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To get to the Wall, take a lift to the tenth floor and from there climb the stairs to the eleventh. A small space in the loft has been successfully transformed into a cult place well known to a majority of climbing society, not only from Warsaw. For the last fifteen years the Wall has attracted a great number of people, climbing and making friendships. The Wall gained its high reputation not only because of the place itself but mostly because of the people climbing there. After all, you achieve the best results climbing with the right people. And, apart from documenting this place, that is what I wanted to show in this essay.
Featured climbers (in order of appearance) are: Belka, Marysia, Gosia, Gabi, Kasia, Przemek and Lasic.
During the last days of June 2010, the building’s residents managed to remove the Wall and take over the premises for their own, though still unspecified, purposes. One of the most fantastic places on the Warsaw climbing map disappeared. A place with a unique soul and atmosphere, which I first got to know from stories, and then through my own experience when I went there on several occasions to take photos and meet people who trained there. One of them was Gosia, a member of the National Climbing Team who sometimes cannot afford to buy a ticket to the World Championships. For now all these people are scattered between different climbing walls, but there are plans for reactivation.
I was born in Warsaw in 1978. I guess I get bored when sitting for too long in one place. During my free time I like to go out and just walk, looking for new sites. Always carrying a camera, but not necesarily always photographing. My first photography related job was assisting in big fashion sessions. Later I started to work as a freelancer doing various assignments, then my musician friends got me involved with music photography for a while. Meanwhile I was working in a newspaper as a graphic designer, in a small publishing house as an editor, and for a while in an advertising agency. Currently I’m working with moving pictures for Polish TV. I find pleasure in doing so called “personal projects,” or those that I believe to be worthwhile.