Poland Photos - Travel & Fine Art
There are some countries to which we have special connection – friends, family, great experiences, mentality of people who live there. Such country for us is Poland.
The Wrocław Cathedral is the heart of the so called Cathedral island, the old centre of the city. It forms the religious centre of the over 1000 year old Wrocław. In order to do it justice with its long and impressive Polish / German / Silesian / Bohemian history, I decided for an – at least for me – unusual processing style.
Halny is a special foehn wind that occurs only on the Polish-Slovak border in the Tatra Mountains. First, clouds push in for 2-3 days on the Slovak side, bringing heavy rain. In the same time on the Polish side it is warm and sunny. After the 2-3 days, Halny comes to the Polish side. Hurricane force winds then come down from the peaks into the valley.
Built in one year completely from wood, the Church of Peace is a result of the fight between Catholicism and evangelists in the 17th century. Its interior is unbelievable beautiful, everything is made from wood and yet it is so colorful and huge. When you’re inside you don’t know where to look first, it has capacity for 5.500 people.
As a child I was always fascinated by city models or miniatures. And just when I entered the inner courtyard of the Wawel Castle in Krakow, I saw a model of the very same thing. Not only that, but the miniature is positioned in a way that you can capture reality and its copy in a single photograph.
You won’t have many opportunities to see a saltwater lake more than hundred meters underground. In the Wieliczka Salt Mine near Krakow you have that possibility, but only for short time. It’s just that the guided tour doesn’t give you much time to have a look on the lake. The lights are turned on only when a group is present, apart from that the lake lies in almost total darkness.
St. Mary’s Basilica on the Main Market Square in Kraków is one of the town’s famous landmarks. Extraordinary are the two unequal towers, the higher one is 81m high, the other one is 12m smaller. According to an ancient legend, the towers were built by two brothers – each worked on one tower.
The pier (Molo) in Sopot is with more than 500m the longest wooden pier in Europe. If you’re not a resident of the small town you always have to pay a little fee to enter, but anyways it was always very crowded there.
The Wawel, residence of the Polish kings for so many centuries, was still enlightened and offered, together with the clouds, a breathtaking scene. I set up my tripod in the mud of the Vistula river bank and just as I finished shooting, the lights went off. I guess, once more I was incredibly lucky, but next time I rather wake up 10 minutes earlier.
The Wieliczka Salt Mine and especially the St. Kinga’s Chapel 101m below ground level are exceptional. A huge room (465m² and 11m high) so deep underground, enlightened by chandeliers and ornamented with numerous pieces of art. But the most impressive for me was the several hundred years old altar made from salt.
Does that sound familiar to you? You’re on a 10 days trip and would like to make some photos. Half of the time you have to cope with thick clouds or even rain. You set your alarm at 5am to maybe be surprised by a nice sunrise (which works from time to time). And then on the last day, when you’re on the way back home, it happens – the best sunrise of the whole trip.