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Polish Culture in My Photography

Updated on November 14, 2014

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-Poland

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Oat Field with Scarecrow
Oat Field with Scarecrow
Oat Field with Scarecrow

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

  • lightweight,
  • 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 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,

Please let me know what you thought of this lens and the photos... - I am always looking for ways to improve this lens, so rest assured, I am listening!

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      ideadesigns 5 years ago

      I enjoyed looking at the photos and wanted to see more!! Didn't know how lovely it was, I like the personal up close ones and the field with scarecrow. :)

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      Takkhis 5 years ago

      Nice lens and this photo "Oat Field with Scarecrow" is beautiful.

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      Georgene Moizuk Bramlage 5 years ago from southwestern Virginia

      @Auriel: Thanks you for visiting this lens and for appreciating my photos...there are fantastic memoeies of good times.

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      Auriel 5 years ago

      so beautiful lens.

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      flycatcherrr 5 years ago

      These photographs are so unusual - I'm so glad I stopped by to see them!

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      perrybenard 6 years ago

      your lenses are always informative and interesting, keep it going!

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      julieannbrady 6 years ago

      I sincerely LOVE the Eastern European culture ... and it truly warms my little heart, to see somebody else who loves their culture and embraces it and trumpets it online. Yeah, I am a little Polish too ... but back then, way so many years ago, in Cleveland, Ohio, it wasn't always cool to embrace the fact that you had a little Polish in you ... it was polka music, pants looking for a flood, and white socks oh my. All that aside. I am happy to report I have a lot of Polish in me. Call me a pierogi if you will.

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      Heather B 6 years ago

      I never realized that certain colours have so much symbolic meaning in Poland. Great sure to keep on writing!

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      Georgene Moizuk Bramlage 6 years ago from southwestern Virginia

      Thank you very much for taking the time to read and comment on some of my lenses. The topics are special to me, and I do have more up my sleeve. It's just that I am a very slow writer....Cercis

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      keep writing and coming out with good articles, I've enjoyed your reading very much, hope your Sunday goes well.