The Siemianowka Resevoir was built from 1977 to 1990. As a result, five villages — Rudnia, Garbary, Boltyki, Luka and Budy — were flooded.

In order to create the artificial lake, 289 households were taken out and many people were forced to give up their land. They were resettled in 1986 to Nowa Luka, a newly built village, and to blocks of flats in Bialystok and Michalow, but the majority of people were moved to Bondary.

Nine residential buildings were constructed there, and the subjects of these photos inhabit that settlement.

— Jim Casper