Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
Living in Warsaw since 2011
Senior Medical Student at WUM
“It all started with a message from Paweł. he asked me if I'm interested in taking part of his new project "Cultural Landscape of Warsaw". I guess I seem so sassy right now but since I have participated in different projects since I came to Warsaw which involved photography and some interviews radio and TV I didn't see why not to participate in his project as well. So I went to the studio and we sat then we started talking. I met Paweł in volunteering project and the only thing I knew about him back then was he is Polish who lived in UK but that day I knew more about him and why he started the project. He also showed me different photos he took and I could see how passionate he is when it comes to photography. afterwards it was the photography session and honestly I was scared because I still remember him telling me not to smile and just be me. I usually smile when someone takes pictures of me because the smile can hide many things. I literally felt like he was looking through my soul and I felt vulnerable. I admit that the picture he took are one of the best pictures which were taken of me but I hate it because it is just so me.
Living in Warsaw since April 2017
Writer / PR Planner
“I think Paweł wants to tell "story" that is behind each person through his camera. It is not like an exhibition of faces. That is why I decided to join this project.
I talk my story a little more. I moved to Poland, because I love Poland, not for a person, not for a job. It's simple but big challenge, especially considering my age (55 years old now).
My ’Poland love' began almost by accident. 6 years ago I stayed Poland only for 3 nights as a traveler. And I felt 'I like this country'. The next year I stayed for 2 weeks and I felt ' I really like this country'. After I came back to Tokyo, I started Polish events in Tokyo by myself. I organized 10 events in 2 years. I made 200 pierogi for 'Pierogi night', 150 pączki for 'Pączki night'. ( It was my strategy to meet Polish people in Tokyo. It worked well). The more I know Poland, the more I love Poland. In 2016, I stayed here for 2 month and decided to move, even I have no support to make living. I did it in 2017.
My situation is not as simple as my motivation. Because I'm not EU citizen, I have to follow many regulations. Although, I feel Poland is my country. And promote Poland by using my Japanese writing skill is one of my mission.
Living in Warsaw since May 2018
“Pawel has the right attitude as a photographer with whom you get instantly comfortable in the first meeting. He has the talent to understand you very well through good conversations and show the real "You" through his photographs. Through his project Cultural Landscape of Warsaw Pawel is able to show the real emotions of individuals and positive view towards foreigners living in Poland. In short "Had a fun and easy chilled-out experience with Pawel Dobrowolski". 😃📷 🇵🇱✌
Benicia, California USA
Living in Warsaw since July 2013
“When Pawel asked me to sit for the photo I was really flattered. He was just in the beginning stages of it and I think I was number 5 or 6. I wasn't sure what to expect or what I would have to do but was intrigued by this notion of his to share with Warsaw the beauty of the ex-pats that live here. He warmly invited me and, offered tea and we sat down and chatted a bit about our life experiences, why I moved to Poland, what were some of my impressions of the people here, the culture, and had I seen much change in the time I had been here. He shared with me his travels, his experience in the UK and his return to his home. And then it was time for photos. It can be a little disconcerting to have a camera so close but with his humor and his guidance, it was over before I knew it. It was an enjoyable experience from beginning to end and it's been a pleasure to see his Cultural Landscape grow so beautifully. Thank you Pawel for asking me to be a part of such a wonderful project.
From Germany, Living in Innsbruck (AUSTRIA)
Living in Warsaw since March 2010
Business Management and Development
“This is a unique project and I was proud becoming part of it. I know some of the persons portrayed in this collection and I believe that these are really ones which you could consider being some kind of cultural ambassadors making the landscape of Warsaw colourful and enriching. When looking at the pictures I get access to life stories these faces are telling me and I even get some inspiration about orienting my own life. The project connects people who seem to share same visions on life but telling it in many different languages and perspectives. I hope that this community will become large and strong with opportunities to bring further the common cultural beliefs for a better life of all in Warsaw, Polan, Europe and elsewhere.
Living in Warsaw since 2014
"Even though Paweł and I met for the first time on the day of the photoshoot at his studio, the conversation naturally came as he has a great personality and a deep interest in your story. The time we
spent together just chatting showed me he loves people and he loves getting to know what make them unique as individuals.
The shoot was about half an hour and it felt like I was just hanging out with a long time friend while he took photos of me. After several poses and shots, watching him express his creativity through your face, you know that the final result will be raw and it is going to be %100 you, even though it may not be the one you see in the mirror everyday.
As for me,I’m honored to be a part of the Cultural Landscape of Warsaw because it is not just few close up portraits; the story behind all those faces, Paweł’s genuine approach and the emotions he brings out, makes this whole experience truly unique.
I would, without any hesitation, recommend it to everyone.
Once again, thank you Paweł.
Mexico City, Mexico
Living in Warsaw since August 2017
“One of the things I like about this project is that i saw myself in a different way. I managed to see me from the outside, the way other people see the person I am, it's surprising how much you can see of yourself when you look at your own portrait.
Living in Warsaw since 2019
Renovation and design old flats
“Well, as I am new here in Poland, I try to do any kinds of activity and attend different events to know about Polish culture, meet people and find friends. In most of the cases, I do not care about the history or the goal of the event. I just go there and let myself be surprised. Cultural Landscape of Warsaw was one of them. I saw one day that a guy posted on Facebook that I am taking portraits from expats and everyone can join this project. I told myself, lets try it. I do not have any friend who is a photographer; so let's find one. On the other hand I was thinking he will most probably not be interested in taking photo from me, because I am from Iran, I am new here, my life had so far nothing special...
Anyway, I announced him my interest and surprisingly I got a quick positive reply from him. On the day of shooting, I did not know what to wear because I did not have any idea about the project. I thought if I wear T-shirt he will say "It is too unprofessional and I can not let you participate in the project" or in the best scenario, he takes it but will not post it afterwards. On the other hand, I thought suit is too much. So I decided for a normal shirt. And I tried to make me as beautiful as possible, since the photo will be published "probably" on facebook and I am single. Anyhow, I left home and I thought that I am going to Pawel's shooting studio. But when I arrived I saw that it is just a flat. He took me to a room with some light projectors but also where his desk and his BED was. So this was the time I told myself, Oh lord, again, another misunderstanding. And when he went to make tea for me, I noticed that there is also a romantic music playing in the room. And I got sure that I really surprised myself this time. Then we started talking and I was watching the smile on his face all the time. On the contrary, I was trying to keep myself serious and not give back much smile...
Anyway, when he was explaining about the project, he told me in portrait it is important that people forget the mask they have on face and therefore he tries to relax people before taking portraits. So I was wrong about what I was thinking about him and everything went well just normal. We had a nice conversation and at the end, he took portrait of me. And that is now my first photo taken by a professional photographer, without purpose of using it for my ID-card. I am very happy that I participated in this project because after a while I had the chance to meet up with other participants of the project and find more friends in this lovely country. Pawel thanks again for inviting me for this project, Wish you great achievements for the rest of the project.
Living in Warsaw since August 2017
Student, Masters in production engineering at Warsaw University of Technology
“Pawel called me on phone asking if I could be part of his project. I knew him before, we met long ago at a volunteering event. I like encouraging friends, especially when they try and organise something. Being a good support to our friend could be a great pillar to them.
We spoke about a lot of things that day. Pawel shared me his experiences about living in London and then moving to Warsaw and seeing life from a different point of view, which I think both of us share in common.
The idea to capture the faces of diverse people and portray them in a single project shows the respect one has towards the society and towards different cultures.
Pawel's idea to bring everyone together, who live in this lovely city, which has been growing year by year, has been seeing a lot of foreigners in the recent times, is a warm gesture towards expats.
Making someone feel welcome in a new environment is the best gift one could give.
I love Warsaw. It's all the little things that I come across, which make me feel nicer here. Thanks to Pawel, for this little gesture.
Good luck with the project, I'm sure, your idea of covering people from all the countries will definitely be successful!
Happy to have known you, the person behind the camera :)
Living in Warsaw since May 2017
Master Data Specialist
"I would say that my story of how I ended up in Pawel's super photo studio started even earlier.
So, let's start with some small steps 🙂 I usually like to read about the life of expats living in Poland. There is always something useful that can be learned from all that. I remember the day when I came across the story about one of my compatriots (also living in Poland) shared by my friend on Facebook. After I read it, I noticed a link from that friend to Pawel's Icuimages Photography fb page. I was so curious about taking a look there that I definitely did it without putting it on later 🙂 Frankly, I really enjoyed it from the very first time. It was actually a dozen of portrait photos that made a huge impression on me. But the cause of my wonder about all this was neither their number nor how attractively they were all done. Rather, it was the fact that all of them in some way made it very easy to see leastwise something in the lives of all of those photographed people. Another thing that amazed me a lot was that I saw one of the managers of the company I work for on one of the photos 🙂 It was also a sign for me that the moment to contact Pawel to schedule a meeting day for a wonderful photo shoot had come. And when I wrote him, of course, without even thinking further, he willingly agreed to meet, giving me some information about the project in advance. That's how I found myself in his small but at the same time pretty cozy photo studio.
The most interesting thing for me in all this was that as soon as we met we started to talk about so many different things. I also shared with him things from my life in Warsaw and I believe he was totally impressed primarily because it was all in Polish 🙂 There were so many things to speak about that I do not even remember what else we discussed when we met. After almost 40 minutes of all that talk, I, all of a sudden, remembered I had to let him start taking pictures 😀 I was enormously wondering how it all would be. Briefly speaking, he, without any doubt, made my day that day.
I know I wrote so much that now it looks like a whole story. But what I would like to say is that the project he is leading is completely unique in Poland. It was just a great honor for me to join his fantastic photo club and get into his photo collection of the cultural landscape of Warsaw."
Cosenza, Italy, lived in many countries, citizen of the world
Living in Warsaw since 2017
"The first day I landed here, it felt so cold, like everything was cold, people were not smiling, people were not happy or they seemed not to be, well but some like it cold, right?.
Despite this I felt welcome, in a place full of energy and young people with dreams and hopes just like me.
I might stay here or move somewhere else but a part of my soul and heart lies here, the best part of it was not a job, nor a university, nor material stuff, the best part of it was the big smile of my girlfriend the first time I met her, and the love of her grandmother for me in the shape of homemade food served with a smile and a kiss just like I was one of her kids, just a "bit more brown.
Melbourne, Australia, born with polish passport
Living in Warsaw since 2016
Rigging Supervisor / offshore construction
“I stumbled on Pawel’s campaign and was instantly impressed with the project as it was showcasing everyday people from all walks of life right here in Poland.
Whilst raising awareness of the problem of racism and xenophobia in contemporary Poland & I also wanted my portrait mug shot of myself as I’ve got none. Pawel was very hospitable. He made me tea and we got chatting about life as he wanted to know the subject he was capturing before shooting. A very comfortable encounter and I wish him all the best.
Living in Warsaw since 2010
Creator - Journalist - Filmmaker
“On the day of the shoot, I woke up at 3am (despite taking 2 sleeping pills). I was tired as hell. I was also annoyed at myself as I had a lot on that day, but I was also hoping Paweł would capture the tiredness in my photo. Why? Because I am tired all the time, and I wanted Paweł to capture the authentic story. I was super curious how it would turn out.
I have to be honest, when I arrived at Paweł's I was hoping to get in and get out as quickly as possible. We sat down and I quickly signed the release form to get on with things. Then we started sharing stories, experiences and thoughts on the UK and Poland. The clock kept ticking. We kept on talking. And suddenly I wasn't in a rush at all. In fact, I had a smile on my face.
And that's exactly what Paweł captured in this photo. It's the face of someone who walked in tired and impatient but walked out happy. It's a moment in time I'll never get back again. Maybe it can help remind me that however busy we think we are, there's always a better story somewhere that will change our mood. Because that's the story I see in this photo.
Living in Warsaw since February 2016
Business Operations Analyst
“Everyone has a story...I’m so honoured to be part of a project which represents expats in Warsaw from all over the world. I met amazing people during this work.
I find Pawel very professional and passionate about how he is managing this project, working on it hard to get the people together. I appreciate his effort and strongly believe the initiative is going on the good path becoming wider.
Living in Warsaw since August 2018
Leader of Salvation Army Warsaw Praga Północ Corps
“Probably every foreigner in a different country feels alone. Because big part of his/her life was left somewhere. Friends, family, memories are far. That’s why so important to meet people who knows your pain and understand your feelings. Thanks to Cultural Landscape of Warsaw I realize how many of us, strangers foreigners who came to Poland and was find there new home. We are everywhere even if we do not look different. It makes me feel better to know that we make Warsaw international city, multicultural and open to another cultures and nations.
Living in Warsaw since May 2018
Social Media Manager
“I truly believe this kind of projects will help to make more visible our cultures in a way that people is going to differentiate races, colors and countries that are also part of Warsaw. Nowadays you can hear people speaking Portuguese, Spanish, Chinese and some other languages apart from English on the streets of the polish capital and that makes a powerful statement about the future of the city.