Streets of Krakow

Humans of Krakow

#HumansofKrakow

To document a city, it's people, their histories

It has been a while since I was here...

Hope you have been well and all goes fine for you and have a great holidays plans... 

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Need to say so much has happened since my last post here and I am not talking here about the exhibition (by the way, thank you very much to all of you who came to the Opening Evening) but above all about the change that I can feel that comes to my photography; my perception of Street Photography, next steps, directions... 

A new Series of HumansofKrakow

As you may know, I have attended portfolio review; a great event that was organized as one of many events linked to Krakow Photo Festival. I opened my heart, my photography to five unknown people who turned out to be great source of inspiration. Their words, advise made me think about what I should do... And the outcome is that I am planning to create as much as possible (if time allows) series of photographs presenting #HumansofKrakow. It is not a new concept as it has been there for a while but it seems still uncovered here in Krakow. Maybe you will ask yourself why does he want to pursue this idea? Maybe because to create stories about people around us. People whom we do not know but we live in the same city. And I am really under impression how vibrant Krakow is, tourists, students, the citizens... 

Just think what American society would be if the images taken by Vivian Maier were never found?  Just look at her photographs - masterpieces she created about the simple life of people of Chicago, New York... 

Thus, if you think this is a good idea, get in touch please. Maybe together we can create something extraordinary. 

All the best and have a great holidays by the way! 

Wojtek 

 

Winter in Krakow

Black and White Photography during a snowy day

Winter is here in Krakow

And the January time has created a great photo opportunity for all of us who make black and white photo stories. To be frank, it was a fairly nice photo walk, despite the snow and wind. Maybe because, I have not done any photo walks in a while. 

People walking, dogs barking and running, birds seeking any kind of food and peaceful calm despite the fact I was in the heart of Krakow. That makes me relaxed the best; camera on my neck, tranquility around and above scenery that cannot look better than in black and white.

See the photographs yourself! 

World Photo Day at AccorHotels in Krakow, Poland

When your work dovetails with the passion...or you share your passion with work...

Lobby area of Novotel Krakow City Wesst

Lobby area of Novotel Krakow City Wesst

As only I found about the role I hold at the moment, I instantly knew I would be able to use my photography skills, passion in my work but need to admit was not aware there will be so much involvement of it. And you know what... I really do not mind, even more, I love it. And I am not saying photo sessions for hotels which I cannot deliver but the chance to help the hotels with my own photography which I took over last years. And that moment has come quicker than I expected.

All mid-scale Accor hotels in Krakow celebrate the World Photo Day this week. Two Novotels and Mercure have special photography displays which are open to the public. Novotel Krakow City West has offered me kindly space in their lobby where some print outs are displayed. Mercure Krakow Old Town boasts a digital photo display on massive TV screens and finally, the lobby of Novotel Krakow Centrum is full of large boards with photographs taken by the artists gathered around IngersKrakow. So if you are around Krakow these coming days, pop into AccorHotels and see what is on. Do not hesitate to share your feedback. And do you plan to celebrate World Photo Day? If so, how? Let me know.

Till the next time,

Wojtek

Humans of Krakow

HUMANS OF KRAKOW

Faces of Krakow Heroes who support DEMOCRACY in Poland! 

Firstly, please forgive me this blog is in English but most of the friends are well spread across the globe and most of them understand this language. Secondly, I would like to apologise to all if I have published a photograph of you without your prior contest but I thought this is about something more than just show off my photography…

I present you here very, very few even a fraction of Heroes, Humans of Krakow who have been gathering for last six days to show to the World that they disagree with proposed changes within Supreme Court Legislation in Poland. They all know that these changes will bring Poland back where it was before 1989…

They do not dispute the reform of Legal Norms in Poland, even more, they support it but all of this must be conducted in accordance with Polish Constitution. Yesterday, they said it loud and clear; 3 times Veto for all three reforms and they urged President Mr. Duda to bin all of them.

Tonight, they will be gathering again, and I am sure the same happens in coming days… Please support us, share the message and do not lose the hope in us. Europe, the World, WE WILL BE BACK! 

A Unique Exhibition

Igerskrakow and Novotel Krakow Centrum hotel present... 

#NKCINSTAMEET

How all this started?

A few years ago, a great friend of mine from London Camera Club suggested to me I should have the exhibition. As the offer was tempting, I was not sure if it was a good idea. Now, I can say the decision to have my work displayed at one of the oldest photo clubs in London was one of the best decision I have ever taken. The excitement around the preparations, selections of photographs, editing, sending out invites and finally the very day – the Private Viewing when friends and office mates as well strangers start to walk into the gallery to see your work… Priceless feeling… 

When all comes back...

Must say, last week I felt a bit the same, a bit because the location is different; it is in Krakow, it is not my solo exhibition but with other talented photo artists and the venue – the hotel that I had the opportunity to open 15 (!!!) years ago also with many other great hotel professionals. 

Can you imagine your photo life without #Instagram? I cannot… I really got addicted to this social media channel a while ago. And if you know there are many others Instagramers who share the same passion, the life is more beautiful. It is #Igerskrakow who I want to tell you about; a group of amazing people, so talented who see the world around us the most often not only via their smartphone cameras but in many cases in a funny, unusual way. I had this privilege to be among three other judges who selected 100 photographs out of 502 which are on display at Novotel Krakow Centrum hotel until the end of August 2017. You can see their work that they took during the first ever #nkcinstameet that we organised during mid-May event but also other masterpieces of our city of Krakow. 

This is a unique exhibition – much different from many others that can be found Krakow – #Igerskrakow has never had their work displayed till now. If you are in Polish Royal City this summer, try to find some time and head on to Novotel. Walk around the lobby and see this stunning collection.

#Igerskrakow at #NovotelKrakowCentrum

Appreciation...

Lastly, I would like to thank everybody who was involved in this amazing project. You have made my day, week, month – the ambition to bring the photography into one of the hotels that I work with and for.

Wojtek