I am a published photographer & filmmaker with a particular interest in period drama and gender issues. Despite my severe myopia, I have been passionate about visual storytelling for over a decade.
As children, my younger sister and I used to spend hours playing with our grandfather’s old video camera in Poland. When I discovered photography in my early teens, Roksana became my most devoted model – getting up at three in the morning to capture the sunrise light and posing on the snow in a flimsy Victorian nightdress. I felt truly inspired by costume films and period dramas, which led me to develop a great interest in the moving image.
Consequently, I moved to Edinburgh to pursue a BA (Hons) degree in Film, which I obtained with First Class Honours in 2016. Set in the 1860s, my graduation piece ‘The Dark Box’ follows an unhappily married woman, who finds solace in exploring photography. It premiered at Camerimage and received an award in Paris.
Most recently, I directed a mini-documentary about the wet collodion photography process for the BBC Scotland.
‘A woman’s highest duty is so often to suffer, and be still.’
Sarah Stickney Ellis, The Daughters of England: Their Position in Society, Character and Responsibilities (1842)
Being a woman means being a subject of harassment or unwanted attention on a regular basis. In my self-portraits, I often use genuine antique garments to depict the parallels between my experiences and the inferior female position in the nineteenth-century Britain. Despite living in a modern society where education and professional development are widely accessible, I sometimes feel reduced to the role of a mere exhibit; a still doll. My work illustrates the painful frustration of being forced into a submissive and ornamental role. I am interested in the idea of conveying sexuality and brutality in a tasteful evocative way, without being explicit.