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.

“Swell” is a story of a break-up and of unaccepted loneliness. About memories that we can’t forget. 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.

Story “Swell” has been published as a book by the Instytut Kultury Wizualnej in Warsaw.

Book “Swell” 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 was chosen for “Best Books of 2013” list by Photo-Eye.

Mateusz Sarello (b. 1978, 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, won 3rd prize at the International Photography Awards in 2013 and was chosen for “Best Books of 2013” list by Photo-Eye. His awards and distinctions include the FotoWeekDC International Awards, the PDN Photo Annual, the Prix de la Photographie Paris, the FotoVisura Grant and the Lucie Foundation Scholarship. A finalist of the Lens Culture Exposure Awards.

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