These photographs are a small excerpt of this ongoing project.
Camino de Santiago is a reflection of our lives, The Way, as people say. Camino is a space in time where people connect with themselves in a manner almost unseen in most societes’ day to day life. The time where people are free from being judged for their external appearance, which is often the first barrier encountered on a social communication level, the barrier often impossible to overcome but yet, so insignificant... The road is a pain at first, but soon after it becomes a recognition of being, reflection and reconnection, ignition for change, freedom.
One of the most incredible experiences Camino offers is meeting with people. Talking with fellow human beings from across the social spectrum. With people that have a countless reasons to take this route. For some it's a religion, for the others attempt to find themselves or just purely a sport aspect.
Those images are not to assess or even attempt to interpret Camino but the result of my inner desire to show the road that connects people in the way almost impossible to experience in everyday life. Trail on which an electrician talks to a doctor of medicine, a priest having a friendly chat with an atheist, a salesman from a local grocery from a little village with population of several dozen people, from somewhere in a deep forest in Poland, discussing life matters with an artist from New York City.
The photographs of the Camino are inspired by those people, by their conversations, by visited places with its aesthetics and energy. Each person portrayed has been asked to write a few words to answer the question "What Camino is/means to you?". Their personal testimonials can be read from the cards of my notepad where they hand written their thoughts (below) …
This is just the beginning of the project that excites even more because there is yet so many people to meet and so many stories to hear.
Camino de Santiago - Spain
Camino del Norte