STREET AND TRAVEL PHOTOGRAPHER

Marcin Konkel

Rocky Mountain

GDYNIA | Cross on Rocky Mountain (pol. Kamienna Gora) overlooking the city's marina.

Big Apple

New York city as viewed by Alix Bossard. The video shows the well known and the less known spots in NYC together with a diligent and observant view of everyday life - not always in haste or turmoil as usually perceived. Beautiful sky, vibrant colours and good music describing brief moments from one of the world's most interesting cities.

Late night in Sopot

SOPOT | View at the seashore from pier.

From Russian with..

"The Russia Left Behind" is a reportage from Ellen Barry with photographs by Dmitry Kostyukov and videos by Ben C. Solomon It tells a story of a twelve hour journey by car from St. Petersburg to Moscow and visiting Lyuban, Chudovo, Veliky Novgrod, Valdai, Pochinok, Torzhok and Chernaya Gryaz on the way. The drive has shown another side of Russia - the poorer one with people struggling on daily basis just to survive. Each stop being a separate story but all stories aligning towards what the authors described as: "A journey through a heartland on the slow road to ruin.".

Aside of the story comes a beautiful illustration of the drive with great photographs, videos and a map altogether called altogether a newsgraphic. Check it on New York Time's site.

"On the jarring, 12-hour drive from St. Petersburg to Moscow, another Russia comes into view, one where people struggle with problems that belong to past centuries." - The Russia Left Behind, New York Times

Critical mass project

Wired has published a short article earlier this year about a project by Michael Danner who was photographing nuclear power plants and their environment in Germany before they are all closed down by 2022 (as agreed by German government). Michael's photographs present not only life around them but also the sites giving the viewer a brief insight into, often, most tightly guarded places there are.

On August 29th a book under the title "Critical mass" has been published with 288 pages covering the architecture, everyday routine and security systems of all 17 German nuclear power plants, as well as the radioactive waste repository Asse II and the Gorleben exploratory mine. The book material is also accompanied by historical photographs and texts that document the planning and construction phases of the plants and visualize the social tensions.

  

"High hopes and deep skepticism have accompanied the use of nuclear power up to the present day. In the euphoric mood that prevailed in the 1950s, everything seemed possible; people took part in an unprecedented economic upswing and found nuclear energy to be a fascinating technology of the future. But in the 1980s the optimism of the years of boom gave way to a skepticism that was further fueled by the catastrophic nuclear accident in Chernobyl. Anti-nuclear activism has now shaped the political consciousness of a whole generation. And the disaster in Fukushima in 2011 heralded yet a new era in the debate – it seems that a nuclear phase-out in the medium-term is now inevitable. However, the issue of the final disposal of radioactive waste is still unresolved." - press release, Kehrer Verlag publishing house

Surely one can say that the subject of nuclear power plants is controversial. On one hand countries build new sites to be self-reliant in terms of energy supplies - especially when gathering energy from natural sources isn't possible to that extent which would cover the needs of the country. On the other hand comes in the subject of nuclear waste and several nuclear disasters which the humanity has suffered together with recent Fukushima Daiichi power plant malfunction and leakage  This is also taking it's toll on the people adjacent to the site as well as the whole country. In Germany the government decided to concentrate on cleaner energy possibly due to the tensions Fukushima has created.

Michael Danner's photographs may be regarded as a tribute to those dedicated to work in nuclear power plants as well as local inhabitants, people who often, did not decide to live "next door" but did not want to move from the land that they call home. The book shows the rise and fall of an idea with turmoil caused by accident in Chernobyl along the way.

Photographs are copyrighted by Michael Danner, Kehrer Verlag publishing house or other authors as stated below the images. All rights reserved. Published with consent from both parties.

Hero3+

GoPro has released a new version of it's flagship product: the Hero camera. The new version called Hero3+ is lighter, smaller and comes with better image quality and battery life. To learn more read this article on mashable.com. As always, when GoPro releases new line of products, a promotion video is out - as astounding as the last one.

Tatras 2013

Hiking in Tatra Mountains, either in Poland or Slovakia, in September can be tricky. It's still summer but the weather changes more rapidly and turns to Autumn (or even Winter) quickly as in higher parts of the mountains the temperature gets lower. First snow in this month is very likely to be seen so one has to be prepared to face two or three seasons during his or her stay. The following photos were taken during such an abrupt change where beautiful summer weather has turned to snowy winter over one or two nights.

TATRAS | Mnich (2068 m) at sunset viewed from Morskie Oko shelter.
TATRAS | Tourist path to Kasprowy Wierch peak (1987 m) in the early morning.
TATRAS | Tourist path from Kasprowy (1987 m) to Swinica (2301m).
TATRAS | Local bird sitting on a rock next to tourist trail to Rysy (2499m).
TATRAS | A stroll to Kasprowy (1987 m) from Kuznice throught the woods.

Rio de Janeiro

Rio is the second largest city of Brazil and know for its statue of Christ as well as for contrasting districts. The beach resorts, which are often the domain of rich, are in contrast with slums where people struggle for a living. All in all, it seems to be a beautiful, colorful city with beautiful landscapes as well as sunsets. This is how Scientifantastic portrays it.

Marocco by Vincent Urban

Colourful, radiant, diverse.. Morocco. As you can see in this movie the author has "tried to discover most of Morocco's versatile landscapes in just 3 weeks, from the Coast to the forest regions of the Middle Atlas, from the hectic Medinas of Fés and Marrakech to the high mountain ranges of the High Atlas, and finally to the dunes of the Sahara Desert." This video captures very diligently the beauty of the country, it's inner variety and picturesque landscapes. It's greatness lies not only within the great video quality but people, buildings and nature being shot with passion.

McFerrin+

Solidarity of Arts 2013 - Gdansk
Solidarity of Arts 2013 - Gdansk