“Our story is an ordinary one, and maybe that’s why so many people can relate to it”
Michal Solarski and Tomasz Liboska grew up on the southern edge of Poland. They came of age in the early 90’s, and they lived and dreamt like small-town teenagers at that time did –they chased girls, they started grunge bands, they shaved their heads, swore against the ideals of mainstream society and became vegetarians. It was their small act of defiance against middle-of-the-road convention, and it meant everything.
But as these stories so often unravel, fate pushed up to the front row unannounced. Real life crept in. Paths diverged, and memories and idealisms – no sooner had they been created – started to inexorably dissolve. They chose different schools, and journeyed to different cities in different parts of the world to find their piece of happiness. But despite their geographic separation, a common thread remained – they both started taking photos.
‘Cut it Short’ is their journey back to that town. Their attempt to recreate those moments – to re-seize adolescence through a meticulous reconstruction of that distant world. It’s less of a journey backwards, and more of a journey inwards. A reaffirmation of home, family and friendship.
Michal shares that journey with us.