‘Marta’ is an ongoing project about my adopted sister whose tragic life had been determined from an early age by brain damage (struck against the wall by the biological father during an altercation with the biological mother) and a succeeding brain surgery which led to Marta's alienation and inability to communicate with others.
Marta's adolescent and adult life has been the life of an outsider, marked by living in the streets, begging and assaults. This project is an attempt to understand my little sister, to get close to her and to find a way to deal with this experience. It is also an emotional journey towards closure.
I am originally from Poland. I moved to Ireland in 2003 where in 2012 I graduated in photography from prestigious Institute of Art Design and Technology in Dublin. I live and work there as a freelance photographer and a photo editor of a photographic magazine: BLOW Photo Magazine (blowphotomagazine.com). My passion for photography has evolved since I moved to Ireland. Initially, in Poland I was involved in theatre directing. Like theatre directing, working with a camera allows me to be comfortably at the centre of human action, not as the central character, but as an observer and creator.
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