To branch

To reach, to grow, to break. To be alone. But also to belong, to hold, to partake. To be strong.

My family is a one of Zariņš, of branches, with roots in Latvia and stem in Sweden. I now live in the UK, away from those roots. As Latvia celebrates 100 years as an independent country, and the UK prepares to leave the European Union, I explore what it means to be a half Latvian-half Swedish branch.

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Jessica Zarins in a tree in Richmond Park in 2016. Photo by Carl Bigmore

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