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.
My dad asked me once, when I came back to my hometown for Christmas holidays: "Would you like to go on a training with me?" At first a regular human-girl voice within me said: "Nah, not interested", but then a photographer's voice woke up: "Wait a minute, I can shoot that". I wish my photographer's voice would always wake up first.
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.
Streets are extensions of us.
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.
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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!
We all love experiencing the first snow - the beginning for a new season, the excitement of upcoming holidays and a new color addition to our routines. I love waking up and seeing snow outside, especially the first one - because then I feel like Kevin from “Home Alone” and I just want to scream “It's Christmaaaas!”. When I was in Ulm, Germany, I woke up early and went for a walk with my camera to depict beautiful peaceful streets with a slight snow later and cosy private porches. These pictures remind me of that morning and make me feel so warm and peaceful, and I hope you will feel the same way.
I pray for Paris and all nations who struggle because of the greed and anger that we ourselves spread. Let us never forget that our life is fragile and the amount of time we will spend in eternity is incredibly bigger than the time we live on this planet.
French embassy in Vienna, Austria, on 14.11.2015.
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."
You would become a clown art fan if you had seen the perfomance of "Clowns without borders Sweden" a few days back in Kyiv. I feel like these guys have the best job ever; not in terms of easiness, but in terms of feedback. Seeing all those kids' smiling faces must feel like bliss, especially considering their current life circumstences - "Clowns" were performing at the biggest childrens hospital in Ukraine and also for temporarily displaced kids in one of the Kyiv theaters. Before Kyiv the artists conducted 15 perfomances in different cities of eastern Ukraine, where military actions are currently taking place. UNICEF Ukraine kindly invited me to shoot Kyiv peromance of the "Clowns" for them.