Mateusz Sarello, Michal Luczak (Ed.)

Swell

Design: Ania Nalecka / Tapir Book Design;
Curator/Editing: Mikal Luczak
HC, 17 x 21 cm., 88 pp., 42 ills. (14 color
& 28 b/w), Ltd. to 350 copies.
Instytut Kultury Wizualnej, Warsaw 2013.
ISBN 9788363025205

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"I was immediately struck by the many narrative possibilities created by Ania Nalecka’s design for Swell.  It’s ingenious and well executed book concept that metaphorically works with Sarello’s two-part visual narrative. Their collaboration has resulted in a beautifully conceived and photographed book." (Douglas Stockdale)

"'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. So 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 together. The last joint photo was taken a little later—and a portrait on a negative ruined by the lab technician. The project no longer mattered, and the outings to the sea were now only an escape from daily life. Over a dozen colour “postcards” have survived from the first trips. They are the beginning of this story. There is no end yet. We’re about half-way."

"The road.
Winter.
Lack.
Lack of everything that’s important.
I try to think of the “road.” I can’t.
I’m utterly exhausted. I’m only really going because of the weather.
The prospect of wind, snow, and my flashes on the beach kept me awake. And also I’m scared of a few days of thinking only about Her, and here I’ll have the Baltic. My Baltic. Instead.

“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. So 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 together. The last joint photo was taken a little later-and a portrait on a negative ruined by the lab technician. The project no longer mattered, and the outings to the sea were now only an escape from daily life. Over a dozen colour
“postcards” have survived from the first trips. They are the beginning of this story. There is no end yet. We’re about half-way." (M.S.)

"Produced in a small run of 350, Sarello's look at the Baltic Sea is arguably the best book of the year. An exceptional combination of strong individual images which are substantially enhanced by the way they are sequenced. Add to this the clever structure of the book, literally broken into two parts, which isn't a gimmick but, literally, embodies the break in Sarello's work that accompanied the loss of his girlfriend. A truly poetic book which transcends John Szarkowski's famous characterization of photography as mirrors (inward looking) or windows (outward looking). Sarello is constantly looking outward at the Baltic, but what he finds are images that mirror his soul." (ohtopbook-Blog)

Awards:
International Photography Awards 3rd Prize in Book category / Prix de la Photographie Paris Honorable Mention / Descubrimientos PhotoEspana Finalist / WPGA Black and White Photographer of the Year Honorable Mention / Gallery Photographica Gold Medal Award / Photo Annual Awards Honorable Mention / FotoVisura Grant Honorable Mention / Kolga Tbilisi Photo Award Shortlisted / FotoWeekDC International Awards Honorable Mention / Leica Street Photo Winner / International Photography Festival Organ Vida in Zagreb 2nd Prize / ShowOff Section (Photomonth in Krakow) Winner

On Doug STOCKDALE'S list of 11 'Interesting Photobooks for 2013'

 



(thanks to Matej Sitar!)