It was a long awaited dream of mine to pay a visit. I heard a lot about it in the past and always in superlatives.. This time I'm telling the story in a different format. Hopefully you will like it. It's an experiment and I'm looking forward to your feedback. Click here or on the image below.
"That's the way it is" goes Romanian adage "Asta e!". It seems directly and indirectly ubiquitous around the city and mentally in it's inhabitants. Indirectly, starting with the cables going everywhere in massive amounts through to the way people drive not caring much about others (whether pedestrians or drivers) to people sitting on the streets on their chairs and just looking here and there not doing much. "Asta e!" refers to the acceptance of what is in a rather passive, non-agressive way. It is not related to the chill and humour of Australians, nor to British stoicism. It's something different and it has it's story..
Is Dracula's castle any good or just a cheap tourist trap? What about the small villages tucked in Transylvania? How does the famous Transfăgărășan highway look like? Is Città Alta as beautiful as they say? Soon I'll be able to answer these questions from my point of view..
I'm in between things at the moment working towards regaining my attention to elements that really matter thus not much is happening here in terms of longer texts. Two to four trips in Europe and beyond await me in the upcoming months and you can expect new photographs pouring in starting September. For the time being I'm using the summer and close proximity of park to unwind and rethink things. These few shots I've taken recently around Poland.
One of the great Polish historians, publicists, writer, journalist and diplomat, Władysław Bartoszewski, once said that:
"Certainly not all that is worthwhile pays-off but most surely (...) not all what pays-off is worthwhile"
I recently found this to be true in terms of travels. Few weeks ago I saw that one of my favourite bands "Leningrad" (ru. Ленинград), with it's charismatic frontman Sergey "Shnur" Shnurov, had a tour around Europe. This year they did not visit Poland (as in 2013 on Woodstock festival) and went to Hungary on Sziget Festival. The group is from Saint Petersburg in Russia (called Leningrad in the times of USSR). and gained considerable world-wide attention in the years 2003-2006 when they were banned from playing in Moscow and, some other cities followed, went to play gigs around the world. They're famous not only by the music they play (rock with vulgar lyrics) but also great video-clips and satire on Russia including Novyj Russkij (ru. новые русские) class. Their last stop on 2016 tour was Saint Petersburg in late November. This happenstancesprung a spontaneous idea in my head..
On 500px I post only the best of the best photographs. Still, the full experience (as a mix of stories and photographs) you will find on this blog. Being on 500px is an experiment where I try to find new ways of sharing my work and gathering feedback on my what I do as a traveller and photographer.