The pier in the city of Sopot (Poland), built as a pleasure pier and as a mooring point for cruise boats, first opened in 1827. At 511.5m, the pier was the longest wooden pier in Europe. It stretches into the sea from the middle of Sopot beach, which is a popular venue for recreation and walks. Shortly after Poland joined the EU in 2004, the center of Sopot and the pier itself were rebuilt to meet the standards of a fashionable tourist town, and so has lost much of its originality and eclectic charm. The photos were taken in the last months before the conversion.
IPA 2008 International Photography Awards: Honorable Mention / Category: Editoral (Photo-Essay)
OFFO 2009 Polish Festival of Pinhole Photography / Jastrzębie Zdrój (individual)