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Motion Envy

As a small child, I listened to my grandfather stories about pre-war cinema for hours. Paula Negri, Rudolph Valentino and many other stars of the silent and golden eras of Hollywood sparkled my interest in cinematography. Great films thought me a lot about the creative vision. “Casablanca” for example, a very “noir” film with a delightful chiaroscuro lighting – I …

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Talla na Mara

Returning to the Isle of Harris in autumn proved to be a good decision, despite a lot of challenges that the island provided. My previous trip in May was as good as one can imagine – not a lot of rain, some soft sunshine and gorgeous evening light. October however was a different kettle of fish! I had everything thrown …

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Fear of Flying

Despite the title, no, I am not afraid of flying, in fact I like it, as most of the time, the flight is the beginning of a discovery – discovery of new places, new cultures or people. During the trips, far away or much closer, even to a local park, my senses are bombarded with light, smells, shapes, colour and …

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Sharing is caring

From our earliest days, we hear that sharing is caring and we learn to share our toys with siblings, our food with family, books with friends and many more. I think sharing in photography world is especially important. We all learn from the masters and in turn, our knowledge can be valuable for others, so why not to share it?  …

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Alla Veneziana

“Isn’t there enough pictures of Venice” people will ask and my answer will be, probably yes. So why am I still taking them? The answer is easy, because I am under a spell. I was sixteen when for the first time I stood on Accademia Bridge looking towards Santa Maria Della Salute and thought that it was possibly the most …

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Taste of Freedom

As the year draws to the end, it is a good time to assess if I have developed as a photographer and if so, which of my photographic choices became more pronounced in the last year. I have rejected photographers’ current popular path of strict specialisation and enjoyed more and more of artistic freedom. I will possibly refuse to stick to a …

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Dear Sicilian Drivers…

Dear Sicilian Drivers, we foreigners, love your country. We admire your exquisite architecture, your lush forests, rocky coastline and intriguing though deadly, Etna. We are happy to spend a lot of money on your delicious food, visit your ancient Greek amphitheatres and stroll lazily in the evening in your old towns, eating your first class ice cream. However, to do …

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Survival or Greed?

Since ancient times, Rio Tinto area in Spain has been mined for copper, silver, gold, and other minerals. This inherently invasive process causes damage to this land, flora, fauna and habitat overall. It creates greenhouse gasses, pollutes water and contaminates soil. It also spoils this beautiful landscape creating eyesore pits and surreal, almost lunar landscape. The removal of layers of …

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Walk with the Fairies

Whose imagination hasn’t been inspired by forest fairies stories and folklore? Who hasn’t been enchanted by the magical and timeless beauty of the woods? I for sure love the primeval forests with their age-old trees spreading the twisted arms, the overgrown forest floor in a tangle and swampy depths with rich vegetation. Walking in the forest in the dark can …

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Selective Memory

My images management is very simple; firstly I copy all of my images from any trip to the computer and remove all unsharp and too similar images. The second negative selection comes a few weeks later, when I feel a bit less emotional about the place. The benefits of this few weeks break are many: I am more objective about …

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Tripping the Light Fantastic

Escaping drab weather in UK, I have travelled to Andalusia in Spain. The town I really wanted to see during this trip was Cordoba. It’s Mezquita (Spanish for “Mosque”) is a beautiful and fascinating building that symbolizes the many religious changes Cordoba has undergone over the centuries. I have seen on TV and in the travel guides Mezquita’s countless pillars like …

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Visions and Resolutions

Sometimes it is worth to re-visit your resolutions, plans and visions from the previous year; just to check if what you dreamt about came true, if you found time to fulfil your plans or simply, if your visions and priorities this year are the same as in the last year. I did just that and here is what I wrote …

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Enchanted Forest

Every year in May I succumb to the temptation to photograph the blue riot in the woods, despite that my computer drive is full of images of bluebells in all shapes and forms. I find my trips to the forest not only artistically fulfilling but also generally therapeutic. Far away from the city madness, crowds, traffic, time restrictions, my only …

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Lost in Translation

I have started the year 2015 somehow slowly and in a philosophical mood. I kept away from the computer and social media not because of luck of time, but of choice. I love photography and travel – the mighty internet, the big world wide web, the very varied social media opened up a lot of possibilities of interacting with other …

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Following my path

There is no better time for summary of your work than the end of the year, therefore I wrote a bit about what I have learnt, which artistic directions I have taken in the past and where it may take me next year. As Christmas is round the corner, I wish you all a very happy summary of your own work …

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The Cotswolds

Set in the heart of England’s countryside, the Cotswolds is a dream place for a photographer. Let me be the guide today and tell you a bit of a history of this place. It occupies the area between Gloucester, Bath, Oxford and Stratford-upon-Avon. This area is a perfect blend of gentle rolling hills, plentiful archaeological sites and charming villages built …

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People that glide

The full title of this blog should be “The influence of the colour white on the gliding of the beautiful people” but the shorter version will do for the moment. Let’s start from the beginning – this year the whole Europe decided to do what I always do, that is to have holidays in September in Portugal. It is a …

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Close Encounters of the Third Kind

Not many people know that the special rover designed to search for extra terrestrial life on Mars has been tested on the volcanic island of Tenerife, which bears resemblance to the Martian landscape. I am not surprised that the amazing rocky landscape, pitted with craterlike dips is ideal for testing this technology, as the topography and textures available there are …

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Mudeford

Mudeford Spit in Dorset, near Christchurch is like a promised land, so close but so far…..you can see the colourful beach huts from Mudeford Quay, but to get to it you need to take a ferry or a land train from the Hengistbury Head. Many times I planned to visit this picturesque place and at long last, this weekend, I …

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The Surrey Hills

For the last two years I was very busy discovering and recording the hidden beauty of the Surrey Hills, a nationally important Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty covering a quarter of the Surrey County. Today, at long last my latest book is out and available in all good book shops.  Surrey Hills boundary stretches from Farnham in the west to …

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Passion for Colour

The rumour that I only like two colours, the emerald green and the golden orange, are greatly exaggerated! I love them all (minus depressing brown and boring beige). Colour is one element of photography which I have never underestimated. Always aware of the presence of colour around me while composing images, I carefully consider their influence on the overall feel …

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Softly, softly

As a photographer, I am full of contradictions, I love colour but often play with monochrome; landscapes and nature are my primary interest, but architecture draws me like a magnet; for years, the classic approach was the only approach in photography for me and now I embrace the impressionistic style with a gusto. I am only consistent with one – …

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Venetian Carnival

At long last I managed to visit Venice during the carnival. I always wanted to see the centuries old tradition of wearing masks and parading the streets in the most imaginative dresses from the past. This very old tradition, forbidden for many centuries, and partially forgotten, thankfully was revived in the early ’80s by the Venetian architecture students. Since then …

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Cloud eight and a half

In search of the winter sun I reached the magical island of Tenerife. Although I was based in Los Cristianos, I was not really spending much time there, firstly because crowdy beaches are not my thing,  secondly, because of the mortal dangers awaiting there – bikes on the pavements seems to be the norm and faster than the bikes, motorised wheel …

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Sculptures in Paradise

The monumental bronze sculptures by Igor Mitoraj, one of the world-renowned sculptors, lying in the courtyard of the castle in Verona took my breath away. I have seen before the work of this talented Polish sculptor in Cracow, but somehow here in the ornate castle, in the medieval surroundings, they resonated with me the strongest. Despite studying painting at Cracow …

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Aqua Aerobic

Snow, rain, hurricane – I have photographed in all these conditions but never did I expect that I will face my biggest challenge in sunny Italy, by the glorious Lake Garda! As waterfalls are like magnets for photographers, no wander that I could not resist visiting one that mesmerised Thomas Mann so much, that he wrote “The water pours down …

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Fading Memories

I worked for a year on a book “Cracow, city of treasures”; it was a fabulous time, although hard at times. Narrow streets of this medieval city, as beautiful as they are, were nightmare to photograph. Constant struggle with converging vertical, quest to find some steps or boxes to give myself some height, search for some elevated positions and some …

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Glamorous Life

I was talking to my friend lately and he has commented what a glamorous and stress free life I lead! “You go to all these fantastic places, you watch the sunsets, take pictures of historic buildings and landscapes, swim in the sea, rest on top of the mountains, sip champagne and they pay you for it”! Errrr……is my life really …

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Not for the money

We photographers, talk a lot about money, how digital revolution changed our professional lives, how prices of the pictures dropped down rapidly and how many companies expect us to work for free, as there is an army of amateur photographers happy to publish their work for free, just for the kick of seeing their name printed. An interesting article about …

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London Bridges

I passionately love photographing bridges and London is one of the best places to do it!  Why is it the best place?  Firstly because I CAN photograph them and secondly, because the variety of the bridges here is amazing; in fact, London owes its very existence to bridges – its location upon the banks of the Thames was defined by …

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Dark Black

Kristina Train sings “Dark black is the colour of my life since you’ve been gone” and it seems that since the sun has gone my life in the last couple of months was in monochrome. Everything was dark, brown, or black. No green leaves on trees, lead sky, no flowers. Somehow depressing but as a photographer I should not say …

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A child in me

Winter this year really got to me and I already started thinking about holidays. I remember my long summer holidays by the sea when a beach was not a beach but a grand castle and the sea was not a sea but the enemy army attacking the castle moats and fortifications. My hasty actions to reinforce the walls were not …

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Shape, form and space

One of the things I love about winter is frost! First of all it keeps (sensible) people indoors and thanks to that, parks, gardens and other interesting places can be mine, all mine! Not that I don’t like people, I like them, but from the distance! The moment I set up my tripod and find the right composition, suddenly a …

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What is art?

The sale of Andreas Gursky’s photograph “Rhine II” for over four million dollars at Christie’s in New York sparkled up heated debates in the art world. You can see the picture when you click on the link here: http://www.tate.org.uk/art/artworks/gursky-the-rhine-ii-p78372. Many art critics rave about it, so it must be good, am I right? At the same time, however, many photographers …

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Merry Christmas

As it is my last blog this year, I would like to wish Merry Christmas to everybody! I hope the New Year will be fantastic and wish all of you, my friends all the best. I also want to share the best with you, and what is better to share than a bit of snow at Christmas time? These pictures …

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Scotney Castle

I have visited one of England’s most romantic, Scotney Castle for the first time in the Autumn, when my hand was in plaster.  I just hated it! Not the place, my plaster! I was however so determined, that plaster, or no plaster, I still was taking pictures.  The 14th century castle is, oh so very picturesque, and there I was …

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To impress or not to impress

For quite a while now I wanted to experiment with new digital ways of finding, seeing and capturing impressionistic photographic images. I did, like every other curious photographer work with multiple exposures on films, I played with long exposures, mastered panning techniques and many more. Now it is time to use my digital skills and to see if I can …

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Shiver down the spine

Halloween, All Saints Day, Guy Fawkes night, all these days make me think about stories sending shiver down the spine. Straddling the line between autumn and winter, and more important, life and death, Halloween is a time of some spooky celebration. Originated with the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain, when people would light bonfires and wear costumes to ward off …

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Guilty pleasures

Everybody has some guilty pleasures, mine is a certain Senhora…to be precise, Senhora da Rocha! Senhora da Rocha or Praia Nossa Senhora da Rocha (Beach of Our Lady of the Rock) is a small fishing community and a lovely bay on the Atlantic coast.  It is situated in the middle of the Algarve, and is simply a perfect spot for …

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Save Salgados

Salgados Lagoon is a precious and truly amazing wetland near Armacao de Pera, in Algarve, Portugal.  Some of the species of birds that can be found here are Grebes, Gulls, Little Terns, Coots, Flamingos, the rare Purple Gallinule, Black Terns, Peregrines, Black Winged Kites, and Collared Pratincoles. The area is already classified as an important bird life zone but a …

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Polesden Lacey

Polesden Lacey is an elegant 19th century Regency mansion redesigned greatly for Captain and Mrs Ronald Greville, who bought it in 1906.  Mrs Greville was an illegitimate daughter of McEwans, beer empire owner. She was described by many a social-climbing woman but also as a perfect hostess; the house hosted numerous famous guests: writers, artists, politicians and most important, royalty! …

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Titsey Place

Relaxing amid the sweet scent of the roses and lavender and admiring the trickling fountain that is a copy of one from Eton College, I sigh deeply and say, that really is close to heaven!  I am sitting on the bench at the lower terrace of Titsey Place, a manor house that can be found close to Oxted. Beautifully restored …

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Verona

Time for happy memories – back in Verona! This is such a vibrant city, so full of fantastic architecture, happy tourists, delightful coffee and amazing views. The top of my list was of course to see the opera in a fabulous Arena Amphithere, so bought some not-so-cheap tickets and at 21.00 sharp I am sitting there, surrounded by thousands of people and tiny torch …

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