Many people lose the small joys in the hope for the big happiness.
~ Pearl S. Buck
I recently self-published a photography book, simply named “black and white”. The edition contains the exclusive selection of black and white photographs from 2005 to 2015. For printing, I used online publishing house Blurb.
The entire preview of the book is available here.
I recently published on the Behance network my new project titled ‘Marathon’. To highlight the motion and dynamics of the sporting event, for shooting I used exclusively long exposures, with a combination of panning or steady camera. You can check my new work here.
The Peace Marathon, held since 1924 in Kosice, Slovakia, is the oldest annual marathon in Europe and the third-oldest in the world. The marathon takes place each year on the first October Sunday (this year’s fell on 4 October).
The course consists of two practically identical circuits with the Start and Finish in front of the Hotel Doubletree by Hilton. The course is flat, completely asphalted and traffic free, leads mainly in the historic city centre and partly through the Anicka Park, where I took all my images.
In nearly ideal weather (14 degrees at the start and 16 at the finish with no wind) and with a great help of sub runner Evans Ruto, as a pacemaker, the marathon record nearly fell. The 29 years old Kenyan Samuel Kosgei improved his pace in the last five kilometres and at the finish he was clocked at 2:07:07. He missed the course record (2:07:01) of Lawrence Kimaiyo from 2012 by only six seconds.
The 92nd Peace Marathon also marked a new record of participants, more than 11 000 in all races, and from 49 countries.
Live, travel, adventure, bless, and don't be sorry.
~ Jack Kerouac
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
Category: Classic Diary Projects
A terrified boy flew around me as the wind and was running as for his life. About twenty meters behind him ran another that most likely chased him. After a while, both disappeared around the corner of a nearby building.
FEAR stands for Fuck Everything And Run.
~ Stephen King, Doctor Sleep
A selections of photographs from 2015 with the theme of snow, I have published as a project called Snowfall.
Category: Projects Urban Tales
Every couple needs to argue now and then. Just to prove that the relationship is strong enough to survive.
~ Nicholas Sparks, Safe Haven
A photograph above is from my project Whiteness.
One of the most beautiful wooden log churches in the Carpathian region. The church was built in 1766 in village Zboj (Northeast Slovakia) and was consecrated to St Mikulas Biskup. In 1967 the church was moved to Bardejov Spa, into the open-air museum.
This photograph is included into my black and white portfolio.
Black and white photography is all about textures, lines, shapes, shades of gray and the contrast between the light and darkness. Color images often hide these aspects under the 'layer' of color.
One of the images from my Black and white portfolio, project.
Forest Gump is American comedy-drama film based on the same name novel by Winston Groom. The film was directed by Robert Zemeckis and stared Tom Hanks, who won an Academy Award for the role.
The story depicts several decades in the life of Forrest Gump, a naïve and slow-witted yet athletically prodigious native of Alabama who witnesses, and in some cases influences, some of the defining events of the latter half of the 20th century in the US; more specifically, the period between Forrest's birth in 1944 and 1982.
The film was released 20 years ago, in the summer of 1994.
The picture above is from my project Solitariness.
Category: Diary Projects
From memories of Shinji Mikamo, who survived Hiroshima atomic blast, on August 6, 1945.
At nearly 08:15 he remembers lifting his right arm to wipe the sweat off his brow, when suddenly a blinding flash filled the sky. He recalls:
Suddenly I was facing a gigantic fireball. It was at least five times bigger and 10 times brighter than the sun. It was hurtling directly towards me, a powerful flame that was a remarkable pale yellow, almost the color of white.
The deafening noise came next. I was surrounded by the loudest thunder I had ever heard. It was the sound of the universe exploding. In that instant, I felt a searing pain that spread through my entire body. It was as if a bucket of boiling water had been dumped over my body and scoured my skin.
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
In 2013, among other things, I worked on the project Towers, with a motto – Beacons of our age.
For shooting I used mainly days with absolutely clean and blue sky. In harmony with my vision I wanted these slender architectural structures appear as extremely bright objects with shapes, lines and contours on a dark background, something that causes almost graphic expression.
Telecommunications towers, used for mobile communications, seem to me a peculiar phenomenon expressing our time. They are heralds of our hunger for mutual communication, never ending desire to be constantly connected on the local as well on the global level.
Selection of pictures with this theme, rendered as a project is available here.
Category : Projects
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