Early Spring is the result of relationship between highschool friends. At the time we weren’t that different (although we might thought we were) - foreced to grow and learn from each other by common place or school duties. I guess we were left alone, as an offsprings of the political transformation we had no role models to look after. On the other hand who as a teenager ever listens.
We were young, often stupid, most of all carefree.
The book is the result of observing, engaging, living the same for more than 3 years. It is not the portrait of the generation, more like a romantic story about times we felt so lost but free.
Early spring used to be the toughest of all the seasons. We’ve run out of winter supplies and soil hasn’t borne any fresh crops yet. Now that the climate is warming up, “early spring” doesn’t exist anymore. Spring comes right after winter. Prosperity displaces prosperity, even if everyone calls it a crisis.
The photographs included in the following book tell a story from the time when biology, science, physics or Polish do not bring positive connotations. Bizarrely, after you graduate from high school all those subjects constitute life.
Karolina’s photographs tell a story of a non-existing season which can materialize in a photograph, a keepsake of the time. Perhaps it’s possible thanks to the nature of photography itself: it’s both reading and writing, and that can’t be taught in any school.
Title of publication: Early Spring / Przedwiośnie
Name of artist: Karolina Zajączkowska
Design: Anna Kukuła
Editor: Filip Zawada
Publisher: OPT / BWA Wrocław
Publication year: 2010
Place of publication: Wrocław, Poland
Edition size: 1
Size: 24 x 19 cm
Number of pages: 108
Type of printing: Inkjet