These people will soon be gone. These places will soon be gone. They will disappear along with the traditional ways of the Polish countryside. To capture these moments before they fade away, and to photograph the residents of Stok Village at work, as the last everyday heroes – these were the goals of Bartek Furdal when in the summer of 2016 he visited his home region of Lubelskie in Poland.
Some of the portraits were awarded an Honourable Mention by the International Photography Awards this year. The pictures present the countrymen standing with their tools by their houses, on their fields and in their gardens. Still, upright and proud, they appear content and thoughtful.
The project was realised with the help of the artist’s father, Piotr Furdal, a former resident of Stok.
“This was a very personal project, with my father working as an assistant. I asked him to help with lighting, but as it turned out, his priceless contribution was the emotion he unleashed when working with people. I was standing by with my camera next to them, and for both the villagers and my dad this was very an emotional moment. Even though they come from the same village, they had not had an opportunity to talk for years. They invited us to their homes and into their lives straight away,” the artist explains.
“The residents of Stok do not have much, but they cherish what they have. It seems to me, this is an ability that our generation has lost, as we always struggle for more. My goal was to present the residents as labourers proud of their work,” he adds.
Stok is located in South-East Poland, 16 km north from Bartek’s hometown – Nałęczow. The village has 500 residents. Older villagers stay there and continue to live from the fruits of their own work. Younger ones leave to towns or abroad. They come back with cameras.
tekst: Dorota Peszkowska
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