratulations!

p.s. I really wish I shared your talent as well as surname ;)

good luck! jk

Stanislaw Prorok , February 18, 2006; 12:38 P.M.

Piekno konia - the Beauty of a Horse

I would not offer my comment except some of the above "critiques" are annoying. There is a lot of influences in Wojtek's photographs coming from the Polish school of painting. There is some bits of Kossaks (both Juliusz and Wojciech), there is some Brandt. For those interested in Polish school of painting, go to: http://artyzm.com/to/konie.htm. It is all about the beauty of a horse, nicely done and in a subtle, poetic manner. The rest can be debated or criticized by those who "know better". In polish we call places of those kind of discussions: budka z piwem. Translated, it means an outdoor kiosk serving beer where local drunks, malkonents, ignorants and "know it alls" are changing the world and setting their mission statements to make it better. At times, photo.net reminds of those kiosks. Congratulations Wojtek! 7/7 all the way.

Drumm Pacheco , February 18, 2006; 02:25 P.M.

WOW

Wow, you really inspire me. Those are some beautiful photos.

Gail Sowder , February 18, 2006; 04:57 P.M.

History

It is easy for us to think that our generation has the most cutting edge ideas as well as technology. I have included some examples of photography (above) circa 1850 to 1860-62. Some of them have a very painted quality about them, yet, they are all photographs. When you look back into the history of photography it is fascinating and educational. The portrait of the man with the cat was taken in 1850 and I find the photo incredible. What direction would these early photographers have taken with the techniques that we have available now? When we talk about being "true" to the medium of photography, to what do you refer? Personal perceptions and preference and your definition of this art form? For those that are interested, you can view historical photos online from 1839 to present day at the George Eastman Photography Archives. http://www.geh.org/taschen.html I think that these forums can be educational and can serve to improve the art of photography.

Darrell M , February 18, 2006; 05:34 P.M.

Mono Chrome and Alan Katz

I'm not going to comment on Wojtek's work at all-beyond saying it's a shame for him that his page has been hijaked for a debate which probably belongs in the forum section. Hopefully he'll get in touch with abuse@photo.net and they can wipe most of these comments for him.
My concern is with Mona and Alan Katz. After reading your comments I rushed to see your work only to discover you have posted the sum total of nothing between the two of you. So far-not so good. Then again, you may feel safer leaving comments when you know nobody is going to revenge attack your own work. However, as you are both probably aware, by not submitting anything for critique nobody has any means to respond to any criticism you make of their work. I attach an image, called white with black border, which you can freely use. By submitting this image for critique you will present fellow PN'ers with a means to respond to you. This will lend you some semblance of credibility which, imho, you somewhat lack at at the moment.

Mona Chrome , February 18, 2006; 07:15 P.M.

Darrell, do you think that the elves are so naive that in choosing this portfolio that there would not be a discussion about what photography is or isn't? Second, have you even read the comments here? Maybe I am wrong, but I think Alan Katz actually supported this work and the process. And am I to believe that it is part of accepted behavior on PN that people revenge attack someone for having an opinion? For my part, as it was suggested by another, I would like to see the "photographs" from which these works were created, it is the process to which I take exception and feel it diminishes not only photography, but art in general. But I am sure Wojitek does very well with them.

Gail, the photos you posted are not inconsistent with what I have said. Daguerreotypes, collodian and albumen are all wonderful examples of photography and what it can be. Maybe a better example would be the Photo Secession movement which first tried to legitimize photography as art. Later, they were challenged by the f-64 group as being anti photographic. In reality, understanding that feud for what it was at the time, I do appreciate the work of the photo secessionists as, even tho many were trying to emulate and rival painting, the work still remains essentially photographic and the manipulations were organic.

Marcus Kreidl , February 18, 2006; 07:41 P.M.

Although I have to say that these are very beautiful horses with gorgeous settings, something seems very false. The photoshop job you did on these photos makes me want to see the original picture because it seems too perfect and the lighting almost looks like it was done in a studio. The backgrounds have this dusty haze, and you can tell that you have altered the picture. The photograph of the brown horse looks like it had edge definition, and the color is pure white, yet the rest of the picture is dark. My suggestion: use photoshop wisely.

Darrell M , February 18, 2006; 09:42 P.M.

Mona

Question-will you be willing to create the mechanism by which people you critique can respond to you directly-in other words will you submit one image for critique....if not could you explain why not? As I indicated before, the image does not have to be particually real. A white space with black border will suffice.

Alan Katz , February 19, 2006; 01:18 A.M.

Darrell M. This section of PN is not a gallery. It is a forum for discussion on all things as they relate to Art. Contributors are nowhere required to submit porfolios as a prerequisite for posting. Contibutors in this section respect each other. They do so because by doing so they will gain respect. It has far greater value than any ratings scheme. We do not always agree and that is the essence here. If there are attacks or differences, they are usually worked out between the parties. Open discussion with intellegent minds is the big draw here. Visual perception is the reward. Personally I have found that contributors who post no work are here for other reasons. This is not some childs game where if we say something that someone else diagrees with , we should be attacked immaturely for it. Listen to the dialog. Contribute to it. The dialog demands your civility if you are a part of it. Monas voice is one that I respect. She has proven (as so many others with no photo posts) that she truely cares about whatever she involves herself in. I do the same. Try if you can to act a little less superior. For the record , I visited your porfolio and was genuinely impressed. I hope that in the future your words will live up to your images.

Will King , February 19, 2006; 03:10 A.M.

Keep in mind that the elves do not choose the featured portfolio. I am almost positive the Brian alone chooses it.

Chris P (UK) , February 19, 2006; 06:48 A.M.

Chris P

Absolutely stunning work, I think the process that you have put these through just enhances the beauty of the Arab horse

Mike Small , February 19, 2006; 08:38 A.M.

Awesome!

AWESOME..AWESOME AND AWESOME!

Darrell M , February 19, 2006; 09:27 A.M.

Alan

Alan, you write-'This section of PN is not a gallery. It is a forum for discussion on all things as they relate to Art.' Sorry. I thought it was Wojtek's portfolio page.
It's interesting that my comments led you to my portfolio and i thank you for the very kind words you say about it. I imagine the thought process that led you to visit it went something like, 'Hey, this guy's got a lot to say for himself. And it's personally addressed to me. Wonder what his photos are like.' One click later your curiosity is satisfied.
Like you, I'm all for dialogue. My preference is for dialogue on equal footings. I do not understand when you write 'Personally I have found that contributors who post no work are here for other reasons...' and would love the opportunity to be enlightened. However, I don't think this is the place to engage in any further dialogue. I think I've been civil so far.. Let me know if you feel otherwise. Perhaps we should start a thread on the discussion forum as to the purpose and validity of critiques submitted by people who show no work and offer no mechanism for direct response.

Meanwhile I hope that in the future your images will live up to your words.

 

Lennart. K.V. Bardal. , February 19, 2006; 09:58 A.M.

Photografy or not, It is an excellent portfolio you here. Great art.

Greg Scott , February 19, 2006; 01:03 P.M.

Nilism

I've discovered a new schoool of photography upon reading this thread: Nilism. Some of the critics herein have no portfolio, and by this means, their photography can be everything that somebody else's portfolio is said not to be. This is an amazing extension of art's frontiers, and should be recognized as the seminal breakthrough of the century in photography.

Reminds me of a Nursery Rhyme from Space Child's Mother Goose: Probable Possible,, my black hen,/ She lays eggs in the relative when./ She doesn't lay eggs in the positive now/ because she's unable to postulate how!

Shall we stand in awe of unseen eggs, or shall we admire the beauty of these horses?

I've awarded 7/7 for the horse, and the nonexistent photo has a suitably nonexistant rating.

Robert Pastierovic , February 19, 2006; 02:48 P.M.

First of all nice portfolio.
I think that in the digital world there's no true photography or painting anymore. They merged in a new medium - digital image (made out of 0's and 1's). In a digital world all boundaries are away. You can make a photographically realistic image in a 3D program or a painting-like image in PhotoShop or Ilustrator. The result (achieved by artistic effort) counts.
Do you remember the Picasso quote? "I have discovered photography. Now I can kill myself. I have nothing else to learn."
There's a digital world to discover these days.

Väino Aus , February 19, 2006; 02:53 P.M.

Great.

The most powerful horsephotos I have seen. Unique. Best regards V.A. Rating is not necessary they are all of top class.

Darren Green , February 19, 2006; 04:33 P.M.

What do I know?

I don't know much about anything, but I don know something about nothing, and that's what this debate seems to be all about. In the early days photographs were created on plates but were highly unstable and faded in a really short amount of time. Then we discovered fixers, what a technological advancenemt that was. After plates came the good old black and white films, first in sheet (another technological advancment) then in rolls, 120, 200 etc, another great advancment then god help us all 35mm, aka the mini format and the 'Experts' and 'Purists' started to rant. I've only been using digital technology for photographic purposes since the early part of this century, as in 2001, but my experiences cover all aspects including 10x8, 5x4, 35mm and others. I wonder what the photographers at the end of this century (2099) will say about the antiquated systems we used to create art and record history and what our children and those of us that live long enough will say about their new fangled gadgets and techniques not being pure. My sole point to all this is that photography is an evolving process and always has been since it's invention, so weather your a purist or someone that creates artistic images using all the available technology available "judge not lest yee be judged"

Good work Wojtek I look forward to more.

Martin J Helliwell , February 19, 2006; 05:33 P.M.

Art

Firstly, well done to Wojtek Kwiatkowski for creating a stunning collection of dynamic, evocative and beautiful pictures.

Secondly, shame on you who say that it's not art. Let ye who has a workable and universaly agreed definition of 'art' cast the first stone.

Thirdly, of course people who don't have photo.net portfolios can air their views - this isn't a private club.

Fourthly, Henri Cartier-Bresson used dodge and burn when developing his snaps, so let's not disappear up our own f-stops arguing the purism of photo-realism over the evils of manipulation, because that way madness lies.

Lastly, art is about perception. The perception belongs to the recipient, not the donor. In my view, Wojtek Kwiatkowski's work is art. Personally, I'd go further and say that it's good art, but that's just because I like it.

I admire the many thousands of images on this website, and I'd never discriminate on the basis of whether or not someone has tweaked the levels, or cloned out a distracting detail.

Wojtek Kwiatkowski - your work is inspirational. There is some background noise, which you should ignore, about the definition of art.

Carry on, artist.

hale yiðit , February 19, 2006; 06:01 P.M.

wonderful

what a beautiful series. I like all of them.

Leslie Bezine , February 20, 2006; 03:42 A.M.

wow.

Mohsen Nafar , February 20, 2006; 05:01 A.M.

You have wonderful portfolio. excellent.

Courtnay Murphy , February 20, 2006; 07:44 A.M.

Excellent

I love these photos, whether they fall under that catagory or not. They are stunning, and even without the effects added, they are stunning. I work a lot with horses & horse photography and I can promise getting results like these are no easy task!

The only thing I would agree on, since they are so digitally edited and border on photography-or-not? it probably shouldnt have been picked for Portfolio of the Month as that should be reserved for stand-alone photography (seeing as this is PHOTO.net and not ART.net or similar)... I'm probably not expressing properly what I feel, but I tried.

Well done Wojtek - your photo's inspire me!

Gail Sowder , February 20, 2006; 05:11 P.M.

Monochrome

The essence of what I have tried to say is that there have been more than one school of thought and more than one movement in photography. There is not one style per se but many...all of which are valid expressions of this art form. How can you "maintain the integrity" of a medium with such variety? Your pseudonym is Mona Chrome and while it might imply one color it does not need to mean one idea. Both the Photo Secession movement (1902-1917) and Group f64 (1932) were two movements in photography, it should be noted that the secession movement ended fifteen years before Group f64. The latter only met a few times, had eleven members and held three shows so it is presumptive and incorrect to assume that the two groups were feuding. The Photo Secession movement wanted to elevate photography to an art form that 'stands the test of criticism' in that the composition, color, tone and lighting should have esthetic charm. The idea was that photographs should be judged on their content and composition whereas, Group f64 did not delineate between good and bad photography. While I believe that everyone should be allowed (without fear of retribution) to comment in this forum. It is also fair to note and consider the credibility of those posting comments and one of the ways is to look at your work. If your choice is to lurk anonymously in cyberspace, your expectation should be that your opinion is not given the same weight as those willing to 'stand behind their comments'. I would also suggest that any sweeping claims and historical references be thoroughly checked for fact before posting.

Michael Vandermark Jr. , February 20, 2006; 06:16 P.M.

Painting with Film

When I look at your work I can almost see the brush strokes in it. They are beautiful. They appear as if they were painted directly to the film right out of the imagination. Excellent job!

Maria Conversano , February 20, 2006; 06:53 P.M.

Simply wonderful! You can fill the life, the srong and powerful force of the life. Great! Maria

Mona Chrome , February 20, 2006; 07:36 P.M.

Gail, I am glad my comment stimulated you to do some research in the field. If you do further research, you will note that f64 was opposed to the pictorial style of photography that the photo secessionist movement had championed, we cannot always write a book in our comments, and there was a bit of a feud between members, or former members, of the groups over the styles.(edit: the primary feud was with the pictorialist William Mortenson, not technically a member of the photo secession movement)

Integrity in a medium has nothing to do with styles, it has to do with whether the work remains essentially photographic or has it become something else. When the work loses all photographic qualities, then is it still photography? That is the question I posed and I am not sure if posting work would have changed my meaning or the idea I was trying to put forth. Posting seems to be an issue only to somehow deflect grappling with the issue at hand or to somehow insinuate that only a posting person can think. If photographing was the only prerequisite to valid opinion in the field, there would be a lot of museum curators, gallery owners and critics without a job.

I may have misread what you were trying to say, but I was not in anyway trying to attack what you said, I was trying to further define where I was coming from and give an example where a similar issue had arisen. My only goal here was to raise the issue of what we are willing to accept as photography or even art. I don't think I ever attacked anyone or even the work, balking at the process-yes, and so don't understand what has generated so much heat. I hope it is not just an alternative opinion.

Ivona S , February 20, 2006; 09:01 P.M.

fantastyczne portfolio, rzeczywiscie w iscie Kossaka stylu, gratulacje i pozdrowienia

Chi Fang , February 20, 2006; 09:23 P.M.

Wojtek, can you talk a little bit about the lighting you used?

I love the results!

Mujahid Awais , February 20, 2006; 11:20 P.M.

E X C E L L E N T

CLASSIC ART. Amaizing page. I love horse photography. This page is a Wonderful" PHOTO PAINTING".

Carolyn D ( Santa Fe) , February 21, 2006; 12:46 A.M.

What can I say that has not been said..Thank you for your vision..Thanks for sharing these amazing creatures and your talent in which you presented them.Thank you for the gift you gave us all. Carolyn

c tr , February 21, 2006; 02:27 A.M.

I cannot believe I hadn't found this until now! Call them whatever (photo/art/beautiful things/kitsch!...) I just love these. I am a horse fan, but even if I weren't, I would still love them. Thanks for sharing.

Toni Houtz , February 21, 2006; 05:13 P.M.

Amazing

I absolutely love your portfolio! I love horses. these are beautiful!!!!!

Paula Grenside , February 22, 2006; 02:11 A.M.

Wonderful

Whatever effects were aplied after, the shots, each one in the folder, are fantastic and show the eleganca, power of Arabian horses. To do this it takes talent, great talent.

Awesome folder.

Aimar Fraga , February 22, 2006; 03:56 A.M.

I would like to be a horse to be pictured like that. Congratulations and thanks for sharing

Van Camper , February 23, 2006; 10:19 P.M.

Is it photography or not doesn't matter. The key issue is the making of art which is defined as a thing of beauty (Heritage dictionary). Who cares if you used charcoal, oil, or watercolor.... art is an interpretation of the real thing we see, or fantasy! Is it therefore wrong for someone to use film to also interpretate what they see? In the traditional darkroom, texture screens/different toners/masking techniques were also used to enhance the image, and today photoshop just makes it faster. Artists have the right to interpret what they see in their own way, it is their eye, their observations of things around them, and as long as it is beautiful no one has a right to object to how they achieved the art piece. Artists today are using cameras (Robert Bateman) to capture images and assist them when painting. Is this a traditional watercolourist, because now they are capturing detail (including lens distortion) very close to what the camera sees? Why is it okay for watercolor/oil and other artists to use mixed media (inc. camera), but it is not okay for the photographer to do the same? Art is about seeing, there is nothing in the definition that says it must be done in oil,watercolor,camera, combination of, or employ specific methods. If I see an image I like, I buy it, I don't ask how it was done, and in most cases most people would not have a clue (there not artists).

"Here it is photography trying to be something else". Huh, take away the camera from 90% of the painters using them today to assist them while painting. Animal paintings have never been so detailed like they are now, they are not from memory (eg- www.speraart.ca). Is this watercolor painting trying to be something else, and does it matter so long as you love his images? If it was taken with a camera, it is photography. Great image!

Carlo Ottaviano Casana , February 24, 2006; 12:53 A.M.

Wonderful portfolio, excellent photos, great PS tecnique. Thanks for sharing!!!

Mark Anthony Kathurima , February 24, 2006; 09:05 A.M.

I love horses and in my humble opinion, this is without a doubt the most beautiful, the most awesome, the most positively brilliant collection of horse photographs to be found anywhere...

Best regards from Kenya,

Xu Kenny , February 24, 2006; 02:12 P.M.

so great!!!

Kim Slonaker , February 24, 2006; 08:50 P.M.

It's not easy getting a "good" picture of a horse; you have several "great" pictures of them. I agree that a debate on whether photography or art doesn't belong here. I admire your work, Wojtek.

Larry Ledlow , February 25, 2006; 03:39 A.M.

Magnificent. Real classics.

Vicki Passmore , February 25, 2006; 11:00 A.M.

No Words

This is such art! Your work leaves me speechless. Your compositions and timing ...How do you capture these horses at just the right second? This is my granddaughter's favorite animal and we look at your work over and over. Thanks for sharing.

Kit Grundstein , February 25, 2006; 10:50 P.M.

Like Paintings.

The light in your pictures reminds me of the light in dutch paintings. Very beautiful.

Ben Lanterman , February 26, 2006; 11:24 A.M.

Not photography..... just magic at work .....

whow! I will sit the 1Ds in front of the monitor and make it contemplate what can be done.

Anthony Stubbs , February 26, 2006; 09:32 P.M.

Stunning!

Great work Wojtek Kwiatkowski. Well done. Thanks for sharing.

Pavel Potocek , February 27, 2006; 02:57 P.M.

I wanted to remove most of my images from PN after I have read majority of the comments here. But then I looked at your pictures again and I changed my mind. Your horse portraits can talk without words. Thanks for them.

Richard Horsfield , February 27, 2006; 04:00 P.M.

Awe Inspiring

I wish one day to be able to capture and create images as visually stunning as these...

Rich McIntosh , February 28, 2006; 02:12 P.M.

Words fail me

Your work is awe inspiring. Some of the best I've ever seen

Rick Lundh , March 05, 2006; 01:51 A.M.

chiming in

I know that this is called "photo.net", but what are we doing here? We're all mostly expressing ourselves and our visions. So again, we debate what is "art" and what is "photography". Well, you can surely find clean and clear definitions for the word photography...but have you tried looking up definitions of the word art? that's a little more difficult to do. That's because art is subjective...it's different things to different people. So...this discussion is good, and it hopefully will help us grow and move on to what the question really is...Does this image spur any emotion, and is it good or bad? who cares if it is a painting, or a photograph...or something inbetween. Wojtek posted this work probably to share, but also to obtain feedback. So let's answer his question with a yes or no, and perhaps back it up with an explaination. I really enjoyed this portfolio. Real, fake, enhanced, painting, photo...whatever...quite simply...my eyes translate the images to by small brain and "Ricky likes" :)

Emre Safak , March 09, 2006; 12:41 P.M.

This portfolio reminded me of two things: the horse formerly on the logo of Adobe Premiere, and a great photograph by David Alan Harvey. All in all, very nice. You obviously have a love of these creatures.

tommi b , March 12, 2006; 03:18 A.M.

wonderful portfolio

congratulations from italy

Oktay Ýybar , March 13, 2006; 04:27 A.M.

Wonderful

Very very good portfolio,excellent horse photos. Congrats.Best regards.

G . , March 21, 2006; 04:19 P.M.

An inspirational, competent and captivating portfolio. Many thanks.

Peter Martin , March 22, 2006; 01:15 A.M.

Firstly, what an amazing portfolio of photographs, many many congrats.

Secondly, the photos of the horses are packed with beauty, drama, action and power.

Thirdly, the techniques employed to process the final images detracts nothing from the quality of the captured photograhs, but merely enhances them.

Lastly, you bet they're photographs.

Lorrie S. , March 23, 2006; 10:20 A.M.

Beautiful Work!

I love horses! I love these photos, too! Thank you for giving me something to aspire to in my photography. And, please continue to create great works of art.

Marketa Hoskova , March 25, 2006; 10:58 A.M.

Amazing portfolio ... very nice photos horses ... Iam ardent

marcello rodarte , March 27, 2006; 08:08 P.M.

U ARE THE HORSE GUY HERE!!!!....OUTSTANDING PICS!!!!

Pete Woronowski , April 03, 2006; 02:39 P.M.

Outstanding!

Sir, Your work is beautiful and I offer my very sincere compliments!

Jill Placey , April 08, 2006; 06:21 P.M.

Watch out Vavra!

I can't find the words to articulate how extraordinary your work with horses is. As a serious equestrian, artist, and beginning photographer, I must say that this work rivals that of the great equine photographer Robert Vavra. With your talent and vision I would not be surprised if we one day see your work published in breathtaking harcover masterpiece books as he has done. Many congratulations and please, keep shooting and sharing!

claude lapointe , April 28, 2006; 01:35 P.M.

Absolutly superb

I sure wish i could submit one photo like these, the pose, the light are marvalous. You are an insiration for me. Again fantastic portfolio.

Dariusz Calkowski , May 02, 2006; 07:41 P.M.

Overdone?

Great images,for sure it's photography Wojtek(Fuji is a camera as I know). For my taste little overdone in PS(or anything else you used) but it's a matter of personal taste and vision. You have vision of beautiful creatures,captured often in the peak of action. What a pity that your personal portfolio became a place of public debate on basis of art and photography-not on your photos in fact. Respect for not wasting time on dispute with malcontents-I think you went out to take some photos,what I'm strongly recommending to the others. (sorry for my English-I'm not a native speaker,mayby I should write in polish)

Iren Nagy , May 04, 2006; 11:42 P.M.

Wojtek

You have an incredible talent! Your horses are breathtaking. It is obvious you take great care in polishing up your work and presenting an incredible finished product. Thank you for imprinting these horses to my memory! Kindest regards from Canada, Iren

Amarjeet Singh , May 10, 2006; 12:57 P.M.

u make me want to shoot some horses. those images are easily some of the best

Maria Rita Valenza , May 17, 2006; 07:56 A.M.

Fantastic portfolio Wajtek!

Berenice Gil , May 24, 2006; 04:19 P.M.

Incredible Images

Your photographs are like paintings. They are so full of art, life & feelings of joy and liberty. Looking forward to see more of your wonderful work.

Malcolm Harrison , May 30, 2006; 06:49 P.M.

Some work is just sublime. Fantastic.

M

Manuela Rogalski , June 18, 2006; 09:13 A.M.

Brilliant

Hello from Germany

what wonderful pictures. They are really brilliant.

Best whises Manuela

Kimberley Lovejoy , July 14, 2006; 05:58 P.M.

Whew!!!

I read all the comments and I don't care to analyze your work...Not technically per se, it is masterful for sure, your images stir me, they make me feel. Isn't that essentially what we want from all forms of art..photography,painting, and even the art of writing. I like how the contributers spoke..I like what they wrote..all of them have excellent points. Wojtek..I saw your work, I felt it, It is beautiful

John Souleles , July 17, 2006; 11:44 P.M.

peace

love

john

Lol Cain , August 31, 2006; 02:22 P.M.

Awesome portfolio. Manipulated to look like paintings or not, it doesn't matter, they look superb. Digital photography is a licence to be creative, and that is what you have been here. Very well done! Regards.

Michael Hatley , September 10, 2006; 08:58 P.M.

A lovely portfolio, a credit to photo.net. The best, Michael

Leonardo Villalobos , September 10, 2006; 10:46 P.M.

Excellent folder, you're welcome to see this shot http://www.photo.net/photodb/photo?photo_id=4609779

Orlando Garcia , September 16, 2006; 02:56 P.M.

King Of Horses

This collection of pictures is just amazing!...Awesome Pictures...To have the opportunity to photograph extremely beautiful creatures is a bless.

Regards

OG.

sebastianus narendra , September 28, 2006; 07:33 A.M.

.....compu-graphy? or photography?

Sonja Rasche , October 18, 2006; 07:06 P.M.

However

..you do them. Your works is art and its amazing. Keep it up.Hope to be able to see a lot more of your expressive pictures. Sonja

Mary Fran Loggans , October 22, 2006; 11:24 A.M.

With the advent of digital photography all is being redefined, and the debate of whether alterations are excessive will likely never end. As with all forms of art, the final judgement lies in the eyes of the beholder experiencing the final product. I own and ride horses and have loved them as noble, majestic creatures my whole life. They have been captured here not just in body, but in spirit as well. Years ago I purchased Robert Vavra's book--"Horses of the Sun" containing beautiful photographic images of horses and wonderful quotes and stories. At the time it was some of the best work available. I paid 50.00 US dollars for those images. The book is beside me now and I can say without hesitation that your photos exceed his work. (Haven't kept up with his current status but if he's still out there I'm sure he is also doing digital alterations) It is extremely disappointing to see these debates that address such philosophical issues on a portfolio rather than in a forum. With that said, stunning work and a hearty well deserved "congratulations!"

Nicola Pani , November 02, 2006; 06:59 A.M.

Great portfolio!! Yr Horses serie is beautiful!

Best regards, Nicola.

Reyes Flores Q. , November 05, 2006; 07:47 P.M.

7/7

Bravo... 7/7 7/7 7/7 7/7 7/7 7/7 7/7 7/7 7/7 7/7 7/7 7/7 7/7 7/7 7/7 7/7... Saludos desde Mexico.

Kari S (CT) , November 05, 2006; 10:37 P.M.

Awesome

In the true sense of the word. The equine portraiture is absolutely breathtaking. Beautiful images of beautiful animals.

Micheal Kraml , November 08, 2006; 10:39 P.M.

Wojtek, you are horsing around too much! Brilliant images. Each one would be great for a horse calendar. Ihaha, Micheal P.S.: do you check your hands and feet regularly?...any hooves forming there?

Giovanni Nug , November 09, 2006; 08:57 A.M.

Ur the bEST!

From my opinion one of the best photo.net photographers, really! I really love every and each of your photos...

G.N.

Wlodzimierz Kwasniak , November 09, 2006; 03:48 P.M.

Imponujace portfolio, czesc prac znam z OB pozdrawiam

Bill Scott , November 11, 2006; 07:46 P.M.

Wojtek- I've admired your PHOTOGRAPHY work for some time and it is all very ARTFUL- I couldn't help but notice the raging debate your work has created! Just do us all one thing-- keep doing what you are doing! If you manage to get a book of your photos published, I would be more than happy to purchace one from you! Photography is "drawing with light". Learning how to be good at it is an artform. I still struggle with it! You are a master at it.

Debra Trean , November 14, 2006; 01:12 A.M.

EXCELLENT

What a gallery!!! Superb Works...of Pure Art... You know your Equine... wow..

Vicki Christy , November 14, 2006; 02:02 A.M.

Your work is photography

Some people that say your photography isn't photography or that isn't right to change the originial unaltered photo are ignorant. I guess that means they don't care for Ansel Adams work either. I have studied photography for years and have a college degree in photography and desk top publishing. I have worked for years as a graphic designer and a photographer and I speak from qualified background and education not to mention all the many hours I have spent on my own time learning and self education. I have also had the pleasure of viewing some of Ansel Adams famous pictures before he took them into his dark room and did his magic of enhancing and editing. If he would have had photoshop, painter or other digital editing software I feel he would have taken advantage of it.

Your photography is yours and your mastery is also in how you edit and present your work. It took great skill for you to take these pictures and geat skill to edit them the way you have. Your work is professionally sound and outstanding.

Janet Harper , November 22, 2006; 11:41 P.M.

Magnificent!

Your photos are breath taking. I enjoy them immensley. Horeses are one of my passions, thank you for capturing them in your unique way. Janet

Jarmila G , December 06, 2006; 02:55 A.M.

Dzienkuje!

I have noticed your horses a long time ago. I have even saved one photo as a screensaver. It is beautiful portfolio, photos like paintings. Bring some more! Pozdravenia - Jarmila.

Mary Beth Baur-Baker , December 15, 2006; 12:06 P.M.

I had to come take a look at everything u do!!! I am sooooooooo in awww. the light the color the composition...I wanna do that...You have mastered the horse in motion.

Roberto Anil , December 18, 2006; 11:03 A.M.

Spectacular!

Congratulations !! This is a great portfolio that is an inspiration for amateur photographers like myself. I want to know more about your techiniques to capture these stunning images of horses. Please teach us.

Happy Holidays!

Yiorgos Stavropoulos , December 22, 2006; 12:40 P.M.

Congratulations!!! They are all EXCELLENT!!! KEEP SHOOTING and we will keep watching ;):)

Kind Regards

Wendy de Kok , December 24, 2006; 04:11 P.M.

^o^

Amazing photo's you make really great! I love you way of photograpy so please keep your work up I love to see more of you. Regards Wendy

Jan Rachwal , December 31, 2006; 05:32 P.M.

Superb!

Impressing work!! Excellent in all- composition, captured light, color... I congratulate you and give you thanks for sharing with us the magic of your images. Regards. Super fotki Wojtek. Nie moge sie doczekac nastepnych. Pozdrowienia z Canady.

Damir Sacirovic , January 03, 2007; 02:51 A.M.

I'm not so eloquent and I'll try to say all that I feel while I'm looking at your pictures in one simple word - BEAUTIFUL. And that I'll be wery happy to come back and enjoy in your great work.

Trish vandenBerg , January 12, 2007; 08:21 P.M.

wow

hello Wojtek....sooooooooo glad that i made the stop here.....what an incredible photos you have...i am a very much horselover............you will see in my small gallery......i am totally speechless what i saw.....some portfolios do that to me, and this is for sure the best horse shots i have ever seen....congratulations !!!! all my best from nassau, bahamas.. ~trish~

Teresa Au Yeung , January 28, 2007; 09:02 A.M.

Hi Wojtek, your portfolio is truly breathtaking. I love horses, but don't get the chance to see them much. So I'm so happy to have discovered your work here. Thanks a lot for sharing!!

mohammad dehghani , February 01, 2007; 04:17 P.M.

hi

Such a beautiful portfolio! Excellent work! , http://www.photo.net/photos/MDehghani , Regards and thanks for such a great collection

Pavle Marjanovic , February 21, 2007; 03:01 A.M.

Bravo, maestro!

Leszek Scholz , February 21, 2007; 11:50 P.M.

It was quite a surprise for me to find this kind of discussion here. Anyway, I started reading - and I just couldn't hold it any longer:

OK, all you pretentious people who use the word "kitsch" so freely: why don't you take your cameras out just to show the unwashed masses how this is really done ? It is said that art critics are the artists who couldn't cut it. You give both a confirrmation and a new meaning to this definition.

If not for the fact that I never use certain words publicly - I would say "pocalujta w dupe wojta". Amen.

Paula Grenside , February 27, 2007; 05:00 A.M.

Bravo

Simply said, this is Great Art and your whole portfolio shows and confirms it. Amazing, stunning!

Sharon Jackson , February 28, 2007; 08:35 P.M.

I am so empressed - you have so many fabulous horse photos - some of the best I've seen - congrads!!

Christine Sharp , March 24, 2007; 12:18 P.M.

Wow... what a phenomenal portfolio! Your use of light and compositon is outstanding. Beautiful work.... Sincerely, Christine Sharp

Paweł & Grażyna Hachaj , March 29, 2007; 01:26 P.M.

Piekne zdjecia wyjatkowo pieknych koni. Gratulacje!

Sukru Sarac , April 01, 2007; 03:56 P.M.

Beautiful work

To my eyes a super fine portfolio!

Javier Valdez , April 10, 2007; 12:57 A.M.

Wojtek

Your studies on the arabian horses are a pleasure for the eyes, very inspiring photographes. you got another fan

ivana kusman , April 15, 2007; 12:07 P.M.

You have a wonderful portfolio.

Karen Habbestad , April 17, 2007; 09:53 A.M.

stunningly breath taking equine imagery.
really beautiful stuff :-)

Jill Placey , May 11, 2007; 12:59 P.M.


An Akhal-Teke

Checking in on your portfolio once again, I can't help but comment on your continuing work. Every subject you shoot is the epitome of the Arabian breed at their healthiest and happiest...they play and move in a way that suggests that they certainly know their own extreme beauty as they dance and flex, loving the chance to put on a show for your camera. Cheers to the owners, managers, trainers, and all others who have these animals at the peak of health. I see you are very interested in the Arabian from a breeding/ bloodline aspect. Have you heard of the breed called the Akhal-Teke? They are one of the oldest, most influential domesticated breeds that sadly are very overlooked because of their rarity. Like the two other hot-blooded, purebred breeds (the Arabian and the Thoroughbred)the breeders of the beautiful Akhal-Teke immersed themselves in keeping careful records and bloodlines. Bred by a culture of people in the area of Turkmenistan (once Russian territory)these horses meant (and still mean)as much to these people as their own lives. The culture holds vast pride,love,and care in their unique mounts that could withstand the desert plateaus in the heat of day as well as the cold of the night. The Akhal-Teke are today known for their incredible endurance, an extreme aptitude and ideal build for dressage, and their potential for making an outstanding English-style sporthorse. They have very individual personalities and are happiest as a "one-person" mount, i.e., placing all trust and affection in one owner/rider. They have a unique "hooded eye," a neck set high upon the shoulders that creates an adventageous uphill build, a lean physique, and an average height around 15 hh. But the first noticeable characteristic is the shimmering, golden glow to the coat found in no other horse. Scientists are still trying to find the property to this breeds' hair that creates this jaw-dropping glimmer. During the early breeding of the Arabian the Akhal-Teke were so admired by not only their original breeders but soon by outsiders. They are thought to have a large influence on the Arabian breed. I thought you may find this interesting, as I had the honor to work with six stallions along with geldings and mares on an Akhal-Teke farm here in the U.S., where there numbers lie somewhere in the hundreds. Well, thanks for reading, I certainly hope this was interesting! As always, many compliments on your newest photos!

~jILL~

Siamak Jafari , May 17, 2007; 01:08 A.M.

compliments

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Sara Picciau , May 17, 2007; 03:18 A.M.

wonderful!

your photos are wonderful, as your subject....we have the same love and passion for horses, underfotunately i can't do beautiful photos like you! :-) regards Sara,

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Alija Kamber , May 18, 2007; 09:04 A.M.

I just wish God...

...gives you long, long and healthy life. Love from Bosnia.

Maciej Gawrysiak , May 27, 2007; 05:59 A.M.

piekne zdjecia

Jeny Plante , May 27, 2007; 07:37 P.M.

Congrats !

Uno de los portafolios que mas me ha emosionado ver. El esplendor de cada una de las fotografias es magico. Has sabido captar ese significado de la libertad de este animal que tantas emosiones nos transmite. Gracias por compartir Te felicito y quedo completamente enamorada de tu trabajo fotografico.

Neil Hunt , May 31, 2007; 05:57 P.M.

Superb

You have to be one of the best horse photographers in the world today. Obviously a great empathy with your subjects.

Daniel Rollin , June 01, 2007; 12:45 P.M.

Superb work!

I have sent a link to your portfolio to my young niece who, at 15, is an accomplished rider and who will certainly appreciate. Your work is transcendental: it goes beyond art and photography and makes people love horses. Bravo, c'est magnifique!

Daniel.

Daniella Fairbanks , June 01, 2007; 09:54 P.M.

Wojtek

Your horses are amazing .I love the arabians.Elegants...Congrats.DF

Marco Donato , July 08, 2007; 04:46 P.M.

Your works are full of power and elegance at the same time!I like a lot the pics in the 01-Arabian Horses folder..Amazing portfolio!greetings

Jeffrey Engel , July 31, 2007; 01:13 P.M.

I don't know much about horses, I've ridden a horse twice in my life, don't follow horse racing, but I have to tell you that your photos of horses are some of the most emotional and beautiful photos I've ever seen. You have a wonderful aesthetic, and you are a fellow Fuji user I see (I use the S3 Pro myself, with the Nikkor 50mm), so kudos!

Cornelia Baumgaertel , August 18, 2007; 10:47 A.M.

Cornelia Babbitt

Stunning pictures! I was fortunate enough to have grown up with horses. I had my own horse! Some of the pictures brought tears to my eyes for they brought back fond memories...I could SMELL them! thank you for your work.

Maja Staerke , August 24, 2007; 07:55 A.M.

Hello Wojtec,

great pictures of the horses! I must say your pictures of horses are the best ones I have seen in my life as a horse lover. I always enjoy looking at your photos. How do you manage to get the background that way ? It works so well

Maja

Jeny Plante , August 31, 2007; 01:17 P.M.

Thanks for share

Amo los caballos son mis animales favoritos, no se de diferencias entre arabes y otros caballos, solo se que son extraordinarios, y que ud ha hecho con estos hermosos caballos fotografias como obras de arte que emosionan. Gracias por compartir.

Robert G. , September 13, 2007; 09:28 P.M.

Certainly inspiring photos of photogenic horses such as the Arabian horses . I also have been around horses and greatly admire their beauty , Id like to find some models like these ones. These photos of Wojtek Kwiatkowski are not easily done , but easily admired ! Outstanding photography and art as I see it . regards Robert

Goran Anastasovski , September 19, 2007; 08:30 A.M.

Perfect

Outstanding work! Best Regards

Raif Tulga , October 29, 2007; 05:09 A.M.

EXceptional works...

Miroslaw Konior , October 30, 2007; 06:35 P.M.

Musze sie dolaczyc . jestem pod wrazeniem twojej pracy . Nie wiem jak to robisz ale bomba. Moje gratulacje.

Andre Dufour , October 31, 2007; 05:17 P.M.

This is, for sure, one of the most magnificent portfolio that I've ever seen. Truly inspiring!

Małgorzata Kalbarczyk , October 31, 2007; 09:16 P.M.

I love your photographs.......but you know about it :D

Magnús Björnsson , November 26, 2007; 12:32 A.M.

i love your portofolio, what a shots beautiful

Shannon Disney , November 28, 2007; 09:55 A.M.

Stunning portfolio. Inspiring. You have a true understanding of what you photograph. And it shows in your images. It was a pleasure viewing your work. I will come back to see what you add. Thank you for sharing. :)

teodora ursuleanu , November 28, 2007; 11:52 A.M.

wow

i'm impressed...i saw your images before on the net..but didin't know who made them..now i know and i want to tell..you are a master in this art of photography...

Amador Ruiz Rodriguez , November 29, 2007; 06:40 A.M.

Excellent portfolio, in which your photographic good domain is appreciated, have more than enough tdo in the equestrian topic. Greetings

Zelimir Stanic R. , December 12, 2007; 03:27 A.M.

Simply great!! Thanks

Johanna Da Cruz , December 14, 2007; 11:50 P.M.

I am a new Member to this site and have just by chance come across your photo in the Critique Forum, rated and then decided to view all your other work. Fantastic and breathtaking! I have yet to learn a lot in the art of photography but have to say this...From what I have seen you have captured the True spirit of this Manificent animal. Would love to have a print of one of your masterpieces as well. Thank you for sharing your work with us all. Regards from Johanna in SouthAfrica

S Phibbs , December 23, 2007; 10:06 A.M.

Amazing Photography and Art

Firstly, I would like to direct my comments to Wojtek - Your photography is superb and your post capture in the digital darkroom shows your talent as a print maker to bring to screen and paper your visualization. I admire and appreciate your talent and skills as a photographer and as a printer.

Now for all of those who question if this is photography- As a photography student, we all learned of the evolution of photography and we all learned to manipulate our film negatives in the darkroom, didn't we? (Isn't dodging and burning, use of filters, tinting and toning all manipulation of the image?) Did you not call your work photography? Now with the evolution to the digital darkroom, allowing even more creativity to the printmaking skill, we are allowed to bring our visualization to fruition. Throughout the history of photography, there were always the purist who spoke harsh words towards those who altered the image in any manner, but no matter what those purist said, the art continued to be seen and accepted as photography, just as Wojtek's beautiful imagery.

Wojtek, please bring us more of your beautifuly captured photography and excellent printed art. It is amazing.

mark petrie , December 23, 2007; 09:21 P.M.

Woj-- beautiful work and stunning images, many kudos!

Nikki Keene , January 02, 2008; 07:27 P.M.

I absolutely love your horse photos. They perfectly capture the beauty, grace and power of those stunning horses. I have never seen such amazing photos!

Mikel Arrizabalaga , January 05, 2008; 06:03 P.M.

There's no words to express my admiration for your work. Its really really outstanding! Pleasure and honour to learn from a big master like yourself. My best wishes for the new year.

Paige Kingston , January 06, 2008; 03:13 P.M.

Such lovely work... the lighting was spectacular.

elena deluca , January 07, 2008; 10:19 A.M.

great work

i just love coming on this site & looking at your work. it is amazing. i was wondering how you get your photos to look so much like paintings? i am an artist & this is really intersting to me

thank you

elena

Miriana . , January 08, 2008; 10:57 A.M.

10/10

People have said it all before me...I am a big fan! Thanks:)

Athena Aronow , February 09, 2008; 01:47 P.M.

Wow!

You're incredible at what you do! Thanks for sharing.

Jen Lambert , March 11, 2008; 03:14 P.M.

Stunning images. I'm sure you are proud. I love the toning you have used- it really adds to the magic of these animals. The portrait-style shots you have are beautiful and probably my favorite. Congratulations on a well done body of work.

Brian Cotgrove , March 19, 2008; 05:44 A.M.

Arabian Horses

Such a beautiful collection of images, a truly wonderful medium for this magnificent creature, you are to be congatulated for your craftmanship, thankyou for alowing me to see the portfolio.

Ghulam Yasin , March 21, 2008; 03:22 P.M.

Very nice shots ........................?

Caegan Patterson , March 23, 2008; 01:12 P.M.

book recommendation

My favorite of all-time book is King of the Wind by Marguerite Henry, which tells the story of the founding of the thoroughbred breed ... from these Arabs. The book taps core love for me. When I saw your photos today ... the beauty here brings tears to my eyes and takes me right back to wonderful childhood times with the book and with horses. Thank you so much.

Caegan

Andrew Keck , March 24, 2008; 08:41 P.M.

Horse pictures

I could write page after page, but it comes down to the fact that I am find your horse images to be startling. I feel a little less jaded after seeing them.

Many thanks

Andrew Keck

Andrzej Mis , April 14, 2008; 10:11 P.M.

LOVE & HORSES

kon polski

- jednak istnieje prawdziwa milosc -

this fotos - is't true that must be authentic LOVE

Wojtku! GRATULIUJE i ... zazdroszcze

amis

Bill Symmons , April 22, 2008; 10:37 P.M.

Wojtek, I have tried photographing horses on the move. It sure isn't easy to get the majesty and moment just right. Then throw in the lighting and the way in which the horse is "looking" and you have a real tough job to get any images you would call keepers. Whilst I'm sure you must make a number of exposures to get the right one, the number and superb quality of what you choose to present to us is unmatched anywhere I have viewed. Absolutely wonderful.

Oh, and I did notice you seem to have elicited some debate on the way you choose to present the image that was in your mind for the picture you wanted. I'm not interested in discussing what is or isn't photography but the way you choose to present your vision is absolutely artistic and superb. Please keep on and on you are an inspiration.

My compliments, Bill

Marjan Krebelj , April 23, 2008; 07:56 A.M.

Horses never looked so magnificent as on your photos! Congrats!

Veronica Anderton , April 24, 2008; 03:20 P.M.

I love these images of Horses you have captured. How fortunate you are to have access to such a beautiful subject.

James Markus , April 29, 2008; 05:03 P.M.

Your horse photos are truly works of art! Excellent portfolio!

Debbi Ferranti , May 04, 2008; 08:21 P.M.

all photograph

Argue if you would like about photography or art. You must understand how incrediably hard it is to photography animals. Only those who love the Arabian Horse can truelly appreciate what wonderful work this is. Debbi

Carlo Mogavero , May 10, 2008; 09:45 A.M.

your horses are really unique

mary kay , May 17, 2008; 03:44 P.M.

May I please

have permission to use one of these wonderful photos of horses in my own photo manip? I believe that the way you've captured them is absolutely stunning. The photo of the horse will be credited to you of course.

=] absolutely amazing portfolio.

peter lawlor , May 21, 2008; 02:28 P.M.

superb photography

i earn a living photographing the equine beast, yet these photos leave me speachless and in awe. kia kaha e wojtek. kia kaha!.

dawn mcguire , May 23, 2008; 10:19 P.M.

I love your portfolio...

Staggering work.... The movement and composition are simply beautiful in these pictures. You have captured the spirit and openness these horses show only towards you, . What can I say? Only pictures suffice to express the beauty you see. The best picutes I have seen of horses... Thankyou for sharing with everyone..

Juha Kivekas , May 26, 2008; 12:23 P.M.

There are people who'd like to be good photographers but can only expose correctly, then there are such like most of us that we try our best and every now and then we manage to create something decent. Then there are masters like Emil Schildt, Michael Ezra and Wojtek Kviatkovski. They are miles above us mortals. What can you really say. Beautiful.

Maija Athena , June 06, 2008; 09:03 P.M.

I love your gallery of horse portraits! You are truly an artist and the most unique horse photographer I have ever encountered. Thank you so much for sharing your art with the world!

Mark Standley , June 14, 2008; 09:25 A.M.

I am in awe-stunning, exquisite. Kindest regards.

Sarah Austin , June 14, 2008; 11:49 A.M.

Your work is amazing! I look at it almost everyday and tell all my friends. Beautiful.

Joke Weier , June 18, 2008; 05:06 P.M.

Unbelievable. More than wonderful work.

Bardzo mi sie podobaja! Pozdrawiam With regards.

Paolo Bevilacqua , June 28, 2008; 06:53 P.M.

Hi Wojtek

It compliments for this portfolio. the images of the horses are indeed extraordinary. Ciao Bevip

Keith Lancaster , July 02, 2008; 05:59 A.M.

An outstanding contribution to Photo Net...many congratulations on your fine work with the camera and with the computer!

Raoul Paolo Foroni , July 02, 2008; 07:44 A.M.

no words!

Very beautiful portfolio. 10/10. Great work of post processing, but over all wonderful photos. With admiration. Raoul

Adriaan van den Bos , July 05, 2008; 04:35 P.M.

Arabian Horses

Dear Wojtek,

Your photographs of Arabian Horses are just stunning. You should try to get them published!

Kind regards, Adriaan van den Bos

Pierre Villeneuve , August 18, 2008; 07:40 P.M.

Sory my english is not good beacause I have so much to say about your portfolio. I could say every thing was said but their is one thing left. The image of the horses make a strong emotion inside seing the power of those animal. (les images font jaillir une emotion forte a la vue de la puissance de ces chevaux.)

Regards Pierre

Julie Norton , August 24, 2008; 12:18 P.M.

Beautiful horses

I am one of the suckers who saw your phtotos after they were stolen and uploaded to another web site, but have to say these are some of the best pictures of Arabians I have ever seen. Truely beautiful! -Julie

Johan Jooste , August 25, 2008; 09:56 A.M.

FANTASTIC SHOTS OF HORSES - ONE CAN SEE THAT YOU MUST HAVE SPEND QUITE A LOT OF TIME WITH THE HORSES TO GET SUCH EXCELLENT PICTURES.

Amanda T Forteza , August 25, 2008; 08:27 P.M.

There is nothing that can compare with the satisfactions that one feels when you photograph an Arabian horse. I thought I had good pictures of these horses, but I’m speech less.

I would like to see more.

EVE HARLOWE , August 29, 2008; 01:30 A.M.

BRILLIANT!!!!

STUNNING PHOTOGRAPHY. YOU SHOWCASE THE MAJESTY ,GRACE ,AND POWER THESE BEAUTIFULLY ANIMALS EXQUISITELY....BRAVO!!!

EVE HARLOWE , August 30, 2008; 03:11 A.M.

SPEECHLESS

EXQUISITE!!!!! NUFF SAID!

Sukru Sarac , September 01, 2008; 06:36 A.M.

Excellent portfolio.

I really liked your works. Best regards.

John Ochiltree , September 01, 2008; 04:30 P.M.

More photos, please!

Adore the horses. When are we going to see more? I can't wait.

michael greco , September 05, 2008; 04:50 P.M.

your port !

has totally blown me away, incredibly beautiful ! i am inspired and am amused of those comments that are doing their best to put it in some category. amazing photos , and amazing art!

Rolf S. (Unterberken) , September 09, 2008; 01:02 P.M.

I never saw photos of this quality

My greatest compliments. I never saw photos of horses of this quality!!!

Greetings Rolf

Ines Lojna Funtak , September 14, 2008; 01:14 A.M.

Amazing photos of horses! Stunning! Ines

Jeffrey Bloom , September 25, 2008; 06:03 P.M.

Arabian horses

Beautiful, magical, powerful. Your photographs are inspiring.

Ioan Alexandru Chiru , October 09, 2008; 07:31 A.M.

Hi,

Very nice portfolio, great colors, congratulations !

Ghulam Yasin , October 16, 2008; 04:01 P.M.

Excelente shots

Judit Kovácsics , October 20, 2008; 01:06 P.M.

Great gallery! Really nice photos!

Jef Van den Houte , November 05, 2008; 05:02 A.M.

Great portfolio. Your captures of horses are amazing

amoon moon , November 10, 2008; 04:37 A.M.

superb portfolio

regards

Francesco Cifarelli , December 12, 2008; 03:27 A.M.

Very good!!

Great work!! Your shots are really fascinating, congrats!!

Ines Lojna Funtak , December 24, 2008; 02:36 P.M.

Wish You good light in new year! Marry Christmas! Ines

YASAR UGUR , January 01, 2009; 10:33 A.M.

beautiful photos, congratulations

Paola Marinangeli , January 01, 2009; 01:48 P.M.

SIMPLY WONDERFUL

Dear Woijtek I am a fan of your Arabian Horse photos from the time I have discovered your web site and being so much in love with Arabian Horses (I am an Arabian horse painter) and interested in photography it is easy to understand how much I appreciate those photographers who , like you, are able to express the true essence of Arabian Horse beauty. I am new in this community (with my little gallery of still life and flowers) and it is a real pleasure to find you, here and admire here too your wonderful shots. Your portfolio is now marked as one of my most favourite, particularly the Arabian Horse galleries and hope to see in 2009 a greater numer of your 'Arabians' for the joy of all like me love these wonderful horses and love the art of photography. My best wishes for the new year

Paola

Ahmet Gurses , January 15, 2009; 01:58 P.M.

hi Wojtek ...

... excelent portfolio ... congrats ... regards from Nicosia Cyprus ...

Sabin Flutur , January 16, 2009; 08:08 A.M.

A very beautiful collection of horse photography. The attention to details reflects your love for these animals. Excellent work. Regards.

Siavash Arian , January 18, 2009; 01:08 A.M.

Great Shots

Lovely, nice, wonderful portfolio, I love your photos.......

Good luck

Orhan Köse , January 20, 2009; 07:25 P.M.

Hi

Excellent portfolio.

Trish vandenBerg , January 25, 2009; 09:33 A.M.

hello.....i have been away for a bit and came back and visited you again......oh you r an amazing photographer !!! i cannot get enough of your photos ever !!!

best regards from bahamas...

~trish~

Cristina Velina Ion , January 29, 2009; 03:05 P.M.

..You have a speachless portofolio!!!

Congratulations and all the best! Cris.

Pierre Dumas , February 05, 2009; 02:36 P.M.

Dear Wojtek

I would like to express my admiration of your works which I have noticed on the top photos pages a long time ago! My sincere congratulations and best wishes!

PDE

Anthony Stubbs , February 05, 2009; 11:11 P.M.

I don't know how you do it. I don't want to know how you do it. I simply want that you don't stop what you're doing...and allow me to continue enjoying your work.

Thanks Wojtek ..for sharing.

Petri Volanen , February 16, 2009; 07:47 A.M.

This is one of those portfolios where I keep return time after time. I admire your work.

ROCCO CINEFRA , March 02, 2009; 06:36 P.M.

I Wojtek

I like yours horses, great pictures! Congrats!

michael greco , March 05, 2009; 07:08 P.M.

your portfolio !

just BRILLIANT !

Paul Alford , March 20, 2009; 03:07 A.M.

Hello Wojtek,

I'm absolutely blown away by your horse images. I haven't ever seen anything like it. You have truly mastered the Arab (if not in riding).

As I look at each and every one I'm filled with so many different emotions.

Thank you for taking the time to share your work. Truly inspiring stuff.

Kindest Regards

Paul

Milan Malovrh , March 24, 2009; 12:28 P.M.

Excellent portfolio.Bravo!!!!!!

Zoran Kostic , April 11, 2009; 01:50 P.M.

Outstanding work. Bravo!

Bruce Stevenson, ABC , April 15, 2009; 09:36 P.M.

Viola'

Moving, inspiring, thank you.

Jane Girardot , May 20, 2009; 03:51 P.M.

Great Work

Beautiful work, I would love to paint one of your horses someday. My Father has a ranch with many horses and I grew up riding. I think your horse photography is extraordinary. Thanks for sharing.

Oskar Papierz , May 23, 2009; 06:39 A.M.

Genialne, urzekajace i dopracowane w szczegolach portfolio. Musisz bardzo kochac konie i ludzi. Najwyzsze wyrazy uznania. Pozdrawiam serdecznie.

Bettie Coetzee , June 06, 2009; 10:50 A.M.

compelling

Wojtek, What a compliment to you to have inspired such heated debate with your stunning images. The art historical, penetrating, angry, elated content of the debate in fact compelled me to save this single page for referring to it again later. Not only to review your iconic images of heroism, joy, fun, virility (called horse) but to the calm and informed points made by Mona Chrome and Gail in particular. Toast to you. And to Photo.net bosses who allowed this debate in your forum. :-))

Marta Naranjo , June 13, 2009; 06:55 P.M.

uuuufffffff....

wow wow wow what a beautiful pictures..... they are so beautifull photos... wow I like so much... very much... you´re a very good photographer. :)

congratulations from Spain.... :DDDD

Trisha Jean-Angela , June 25, 2009; 10:05 P.M.

Stunning!

Stunning photographs and a phenomenal portfolio. I see no reason for a debate; your photographs are beautiful and capture the strength, beauty, intellect and soul of these maginficent horses. I cannot pick a favorite! Excellent work, thank you for sharing.

Paula Royce , July 07, 2009; 07:15 P.M.

Phenomenal Work

I would love it if you would pick just one of your dazzling horse photographs and share exif data and post processing techniques.

Again, the work is breathtaking.

Eliete dos Santos Teixeira , July 19, 2009; 09:17 P.M.

Awesome portfolio. Congrats.

Bolivar Miranda-Bardellini , July 23, 2009; 08:54 P.M.

Congratulations

Photo net best horse pictures. Saludos!!!

Egri Eduard , July 29, 2009; 09:45 A.M.

Great portofolio!

Ramón Espelt , July 31, 2009; 07:23 A.M.

Las fotos de los caballos son dignas de admirar. Un portofolio realmente excelente.

Saudos

Jim Tipton , August 13, 2009; 08:54 A.M.

Amazing work. I will never look at a horse the same. 8/8. Regards-Jim

Wes Blakeslee , August 22, 2009; 12:31 A.M.

Great photos!

Is your work for sale? How would I go about purchasing a photo?

drwesb@aol.com

Adam James , August 23, 2009; 03:41 P.M.

This is an outstanding portfolio, your work is truly breathtaking. I especially like your post processing, I'd love to know how you do this.

Christine Justice , August 27, 2009; 04:23 P.M.

these photographs are gorgeous. that's all i have to say.

Ruth Burchell , September 26, 2009; 01:43 A.M.

Horse

My most favorite animal is a horse. These images are exceptionally beautiful, well done

Enny M , October 07, 2009; 09:32 A.M.

All has been said,but I am speechless. Cheers Enny.

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Charles Miller , November 05, 2009; 09:44 P.M.

Your images of horses are mind boggling. They show the power, the emotion, the beauty and grace of these animals. I don't pretend to understand the discussion in the earlier part of this page. I canonly say these are ART and stand as a testament to your talent. Well done!!!! - Charles

Milan Malovrh , November 14, 2009; 05:11 P.M.

Amazing work!!!!!!!!!!!

Ghiga 2 , November 17, 2009; 04:04 A.M.

I see today your works.

WOW!

You love horses: we can understand it from your beautiful images of these beautiful creatures!

Ciao, Raffaella

marut marlert , November 29, 2009; 01:58 A.M.

wwwoooooowwww!!

I'm a great arabians' fan and I'd like to buy your prints but your website given has nothing in it, pls. contact for me or tell me which ever means I could contact you, IT"S JUST AMAZING!!!

James Shepherd , November 30, 2009; 05:49 A.M.

Digital painting

These are amazing images and I was wondering wheteher you would kindly give me permission to digital paint one or two of them?

yasmin mohamed , December 04, 2009; 06:32 A.M.

thanks

i like hourses so much thanks who made those photos of hourses wish to obtained more&more

Donka Ilieva , December 06, 2009; 04:36 A.M.

great!

amaizing, wonderful, beautiful...! thank you for this huge pleasure!

Joze Stucin , December 06, 2009; 10:47 A.M.

very beautifil portfolio!

Roberto Anil , December 16, 2009; 11:21 P.M.

Love your work

I spent a lot of time enjoying your captures. Congratulations for your great talent.

yiannis pavlis , January 09, 2010; 11:14 P.M.

Fantastic work

Lori Musil , January 24, 2010; 02:44 A.M.

equine perfection!

You are an artist behind the camera! Awesome horse photography. I am an equine artist and would love to use your work for my art. Keep up the fantastic work!

Dominik Kuklinski , January 26, 2010; 05:50 A.M.

GRATULACJE

Jestes absolutnie mistrzem swojej niszy

Melanie Newman , January 29, 2010; 11:10 A.M.

They should call you the "Horse Whisperer"

MKN

Reza Varasteh Kia , January 29, 2010; 09:27 P.M.

Appreciation

Hi Wojtek, I am a plastic surgeon and eagerly interested in different types of horses.Your works about this beautiful animal is appreciated.It would be better to give more details of lenses apertures,speed,time, etc.I took some of your pictures as my favorites.Hope to hear from U. Reza Varasteh Kia MD/FIAS

Wendy Pros , January 30, 2010; 02:07 A.M.

Arabians

I would like to say you have captured the true expression and vitality of the Arabian horse in your photos. A gifted artist you are. I would also ask, do you allow use of your photos for reference for art work?

Jaroslaw Janczuk , February 10, 2010; 03:55 P.M.

Zdjęcia konie rewelacyjne. Szacunek!

Davíð örn guðmundsson , February 18, 2010; 01:40 P.M.

Stolen pics from u

Here is an link to 4 pics that are stolen from your gallery.. http://www.flickr.com/photos/kurdsat/

With best regards Davíð Örn... Eagles@talnet.is

Robert Brower , March 02, 2010; 11:39 P.M.

TREBORB

I have read most of the comments, good and bad. I always like to think and ask a question. What is a horse? Stand next to one, you will qulckly have the answer.

Sheer power. Sheer beauty, Sheer grace, especially when on the move. As such Wojtek, captures it all.

for those of you who don't like his photos, go stand near a horse Not to close to the horses rear!

Tom Sheridan , March 12, 2010; 11:27 A.M.

No Horsing Around ...

... these are excellent images, some are traditional photography, others best described as photo illustration. They are both of artistic merit.

For my own photographs, I am biased toward straight representation. But that is only one man's opinion.

E. J. , April 11, 2010; 08:35 A.M.

Fine work -- inspiring.

Leslie Nicole , April 14, 2010; 03:40 A.M.

Inspiring

I love your work! I'm bowled over. Absolutely stunning. I'm sure I'm going to spend a lot of time looking at each one. Very inspiring to me.

Iisa Lepistö , April 14, 2010; 09:37 A.M.

Beautiful...

I can´t say anything else than beautiful, so so beautiful! First: you are choosed just great horse, because always peoples says "Arabian horses are more beautiful horses in the world" aaaaaand i like too much your photography style, it´s really beautiful and i like that feel when i look your pictures!

imael Photographe , May 14, 2010; 04:50 P.M.

féérique.

The light and your pictures are very amazing. Your Horse's pictures is wonderfull.

I love this.

Kyra Sinkowsky , June 07, 2010; 09:06 P.M.

These photos are absolutely amazing! You truly have captured the spirit and beauty of the Arabians. Are any of these for sale?

Yannis Delgas , June 22, 2010; 03:57 A.M.

Amazing...

Amazing portfolio!!!! i m an arabians horse owner and i realize the difference ...i wish you where closer to me to catch some 'themes' with my horses...you are a ''horse'' photography influence to me...i m always watching you.......very Congratulations!!!

Nebojsa Radojevic , September 06, 2010; 12:03 P.M.

All compliments for your portfolio.

Regards, Nebojsa.

 

Chantelle Melzer , October 06, 2010; 03:00 A.M.

Hi Wojtek

Your work is absolutely amazing..... your passion for horses shines through! Keep up the good work, and thank you for sharing (your work is truly inspiring).

Charlie DeCuir , October 11, 2010; 09:15 P.M.

Amazing

WOW....!!!!!

Sally Delacruz , October 19, 2010; 02:16 P.M.

A Learning Experience

I was floored,so to speak, when I fisrt seen that photo I wrote comments and used for e card for my friends who love that composition. I was very much interested of these horses so I explored more. I did not know your kind of photographies created a lot of comments since 2006.That is good because we are thinking and we are reacting. Ideas and comments that made us learn ( the hobbiest like me) and have to read more and check them out ( the critics). It's really exhilarating and super interesting.

Thank you for sharing. I love all, of your collections,they're stunning and made me, to learn more,just being a hobby for me. Cheers ! you made difference to me.

Gabriela Gacova , November 07, 2010; 03:47 P.M.

I love horses

Hello.

I love horses and yours photos with them. It is amazing  how you know to cath these nice animals. Every day I looking on your website and I looking forward from yours new nice photos. Thank you so much, that you make me every day better. 

Good luck. Gabriela from Slovakia

Tomek Gooseberry , November 08, 2010; 08:02 A.M.

horsemania ;-)

Are you sure you're not related to the Kossak family? -- if not, they should adopt you as an honorary member of the clan!  :)

Michael Davies , November 15, 2010; 01:41 P.M.

Beautiful images.

Look at the image not the medium. Is it beautiful? Yes. Is it evocative? Yes. Is it photography? What does it matter? Its a beautiful, evocative image. Well done.

Cynthia Matty , November 26, 2010; 05:42 P.M.

Equestrian Photography

Profoundly beautiful equestrian photography, BRAVO, Just Lovely.  

sinan niyazi kutsal , December 02, 2010; 10:04 A.M.

hi wojtek

ı learn to you from my friend orhan köse . Your portfolio is magnificnt. Very good very nice very proffessional. nice to meet your photos:)

sue tye , January 01, 2011; 12:37 P.M.

Brilliant work!!! All the best Sue 

Vivi Blu , January 04, 2011; 05:55 P.M.

Great job.

Amazing work. Congratulations!

Marita Toftgard , January 16, 2011; 04:20 A.M.

Master of horses!

I am very impressed by your artistic approach both to photography and postprocessing

Excellent work

I have chosen one of the Arabs as my favourites;)

Marita

Sweden

Bora Benic , January 17, 2011; 03:40 P.M.

http://www.facebook.com/home.php#!/photo.php?fbid=485622203505&set=a.378467583505.162713.245627053505 .Dear photographer, whose is this photograph? Best wishes.Borabenic

Amanda LaHanko , January 20, 2011; 09:35 A.M.

Stunning!! I love your Arabians. I grew up with four Arabians and you've captured their beauty, grace, and strength so perfectly.

Pierre Dumas , January 27, 2011; 12:57 A.M.

Wojtek

Your photographs are the best in the category, best I've ever seen! I remember your photos from the beginning of my membership here and I still am amazed with their beauty, elegance and artistic highest level value! Congratulations and all the best!

PDE

Lawrence Paiken , February 13, 2011; 08:29 P.M.

Thank you!

Thanks for the inspration. Your work is from another planet. OUTSTANDING. Regards, Lawrence.

Julia Kretsch , March 18, 2011; 06:43 P.M.

Outstanding gallery!
Thank you for the emotions.

kambiz babakhani , April 12, 2011; 02:55 P.M.

Perfect

hi,

i love your portfolio full of passion, amazing captures of horses my friend

looking forward to see more.

erkan ozen , April 19, 2011; 06:58 A.M.

wonderfull...

Dear Mr. Kwaitkowski,

Your photos are best of the best.. Specialy horses...

Congratulations...

Erkan OZEN

istanbul / Turkey

RP Vincent , April 24, 2011; 01:41 P.M.

As a horseman and photographer...Incredibly well done. I've never seen anything like them.

RP Vincent

Amr Justem , May 08, 2011; 07:13 P.M.

Beautiful Eye!

Your eye for capturing photos, especially horses, is amazing. Beautiful lighting, Beautiful treatment. Beautiful art.

Tatiana Vasilieva , May 11, 2011; 07:10 A.M.

Wizard????

Are you a photo wizard? ...or maybe a horses' god? How have you done THESE? How much time have you spent to create this collection? today I randomly
found your profile and was very wonder to see the picture I set as my desktop background several months ago.... that time I spent a couple of hours looking for the picture of my dream in internet )))) What a pleasure to find treasures source one day!

Rolando De la Fuente , May 13, 2011; 09:47 P.M.

Yeguada Cárdenas

Outstanding Shots! Most of this pictures are from Yeguada Miguel Ángel Cárdenas, am I right?

Beautiful shots, Beautiful horses, you couldn't get them better!

Best Wishes

Rolando de la Fuente

jorge fernandez , May 21, 2011; 07:57 A.M.

Wojtek

Your file is amazing full of creativity and gorgeous images. Congratulations. Warm regards from Miami.

Isabelle Green , June 02, 2011; 02:57 P.M.

Inspiring work...

Lovely work, very rich and dramatic creations which are obviously the work of someone with love and respect for his subjects.

Some of the comments on this portfolio remind me of what photographers who used Photoshop to enhance the photo or to perhaps transport the subjects to a world (background) more worthy of them, encountered on flickr a while ago... before the more painterly creations were generally accepted as art/photography.

I admire both the straight-from-the-camera equine photography (although I think that today you'd be hard-pressed to find many that haven't been processed through Lightroom or Aperture at the bare minimum) and the more painterly photograph processed using the artist/photographer's hand and vision in Photoshop or Painter. If a work moves or inspires me, the process is irrelevant. 

And this work inspires and moves me.

Marte Ramberg , October 31, 2011; 05:25 P.M.

BORROW?

Hi. My name is Marte Ramberg, I'm 17 years old and come from Norway. I have to say, I really love your photographs, your really amazing. But I was wondering. You wrote yourself on your site "All photos are copyright the photographer, and may not be used without written permission." (http://photo.net/photodb/member-photos?user_id=1561226) and I was wondering if I could use your beautiful pictures in a virtual horse-game online? Minstall.no/Mydreamstable.com is the name of the site. Have you heard of it before? Anyway, If I could use your pictures, I will write on every pic that you, Wojtek Kwiatkowski have taken these pictures, and that they are copyrightet. Example: © picture by Wojtek Kwiatkowski. I hope I can use your pictures with permission, then I would be so happy! :-) /Marte Ramberg 90885311 Trondheim Norway

Jesus Salazar , November 16, 2011; 09:10 P.M.

An inmense artistic talent, behind a great photographer, that's what makes your work so memorable!!!

It is just an honour and a satisfaction for me, being able to share my thoughts to you!

All the best, Wojtek!!

Manuela Riveiro García , January 17, 2012; 05:41 P.M.

Extraordinario portafolio. 

Los caballos soberbios. Felicidades!!!

Gabriel Puyana , January 17, 2012; 11:04 P.M.

Superb!

I am both a horse lover and a photographer... This is one of the best works I have seen in recent years... Amazing! Gabriel Puyana www.gabrielpuyanaphotography.com

khanne fosson-davis , February 03, 2012; 06:50 P.M.

PERFECTION, POETRY IN MOTION

Manuela Riveiro García , March 24, 2012; 07:40 P.M.

Maravilloso portafolio, lleno de sensibilidad, luz, movimiento y magia.

Enhorabuena!!!

Piero Cornaglia , March 25, 2012; 02:42 P.M.

Meravigliose!

Complimenti: sono foto magnifiche. Bravissimo!

Marta Naranjo , March 27, 2012; 03:58 A.M.

Share

Wonderful...... I want to share your photos on my Facebook, can i do it? 

Whaiting for your answer.... soon. 

 

Allways.. yours.

Marta

Jorgen Norgaard , August 21, 2012; 08:30 A.M.

Great horse portfolio, congrats.

Maruishka FineArt , September 17, 2012; 04:41 P.M.

Permission to paint

Hello,
There is no one word to describe what you have captured. I am in awe of your photographs Wojtek and would like to inquire about getting
written permission to paint some of these incredible horses.
Please contact me at MaruishkaFineArt@gmail.com
Thank you for adding to the wheel of emotions.
Maruishka

Richard Scott , December 16, 2012; 09:09 P.M.

Beautiful horses, beautiful photos...

Probably the finest portfolio on Photo.net. I aspire to take photos as high in quality as these some day.

Karoly Posgay , December 30, 2012; 05:36 P.M.

Great pictures, fantastic portfolio, congratulations!

jorge fernandez , March 07, 2013; 07:48 P.M.

Wojtek,

Gorgeous beyond words... amazing images my friend. Warm regards.

Manuela Riveiro García , May 04, 2013; 07:21 P.M.

Maravillosa cartera, llena de belleza y sensibilidad. Enhorabuena!!!

Guy OLIVER , May 15, 2013; 12:50 P.M.

French fan

Hello,
I am fascinated by the pictures with horses taken by Wojtek KWIATKOWSKI. Being an amateur painter, I would love to reproduce some of them on canvas. Iwould be most honoured to have his authorisation. Could you possibly forward my request to him, please ?
Thank you in advance.
Guy OLIVER

Miguel Boyayan , October 15, 2013; 10:02 P.M.

um belo trabalho você tem, abraços.

luisa dasilva , October 23, 2013; 08:34 P.M.

Hi Wojtek, your portfolio is exceptional, full of color, passion for photography, it's a pleasure to visit any time and learn from you. You truly are an inspiration for me!!! Congratulations for your spectacular work!!!
Warmest regards,
LuDa

Jon Wilbrecht , November 09, 2013; 08:03 P.M.

The passion in the horses is amazing. Worthy of a book.

Giuseppe di Pietrantonio , January 28, 2014; 01:53 P.M.

Extraordinary,fantastic portfolio!Compliments!Bravo!

Jennie Smallenbroek , February 11, 2014; 10:02 A.M.

licence

i LOVE your photo's and trying to get in touch to buy a licence for using one of them. But you do not respond?
Please get in touch on jenniesmallenbroek@gmail.com

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