Artist Poland 1997

I met this guy when I was on a short residency in a small village in Poland. He was really helpful in walking me around the village and giving me the background on what kind of place it was. There was a strange melancholy in the whole experience: from meeting the oldest man alive (as he was known) through to the town drunks who hung around the village square all day. Some I photographed, some not.

The camera gives you this way in to people's lives and it is a honour to experience that. All the people you meet that you would never have met otherwise, all the conversations and all the shared moments, some deep, some not.