Photojournalism - NOMINEE: Szymon Barylski
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Serbia, Belgrade near the main train station where around 1,000 people are seeking shelter. Mainly Pakistanis and Afghans live in a derelict warehouse. The warehouse occupied by men and minors, they’re living in extreme conditions. Refugees crowd the abandoned buildings, where there is dirt, there are terrible sanitary conditions. They also fear for their safety. The country has become a key transit point for refugees willing to start the new life in western Europe, but in spring 2016 the Balkan route to western Europe was officially closed. Refugees are stranded, but full of hope. They still believe in a better tomorrow and try to cross the Croatian- Serbian border and Hungarian- Serbian border where, unfortunately, they meet with the incredible brutality of the police and border guards. Closing in detention, beatings, humiliation, robbing money.
Refugees despite the situation and condition in which they are, try to live a "normal" life...
Polish Photographer born in 1984. I am a freelancer based in Ireland. Photography is my passion, which I continually develop. I am involved in documentary photography and photo essays. For me, photographing is a tool for exploring and learning about the world. I try to tell a story and show it directly. In my opinion, people are an inexhaustible topic and a source of inspiration. When traveling, I meet people; as a result, I create the image of my relation with them. The exploration of the environment where I take photos allows me to create emotional and convincing scenes. I think you cannot photograph the things you do not know well. That is why I prepare myself for each project individually, accurately, going into detail in the newspapers and on the Internet. Next, I look for an inspiration in other photographer’s photos and conversations, as a result I can create real pictures. My own narrative presented in my photos is at the same time very personal and common. I think that a lot of people can identify themselves with my works.
I wish my photos could increase individual and collective awareness about the social, political and economic need and urge people to act, be part of positive changes.