Aug 252012

Before I go to the main part of this post let me mention that…

I do miss Poland… Every time I have an opportunity to visit this wonderful country I feel great. “What’s so special?”  you may ask. Well… I could elaborate, but written words wouldn’t do justice. Funny enough, the same reason why I am not able to write those words (in English) is why I can appreciate Poland so much. Every one of us feels and understands his country of upbringing better than non-natives (most probably). And it is difficult or even impossible to explain some things to others.  Some things, on the other hand, do not need any explanation.

By the way – I am not trying to be “mysterious” by not saying anything concrete. I am simply a rather private man who do not want to say too much on a blog :) “So why the hell did you write the previous paragraph?” you might ask. Well, because the process of writing triggers my memory and I can experience some of this stuff again. It can also trigger memory of a reader, if he/she has  memories of his own which fit in that general description. Worth trying…

Actually there is a concrete thing which I can share! A picture (or two) is worth more than a thousand words, so here it is:

It was a typical lunch my mother prepared, but the ingredients were so fresh and natural that I almost cried tears of joy. So this is one concrete thing which I miss.

Let us now focus on the main part of the post. So another aspect I miss is people, but this one is more difficult to explain. I am not even sure I fully understand it myself.

Some time ago I wrote a post on how people often do not explore opportunities they encounter. Here is the post. So I witnessed an another situation in this spirit. During my recent trip to Poland I attended a conference and met some new people there. And since I had some free time I mentioned I can take some photos of them (free of charge). To make it short: it was by no means easy… to an extent that some of them actually tried to discourage other ones from using this opportunity. Maybe this behavior is not even worth being mentioned after all…

Fortunately it was not entirely impossible. Here is a photo of one of the participants, Monika, a PhD student in mathematics.

Great result, and it was her first photo session!

After that we attended a bonfire, where one (e.g. me) could enjoy more of wonderful food


May 302012

Anne contacted me a few months ago to do a photo shoot together. As always – we first met to get to know each other a bit and discuss some possible projects. After that we had a walk and even took a photo or two. Thanks to the model it was not difficult to get a decent photo right away.

We scheduled another photo shoot shortly after that to work together more before some major project.

The day we met again was beautiful but awfully cold. I really appreciate her professionalism – she was not complaining at all, even when I was proposing to walk to other locations over and over again. She was in good spirits even at the very end. Thank you Anne! :)

As I mentioned earlier getting great photos on this occasion wasn’t our priority (but I think we did it anyway). My goal was to see how “serious” (for lack of a better word) look we can get. You can see how this looks evolved throughout the session.

When I took the last photo (from the gallery) I knew we got it! Actually I remember I said to Anne that it was worth spending so much time in this cold weather just to get this one photo! And I still think so.

In the nearest future I will post more photos of Anne from our last session, so stay tuned – they are worth it!