Witold Janusz Spiess, born in Cieszyn in August 1962. He graduated from Silesian University of Technology, Faculty of Mechanics. Afterwards he joined the University as a faculty member and was researching and teaching for a few years. Since 1992 he has been employed as a manager in an international corporation. At the same time he has been considering himself as a photographer.
Studying the texts of Stanislaw Ignacy Witkiewicz and works of Henri Cartier-Bresson has greatly influenced his way of image perception. Frequent contacts with nature and his passion for spending time in the mountains have coined his sensation for landscape and feeling of freedom while hiking with a camera in his hand. During his adult life he transponds these visions to the city environment showing people in trees‘ alleys or street streams. He is curious of faces; he does not fear conflicts.
His first lessons in photography included simple cameras with plastic lenses and bakelite boxes housing films with numbered paper bands. Discovering the images in the darkroom is the magic of creation. At the age of twelve he experiments with reversible images what results in his passion for crossing images twenty years later and an admiration for surreal colours of the negatives. He uses analog technologies employing traditional reagents, photographic paper and enlarger. He works with every kind of negative or reversible material from small to big picture. Since 2015 he photographs using digital technologies as a way to complement the technical capabilities. He has been distinguished in photography contests and does not shy away from framing his works by choosing suitable passe-partout and frame options. He has been working as a commercial photographer for many years focusing on portraits, family photography and landscapes. Since adding digital technology to his repertory he has been exploring wedding photography. His spare time activities include skiing and never-ending walks down the photography lane.