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The Neighbours is an on-going portrait series from photographer Blazej Marczak, aiming to demonstrate the cultural richness and diversity of contemporary Scotland which the artist has experienced since moving there.
“Historical and modern factors had a big influence on how Scottish society looks today and I believe that it is important to have a record of current processes inside of it and also to remember about past events (e.g. Second World War) which brought people from countries like Poland and many other ones to Scotland.”
Marczak is curious about the stories behind an individual, their past and the path taken to get to the present. Photographing each sitter in the ‘natural’ environment of the home, he attempts to capture an essence of their character. Marczak also interviews his subjects, delving deep into the history of these individuals. Below is an extract from the story of Mr. Kazimierz, depicted in the image above.
“Mr. Kazimierz Durkacz from Poland, born in 1919 in Drohobycz (today’s Ukraine). Shortly before the WW II started he joined Polish Army Forces while continuing in medical studies. After Hitler’s attack of Poland followed shortly by Stalin his military unit was moved to Hungary from where he traveled by foot, taxis and trains to France to join exiled Polish Army. After few weeks in the military camp he was transferred to England and later to Scotland where he was protecting the coast. In 1941 he joined Polish School of Medicine in Edinburgh. Now he is retired dentist and living in Scotland.”
It’s shaping up to be a really interesting collection of stories. Stay tuned to Blazej’s blog keep up with developments with his project.