What inspired you to start working on the project?
Since I was a child, I have lived in Bydgoszcz – a city that, in recent years, has been focusing more and more on the River Brda, which ows right through the city centre. As a photojournalist, I have worked on many assignments related to the river itself, or its surroundings. With time, I started to feel that the Brda is treated in a very fragmentary way. I wanted to get to know the river better, which was the best motivation I could get.
How did your work progress before you made the final version of your project?
The research was of crucial importance here. I listed in my notebook more than 60 clues that I wanted to investigate. In choosing most of them, I relied on press articles and Google Maps. Sometimes, the people I met on the spot showed me the way to other places. Of course, not all the clues ended in success, but there were also locations from which I had di culty choosing the one representative photograph.
What is the central message you wish to communicate?
You don’t need to go to an exotic place to photograph something extraordi- nary. Poland is a beautiful and diverse country, still waiting to be discovered. All you need to do is to break out of mundane, everyday life, start wondering about things and be a discoverer. I have a feeling that this is a very positive story, likely to puzzle and absorb the viewer, which will be a success in itself given the huge number of pictures we are overwhelmed by.
What photographic language do you use in your pictures and why?
I was looking for puzzling or extraordinary fragments of reality. I take the viewer on a trip along the Brda, even though the river never appears in the pictures. Rather it is explored through the surroundings and the people. My intention was to astonish viewers, enticing them into a visual puzzle. The underlying stories allow the images to be interpreted in a di erent way than initially intended – they help the viewer solve the puzzle.