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The image above was taken by Polish architecture and street photographer Jędrzej Franek. He is the founder of the Poznań Instagramers community and a member of the oldest Polish collective of mobile photography enthusiasts: Grupa Mobilni. Since 2014, he has also been the co-organiser of the Poznań Design Festival. Read his story behind the print.
This image shows the Orła Białego estate, built in the early 1990s in Poznań. I have countless variations of this vista: an apartment block seen through a window. Socialist housing in Poland is neglected and even hated by some. By default, this architecture is stripped of its emotional layer and propped with polystyrene insulation. I want to spark curiosity and imagination so people see them in a different light. Personally, I’ve always wanted to know what goes on inside these multistorey blocks, and I try to give my images personality, so they are not unlike the tenants that live inside them.
This particular photo is from 2017. Visions of uniform tower blocks took on a different meaning during the pandemic. For one person, it might remind them of home. For others, myself included, this image recalls the isolation and loneliness brought on by lockdown.