Continental Bounce is a collection of photographs taken during Magda Biernat's recent one year, around the world journey. Together with her husband Ian, she traveled across three continents, Africa, Asia and Oceania visiting a cross section of diverse cultures.
In this selection of photos, Biernat has found common patterns that emerge in the variety of textural landscapes through which they traveled. She explores beyond the famous icons in tourist brochures into the homes and lives of the people whom they met and were befriended by on their journey. What emerges is a quiet and often intimate reflection of the similarities of lives and landscape around the world.
Many photos come from unique opportunities to visit areas not usually accessible to tourists; guided by locals in the township of Khayaletsha, hosted by a Maasai family in Kenya's rift valley and as a guest of Tibetan refugees in Boudhanath Nepal. Invitations such as these provided Biernat an invaluable chance to illuminate the lesser seen corners of the world.
Magda Biernat was born and raised in Poznan, Poland. In 2002, after obtaining her Masters in Marketing and Management from Adam Mickiewicz University and BFA in Photography from Wielkopolska School of Photography, she moved to United States settling down in Seattle, WA. After two years in the North West, she decided to move to New York and started working at Magnum Photos Inc. Surrounded by great photojournalistic works at Magnum she turned her interests towards something different, and begun photographing architecture and interiors for a living. Besides freelancing for different architecture offices and design studios, she worked as a Picture Editor at Metropolis Magazine. In 2007 she decided to leave her steady life in New York and took off for a year long trip around the world. While traveling to more than17 countries she worked on her personal projects concerning urban landscape and habitat. She currently lives and works in New York City. Profile photo by Jennifer MacFarlane.