Arek Rataj has a special interest in what he calls ‘situational photography’, a larger umbrella of terms inclusive of candid, unplanned, un-staged photography – whether on the street or not. Immensely obsessed with faces and micro-expressions, Arek fully believes in the principle of serendipity. His quest so far has been to reveal to the outside world these truthful expressions that come to being in front of his eyes. While his photography is inherently more about subjects and faces than the city itself, all elements within the image corroborate to create strange, intimate portraits of strangers with a darker, sometimes sinister mood...
— Marie Laigneau / Elements of Creativity: The External World
Shijiazhuang, Hebei province, China 2015

Shijiazhuang, Hebei province, China 2015

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Shijiazhuang, Hebei province, China 2015

Shijiazhuang, Hebei province, China 2015

Shijiazhuang, Hebei province, China 2015

Shijiazhuang, Hebei province, China 2015

Shijiazhuang, Hebei province, China 2015

Shijiazhuang, Hebei province, China 2015

Shijiazhuang, Hebei province, China 2015

Shijiazhuang, Hebei province, China 2015

Nansantiao Commodity Market, Shijiazhuang, Hebei province, China 2015.

Nansantiao Commodity Market, Shijiazhuang, Hebei province, China 2015.

Subway, Beijing, China 2015

Subway, Beijing, China 2015

Jingying School, Shijiazhuang, Hebei province, China 2015

Jingying School, Shijiazhuang, Hebei province, China 2015

Shijiazhuang, Hebei province, China 2015

Shijiazhuang, Hebei province, China 2015

Shijiazhuang, Hebei province, China 2015

Shijiazhuang, Hebei province, China 2015

Shijiazhuang, Hebei province, China 2016

Shijiazhuang, Hebei province, China 2016