Born in 1980 in Poland, Gabriel Bienczycki trained at the National Ballet School. While he worked as a dancer in Portugal, Canada, Germany and the United States, he began experimenting with photography as a way to publicise his choreography. This culminated in an underwater dance piece, titled Unbound, shot off the coast of St. Lucia. Gabriel decided to devote his time and energy to photography and video full-time, and retired from dancing, teaching and choreographing.
To him, shooting dance in the studio environment is a miniature form of choreography, telling the story in the most concise way. Mixing types of light and lengths of exposure allows him to extend the frame in time and go beyond simply recording a movement. When shooting a performing artist, the combination of his perception and the artistʼs projection produces results that are at times harmonious, at times dissonant, though he likes to leave it open as to which is which.
Upon moving to Seattle in 2007, Gabriel began working with Spectrum Dance Theater and Donald Byrd creating publicity stills and web video episodes previewing upcoming productions. Other local artists and organizations with whom he has collaborated include Amy OʼNeal, Olivier Wevers, Seattle Dance Project, and Seattle Theater Group among others. Other projects often focus on photographing and filming short form documentaries and music videos.
Currently, Gabriel lives and works in Los Angeles while maintaining clients on the East Coast and Pacific Northwest.