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Windbreakers

BY KORBUSJE

On certain beaches in certain parts of the world, no more so than in Jakub Jakobiszyn’s home country of Poland, the aesthetics of windbreakers arouse much controversy and discussion. These fabric sheets, designed to give shelter and privacy, are generally made in garish colors – presumably so that a particular one can be spotted by its owner from a distance, but that aim rendered moot when used on mass – each blending into the vast blanket of kaleidoscopic colors. For some they’re a blight on the otherwise serene landscape of the coastline. For others they’re synonymous with the spirit of summertime beach fun.

That tension is interesting, but Jakub, who goes under the pseudonym korbusje for his photographic work, prefers to take an objective, aesthetic approach – “Don’t judge, just show” as he puts it. Capturing these windbreakers in square format, compressing depth and with a keen eye for the interplay between pattern, color and geometry, and of course the people at leisure amongst them, the result is something of polychromatic beauty – some scenes showing pockets of color framed by sea and sand, others showing endless, labyrinthine trails of multi-colored fabric.

Are windbreakers a colourful essential or just an absurd habit? For korbusje, they’re a mass one-day residential development, the architecture of a large sandpit that creates odd urbanism fluttering in the wind. He invites you to step amongst them and the rainbow feast they offer – a warm invitation as winter descends on Poland and the rest of the northern hemisphere.

Images and story courtesy of korbusje. Follow him on Instagram: @korbusje and buy the book at www.wydalem.com