Anna Grzelewska is an acclaimed Polish photographer, who was born in Warsaw, where she attended University of Warsaw, studying anthropology, followed a documentary programme at Andrzej Wajda Directing School and photography at ITF Opava in Czech Republic.
Presented series, entitled Julia Wannabe, has been widely appreciated and exhibited in Lens Culture Emerging Talents 2015 at the Camerawork Gallery in San Francisco, International Festival Of Photography Łódź and 29e Festival International De Mode & De Photographie. It is a beautiful visual narration on growing up of her daughter, captured by Anna’s maternal eye.
Children, usually perceived as rays of joy in the difficult world of adults, also have their worries and dilemmas, and although, the culture pictures childhood as a land of happiness, Anna’s project is an attemt to present the process of growing up in a more thorough way. The location and lighting provide a very realistic setting and images present a real issues that adolescents deal with everyday in a world of adults. To depict what growing up really is, Anna had to open the door of her past and dig into her own precious keepsakes. The final body of work is the result of Anna’s own childhood memories, combined with observations of Julia’s experience — the moment when a girl becomes a woman. “It is not a reportage, a diary or a family album, but an attempt to capture the universality of this period. There is something ambiguous and perturbing in this transition,” shared her thoughs Anna.