Twinned. In 2014 I began a travel research project to document my hometown Goole, North England and it's twinned counterpart Zlowtow, Northern Poland. In 2016 this project resonates after Brexit.
Without agenda the project started with the simple idea of forming relationships; “The modern concept of town twinning, conceived after the Second World War in 1947, was intended to foster friendship and understanding between different cultures and between former foes as an act of peace and reconciliation, and to encourage trade and tourism”
I was unclear what would be the outcome of this project, taking a journey with no set narrative. In the act of attempting to form a visual relationship between the two towns this probed for a search for comfort in the visual (and now possible literal) uncertainty after Brexit; represented in the layers of two cultures, languages, history and politics. Yet often I felt both were so closely tied there was no differentiation in the towns. The photographs are without individual geographical depiction, revelling in the ambiguity of not knowing what is Polish or English land and uncertainty of the future after Brexit.
The project is also tied to my own feelings of the tough journey and questions I tackled regarding the political connotations to immigration in my project. The window a running theme, a memory to when I was often alone in my hotel room in Poland, looking out into the Zlowtow forests, filled with anxiety to try and ask for a photograph in a different language. This felt overwhelming without all the further political connotations, of what it should all mean. I found stability by I accepting it’s ok to be lost, to not have all the answers.