origins of film

The Gift From Joseph Stalin

This group of posts was taken around the Palace of Culture and Science in Warsaw, Poland. It was built by the Soviets in the early years after the Second World War, as “a gift from the Soviet nation to the Polish one”. Was it the thing we most needed in Warsaw - 85% destroyed? I don’t think so. But if you believe you could say ‘no’ to a gift from Joseph Stalin, think again. Ironically, over sixty years later it became an accepted symbol of Warsaw.

Taken with a Kalloflex K2 medium format TLR on Fomapan 100

“The trees, they were little but they were kind of big, they were getting big, and they used to blow in the night and it really scared me, they were like dancing people or something. So it was pretty scary as a little kid.”