I've returned from Poland. People really thought I had a bad attitude about the foul weather...until it hit the BBC news today about the flooding throughout the country brought on by last weeks torrential rains. Well, despite the rain, I managed to get my camera out a couple of times for a few sneaky shots.
Sadly, I've had my last photography class :(
There are two more to come but I won't be able to participate on those days -- double :(
I think I need to enroll in another class soon - I loved it and its been the highlight of my week in this stressful time :)
Thankfully my camera allows me to express the feelings I'm not at liberty to express but which burden my heart with the stresses of my life these past few years.
I told a friend on facebook that I've left my job and she wrote back and asked if I was pursuing photography full time now as a profession :-O
I have no idea whats next but photography, like drawing, is for me, a meditative practice and thats not a bad thing at this point in my life.
It makes me happy when I can create something beautiful.
So here are a few more images from Poland. On the return from Auschwitz, I had the ironic fortune to come across the 3rd gay pride march in Poland. There were a lot of neo-nazis there protesting and because there have been violent riots in the main square in the past, you'll note that there are 4 police for every marcher.
I cheered on the parade and got harassed by neo nazis for it.
I was shaking - I couldn't believe I was in the EU. So many people have already forgotten recent history - Stonewall and Proposition 6 but it is amazing to me that this kind of intolerance could still exist in a country where the monument to rememberance (Auschwitz) that exterminated gays along with jews attracts millions of visitors a year.
I think we are in danger when we consider the hatred that led to the crimes of Auschwitz to be a thing of the past. That is when I decided to play photojournalist and got right into the middle of the parade.
I was playing with aperture, shutter speed, iso and white balance. I am saddened to find that I do better on automatic but I guess it will take time to figure out how to achieve the results I want with the manual settings :)
hope you like them...still nothing 'pink' for bone man...but lots of pink triangles..
From my Nikon with various settings:
From my Canon pocket camera, using cloudy white balance, vibrant colour saturation, ISO 400.