This project is a portrait of scouting in contemporary photographs, stories focused on a course and history, covering topics of current global affairs and Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations. It is a kick start of gathering funds for equipment and a three-year-long project, which will later on develop into a book.
I can see a ‘map’ in the form of a book: answering questions and creating a visual, rich picture of the scouts; Interviews, customs, portraits – detailed information on the differences coming from the history of scouts. Within all that, a trail of how we develop as scouts.
What’s the mission behind? People can relate to scouts: Everyone knows scouts! —it’s a common ground, in which I see a chance to speak about a challenges and not to look away – as by now we all stand on the same ground.
The story is split into two parts: Origins — a history of scouting told by members, customs, and through emblems from around the world —and Impact, built on Individual Development, Self-Empowerment and Community Service: three steps of the scouts’ personal development. Let me explain:
Scouting empowers men and women in each part of the world. It also teaches about religions and creates a pathway for understanding our surrounding. It helps to grow national identity while on a – to understand the cultural aspect of who we are and what are our roots. It creates an environment for the youth to explore the world and to develop them individually, with a leader’s mentorship.
The above aspects put scouting in an important part of a global community, and this is why I believe those stories should be gathered as one. Particularly it is important for me to examine the workflow, as it makes the impact, which states the value of an idea – measured by what it causes.
This is the first contemporary documentary on scouting, not only simply describing historical facts but going in depth with a relationship that we bond over the process and grow as a person.
During the time of the project I hope to showcase stories of scouts, whose environment is influenced by the political situation of their country or cultural aspects, and how they work within their environment. The final result will be a body of work that I hope to exhibit in scout halls and galleries, but most of all – to create a book.
Donations will help me gear up and also further exposure of important areas of the story through the network this platform creates. With a help of The World Organization of the Scout Movement (WOSM), I have access and the support of scouts from all around the world. But the beginnings are always the toughest ones.
I hope to finish with a great material for scouts, delivering a tool in order to talk about topics covered in the stories, touching the Sustainable Development Goals of UN: a list of 17 challenges we, the people, face to achieve for more sustainable future for all.
But also, foremost, I think Scouting can be a catalyst – an accelerating environment for the process. Most of the society can relate to scouting, this is a familiar idea that provides a stable ground for further thinking on the common and global problems, on culture, religion, and politics. These stories can be exhibited in galleries, published in a variety of international magazines/newspapers for a wider audience, scout or non-scout.
I have started working on this project while studying photojournalism at London College of Communication in London, focusing on the group of Polish Scouts in London, a young generation within old traditions of Polish scouting, giving me to understand a feeling of how they can let off steam in a safe, moral, environment. Later, I went to Palestine to research the current state of youth under very hard political circumstances, finding scouts to build understanding and openness. Maybe giving them a small window to look through. Lately, I had a great pleasure to meet , working with their national identity matters and creating a familiar environment for the kids in the new country. There is a huge amount of work put in which I observe and hope to expose in my work. For now, also in my home country – Poland – in which scouting has been built on a long military history.
I am a professional, London College of Communication graduate photographer with experience in the media industry and international affairs. I have a wide range of skills in media and marketing, ranging from graphic design, videography, and web design to curating exhibitions and organizing events.