Apr 122012
 
the photographer reflecting in the pool of water he stands

Hard to express with words the feelings in me right now. It is 3 in the morning, and I just woke from a dream, and am still under its effect. I had similar dreams many times but now… it was somehow different, much more real, much more emotional. How these dreams always start, is that I am at some amazing place, usually in a city with lot of beautiful, atmospheric old buildings. Then I just notice something worthy of a photo, so I took out my professional camera – that I have in my dream, as opposed to reality – and start taking pictures. But the dream is always rough, I don’t even really feel, see the camera or the image. This time however, it was extremely realistic. I felt everything as clear as possible: the touch of the camera body, the grip on it, its shape, its weight, the pressure on my fingers caused by the weight shifting as I lift it up… I remember what I’ve seen through the viewfinder, how I adjusted the settings, how I set up exposure… But the most important is, that the camera in my dream was not just any generic camera – it was one given model, one only saw on pictures yet, but I expect it to change my life.

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Apr 102012
 

Faces of El Camino is a unique project idea merging art, journalism and two personal dreams into one journey walked both physically, spiritually and metaphorically – and all these together created a greater dream, to walk the famous pilgrimage route of El Camino de Santiago, and document the journey in the form of photography, with special interest in the people on The Way. Pilgrims, travelers, tourists, a priest from the church of a small village, a tavern keeper, a merchant along the road, or a shepherd passing by – they are the Faces of El Camino, the people who make this journey unique, powerful and alive.

For this project, which connects my plan of walking the Camino and my dream of becoming a professional photographer now has its own dedicated project page here in my website! Go check it out!

Apr 062012
 
Old man in medieval pilgrim garb: brown cape and wide felt hat adorned with scallop shells

My journey to India and Ladakh was the best thing that ever happened in my life. Not only some of my greatest dreams came true, but it opened up a whole new World for me, both physically and metaphorically. In travel, I was home – and I was free. Very often I remember it, and wish I could be there once again, traveling around , limited by nothing but my imagination.

After coming home, I had to realize that I was right: I’ve born to be a traveler. And this also means, I just cannot stay in the same place for too long without losing my freedom and happiness. I have to travel, again and again. Sometimes the journey is only within, but sooner or later I have to leave behind the lands I know for another adventure. So I decided to go on a very special journey once again. I decided to walk the El Camino de Santiago, the most famous pilgrimage route of the World. Continue reading »

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