The photograph is an allegory of saying goodbye to the world of childhood. This is the moment of the arrival of inevitable maturity, including the acceptance of the transience of the world around us and the related responsibility.
Pictures of nature from my childhood are a hedgehog running across the road, a herd of sparrows bathing in a puddle, the sound of flying bees in the meadow. It’s hard to believe that the world we remember is now disappearing before our eyes. Nature loses to the expansion of human civilization. In one generation, changes can be seen even in the immediate surroundings.

We make various kinds of attempts to stop this process, but does it make sense? Isn’t trying to stop it at all costs just only slowing it down? Perhaps the price of evolution is the necessity to say goodbye to the world as we know it. Any action that could stop it would require sacrifice on our part, but can we imagine traveling without airplanes? Purchasing restriction? Life without plastic? Are attempts to counteract change doomed to failure? Are we able to change?
Can we allow this balloon to fly away?

2010, photography. Limited edition 9/10 + 2AP. Print on the cotton Fine Art paper, 1300×97 mm  (1100×770 mm without passepartout)


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