About Tomasz Rolko
"DiegoR. At the beginning I'm not a poet or a photographer- I'm a creator. I'm not a graphic designer, either... Yes, I'm a creator. I graduated with BA from State Higher School in Biala Podlaska(Poland). I have been writing poems since 2004. Writing hit me like a bolt from the blue. Some day, I just sat down and wrote my first poem,that's the way it started. At the beginning, I drew inspiration from discussions with my mates from the 83 ÅšcianaWschodniaZine. My first steps weren't easy. It seemed to me I wrote well. Looking back, however, I see my writing was nothing special. Nevertheless, it was necessary to begin from some point. Soon, I began to write for "ScianaWschodnia". At that time I got acquainted with the DIY initiative, thanks to which I published four books of poetry and two brochures of my poetry group called "Black Angel". Then, some Internet projects were launched, in which we combined the written word with the picture, to be more specific with graphics and photography (take a look at "Axis Art Project"). This project is still "alive" but to be honest, the web site is not up to date. Looking back, my adventure with photography began in an unusual way because I started from the "pinhole" photograph. Next, I got interested in the nineteenth century photographic technique, which I have been working on till present with various results. Another step was making photographs with the digital SLR. Now, I'm focused on merging photographs, paintings, drawings as well as graphics(sometimes together with the written word), the examples of which are the "works" below. I call the pieces merged techniques, since they are made using the mentioned method, starting from watercolors, and ending with the written word, a quotation or a poem. My inspiration is widely understood art, but the most significant element is the music: The Cure, Depeche Mode, Massive Attack etc, etc. "