I’m writing this blog post while seating at the Vienna International Airport waiting for my plane to Berlin. This is the first opportunity for me to sit down, exhale and get into writing. Life has been hectic the past days, but let me first tell you about my portrait studies.
Пишу цей допис, поки чекаю на свій літак до Берлінa у віденському аеропорті. Це перша можливість присісти, видихнути і взятись знов за писання за останні декілька місяців. Життя було трохи хаотичним останні декілька тижні, але давайте я вам перш розповім про свої портретні студії.
I had to sit down and finally write this post otherwise I wouldn’t get a restful sleep. I decided to combine it with the so-called Enjoyments (totally stolen from Charlie McDonnel’s video) and share things I liked and/or discovered in January. Since I haven’t done much photography, I thought I would be a good idea to fill this post with something more informative.
We go outside to explore, to recharge, to get inspired, to get lost and get found again.
Every time I feel stuck - I go outside with my camera, and I'm no longer worried or anxious. I just observe and shoot whatever catches my eye. I also go outside when it's cold and raining, when I don't feel like shooting at all - that is when I take my best shots.
Shooting streets is my workout for the eye, and a bit for my body as well. I'm not good at it yet, I learn as I go down the street.
*All pictures were taken in Vienna during October - December 2015.
Last year was my first time experiencing Christmas market in Hamburg and I was amazed. Somehow Christmas markets are not very common in Ukraine, while in Austria it's a really big thing. Lots of lights, all kinds of decorations, mulled wine and punsch everywhere, cheerful kids with parents and very festive atmosphere in general. I was really happy to share my first Vienna Christmas market (am Spittelberg)-experience with Varya, my friend from Berlin who was visiting me at that time, because otherwise I wouldn't enjoy it. In places like these I get homesick, maybe that's why after that night I haven't been to any so far :) Anyway, no matter where you are in the world, what kind of weather is around or whether you celebrate Christmas or not - I hope you'll get a cozy and festive feeling after reading/watching this blog post.
November was incredibly warm and sunny weather-wise, but still quite stressful. Despite that, we'll try to focus on the positive here and reflect on all the good things that happened in my life this month. I would be very curious to read about your November experiences in the comments below!
Recently I began a little photo series about my friend Hoa's place as a part of my school assignment, which slowly transitioned into a story of her daily life in Vienna. Hoa is from Vietnam, she moved to Vienna 3 years ago and is currently working for Vienna's news channel W24 as a video journalist and editor. She likes traveling and using Couchsurfing as a way to find friends and hosts all over the world. She says that she doesn't like Vienna because it's too clean and neat for her taste. She prefers Paris.
She is also very creative and independent. When I was sipping a fruit tea in her room, she took a hammer and started redsigning her room and putting ornaments of the wall, because why not? She said: "It's so hard to do it on my own, because while putting stuff ob the wall I can't see whether it fits well together."
This month has been one of the most challenging and life-changing (obviously), as it has been almost a month since I moved to Vienna. There were a lot of unpleasant moments, to say the least, but let us just focus on the positive here and reflect on all the great things that happened in October of 2016.
Warning: This post does not bear any artistic value, may include pictures from my phone, pocket camera, dslr as well as a lot of rambling and useless information.
GETTING RESIDENCE PERMIT
Oh, I can feel a smile on someone's face seeing that title, if s/he went though this kind of process. In order to give you some background, to get a residence permit (as a student or pupil) in Austria for a year, you need: an invitation from the corresponding authority, where you're applying for RP; a passport; a health insurance for a year; a confirmation of enrollment; a copy of your visa D and a statement from your bank account, that proves you have enough money to live for a year - should not be older than two weeks! So I had around 5 days (including two weekend days) to collect that and apply, otherwise my bank statement would expire and things would get complicated. Praise the Lord I made it in time!