Marcin Konkel

Faith reborn

ULAN BATOR | A prayer looking up at Avalokiteśvara - bodhisattva who embodies the compassion of all Buddhas, Gandantegchinlen Monastery.

After over 200 years of history one does not feel the terror that happened in early XX century in a place in the middle of nowhere that does not bother anyone apart from the believers. It was 1809 when the first wooden datsan was erected. Around 30 years later a "Great Place of Complete Joy" temple was built. Another decades have passed when the 13th Dalai Lama stayed in the residence. Gandantegchinlen Monastery was a special place on the map of Ulan-Bator. Today, probably not many remember the drama that lamas living here were facing in 1930s.

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Rescued film

Either a wedding or a funeral. A world war II heritage or few images captured from the 40s. Never mind the circumstances, the Rescued Film Project is to preserve what's kept on the roll of film that was never developed. It's a special mission where people's memories, somehow forgotten, are getting more valuable each year sitting inside a roll of film. Happiness, sadness, neutrality, ambiguity, anger, consolation and more. Many emotions registered, not enough time or willingness to cope with them in print.

"When you are developing film that is so unique as this where each roll is expired and one might have water damage, you really have to approach it in a small batch approach where you have to treat each roll individually."

"Every image in The Rescued Film Project at some point, was special for someone. Each frame captured, reflects a moment that was intended to be remembered. The picture was taken, the roll was finished, wound up, and for reasons we can only speculate, was never developed. These moments never made it into photo albums, or framed neatly on walls. We believe that these images deserve to be seen, so that the photographer's personal experiences can be shared. Forever marking their existence in history."

A forgotten journey - Prague experience

It was a backup plan for us to visit Prague. The long May weekend was about to start and we had to withhold from plan A to take part in the International Hitchhiking Championships 2014. Searching for other options, in the beginning there was nothing more then an idea of drinking a dark beer somewhere in the old town. Czech capital is one of those places in Europe that is occupied heavily by tourists - especially in spring and summer seasons - thus our beginnings were rough.

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And.. action !

A short movie "Whisper" produced by Moonwalk films with Gioacchino Petronicce as the director for The Young Director Award. The aim was to show that "When directing is in your bones. You become a director before knowing how to hold a camera"

Simple (or hard) as it may seem, for me directing was always similar to taking photos - the frame, the shot had to be magical. Same as you would push the trigger of your Nikon, Canon (or whatever manufacturer you are using) and make the moment last forever - the art of making films is about taking these shots and making them move.

From Warsaw

On Konstytucji square a neon called "Kioskarz" (en. newsagent) has been restored lately (on Dec 17th 2014). It has been renovated and placed back next to the Polonia theatre thanks to a donation from a bank and the great work of Państwomiasto people. Warsaw is the unofficial capital of Poland's neon advertising with many examples which can be seen in different parts of the city. Old signs are renovated but there are also some new ones appearing. More coming soon..

Ego stripping with John Holcroft

John Holcroft is a Sheffield-based artists whose illustrations on topics such as obesity, 21 century addictions, taxes and more are very intriguing. Many of them are stripping people from their ego masks and showing how some of today's modern world really looks like in a minimalistic, yet very vidid, style. He has worked with British finest newspapers and magazines such as, but not limited to, BBC, Financial Times, The Guardian or The Economist.

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Not an ordinary traveler

First Love in Saint Petersburg by Chloé Baudens. All rights reserved.

Chloé Baudens known also as Klava is a traveller and an artist. She is passionate about the Slavic culture and open to what the world has to show. On daily basis she lives in Toulouse, France but most of the time she spends on travelling and sketching. I've asked Chloé few questions about how did she start drawing and what are her traveling plans. In between you can find her artwork - more of it you can view on Etsy (and buy some of her works) or access the portfolio on Flickr.

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From Warsaw

WARSAW | Palace of Culture and Science in a spectacle of lights and fog.
WARSAW | Palace of Culture and Science with guitar.

Portrait of a boxer

Philip Bloom is a world renown filmmaker and director. Living in London but traveling and working world-wide. Philip appeared earlier on this blog in a post on Koh Yao Noi. Here doing a promotional video on the FS100 with Zeiss ZF Glass. Presenting the portrait of Festim Lama - aged 24, appearing in middleweight division and originally from Albania. Lots of additional material on how the project has come to life and been shot can be found on Philip's website. A great piece of work.

First human being on a photo

Boulevard du Temple photographed by Louis Daguerre.

The first photographic process was presented by Louis Daguerre and was since called a daguerreotype (fr. daguerréotype). As Wikipedia states: "The distinguishing visual characteristics of a daguerreotype are that the image is on a bright (ignoring any areas of tarnish) mirror-like surface of metallic silver and it will appear either positive or negative depending on the lighting conditions and whether a light or dark background is being reflected in the metal. From certain angles the image cannot be seen at all."

A close up on the two persons on the photograph.

Louis was a French artist and photographer living in the years 1787 - 1851. His idea was widespread few years before his death in the early 1840s. He is also the first person to photograph a human being. The shot of Boulevard du Temple in Paris was made in 1838 and is showing a man having it's shoes shined. The exposure of this work was more than 10 minutes. With such a long time other people that were present aren't visible as they were probably moving while the process of shining shoes took a bit longer.