Marta Berens was born in Warsaw, Poland. In 2012 she graduated from the Documentary Workshop with Michal Luczak, at Academy of Photography in Warsaw. From September 2012 – June 2013 Marta was a member of Mentoring Programme lead by Sputnik Photos collective with Adam Panczuk as a mentor. Marta is also a member of People You May Know Collective. She is a participant of ISSP Workshop “Photographing the Past” by Simon Norfolk July 2014 Winner of LensCulture Emerging Talents 2014. Marta is also a student of the Institute of Creative Photography at Silesian University in Opava, Czech Republic. Today we share her series titled Fairytale.
“It is out of reality that the most peculiar tale of all is born.
(…)Some call me the Elder Granny, others – the Dryad, but my real name is Memory.
It is I who sits on a tree that keeps on growing, and growing, it is I who reminisces and tells stories.” *
This fairy tale is like a spell cast in an attempt to disenchant the past. It is an act of creating a new reality in which illusion is the truth.
They say that childhood is a time when one’s mind is asleep. Acting as a guide leading my daughter to consciousness I intend to implant in her a belief that “fairy tales are more than real, not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they make us realize that they can be conquered”**
* H. Ch. Andersen ** C.K. Chesterton
To see more of Marta’s work, please visit her website.