Michal Solarski is a London based photographer. After graduating in Poland with a Masters in Politics, Solarski moved to London and studied at The London College of Communication where he earned an additional masters in Documentary Photography.
He divides his professional career between advertising and his personal projects, traveling extensively between the UK and Eastern Europe, where he produces the majority of his work. Most of his photography is strongly based on his own background and experiences, with a strong concentration on migration and memories. For his most recent work he received LensCulture Visual Storytelling Awards prize as well as PDN Photo Annual 2015 prize, among others. Solarski’s work has been widely exhibited and published in many different publications including The Guardian, Time, GEO, The Independent etc.
We were heading south. It was the most exciting time of every year. Luggage, fixed to the top of out tiny Fiat made the car look almost as high as it was long.
There were three hundred miles to drive but for us it was almost an eternity.
Three hundred miles could easily take more than one day if we happened to come across nasty officers at the border, who would scrutinise our car inside out in case we were smuggling contrabands.
Equipped with government-issued food vouchers and a little amount of pocket money in local currency, we were driving to a warm, colourful and pleasant place.
For us, coming from sad, cold, and almost monochromatically grey Poland, it was like a window to the world. On arrival we found ourselves surrounded by a multitude of smells and colours. I would play endlessly on the beach with my sister and my parents. We would swim in the warm waters of the lake. For the next two weeks we would indulge in the holiday spirit until the day we had to make our way back home.