Close to the ground, far from heaven

In times when nationalistic attitudes are more and more often heard, I have been looking for answers to what the homeland is for me.

“The mayor bought the paraglider

He said he saw the cosmos

But the truth is,

that he just flew over our village” *

*Part of song by Łukasz "Lewy" Kalupa, local rapper

There are places in which most of us are usually not interested. If you want to get there you need to drive off the main road, you need to look behind the sound walls, slow down and calm down your thoughts. I have traveled across Polish province and has been visiting places, which seemed to be abandoned and empty because everyone left for work: to nearby fields, to a larger town or to work abroad. Life has a different rhythm there and time passes much slower than in the cities. These places come to life only during holidays, harvest time, festivals - when stars from a talent show or “popular” music band come to perform there.

“Close to the ground, far from heaven" is a story about people who value peace, tradition and their connection to their place. At the same time they dream to be someone else. They want their life to become more expressive and exciting and contemporary “big world” is shining and tempting them with its colors. I’ve tried to define the concept of homeland as a microcosm. Place which is so important for people who live there. Place which they want to change but at the same time they want to stay connected and keep alive their tradition.

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Piotr Wybierała lost his hand during repairing the straw press in the harvest time. Currently on his the farm is helping wife, four daughters and neighbors. Piotr breeds about 100 cows. One of his daughter, Beata Wybierala is training the hammer throw. Three times a week she must be transported to a training to town Rawicz, which is away about 30 km. Due to work on the farm can not always go to workout, so she trains on a nearby field.

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The harvest time are the heaviest period of time on the farm. You need a lot of manpower. Marian Pietruszynski always is working togethrer with his sons.

© Michal Adamski - Hall prepared for school reunion to celebrate the 240 anniversary of the high school in Trzemeszno.
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Hall prepared for school reunion to celebrate the 240 anniversary of the high school in Trzemeszno.

© Michal Adamski - Horses near the Warta River.
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Horses near the Warta River.

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Feast of fire, water, happiness, fertility called Midsummer, is celebrated in the Slavic countries in the shortest night of the year. On this day in many places in Poland are organized the festivals and concerts. Residents of Osieczna are sailing in the lake to put wreaths on the lake in the Midsummer.

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Dinner at Wybierala family home. Piotr Wybierała lost his hand during repairing the straw press in the harvest time. Currently on his the farm is helping wife, four daughters and neighbors. Piotr breeds about 100 cows.

© Michal Adamski - The performance of majorettes during the Midsummer festival.
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The performance of majorettes during the Midsummer festival.

© Michal Adamski - Every summer in many villages are held tournaments.
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Every summer in many villages are held tournaments.

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Mr. Zdzislaw has disguised himself as Santa Claus for years and handing out gifts in schools and homes at Christmas. Staged portrait.

© Michal Adamski - Feast of the Volunteer Fire Brigade.
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Feast of the Volunteer Fire Brigade.

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Sport is often the only way of activity after working in a small town. Andrzej and his colleague with boxing section KLOS Zaniemysl.

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Patryk and his brother Karol make a hole for planting a tree. They both run a farm focused on dairy cows. To balance the intensive agricultural production, they take care of the environment and biodiversity. Among other things, by planting trees along the fields and roads in their village.

© Michal Adamski - The chapel at the entry road to the village.
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The chapel at the entry road to the village.

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In 2020 dozens of people took to the streets of the 3,500-strong city of Miłosław to protest the government and the Constitutional Court ruling that practically banned abortion in Poland.

© Michal Adamski - Resident of Murowana Goslina during rehearsals for the historical theater performance which was organized by mayor of town.
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Resident of Murowana Goslina during rehearsals for the historical theater performance which was organized by mayor of town.

© Michal Adamski - The roots left after the construction of highway.
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The roots left after the construction of highway.

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New Years Day. Each Sunday in winter time, several residents of Krzywin and surrounding area meet to swim in the nearby lake.

© Michal Adamski - Elderly residents of Borek Wielkopolski is thanking to manager of Culture House for involvement in local social life.
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Elderly residents of Borek Wielkopolski is thanking to manager of Culture House for involvement in local social life.

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Lukasz hangs up school flag after the gathering associated with the end of school year in the secondary school of agriculture.

© Michal Adamski - Jury of the wedding band competition.
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Jury of the wedding band competition.