I moved out of London, and I could not be happier about it! Did you know that in London itself there are 8.6m people! That's more than the whole of Ireland! Just imagine how densely populated this place is. For two years I lived a life of WORK, EAT, SLEEP - REPEAT. There was no time for friends, relationship, passion, travel… all the things which make us human, boom, disappeared. I felt like some zombie chasing for money as it was so expensive to live there and believe me, It was never enough.
London taught me a lot. Made me realise how blind and close-minded we can be when we don’t have time to slow down and look around. So many people in this capital city (including myself) feel disconnected, sad, disappointed and with no greater perspectives or ideas for the future. You’re caught up in a loop. Never ending story of whatever you do to survive.
The pace of life, after I moved, changed. Now I have more time to think, see, feel, experience - to live, to connect with the world again. But you don't have to move to achieve this. You can reconnect by going back to your local forest, get a city break and surround yourself with nature. There is no rush in there, no hustle, everything in perfect harmony. I find the sound of the wind and birds incredibly calming, and it’s still difficult to just enjoy it. It’s not easy to clear your head from one million thoughts flying around, but I am just going to try. Trees are especially amazing. I heard that regular tree hugging sessions could help with depression!
I’ve been thinking how to portray this story and send a surreal message to the world on reconnection and happy living in harmony with nature. “Everyone has their tree” is the result of mixing portrait photography with a lot of walking around the park :-).
Thank you, Hannah, Matt, Lukasz and Naomi for help with this project!
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