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Poznań - one of the old capitals of Poland

The first traces of people in today's Poznań date from around 8900-8000 BC. They were reindeer hunters. Relatively permanent settlements were created at the turn of the 5th and 4th centuries of the current year. Around 2200 BC the Indo-European population appeared in these lands, from the 5th century AD there are traces of settlements undeniably Slavic, while in the eighth century, the Polanie appeared here. From this period, the city of Ostrow Tumski probably originated, which became the beginning... continue reading

Gdańsk - a Polish coastal city with a rich history

Gdańsk is a city in the Pomeranian Voivodeship, located on the Baltic Sea at the mouth of Motława to Wisła on the Gulf of Gdansk. A cultural, scientific and economic center and a hub of northern Poland.It is a city with over a thousand years of history, whose identity over the centuries shaped under the influence of different cultures. Gdańsk was once also the largest city of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth, a royal city, had the right to active participation in the act of electing the king,... continue reading

Brief history of stock photography

Someone recently asked me on Quora how much can they earn from microstock photography. Since this is a common question and the answer is kind of "it's complicated", I'm posting here the complete article about my view on the current state of the industry.Stock photography was born as a method to generate passive income from work-for-hire photography that didn’t make it through the client’s editing team. These shots were previously destroyed or archived (100% film... continue reading

Documenting History and Amplifying Voices

Before flipping the calendar on January, I’d like to reflect on the Women’s March. Whatever your political leanings, I found such inspiration in documenting the events.First, a little backstory. I reconnected with a dear friend around Christmas 2016. We chatted about all kinds of things, catching each other up on our lives. We met at this really cool restaurant in New York City that had delicious food and had this old time tavern kind of vibe. Well, at some point in the conversation she told me... continue reading

Stock Photography Facts

The concept of stock photography is beautiful, in its essence: taking pictures for passion, without clients' request, and trying to sell them afterwards to those who might be interested in purchasing them for various uses. It sure has variations, depending on each photographer and the market as a whole, but the basic concept is beautiful and, in a way, pure: passion first, business second.I have always dreamed about taking only the photos I want, without ever having to worry about the money.... continue reading

Hampi, a photographer's paradise

 If you ever plan to visit India, one place you must include in your itinerary is Hampi in the state of Karnataka. Recently I had a chance to visit this magnificent ruins of a prosperous empire called Vijayanagara which literally means “The City of Victory”in the local language of Kannada. Vijayanagara empire ruled South India for over two centuries from 14 AD.The ruins of Hampi, as it is known today, is a vast open museum of history, architecture and religion  As the epicenter of Hampi'... continue reading

History through paintings by Jan Matejko

  History of the Republic of Poland can probably be described as one of the most eventful history in Europe. The country has been through many invasions, wars, elimination of sovereignty, uprisings and fighting for independence.This history can be seen in numerous paintings of Jan Matejko (1838 - 1893) who was painting notable historical Polish political and military events.  Jan Matejko lived in partitioned Poland, when Poland was erased as an independent state from the world's map,... continue reading

Under the sun of China old town

It was a sunny afternoon in winter season.There was not little wind and the river and the pool were very peaceful.I rode to anywhere without any purple. Then turn a big Corner, there was a group of black building without any modern style.I knew it was Xincheng Old Town.Black roof, white wall, along river, the traditional building standing besides the narrow bank.  The narrow bystreet being fullfilled with memory of childhood. Mother was doing the washing and the red,the blue cloth... continue reading

Let the Emoji do the talking ….

If it’s true that a picture can speak a thousand words, then an emoji must express a thousand feelings. You know the emoiji.Those adorable little icons that started out letting you express your joy, or your anger, or your impish sense of humor in a Facebook posting, Tweet or text message.Well those little guys have now grown into a mainstream market for players large and small allowing us to represent everything we think, feel, hope, dream, aspire to or wish to convey to others.But... continue reading

Why I'm Obsessed With Abandoned Places

From an early age I had this strange obsession with buildings, and items that had been abandoned by humankind. The more old and overgrown by nature these items were, the more fascinating they became for me. It wasn't until recently that I began to piece the reasoning behind this together. Online searches told me I was not the only one with this 'gothic' obsession, either. It all boils down to four very simple facts. 1. These abandoned things and places represent a very real image of what... continue reading

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