Each year I need to reset, to "charge my battery" ;) Winters in Poland always leave me wishing for more light and warmth. I usually travel with my family but this year I organized a tiny photographer meeting on Fuerteventura. Actually, there was only one other photographer with me, but an absolutely special one ;) - Monika Cichoszewska, a great wet plate photographer. I like Monika, because she really is just a normal and honest person.
There is no envy, anger or arrogance in Monika.
Although she has achieved much, she doesn't play the star. And the rat race is the last thing I need.
I took with me not only my favorite large format camera but also a medium format one. It was sometimes pretty much impossible to take pictures with the large format camera. Obviously it is a totally different quality but, to be honest, I don't like to be typecasted. So, it's a mix of formats, styles and mood, but it never was my ambition to have A STYLE :)
By the way it was a funny story with my large format camera on the airport in Puerto del Rosario. The security guard spoke to me:
- Please take all electronic devices from your suitcase.
- I have no electronic devices except this smartphone.
- And what is inside this suitcase?!
- These are my analog cameras :)
- Please open it! - after a while - Wow! What is this camera? How old? And you have taken photos with IT?
Three security guards admired my Graflex and the crowd of travelers behind me was bigger and bigger :D
After publishing one of these photos from Fuerteventura, I recieved a poem written by Adam Krajniak :)
Once upon a time
in timeless place
two fallen angels
voices from the stones
lost in the sheltering sky
waiting for the dome of night