Capturing the essence of nocturnal Warsaw, we take a deeper look at the work of this month’s cover photographer Daniel Remian and his Infinite Dreams project…
WI: What do you love so much about photographing Warsaw at night?
DR: The city’s quieter but yet more alive; it’s a completely different vibe at night. I think, also, that once the sun sets the architecture feels less chaotic and the futuristic aspects of the city become much more apparent.
How would you describe the aesthetic and atmospheric style of Infinite Dreams?
I like think of it as neo-noir with a hint of nostalgia and escapism.
From the perspective of a photographer, how does a city change at night?
To me, it becomes way more interesting and cinematic. The streets start to empty whilst the colors become more vibrant and diverse; you can see the buildings start to shine. It all gets much more moody and dark. Moreover, it’s easier to shoot whatever you want, as there’s less people to bother you!
Your Infinite Dreams collection focuses mainly on the buildings and towers of Warsaw. What draws you to them?
I live here so it’s easy for me to just go out and capture my surroundings. Warsaw is the fastest-changing city in Poland and that gives it many layers of contrast between the old and the new. I love visiting the numerous current construction sites and observing how the skyline is changing from within.
You were a food and drink photographer before covid struck – how’s the virus impacted your work?
That’s right, I used to get way more event and food-related assignments but the times have changed – I had to branch out. I now mainly do a mix of commercial, fashion and interior photography.
How do you want people to interpret your work.
I want my viewers to feel transported to a different time and place; to feel detached from reality like we do in our dreams. I love telling stories through my photography, but ultimately it’s up to them to interpret my work in whatever way they want. So long as my work evokes some kind of emotion then I’m happy.
What’s the most important lesson you’ve learned as a photographer?
To be calm and patient, both when shooting and waiting for opportunities, and to appreciate when things are going well.
For more on Daniel’s work, see: website