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My personal story encouraged me to work on this project. Over the last year, I traveled to many places in Poland and I collected the different pieces using photography as my medium. Throughout this period, I discovered new and different ways to look at my family and my life.

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Resurrection

Each individual has his or her own ideas about the perfect life, the ideal family, or the impeccable society and these ideas are as unique as the individuals the ideas come from, or so we would like to believe. The truth is that many of our beliefs and ideas are imposed by national culture, heritage, and religion. Other ideas result from experiences that include our interactions with and reactions to people, events, and other beliefs. The question then arises, how many of my beliefs are entirely my own?

One criticism of our society is that people think their ideas and beliefs are permanent. We use our unchanging notions about life to define reality. The problem is that reality is not fixed and immutable, but subject to constant movement and change. So to what extent is the world that I see with my eyes real and not a flawed interpretation created in my mind? Our beliefs, fears, and prejudices blind us to the true reality in which we live.

 

The interpretation of reality that I will show you has eight characters: a Mom, a Dad, four older siblings, one nephew, and me. This interpretation, or story, is not one that I will tell in its entirety. However, I will tell you where these characters are today.  Mom has undergone psychiatric treatment. Dad died four years ago. Two of the older siblings, the sisters, are disabled and live in nursing homes. The other two siblings, the brothers, are both in hospitals. The nephew recently left the orphanage. My personal story encouraged me to work on this project. Over the last year, I traveled to many places in Poland and I collected the different pieces using photography as my medium. Throughout this period, I discovered new and different ways to look at my family and my life. Different ways to interpret my own reality. In the future, I have no doubt that I will find other angles for viewing this story making this project one that is not finished.

 

The title of this project is “Resurrection” and it is a reference to the Christian faith. I referenced Christianity for many reasons, but one reason is that this project is not only the story of my family and me. This story, just like the stories that make up Christianity, resonate with large numbers of people. I leave the other reasons up to you to discern.

This project is about my family and in some ways it is my self-portrait. I took these photographs starting in 2014 and they are presented today as large-scale prints (150cm x 120cm).

” If you don’t photography what you love
and that is closest to you, so how you can create the art?
A work of art is created only when photographing what we love. “

Sally Mann

Please visit my website to find pieces of my work from different subjects, including publications, exhibitions and media.

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    postcard set from "Resurrection" series

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