2020 / People / Culture (Non-Pro)

Forgotten Stories

  • Photographer
    Natalia Krezel

The project “Forgotten Stories” focuses on a woman that survived the II Worl War. During the Russian occupation, the deportation of approximately 1.7 million Poles from their homes in Poland to sites of exile began. People herded into cattle wagons (50-70 people into each wagon) would start their long journey into Siberia. Weronika Poalsik and her family were one of them. She was 10 years old when her family was deported to the East during the first wave from the night of 9/10 of February 1940. Now 91 years old, Weronika shows us her life almost 80 years after that event.

I am a photography student based in Edinburgh with a keen interest in portraiture, documentary and staged photography. Born in Poland and currently living in Scotland. My aim is to create images that are reliant on emotion and narrative. Literature, arts, and film continue to be key influences on my work.