Re-relation is a limited series of signed and numbered photographic prints intended as a pretext to reflect on the relationship between humans and the non-human world. We propose eight images and stories about closeness, devotion, boundaries and mutual dependencies.
Stand in front of the tree and close your eyes. Gently place your hand on the bark, feel its structure, distribution and moisture content. Try to move your hand away slightly and put it back again. Where does touch begin and end? Where do you end and where does the tree begin?
This photograph was created as part of the Personal Portrait vol.3 project, in which we invited eight participants to an experiment in the Bielany forest in the centre of Warsaw.
By introducing the protagonists into the breathing world of wild nature, we wanted to reflect together on who is the contemporary man, an inhabitant of a large modern city, and what is his natural relationship with nature. The closeness of the wild world evoked peace and emotion in people, allowed for a momentary break from everyday life, from the rush of the city – even though the sounds of the city and human presence reminded us where we were – expressways, speeding cars, helicopters overhead, cyclists getting ready to race. But it took only a moment of concentration to be alone with your breath, the sound of the treetops and the smell of the earth.
In an old forest, time splits. There is the time of people and the time of trees.
The presence of centuries-old oaks, hornbeams and sycamores is a pretext for dealing with one’s own transience.
What is it like to enter a tree?