The photographer has recorded Polish places which are crossed precisely by meridians and parallels.
Ever since childhood, Krzysztof Eberle recalled that Kraków was the only Polish city marked on the majority of atlases and globes. Poland’s former capital lies in a spot where two longitude and latitude lines intersect – 50N and 20E.
This discovery became possible when the United States made the GPS system accessible for civilian use in the early 2000s. Intentionally false readings were also removed, thus providing geographic coordinates with up to a dozen-metre accuracy. In 2003, an Internet community of people who visit such places sprang up, publishing photographs on www.confluence.org. Eberle was unaware of this, however, when he began his project in 2012.
Altogether, there are forty-one confluence points in Poland, of which he has photographed forty. The final, elusive point is located in the Baltic Sea. According to the photographer, he has documented a series of ‘imaginary places which exist only thanks to knowledge and technology.’
For Eberle, the project was also an attempt to get to grips with a working method popular among documentary photographers – typology, or the study of types, as popularised by members of the so-called ‘Düsseldorf School’. The photographs are presented in a typological series, allowing a thorough observation and comparative analysis of the structure of the places, buildings and objects depicted.
Originally written in Polish, translated by AG, edited by MB, Dec 2018
This text is part of the project Metaphors of Independence: Poland In 100 Photos.
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