Mateusz Sarello

Mateusz Sarello was born in 1978 in Warsaw. A Graduate from the Academy of Photography in Warsaw. He is the author of the book “Swell”, which was chosen as a finalist in the Best Photography Book Award at Pictures of the Year International in 2014, received 3rd prize at the International Photography Awards in 2013 and Honorable Mention in the Best Photography Book from Central and Eastern Europe 2013-2014 at the European Month of Photography in Bratislava in 2014 and was chosen for “Best Books of 2013” list by Photo-Eye. His awards and distinctions include the Prix Photo La Quatrieme Image, the Center Santa Fe Awards, the Lucie Foundation Scholarship, the FotoVisura Grant, the Photolucida Critical Mass, the Celeste Prize, the PDN Photo Annual to list a few. A finalist of the Lens Culture Exposure Awards, he has exhibited at the Cortona On The Move Festival, the Copenhagen Photo Festival, the La Quatrieme Image Photo Fair in Paris, the Manifesto Festival in Toulouse, the Filter Photo Festival in Chicago and many more. Today we take a look at Mateusz’s series titled Swell.

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SWELL

Road.
Winter.
Void.
Void of everything that is important. I am trying to think about the “road.” I cannot. I am completely exhausted. All in all, I am going only because of the weather. The prospect of wind, snow, and my flashes on the beach did not let me sleep. Besides, I am afraid of the few days of thinking only about Her, and this way I will have the Baltic Sea. My Baltic Sea. Instead of.

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“Swell” is a story of a break-up and of unaccepted loneliness. At first it was supposed to be a documentary project about the Baltic Sea. A plan was drawn up and the places to be visited were marked on the map. During the trips to the Baltic I was accompanied by my girlfriend, until the moment of our parting. The parting changed me and I was no longer able to continue the project according to previously designed plan. I started going back to the places where we were together. Here the project ends, and a personal story begins.

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In addition Mateusz’s sereis “Swell” has been published as a book by the Instytut Kultury Wizualnej in Warsaw.

The Book was chosen as a finalist in the Best Photography Book Award at Pictures of the Year International in 2014, received 3rd prize at the International Photography Awards in 2013 and Honorable Mention in the Best Photography Book from Central and Eastern Europe 2013-2014 at the European Month of Photography in Bratislava in 2014 and was chosen for “Best Books of 2013” list by Photo-Eye.

To view more of Matuesz’s work, please visit his website.



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