Swell © Mateusz Sarello

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 going back to the same places, and 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, the form was thought through and the places to be visited were marked on the map. The photographs came about during trips we made together. The last photo of the two of us together was taken soon after, and then the portrait, on the negative, ripped by a lab technician. The project itself no longer mattered, the outings to the sea were now only an escape from daily life. I have a dozen or so colour “postcards” from the first trips, they are the beginning of this story. There is no end yet.

The book, Swell, is published by the Instytut Kultury Wizualnej in Warsaw.

About the photographer:
Mateusz Sarello graduate from the Academy of Photography in Warsaw and is a member of the Napo Images agency (Napo Mentor Program). His book Swell, won 3rd prize at the International Photography Awards in 2013 and was one of the Best Books of 2013 by Photo-Eye Magazine. His awards and distinctions include the FotoWeekDC International Awards, the PDN Photo Annual, the Prix de la Photographie Paris, the International Photography Awards, the FotoVisura Grant and the International Photography Festival Organ Vida Prize.

A finalist of the Lucie Foundation Scholarship and Grand Press Photo, he has exhibited at the Chobi Mela International Fesitval of Photography in Bangladesh and at the FotoWeekDC in Washington, the Museum of Municipal Engineering in Krakow (Photomonth in Krakow), the Karas Gallery in Zagreb (International Photography Festival Organ Vida), the Pauza Gallery in Krakow, the Museum of Printing in Warsaw, the Leica Gallery in Warsaw, the Obok ZPAF Gallery in Warsaw, the 2piR Gallery in Poznan, the Gallery of Photography in Dublin, the Gallery Nine in Belfast and Splashlight Studios in New York.Publication credits include Lens Culture, GUP Magazine, PDN – Photo District News, Blow Magazine, Archivo Magazine, Der Greif Magazine, F-Stop Magazine, Prism Magazine, Exklusiv Magazine, Here, Flip Magazine, 5klatek, Doc! Photo Magazine and Private Photo Review.