Recreate Your Values.

The John Byrne Award is a library of creative work from 16-25 year olds across Scotland. Find out how to enter

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Tosia Bargielowska Johnsen

I moved from Poland to Edinburgh nearly four years ago. Right from the beginning of my Scottish adventure, I have struggled to make myself feel at home here. I did not befriend anybody in particular, I had a different vision about how my university life would look like and I really despised the weather. I was dreaming of going someplace hotter, more exciting and inspiring. I naively imagined leading a bohemian and artistically stimulating life in Montmartre or Montparnasse at the turn of the 19th and 20th century in Paris - alongside all the artists which I so dearly admired. Knowing that I was stuck in Edinburgh for at least another few years (until I completed my philosophy degree), I started looking for something which would give me the feeling of inner harmony and a sense of belonging.

Hence, the entry I am submitting today - a series of photomontages which incorporate photographs of Edinburgh and interiors painted by Henri Matisse and Paul Ranson. In order to see the first works from the series, as well as to find out more about the project, please read my blog post

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The Very End

The Very End

Space to Breath

Space to Breath