Category: Urban Tales
“The lobby was dark and oh so full of shadows.” ~ Stephen King, Shining
Category: Urban Tales
Fish, I love you and respect you very much. But I will kill you dead before this day ends.
Ernest Hemingway: The Old Man and the Sea
Ernest Hemingway (1899 – 1961) was an American author and journalist. Hemingway believed the true meaning of a piece of writing should not be evident from the surface story, rather, the crux of the story lies below the surface and should be allowed to shine through.
Today marks the 115th anniversary of his birth.
Attached photograph is from my ‘Urban tales’ series.
Category: Diary Urban Tales
“Houston, Tranquility Base here. The Eagle has landed.” Neil Armstrong, 1969.
Today marks the 45th anniversary of a notable historical event - the landing of the first humans on the Moon.
Successful touch-down occurred several seconds after 20:17:40 UTC on July 20, 1969. It was a key moment of the Apollo 11 mission, led by Commander Neil Armstrong. On this mission, Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin descended to the lunar surface and spent two and a half hours exploring, while Michael Collins remained in lunar orbit in the Command Module.
Category: Diary Urban Tales
Presov-Cemjata, July 13, 2014
On the last Sunday, while roaming nearby forests, I suddenly met two guys - maybe in their 50 s.
One of them, the stout one, ran on a small bike down the forest asphalt road. The bike was in relation to him excessively small and without pedals. The cyclist, however, was equipped with a small braking parachute that was fastened with straps to his back.
I need to say, I was quite taken aback, with this sudden situation that seemed to me pretty strange - almost surreal. The sincere joy from the game and the glow in their eyes touched me completely. When I said goodbye to them, I felt that after many of years, I met the true “big boys”.
Does the solitary person yearn for company or are they relieved by the absence of others? Solitude is underrated, and people desiring it are sometimes seen in a negative light.
Psychotherapist Anthony Storr (1920-2001) heralds solitude, as a pathway to personal growth, creativity, and meaning. In his seminal book, "Solitude: A Return to the Self" says we place too much weight on being with others to the detriment of our creative lives and inner worlds.
Being alone means being with ourselves and we can never be certain just what we will find inside.
Photograph above is from my ‘Urban tales’ series.
Category : Diary Urban Tales
Ladies and gentleman, this is your stewardess speaking. We regret any inconvenience the sudden cabin movement might have caused. This is due to periodic air pockets we encountered. There's no reason to become alarmed and we hope you enjoy the rest of your flight. By the way, is there anyone on board who knows how to fly a plane?
This is a famous quote from the film Airplane! - written and directed by Jim Abrahams, David Zucker and Jerry Zucker.
The crew of an airplane comes down with a severe case of food poisoning; the fate of the passengers depends on an ex-war pilot who is the only one able to land the plane safely.
Category: Diary Landscape
Blowup is a controversial British-Italian film directed by Michelangelo Antonioni that examines the existential nature of reality through photography.
The plot is 24 hours in the life of a glamorous fashion photographer named Thomas (David Hemmings), a successful yet cynical individual who has lost all feeling of passion for his work. He hangs around London and his world is bounded by fashion, pop music, marijuana, and easy sex, feels his life is boring and despairing.
Then he meets a mysterious beauty, and also notices something frightfully suspicious on one of his photographs of her taken in a desolate park. The fact that he may have photographed a murder does not occur to him until he studies and then blows up his negatives, uncovering details, blowing up smaller and smaller elements, and finally putting the puzzle together. Has a crime occurred?
Blowup was a huge hit in the mid 1960s. It was weird, obscure, and mysterious and for me also a great source of inspiration.
Professionalism or passion, which’s better? This question I solved, thanks to Thomas, decades ago. I decided that the photography will be a part of my lifestyle. It’ll be my passion, and I’ll be independent, and unrestricted. Yes, that was my choice, unquestionably.
Bardejov is a town in North-Eastern Slovakia. It exhibits numerous cultural monuments in its completely intact medieval town center that has barely changed over the past few hundred years. For today it is the most beautifully preserved Old Town core in Slovakia.
The Town Conservation Reserve is an example of a medieval town that was located on a major Central European trade route. The town was first mentioned in writing in the 13th century. It played an important role in the trading network from Baltic Sea to Black Sea.
The designated area is located inside the fortified city walls that have been preserved for a substantial part. Landmark sights are the Gothic St. Egidius Church, the Town Hall and the dozens of burghers' houses that adorn the central square on three sides. The lay-out of the town center is still original.
Category: Urban Landscape
The International output on the peak of Rysy was a mass tourist event, organized by Communist Party since 1957, to honour an alleged climb of V.I. Lenin in 1913. The outputs were formally organized by the staff of nationwide Socialist youth organizations (CSM, SZM) and also in cooperation with the authorities of sport and tourism associations.
The meeting lasted three days and outputs were attended by some 4,000 participants. The positive for the natural environment was building, repairing and cleaning of the hiking trails.
After the banning of mass actions in the Tatra National Park (1990), is an effort to revive this event as depoliticized, but participation is not such great.
This photo essay presents candid moments, of one day in August 1973, during the event. Selected images are sorted chronologically; the story begins in the early morning at the tent camp, continues throughout the climb alone and ends with the evening cultural program. Mentioned meetings had many formal features, but also many informal. In the photo essay are captured both faces of this mass action.
Category: Projects Classic
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