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.
There is no better time to write a December wrap-up than sitting in café 4 hours before boarding a plane, am I right?
Quite frankly, I can hardly remember what I did in December, except going to school, taking pictures and going to church on Sundays, hence the lateness of this letter.
One of these December highlights was hosting my dear friend from Berlin - Varya. We haven’t seen each in other for a year, and God only knows when we will meet again, but she and her husband played a huge role in my dream-coming-true of studying photography in Vienna, and they continue supporting and encouraging me through this journey, which I really appreciate.
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!
There is a huge variety photography magazines which you can buy or read online, but most of them focus of technical side, macro, landscape and equipment, which are the topics out of my interest zone. I'm always looking for websites/resources where photography is skillfully combined with storytelling and photographer's personality, where you can learn photography and current news, get inspired and motivated to pursue personal projects. So here are my top ten websites which I would highly recommend to all my friends interested in photography.
1. ISO 1200 is an amazing video blog which has everything you could ever need - from backstage cover shoots videos to tutorials and DIYs. I've been following it for years and I refer to it every time I need an inspiration kick.
2. Fotografia Magazine has a great monthly selection of photography competitions and grants you can apply for. Also, fantastic photography articles from all around the world.
I'm excited to share some news with you, so lets get right to it!
One of the best Ukrainian newspapers featured me in their recent article about Ukrainian students who are currently crowdfunding their education. The article touches so many aspects of education abroad and all its difficulties Ukrainian students encounter. I was very happy to learn about other Ukrainian students trying to crowdfund as I can relate a lot to what they're going through. The articles is really well-written and easy to read so make sure to check it before it goes under paywall this Thursday!