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.
Wrocław has one of the biggest market squares in Europe and its city hall is the biggest one in Poland. Late at night the city wraps itself in silence and is only disturbed now and again by the hushed voices of people returning home from a night out. I wanted to capture the intriguing atmosphere of this place, but also show as much as possible of this very beautiful market square painted in the crisp autumn light at night.
When you visit the Old City of Wroclaw you will discover many historical buildings and cultural treasures as well as a buzzing nightlife. One of my favourite pieces of architecture is the Tumski-Bridge. Every time we are in Wroclaw we take a walk to the so-called „Cathedral Island“, for which this beautiful bridge has to be crossed.
Ostrów Tumski, also called „Cathedral Island”, is the oldest part of Wrocław. If you visit it, you will indeed usually enter via a bridge but quickly realize that it is no longer an island. Today it’s “just” an old town district with a large number of religious buildings such as churches, the cathedral, the Archbishop’s palace and spiritual faculties.
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.