In the very south-east of Poland there is a beautiful mountains range – not too high, not too low and still wild with many uncovered places – Bieszczady.
People come here to find peace and quiet, escape from this noisy and busy world. For some of them this is just a short stop on the road, for others the way of living.
Deep in the forest there are some places almost forgotten, sometimes abandoned – old charcoal incinerators called Retorta. Some of them are still working and producing tons of charcoal.
In one that I visit still works young man. Reveals his story with details – what he is doing? how it works? and even how much he earns? But he doesn’t want to reveal his face – hidden in black ash – looks like a miner.
In another – in the middle of the forest – lives old man. He sleeps in an old car trailer, eats what he finds in the forest and certainly does not shun from alcohol – asking if I can brought him a beer and send the photos.