topic for the second year of bachelor studies
The series of photos shows the “baptisms” that we encounter in everyday life. By pouring water over heads, hands, vegetables or dishes, we’re washing of the dirt from them.
In response to the task, I wanted to focus on the baptism as not only the literal Christian sacrament but its meaning. Motive of cleansing but also improvement, certain change. My work presents a group of “polar bears”, staying in water in the winter to “improve” their bodies, become tempered, become better. The motif of the river (Narew) in which men submerge loosely refers to the baptism in the Jordan. During the task I discovered that “polar bears” may be closer to the sacrament than I thought. In some Eastern European countries “ice swimming” is connected with the Epiphany celebrated on January 19. According to the Julian calendar of the Russian Orthodox Church, this day marks the baptism of Jesus in the Jordan River. To celebrate this, holes are cut in the ice, usually in the form of a Christian or Orthodox cross and around midnight, believers submerge themselves three times in the water to honour the Holy Trinity, after a priest says a prayer.