Luke Krzysztofiak: A Lover of Chicago’s Past, Present, and Future by Anna Cox
Over a year ago, I stumbled upon @agentluke’s feed on Instagram. I was immediately drawn to his strong sense of composition. The majority of his feed at that time was architecture from around Chicago. I adored the easy way he shot such detail, his strong sense of line, and the balance he always found in the shots. While staying true to his unique sense of composition, in recent months he has branched out into shooting more than just facades. Luke’s current series of abandoned locations blows me away. As a lover of the forgotten, the tenderness in which he shoots these locations touches a deep place within me. Anyone can shoot a broken down house but only a few can make it speak. Luke is one of the few I have run across that can give a place a voice and help tell its story. Overall, Luke is one of my favorites on instagram and I am so pleased to be able to introduce him to you all.
A: Anna L: Luke
A: I’ve been following you for a year now. Your feed has evolved in that time. How do you see the progression of your craft?
L: In the sense of it all, I think I’ve come a full circle. But before that I really want to thank you for your attention and am humbled that it is so. I’ve really let myself go when the mobile photography genre started getting traction. I was on few other platforms featuring traditional photography as well as digital and canvas artwork, but I never really put myself out there as much. It might have been due in part because I never owned a dslr or maybe that my street art career* called for anonymity. In any case, the ability to shoot and manipulate anywhere, with what I already have, gave me the opportunity I need to really put the focus back onto what I truly felt that I want to do. Create, inspire and share who I am and where I come from.
A: Where do you find the most inspiration?
L: At the beginning my main shooting objective was Chicago architecture. Not really the famous and glamorous parts of town but the everyday grid as seen by just another famous nobody. Which to me, is an ordinary citizen with extraordinary love for the city. I’ll admit that at times I’ll get consumed by the skyline and shoot from a common perspective, but hey, can you blame me? I live in the the most architecturally significant city in the world as far as I’m concerned.
Bricks, arches, and ornaments?. Fire stations, municipal buildings and courtyards. And everyday Chicagoans. That is where I feel my language comes from. That is where I find inspiration.
A: Tell us about your website. I love the idea behind it.
L: If you speak of Urban Lithograph then I’ll tell you it is an idea lab open to the public. My projects reflect the direction it follows so if you visit regularly you know it changes quite often. The main piece that holds it together though is that all the ventures there are bound together by a need to advance and standardize the art of mobile photography, mobile graphic design and mobile art in general. I feel that an Urban Lithograph is as unique as the moment in which the idea or image was conceived in. And the instant connection of today allows me to really push that belief. Thus here we are, creating, sharing and inspiring each other.
My latest project is an art exhibit entitled ArchitecturalBreakDown. Architectural Interiors and Exteriors of places man has forgotten, but time has not. Opening reception is Saturday, April 14th at 7pm, in Chicago.
A: IG has grown by leaps and bounds since we started. I find myself overwhelmed at times with the contests, photos, followers ect. How do you deal with the changes? Have you changed the way you look at IG?
L: Well, I’ll admit that I’ve backed away from IG in the last few weeks. And now, that Facebook is the new owner I think I’ll focus more on other web platforms and events. Keeping in contact with all these amazing individuals that I’ve met over the years is my priority. IG isn’t really the best way to continue or to have an extensive exchange of ideas, so I am very grateful for blogs such as wearejuxt.com.
I think IG has become a gateway of sort for many artists and amateur photographers. It has awakened a sense of purpose within many who never had an outlet and an oudience they can receive feedback from.
But as with all things, progression calls for constant migration of thought and style. So as we enter a new chapter it’s only natural to embrace change and construct future upon it.
Thank you Luke! If you would like to see more of Luke’s amazing work check him out at his website http://urbanlithograph.com or on IG @agentluke.
Check out more of the amazing photographs from Luke.
Juxt thanks the both of you for your art, words, and contributions to the mobile community.
About Anna Cox
Anna Cox lives in Nicholasville, Kentucky where she is raising her two sons. She is a mixed media artist who uses photography as a stepping stone for her paintings. She is also involved with anti-human trafficking and helping women within the adult entertainment industry.