Since 2012, Polish photographer Izabela Urbaniak has been documenting the adventures of her children playing outdoors in the countryside every summer. For more than a month each year, Urbaniak and her family disconnect from technology, choosing instead to immerse themselves in the beautiful natural surroundings of Lugowiska, a tiny village in Poland. Unplugged from computers, the internet, and video games, Urbaniak's children enjoy idyllic summers filled with sunshine, laughter, and the thrill of running around without a care in the world.
The photographer's black-and-white images capture priceless, candid moments in the daily lives of her children. Her sons, Julian, 13, and Antoni, 9, are pictured playing with their young cousins and family dogs as they swim in the lake, catch grasshoppers, and frolic in grassy fields with the innocence and happiness of youth. Blissful and nostalgic, Urbaniak's photos remind viewers that laptops, smartphones, and television aren't the only ways to relieve boredom–sometimes, imagination and the joy of each other's company is more than enough.
“The series is inspired by my own childhood, when I used to visit my grandmother in the summer and spend my school vacations in the countryside,” the photographer says. She shares on Bored Panda, “I am very glad that for a while I can feel like in my childhood. I watch [my children], often participate in games, or even invent them. There, I'm happy…”