“Silesian Ulysses” is a photographic record of roaming the streets of contemporary Upper Silesia, mainly the slowly disappearing miners’ housing estates. As the author of the photos thinks, Silesia – with its wealth, variety and contrasts – holds images similar to those seen by James Joyce’s hero wandering around Dublin.

The way in which Ulysses was written has provided her with structure and inspiration to photograph Silesia. Her aim was to reduce the photographic images to ordinary everyday life, which goes on from morning till night and constitutes human existence in miniature. She moves away from the conventional depictions of Silesia and goes beyond the boundaries of documentary photography.

She tells her Silesian story using simple, everyday images contrasting with the impressionist form of photography. In the selected photographs the author invites us on a journey back to childhood and to deeply rooted reminiscences. It can also be read as a sentimental journey by the author to the land of her childhood, but this journey also represents a universal pondering of the issues of memory and belonging.

Silesian Ulysses was presented at Slideluck London.

Multimedia Tips

a. What program was used to create the multimedia?

The multimedia was made with Adobe Premiere.

b. How and why did you choose that sound/music?

The music is a part of the history, sometimes with my work the dialogs complement with the photos. Even the music title is important in my slideshow.

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