Klaudia Sobol Photography

POLISH IMMIGRANTS
Rafał designs parts for heavy machinery used for drilling. He likes playing ping pong after work and he generally enjoys living in Cornwall but plans to go back to his home city of Cracow. 
"My first job in designing mechanical parts was not very well paid but I done it for the experience and it really payed of. I earn good money now but I want to settle down in Poland. I miss it there. I am looking for a job in Cracow if I will not find anything I am thinking about other things I could do such as opening my own business."

POLISH IMMIGRANTS

Rafał designs parts for heavy machinery used for drilling. He likes playing ping pong after work and he generally enjoys living in Cornwall but plans to go back to his home city of Cracow. 

"My first job in designing mechanical parts was not very well paid but I done it for the experience and it really payed of. I earn good money now but I want to settle down in Poland. I miss it there. I am looking for a job in Cracow if I will not find anything I am thinking about other things I could do such as opening my own business."

POLISH IMMIGRANTS

Two friends from Poland play with the idea of Eastern European stereotype. 

Rozalia on the left came to the UK with parents. When she started high school she was bullied by her class mates just because she is Polish. 

"My fist day in high school was terrible. I was told what to wear in a letter but I still looked odd comparing to other girls. My skirt was not short enough, and my tie was too long. They began to pick on me, it was very difficult. I wish to go back to Poland after finishing my degree. I can get on better with people from my country. English mentality is very different".

Marlena (on the right) is an art performance student, her parents are sponsoring her degree. She also felt isolated at times. People from her class didn’t want to talk to her but she is focusing on her work and staying positive.

POLISH IMMIGRANTS SERIES

Ania plays with her granddaughter. She shares bedroom with her partner Remik, they both don’t speak English and are unable to search a better accommodation for themselves. The heating in their house is broken it didn’t work the whole winter. Ania has to get up every morning and make her cup of coffee with gloves on. Then she walks two miles to work. The price of rent they pay for their bedroom not cheap at all, but landlord said he is not going to fix the boiler or anything else in the house because he can’t afford it. 

Ania works in bakery, regardless all her troubles she appreciates that she is able to live in UK. “I came here with help of God. It was not coincidence, it meant to be this way. My only dream is to learn English. I have been here four years but I don’t understand what people are saying to me. It’s my own fault, I live with Poles, I work with Poles, I even got myself damn Polish satellite so I can watch all Polish programs.”

Remik lost his job, sometimes he spends a lot  of time in bed, his illness makes it difficult for him to move. He is angry with his home country where he couldn’t make decent living. He has been working in various locations in UK moving where the job was for nearly 10 years. He keeps looking for another job. 

POLISH IMMIGRANT SERIES
Maja is in UK only couple of years, she is 25 years old and already a restaurant manager. She keeps moving around the UK she doesn’t know where she wants to settle down. She is really missing her family, especially her sister who she is very close with.
"I had a big dilemma of staying or leaving but now I solved it. I decided there will be no more crying and longing for home, I can not go back to Poland until I achieve something good in this country. My city and my family is there waiting for me so it can all wait."

POLISH IMMIGRANT SERIES

Maja is in UK only couple of years, she is 25 years old and already a restaurant manager. She keeps moving around the UK she doesn’t know where she wants to settle down. She is really missing her family, especially her sister who she is very close with.

"I had a big dilemma of staying or leaving but now I solved it. I decided there will be no more crying and longing for home, I can not go back to Poland until I achieve something good in this country. My city and my family is there waiting for me so it can all wait."

This is my work in progress. I am doing a project about Polish community in UK, starting in Falmouth. 

The pictures depict Polish Easter tradition. Saturday morning baskets filled with food items are christened with holy water. Next day foods from these baskets are symbolically shared between family members. This marks the beginning of Easter Sunday.

Still life project about packaging.

There is a lot of unnecessary plastic and paper used in food industry. On shop shelves we begin to see vegetables, chocolate, biscuits and other many kind of items wrapped separately in flashy colours to attract a customer. We seem to loose faith in raw beauty of products gifted by nature. Instead we are being attracted by packaging which often makes up for lack of quality. Most of the packaging ends up straight in our bins and then on skip yards and creates a threat to wild animals who mistake plastic for food. Paper packaging is also far from ideal as unethical companies such as KFC produce their packaging from cheapest but unsustainable sources. They use trees from Amazon rain forest and other old forest which once cut down can not ever be replaced again. 

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Baby Model Rihanna.

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