In the Mind Of
In the Mind Of: The Always Evolving Magdalena Experience
“Art is the one place where we all turn to for solace.” – Carrie Mae Weems
Magdalena Wosinska is an experience. Feminine and rugged, adventurous, and deeply introspective, she exists in the space of dualities. The photographer gained much recognition for her voyeuristic photo series The Magdalena Experience, where she explores life experiences in the nude, always at peace in her most sacred and natural form. Her series invites spectators to evolve with her, from feeling a summer breeze in a golden field to a tender embrace with her mother in a touching testament to intergenerational intimacy.
When you’re in Magda’s presence, you’re likely to hear an unexpected story. Sentences like, “I photographed an astronaut recently,” casually drop from her mouth. Low and behold, images of astronaut Jessica Meir fresh from a recent jaunt in outer space shows up on her Instagram account. Her wide scope of work is a reflection of her love for the medium. “Photography is my biggest love and passion. I’m so grateful to have found this magic of creation at the age of 14, and as I get older, I’m even more in love with it,” Magda explains. This passion bleeds through her work, as she dances from ad campaigns to documentary images and everything in-between.
2020 has been a full year for each of us, with many being involuntarily prompted to slow down due to COVID-19, the stress of civil unrest and the uncertainty riddled in-between each waking moment. “I’ve learned a lot about being more of a resourceful creative. I, for the first time in my life, slowed down and was able to collaborate and create with others, to think things through, and to have a less cluttered approach,” Magda shares.
“Looking back at the last 9 months, I feel I have grown a lot as a photographer, and my work has actually gotten better. I feel very lucky to have had this experience during such changing times that were really difficult. I stopped being hard on myself and my life flow got better as did my work”
In the midst of raging wildfires plaguing the west coast, Magda was charged with defending her Joshua Tree home from a fire. Rigging a hose that looked strikingly familiar to a firefighter’s hose, surrounding her home with trash cans of water, and moving all the flammable items in her home to her bathtub were just a few impromptu skills she picked up in her crash course on fire fighting. When I asked her about the lessons an uncontrollable natural disaster taught her, there was much to say… But, the first words she spoke with a deep level of exhaustion was, “Wow. That was really stressful.” She continued to explain, “I learned a lot — how to make important decisions very quickly, how to collect the right information to apply to that experience. That fire really changed a lot for me. It made me see in myself what I would fight for, the purpose to even fight.”
Speaking of fighting, many of us are fighting for a better future for ourselves, our families, our communities. Media often focuses on what feels hopeless rather than holding a vision of hope. With this in mind, I was curious about what Magda was holding as her vision of hope for the future. So much of what she shares resonates as sage wisdom. “Community, people seeing one another as equal. Giving a helping hand, listening, sharing what they have, teaching, learning. Being in the same room and all standing on the same platform. Love. Understanding. Knowledge.” She continues, “I have dreams about this, that there are people of all walks of life, ages, genders, ethnicities, and we are all at the park walking dogs, playing with kids, having a picnic. Everyone who passes each other smiles… Dreams.” Maybe if we all hold this vision of hope, it will be our reality soon enough. Dreams, indeed.