In Poland, the road network has been developing dynamically for several years. There has never been a similar period in the history of our country, which would change the landscape of cities and towns in the immediate vicinity of newly built arteries in such an intense, lasting and interesting way. The scale of road network expansion is huge. Since 2004, over 4,000 kilometers of new expressways have been added to Poland. The development of the road network entails other civilizational changes affecting society, from economic to sociological phenomena. „Bypass” is a study and recording of changes taking place in the landscape transformed by infrastructural construction. It concerns the impact on the surroundings of roads already built in recent years as well as those currently under construction. Due to the scale of the phenomenon, the project documents ring roads of cities and towns, as well as minor thoroughfares. In recent years, Central and Eastern Poland has a large number of commenced and recently completed investments. The landscapes for the photos were selected in three voivodeships: Mazowieckie, Łódzkie and Lubelskie. The photographs were taken, among others, in the vicinity of the following cities: Lublin, Łódź, Warsaw, Płock, Radom, Garwolin, Nowy Dwór Maz., Sochaczew, Kutno, Piotrków Trybunalski. In the visual layer, the project draws inspiration from modern works of topographic photography. While refining the visual concept, I also attached more and more importance to weather phenomena that occurred in previously selected locations.
The project was carried out under the scholarship of the Minister of Culture and National Heritage.