Alicja Brodowicz is a very talented and recognised photographer whose visual storytelling here is about growing up. The child’s firm earth must be left someday to go on with life. This is a sophisticated, absorbing and poetic work of photographic art. It allows viewers to immerse into their own childhood memories and rediscover sense of forgotten life objectives.
[Photos by Alicja Brodowicz source: portfolio]


The series explores the mother and daughter relationship; it is about the physical and the emotional distance that increases as the child grows and gains independence. It is about the feeling of immense pride and also great pain.
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my little one is learning to swim*
and yet there is something left: gills, fins. she is aquatic and terrestrial, still a thermophile,
enmeshed in intestines. almost a fish, a bit a turtle, a bit a root.
she may get hooked and stick to the ground, she may move into the belly
and live among algae. with the umbilical cord around her wrists.
the little one hopes that her desire to be with water is temporary,
and later everything will get back to normal: the sky, the ground, four walls, ninety degrees
in between. a window, a tree behind it, a window-sill, a table, a bed.
the little one believes that the webbing between her fingers can be bitten, and that the teeth will do.

* poem by Ewa Świąc
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Alicja Brodowicz — graduate of the Institute of Creative Photography in Opava (Czech Republic). Finalist and laureate of photography competitions (IRIS Award – Australia, Photo Annual Awards – Czech Republic, International Photography Awards – USA, 7th Julia Margaret Cameron competition – Great Britain). Winner of 1st place (portrait category) in B&W Child Photo Competition. Honourable mention: International Photography Awards 2015 – Category: Children, MIFA 2015. Laureate of Debuts 2016 and TIFF Festival Rivers and Roads 2016. Alicja’s main focus is on subjective documentary and fine art photography.
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More: Portfolio
23.12.2016

ALICJA BRODOWICZ — Mother and Daughter
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