Polish Culture in My Photography
Travel and Cameras Go Hand-in-Hand - My Digital Images made During Trips to Poland
Here are some images from modern Poland that represent symbolism of Polish culture found within my photographic images:
- Green and gold backgrounds represent Poland or Polanie, the Land of Fields / Living on the Field. Oats and other plants, along with agricultural and garden tools, connect with modern agriculture and exports of tissue culture plants and hybrids of modern ornamental plants. Mountains and forests continue to supply both pleasure and income for the Polish nation.
- Our Lady of Czestochowa, Maximillian Kolbe, Pope John II, amber rosaries symbolize ties with and tradtions of the Roman Catholic Church and the strength that Polish people draw from this association. The beautiful churches throughout the land are a source of pride.
- Amber also represents a continuing source of commerce from prehistory to current times. The red and white Polish flag, sometimes with an eagle emblazoned upon it, symbolizes the centuries-old struggle to achieve a rich and independent country of international status. Solidarity represents the establishment of the first Autonomous Trades Unions and the official end to the Communist-dominated Polish People's Republic more than a quarter century ago.
- Crocheted lace and pottery signify folk crafts as well as expanding international markets. They also represent the beautiful and tough women who have kept these crafts alive. Modern gadgets like cell phones and satellites dishes represent Poland's acceptance into the European Union (EU) in May 2004 and an exciting future as part of present-day Europe.
Photo: Black Madonna of Czestochowa Christmas Ornament by Georgene A. Bramlage
Things I try to remember when taking travel photos:
1 - Stay spontaneous and snap the unexpected.
2 - Experiment with different settings when making photos of the same scene or object.
3 - Make several photos in quick succession of the same scene - especially those of people.
4 - Use the macro feature to take "close-ups" of objects.
5 - Smile a lot!
The Open-Air Museums of Poland
There are 29 open-air museums in Poland. My ambition is to visit and phtograph scenes in all of them!
You might enjoy finding and checking out this book from a public library. This album is the first of its kind in Polish publishing, presenting all the 29 open-air museums in Poland, described by the ethnographer Jan Swiech. It is a gorgeous book, but currently out of stock with the publisher. Skanseny. The Open-Air Museums of Polande. 1999.
Jan Swiech (text), Jan Sieraczkiewicz (photos), prof. Wladyslaw Pluta (graphic design), and Teresa Bauk-Ulewiczowa (trans.).
ISBN 83-87730-05-X; Photos 200; Pages 192; Hardback with jacket; Language Polish-English
Photos of Not-So-Modern-PolandClick thumbnail to view full-size
Easy-to-Use Digital Cameras
Easy-to-tote Digital Cameras - These also take good pictures.
Digital cameras are getting better and better. Many of the newer cameras are basically "point 'n shoot" cameras that perfect for travelers. Newer digital cameras are
- easy-to-use, and
- most take great pictures.
Light-weight and Small Enough to Carry in a Backpack
Guides to Finding Landscapes in Poland
Rural roads and villages...city streets and buildings...high mountains, rolling fields, gentle valleys...all are landscapes. No matter which way you might turn, you'll always see something new. Capture the images! Keep your eyes open,camera ready, and shot spontaneously. The greatest thing about the new digital cameras is
- the ability to make images quickly and spontaneously,
- select and edit at your convenience, and
- dispose of unwanted images without thinking of waste,