Canon Ambassador Piotr Malecki sees himself as more of an “observer than a creator”, which is why people are at the centre of the stories he tells. He is compelled to capture things just as they are, in their authentic environment. It is a clarifying simplicity that teaches us a key lesson: at our core, almost all of us want to believe we are doing good things.
“These fishermen have their boats in the Baltic Sea, and I chose to go there in the middle of winter. It was -10° or so, the harshest time for the fishermen. Nevertheless, they go out to sea because to fish there is more efficient in winter than in summer. There was a moment when one of the vessels was pushed onto the beach by the waves and wind, and people came to help. You can see the fishermen and some locals from the village trying to push the boat back into the sea – like nature versus humans. How does the story end? Well, they pushed it out, but in the end they couldn't do it by themselves, so they used a rope and another boat and finally got it into the sea.
During my work, I have learned that almost all of us want to be good. I have this feeling that we do things according to our beliefs and everything that has happened in our lives. It is linked to what we watch and see around us, but that at our core we really want to believe that we are doing good things. So, it's up to us to judge who we think we are. I have learned to sympathise and understand peoples’ points of view, even people I don't agree with. Their point of view comes from everything they have experienced throughout their lives and wherever they are at this moment.