I grew up in a big city, and I always longed for a small community life in the countryside. A little Boiko village in Ukrainian Carpathian Mountains was the reality where my dreams about idyllic, rural life had come true. I decided to follow my vision and to look for that dreamlike ambiance. What I found during a three years period were elements from the fairytales that I had heard as a child growing up in neighbouring Poland. The European culture has its common roots in rural life, but such almost archetypical and fully preserved example of this life can be found in very few places now, including the Carpathian Mountains.
More images and other interesting projects on Jan Brykczynski’s website, found on lensculture. Jan Brykczynski, 30 years old, is a freelance photographer based in Warsaw, Poland. Jan is interested in the process of social transformations that Eastern Europe has been experiencing, and his work focuses on issues of youth and immigration in the region. Graduated from Photography faculty at National Film School in Lodz. He also studied Social Sciences at Warsaw University and Photography at FAMU Film School in Prague. He regularly contributes to leading Polish magazines and he is distributed worldwide by Anzenberger Agency. He is a founding partner of Sputnik Photos, the International Association of Photojournalists.