PHOTOGRAPHY

Marcin Konkel

People that have and keep on inspiring me

On the Internet, there is a lot of great works to be found by the known and the less-known. Whether they're photographers, graphic artists, film-makers or bloggers - you can admire their work and dedication from anywhere in the world. This handful of inspiration, a collection of carefully chosen portfolios, is something I wanted to share with you. They have inspired me (and still do), influenced the way I see things. I am sure that what you'll see on these pages will add value to your perspective as well.

Henri Cartier-Bresson

Robert Doisneau

Magnum Photos

Annie Leibovitz

Steve McCurry

Richard Avedon

Denis Zilber

Tomasz Tomaszewski

Bart Pogoda

Silvia Senckova

Maciek Ostrowski

Emily Shu

Filip Dujardin

Justin Renteria

Cory Richards

Natalia Borecka

Michał Huniewicz

Oprisco Photography

Erick Kim

Chase Jarvis

Zalmy Berkowitz

Tutto era grande (Bergamo)

One (almost) day in Bergamo, Italy. See the photographs and read the story here.

Paris mon amour

Paris has been described with countless adjective from those polite ones to those rather distasteful. I'm not taking part in the challenge although I used a few myself. Click here to read my story on the capital of France.

A road with no end

It was a long awaited dream of mine to pay a visit. I heard a lot about it in the past and always in superlatives.. This time I'm telling the story in a different format. Hopefully you will like it. It's an experiment and I'm looking forward to your feedback. Click here or on the image below.

Asta e! (Bucharest)

Cigarette.

"That's the way it is" goes Romanian adage "Asta e!". It seems directly and indirectly ubiquitous around the city and mentally in it's inhabitants. Indirectly, starting with the cables going everywhere in massive amounts through to the way people drive not caring much about others (whether pedestrians or drivers) to people sitting on the streets on their chairs and just looking here and there not doing much. "Asta e!" refers to the acceptance of what is in a rather passive, non-agressive way. It is not related to the chill and humour of Australians, nor to British stoicism. It's something different and it has it's story..

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Romania & Italy

Hurezi Monastery. Photograph copyright (C) by fusion-of-horizons (flickr.com/photos/fusion_of_horizons/). Published under CC BY 2.0 licence.

Is Dracula's castle any good or just a cheap tourist trap? What about the small villages tucked in Transylvania? How does the famous Transfăgărășan highway look like? Is Città Alta as beautiful as they say? Soon I'll be able to answer these questions from my point of view..

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Short: Summer breeze

WARSAW / Pole Mokotowskie park.This vast (one of the biggest in the capital) parks has some crowded as well as secluded places. A fantastic place for a picnic, taking a slackline and few friends or a bike ride.

I'm in between things at the moment working towards regaining my attention to elements that really matter thus not much is happening here in terms of longer texts. Two to four trips in Europe and beyond await me in the upcoming months and you can expect new photographs pouring in starting September. For the time being I'm using the summer and close proximity of park to unwind and rethink things. These few shots I've taken recently around Poland.

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Gruppirovka Leningrad

One of the great Polish historians, publicists, writer, journalist and diplomat, Władysław Bartoszewski, once said that:

"Certainly not all that is worthwhile pays-off but most surely (...) not all what pays-off is worthwhile"

I recently found this to be true in terms of travels. Few weeks ago I saw that one of my favourite bands "Leningrad" (ru. Ленинград), with it's charismatic frontman Sergey "Shnur" Shnurov, had a tour around Europe. This year they did not visit Poland (as in 2013 on Woodstock festival) and went to Hungary on Sziget Festival. The group is from Saint Petersburg in Russia (called Leningrad in the times of USSR). and gained considerable world-wide attention in the years 2003-2006 when they were banned from playing in Moscow and, some other cities followed, went to play gigs around the world. They're famous not only by the music they play (rock with vulgar lyrics) but also great video-clips and satire on Russia including Novyj Russkij (ru. новые русские) class. Their last stop on 2016 tour was Saint Petersburg in late November. This happenstance sprung a spontaneous idea in my head..

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Short: Warsaw

The beachWarsaw's West part has "Vistula steps" and the East has it's beach. People prefer both parts but the difference is that on the concrete steps drinking in public is prohibited and the beach does not have any regulations as the law is unclear about the space. This invites various groups of people every evening that want to enjoy a bit of rest. The beach gives people also some more space and, in effect, seems to be less crowded.

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Visit me on 500px

On 500px I post only the best of the best photographs. Still, the full experience (as a mix of stories and photographs) you will find on this blog. Being on 500px is an experiment where I try to find new ways of sharing my work and gathering feedback on my what I do as a traveller and photographer.