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Gangotri, pilgrims taking a bath in the waters of Ganges river.

Through traveling and commercial work,

I can implement projects for myself, my clients, and last but not least people I met along and raise issues important to me,  the world, and local communities.

The waters of the sacred river Ganges are crucial to local communities, from its source to its mouth in the form of a vast delta. The photos come from a reportage written by my wife for the Polish travel magazine "Podróże".

Gaumukh, a pilgrims taking a bath in the waters of Ganges river.
Gaumukh, a pilgrims taking a bath in the waters of Ganges river.

Once travelling through China I had a privilege to film South Nan Shaolin Temple's life. This was for the mentioned institution for their own marketing purposes.

In 2019, while traveling through South America, we stopped by with WWF PERU to shoot a short film about their work with local fishing communities. While overfishing by commercial fishing companies has peaked and unfortunately continues to increase, artisanal fishing is vital to local communities around the world. But they also have to follow certain rules if they want to maintain a healthy and rich ecosystem. WWF PERU and the fishermen of Los Organos do the greatest job together.

In 2019, mass protests against the then government spread throughout Chile. We witnessed street fights in the capital of the country, Santiago. Guided by a local, a student of the Academy of Fine Arts, we gained knowledge about the reasons for the protests. I took some photos.

Santiango de Chile, 2020.
Santiango de Chile, 2020.
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Santiango de Chile, 2020.
Santiango de Chile, 2020.
Santiango de Chile, 2020.
Santiango de Chile, 2020.
Dancing Camp Kauri dam in Coromandel National Park.
Rails leftovers for transporting Kauri trees and equipment in Coromandel National Park.
Once it was a mighty Kauri tree. Coromandel National Park.

The story behind photographs above is the sad history of Kauri trees. We are in New Zealand during the great industrial leap. England accelerates the global economy by engaging Commonwealth countries to participate in the development of the power of the British crown. Mighty Kauri trees, characteristic only for this region, grow in the forests of the northern island of New Zealand. Kauri wood was an excellent raw material. And here a hectic tree felling begins. About 90% of the Kauri disappears in over 100 years. The construction in the picture is one of the largest dams in Kauaeranga Valley built in the 1920s - Dancing Camp Kauri dam in Coromandel National Park. Thanks to the mountain streams systems, woodcutters could transport huge quantities of cut logs very quickly by regulating and flooding watercourses. Such an aggressive economy led to the defeat of local nature. Humanity does not learn from mistakes and repeats the same thing today in other regions of the Earth. The story was published at National Geographic Poland instagram.

Varanasi, Manikarnika Ghat burning site.
Varanasi, Manikarnika Ghat burning site.
Varanasi, Manikarnika Ghat burning site.

The body burns about 3 to 4 hours. Fire makes the soul purified and calmly leaving the body. Thanks to this, soul is properly prepared for reincarnation. I photographed Manikarnika Ghat. It was very difficult to make these photos. There is no habit of photographing bodies falling in fire. However, you can pay for it and that is why I was there with my camera. The guide was urging me and I could not have a lot of time to do photos. I did not want (and I could not) to go deep into the ghat. I felt that it was not advisable, I did not want to cross any border over the one set by the guide, and ultimately I wanted to show the whole place. The story was published at National Geographic Poland instagram.

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