M I L K

Poland.
2012-2018

Photographed over a six-year period, MILK is a project that explores the importance of religion for the Kolowska family and the daily life on their farm in Topolka, a small town in the heartland of agricultural Poland. The project focuses mainly on four generations of women that own and see to the operations on the farm and how Catholic faith is woven into their daily lives. 

As the youngest of the family enters highschool, and having set her sights on eventually leaving for universtiy to pursue a career in teaching, the future of the farm as a working and functioning business remains unclear.

You cause the grass to grow for the livestock and plants for man to cultivate, that he may bring forth food from the earth” - Psalm 104:1
MILK

After milk production came to an end in 2013 due to a steady decline in prices over a number of years, the Kolowska family had to eventually rid themselves of the majority of their livestock. They eventually began rotating their fields, growing anything from corn to onions amongst other produce to remain in business.


THE STATUES OF ST. MARY

At the end of various country roads, statues of St. Mary can often be found. These statues are erected and in place for those that can no longer travel to a church and are seen as a blessing upon the land.


HARVEST

Communities across rural Poland come together for harvest festival where Mass is given and hay bales are decorated. 

The decorating of the bales become ever-more elaborate in design and oftentimes regions compete against one another as to who has made the better of the bales.

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