One Light, One Wall

Call it self-preservation, narcissism, artistic expression, or obsession, but artist/photographer/medical-device engineer Joseph Murawski’s series one light, one wall is highly addictive. Although primarily a painter, he has been regularly taking self-portraits against the bare wall of his basement since November 2005. Like countless obsessive self-portrait shooters, Murawski uses the same background, same camera (he started with a small Sony point-and-shoot, but upgraded to a Nikon D70 in March

Call it self-preservation, narcissism, artistic expression, or obsession, but artist/photographer/medical-device engineer Joseph Murawski’s series one light, one wall is highly addictive. Although primarily a painter, he has been regularly taking self-portraits against the bare wall of his basement since November 2005.

Like countless obsessive self-portrait shooters, Murawski uses the same background, same camera (he started with a small Sony point-and-shoot, but upgraded to a Nikon D70 in March 2006), same light (a compact fluorescent), and, of course, the same subject. But his point isn’t to document the slow passage of time. Instead, his portraits are much more inspired conveying what he calls “chaotic, or even frantic” moods and emotions.