Road.
Winter.
Void.
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 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 and the places to be visited were marked on the map. During the trips to the Baltic I was accompanied by my girlfriend, until the moment of our parting. The parting changed me and I was no longer able to continue the project according to previously designed plan. I started going back to the places where we were together. Here the project ends, and a personal story begins.

My story «Swell» has been published as a book by the Instytut Kultury Wizualnej in Warsaw.

http://mateuszsarello.com/book

You can watch video documentation of the book «Swell» using this link:

I can send by mail a copy of my book on jury request.

My project «Swell» received several awards:

Prix Photo La Quatrieme Image 1st Prize
Center Santa Fe Choice Awards 3rd Place
Lens Culture Exposure Awards Finalist
APA Lucie Foundation Scholarship Shortlisted
Lucie Foundation Emerging Scholarship Honorable Mention
FotoVisura Grant Honorable Mention
Photolucida Critical Mass Top 50
Celeste Prize Winner
Grand Prix Fotofestiwal in Lodz Finalist
FotoWeekDC International Awards Honorable Mention
Off Circuit Awards Cortona On The Move Festival Winner
Prix de la Photographie Paris Honorable Mention
International Photography Awards Honorable Mention
Descubrimientos PhotoEspana Finalist
Kolga Tbilisi Photo Award Shortlisted
International Photography Festival Organ Vida in Zagreb 2nd Prize
WPGA Black and White Photographer of the Year Honorable Mention
Gallery Photographica Gold Medal Award
Photo Annual Awards Honorable Mention
Leica Street Photo Winner
ShowOff Section Photomonth in Krakow Winner

My book «Swell» received several awards:

Pictures of the Year International Best Photography Book Award Finalist
Photo-Eye “Best Books of 2013” Top Selections
International Photography Awards 3rd Prize in Book category
Prix de la Photographie Paris 2nd Prize in Book Other category and 3rd Prize in Book Nature category
Best Photography Book from Central and Eastern Europe 2013-2014 European Month of Photography in Bratislava Honorable Mention
Best Photobook of the Year Fotofestiwal in Lodz Finalist
Art Books Wanted International Award Honorable Mention
Moscow International Foto Awards Honorable Mention