It is no secret that humans develop very strong emotional attachments to the places where they live. These affectionate bonds between people and places go by a variety of names, including “topophilia, ” “rootedness, ” and “attachment to place.”
We move from place to place, searching for better education, a better job or a better life. This transition between the two worlds may result in great anxiety. We are leaving the familiar behind and facing the great unknown. Trying to survive the change, our mind is constantly searching for the associations, links, relationships.
Moving to Poland to complete my master’s degree at Eugeniusz Geppert Academy of Fine Arts in Wroclaw, made me experience these changes myself. This transition inspired me to think about “location” as a source of meaning and value in people’s lives. What things do we pay attention to in a new space? How are our thoughts of home transforming? What becomes important to us?
Because our physical surroundings play such an important role in creating a sense of meaning and organization in our lives, it is not surprising that our sense of place is closely tied to our sense of who we are.
By making portraits of people and the city itself, I was searching for the vital connections between people, places and myself.
This book is an intimate flow of thoughts, where portraits and landscape elements allow new stories to emerge.