The series “Prayers” was created in the span of four years, the time of my long, and often arduous, wanderings-pilgrimages. Being on the road was an endeavor to rediscover my way in a new reality; to reclaim myself after having experienced difficult changes in my personal life – my divorce. It was the time of questioning dogmas and deconstructing well-established ideas, also stemming from my conservative, Catholic upbringing at my family home.
Weary of the disturbances in my ultimate surroundings, I sought peace and harmony in seemingly trivial and simple scenes that I had encountered along the way. My deep longing for balance and meaning found its outlet and expression in ascetic, almost “altar-like”, often symmetrical frames. My internal struggles and dilemmas had shaped the way I perceived the reality around me; the reality which began to emanate with hidden symbolism and metaphysical depth. I saw a baptismal pond instead a usual swimming pool, chalice which priest uses during the mass instead a plate where just strawberries were. It was a typical sheep, a lost sheep from Bible or a Lamb of God? A bedsheet or a winding sheet? Everything is open to interpretation.
Consequently, my photographs do not document only the actual road, fixed in time and space and geographically identified, but also a mental one, a journey deep inwards.