Between Times ( Polish Stories )


This project came from my contact with Marek Szczesny, a painter and my partner in life since I began living in Paris in 1988. Marek was born at the beginning of World War 2, a war baby. He recounted to me many stories of his life growing up during communism in Poland, the lives of those friends closest to him, of musicians and poets especially his favorite, Edward Stachura. Through his eyes I began to understand that though the times were difficult, the friendships and camaraderie were strong and powerful. This touched me profoundly. I began photographing in Krakow and later Lodz beginning in the early 90’s which was a sort of a middle period between communism and capitalism in the way it affected peoples lives and relationships. They still had their strong connections to each other but with the advent of capitalism some of this interconnectedness was beginning to fray. Time was speeding up and the acceleration mean’t that people no longer had the same understanding of the passage of time.