~ Nicholas Sparks, The Last Song
I'm going to eat a sandwich. Because I have to. Because the world isn't fair to ten-year-olds.
~ Nicholas Sparks, The Last Song
I'm not the smartest fellow in the world, but I can sure pick smart colleagues.
~ Franklin D. Roosevelt
This is a snapshot of my former workplace and in the picture is one of my former colleagues. It is a control room for TV broadcasting throughout a night shift.
In a photograph above is pictured my good friend Vlado. We worked together for years and spent a lot of our free time together, always looking for any adventure.
The photograph was taken during our two days winter hike in the Low Tatras Mountains. We stayed overnight in the woodcutter’s cottage which was unoccupied at that time, but we weren't alone. At the end of the day stopped there a bunch of young people and they asked us for a night shelter. That kind of housing was usually used for two-three persons but in the end it became a safe haven for the ten of us. Some spent all night above, in the loft, under the roof.
I see paintings or drawings in the poorest cottages, in the dirtiest corners. And my mind is driven towards these things with an irresistible momentum.
~ Vincent van Gogh
If you're skating on thin ice, you might as well dance.
~ Anita Shreve, Where or When
Today starts in the High Tatras International Youth Meeting 2015, which is connected with a climb on the peak of Rysy. This post is dedicated to a similar output that took place in 1973, 42 years ago.
All gods who receive homage are cruel. All gods dispense suffering without reason. Otherwise they would not be worshipped.
~ Zora Neale Hurston, Their Eyes Were Watching God
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TV transmitter and some of its parts prepared to monthly maintenance.
A goal without a plan is just a wish.
~ Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving.
~ Albert Einstein
The miracle isn't that I finished. The miracle is that I had the courage to start.
~ John Bingham, No Need for Speed
Ivan was one of my colleagues, back in the 1970's. We worked together on the TV Dubnik site. In fact his real forename was Milan, but everybody called him, Ivan. Here he is pictured in the microwave room as attentively checks transmitting parameters on the measurement devices.
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A contact sheet is a set of multiple images printed at the same size as the negative, on one page. In film photography, contact sheets were often used to quickly scan for the highest quality images from a roll of film. Negatives were lined up on a glass sheet and laid on top of the photo paper. The enlarger was then turned on to expose the contact sheet.
In digital photography, contact sheet refers to any sheet with multiple thumbnail images printed for the purpose of indexing, or for quick reference.
Pavol Hammel, born 1948 in Bratislava, is a Slovak musician, singer, producer and also painter. He gained fame initially in the group Prudy, but has since established a successful solo career.
In the first photograph Hammel is pictured on the stage during the evening performance in Tatranska Strba, on the occasion of the International output on the peak of Rysy (The High Tatras).
The second photograph, made as diptych, was shot in the Saris Gallery, Presov, where he exhibited his paintings. During the interview for the local radio, Hammel was making funny remarks, so interviewer had a fit of the giggles.
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Dubnik TV Centre, Presov Region, circa 1983. This is a short pictorial coverage on the installation of new TV antennas. New parts were placed on the top of the 300 meters high mast by using a helicopter. Detailed information is in a caption below the photograph.
Sally Sallingova (1946-1999) was a Czech vocalist (also singing in Slovak), born in 1946 in Plzen (former Czechoslovakia), of Roma (mother) and US-American (father) descent.
From 1966 to 1967 Sally was a member of the Apollo music theatre, and after that she continued with the Apollobeat group of Petr Spaleny. Later she co-operated with Juraj Velcovsky and Brano Hronec orchestras and with them she toured Europe.
In 1977 Sally appeared in a minor film role as Irena in Dusan Hanak's movie Pink Dreams. The romance is a variation on the Romeo and Juliet theme.
Picture above is from a concert at the open-air arena in Presov, May 1972. Sally here performs together with the orchestra of Juraj Velcovsky (on the background is keyboardist Ernest Olah).
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In this post I am going to talk about a fleeting moment that happened more than 40 years ago.
It was a hot spring day. On the field in the City Park the boys were playing a football match. The atmosphere was marked by their constant babble, frequent laughter and sometimes even small quarrels.
Suddenly a whistle of the referee interrupted the game and after that he ordered a penalty kick. All the players gathered around the goal and on their faces can be seen considerable tension. The goalie is now in the middle of the goal; he bends in his knees and is fully focused on the penalty kick. Another boy puts the ball on the ground, is underway, kicks the ball, the ball is now in the air and flies towards the goal ... and at that exact moment the history was frozen on the film in my camera.
Frankly, I don't remember how ended that decisive moment of the football game. It is quite possible that the ball was caught; but it is also possible that it was the winning goal. It is this ambiguity what still enchants me, while looking at this image. Because it entails a small unsolved mystery.
And here are some more pictures from this match.
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.
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Labor Day on May 1 is an annual celebration of labor and it is also a holiday in more than 80 countries worldwide.
In former socialist Czechoslovakia was Labor Day connected with mass parades and with a lot of cultural and sport events.
I’m working now on a photo essay, with a topic of Labor Day in former Czechoslovakia. When everything goes well (scanning and processing), work will be ready in a couple of weeks.
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This is a diptych story about us, who we once were and who we will be in the future.
Guys relaxing in the shade after the football game.
On one of my wanders, I suddenly saw a pair of old men. I approached them with considerable respect and when they noticed me too, I just gently nodded and asked - May I? And then I pressed the shutter on my camera and thanked. This photograph was later published in magazine Život (Life) – at that time the best-selling family magazine in Slovakia.
The selection of other images from the 1970s, produced as a project is presented here. The complete photo book, with the title The 1970s, is available here. Mentioned book was featured on Blurb, as the book of the week.
This is a selection of another two images from the 1970s. This time it is about men, who often looked at the world through
Even with the passage of four decades, I can still feel atmosphere of the moments in which images were taken.
From time to time I bumped into cameraman, who worked for Czechoslovak Television. Whenever we met, for the greeting we just nodded heads and exchanged smiles.
At another shot my attention was caught by a photographer, who was dressed in folk costume, on the head with a hat with a nice feather and holding medium format SLR camera.
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Everything has its beauty