Another interesting body of work seen at college:
The concept was originally initiated through an observation I have once made: a piece of glass has a power of creating quite a social distance, no matter if we’re a feet or merely an inch away from another person. It is sometimes difficult to escape an impression while walking down the street that this big front window of a bar or a barber shop is in fact a window looking into a far away space. It feels distinct that whatever happens, no harm can come to any of the sides; we can see each other, but we cannot hear or touch each other, we both become and stay merely curious observers.
As the project continued, I realised that my interests wasn’t with everyone simply sitting on the other side of a window, much rather with certain individuals and moments. Looking back at my work at some point, I realised that I’m subconsciously looking for people just by themselves, somehow standing out and detached from reality. And so, although the idea of a window and a great distance of ‘the other side’ remained, my project has shifted into portraiture of individuals who for a moment or two found a stillness in time and became completely detached from their surroundings.
Michal Sulima is a Warsaw born, London-based photographer and filmmaker. You can find his portfolio at www.michalsulima.com