Streets of Krakow

Winter Street Photography

New Year, new photo opportunities... 

Hope 2017 has started well for you...  

Winter Street Photography in Kraków

Winter Street Photography; A man in Planty during snowstorm in Kraków. 

It has been a while since I posted here for the last time... Almost a month now but so much has happened since then. First of all, I got a new job and work as Guest Experience Manager for Orbis hotels in Krakow and I am based at brand new Mercure Krakow Stare Miasto hotel which was opened last September. I have settled in Krakow where I live now... Have to admit the return to Poland has been very smooth so far... 

Over last month I have met a great bunch of street photographers who share the same passion as I do for example Chris Wilson We have even laid some plans for some great activities in a new year. Sounds really exciting.  I am sure there will be much to do in the streets of Krakow with our cameras in hand.  What really made my day today was... snowfall... I know it may sound ridiculous but tonight's weather conditions in Krakow have caused unknown photo opportunities as I have never experienced before (there was no proper winter in the UK). A very low light (coming mainly from lampposts), reflected from snow, the pedestrians rushing home, seeking shelter from wind and cold created an amazing atmosphere that I just had to photograph. See the gallery here

I hope to be here more frequently as I dot not want and will NOT give up on my photography. If you have any suggestions, ideas please feel to share it with me via a contact form or in the comment field. And of course, any feedback on the shots from tonight are welcome... 

Until the next time, stay well and keep photographing...

Wojtek 

The Magic Place

Kraków Christmas Market

I had a very good day today… Why? Let me keep a secret for now but soon you will find out. When walking for the meeting with Pamela from Krakow Independent Photo Club, I decided to walk across the Market Square as there has been recently opened Christmas Market…

And again, Krakow as the city has surprised me so nicely… You do not need to go to Munich, London, Paris or Berlin. There is a beautiful Christmas Market there. With so many nice stalls full of Polish specialities like: pierogi, sausages, cheese, soups but also handmade regional products. You can also buy some amazing black and white photo prints from Lue Lue Gallery stall. You should really try some food and mulled wine (but not too much, believe me ;-) It was fairly difficult to walk around as the market was full of foreign tourists as well as the locals; who strolled along the market on the way back home. What must be noted, the weather was nasty as the winter is coming; cold wind and snow. Despite it, the atmosphere was amazing… for sure will come back there again.

The reason I am writing this is to bring your attention to the beauty of this Magical Place. The market has caused so many great photo opportunities and again I noticed many people walking around with cameras “attached” to their eyes not mentioning these ones with smartphones in their hands (with or without gloves on).

If you are reading this blog somewhere in the world, please share it. Please tell the others about this Magical Place which has so much to offer not only to photographers. Also, let me know what you think about the Blog, photographs. Be honest. I am open for the feedback. Revisit my blog soon as I will be posting more in coming days.

Till the next time, stay sharp and keep photographing.

Wojtek 

The best Polish city for Street Photography

Street Photography in Krakow

Of course it’s all luck.
— Henri Cartier-Bresson

Shadows of Krakow

Shadows of Krakow

It is almost one month since I have moved to Krakow after ten years in London. The UK capital was the city where my passion for photography was born. I held three great exhibitions across such places as London’s Camera Club and The Jealous Gallery (see here some captures from these great events). London Chinatown as well as Southbank were the places the most often visited by me. Also in London I made great friendships with great people; to name a few; Marta, Kadir, Gosia, Anna, Armando and more. I learnt a lot there, got a great life-experience and above found inspiration for Street and Travel Photography which is my main discipline. Before I moved to Krakow I was thinking what it is going to be like there, will I find the like-minded people, will I see (in terms of photography) what I have seen in London, Paris, Barcelona or Rome. And you know what, it has been three weeks now since I am in Krakow and I am so nicely surprised. I see so much, almost everywhere I go. I can see people with their cameras walking around and photographing not only the architecture of this beautiful city but also Street Scenes. The number of different photo events taking place in the city is enormous. Last Friday I visited an amazing LueLue Gallery; a place where I could stay the whole day and more. It was full of black and white photographs of Krakow and other locations with such an approachable staff open for new emerging artists; photographers, painters, interior designers etc.  For sure I will come back there again.

Despite the fact, I have left the best city in the world and all the best friends there, I am happy to be back here in Krakow. I am happy and look forward to photographing this beautiful city and I am sure I will not get bored as Street Photography is so unique and always offers candid moments to photograph.

I will say even more… I am super lucky to be back here again…

Finally, if I could ask you to give me your feedback, comment any advise or even tell me what you would like to see in my photographs. Challenge me and I will try my best to capture it for you. Stay tuned for more posts in coming weeks, months.

Wojtek