During the communist and post-communist times, the town like many others looked bare, skinned, dull and sad. As in Żeromski’s novels, where the reader can smell the mud, feel the cold with dampness and experience relentless poverty. There were two cinemas in Września; Pionier and Tonsil, sponsored by local production factories. After the re-privatization period, they turned out to be unprofitable and then therefor liquidated. So it went with everything across the whole country of Poland.
What can communism and the new ideology, or rather the lack of it, do with the town and its citizens? It strips the place and the people of their ambitions and motivations. But even without them, it is possible to live with. Hidden deeply, there was hope for change. Change is always better, they say. Change is more attractive than stagnation.
Comparing the present with that period of time in the past, it turns out that it also had its advantages. We had very good food although our dishes were simple and traditional. Nobody had a career. People had jobs and that’s what they called them. There were no frustrations related to the lack of fulfilment in professional life. The women gave birth to children, worked and ran a house. They wrote no books about it. It did not occur to them that they were more oppressed or more liberated because of it. Children and teenagers got to know each other and the world in the open-air while learning how to be independent. Time seemed to flow slower in silence …
We dreamed of a better life, and it turned out to be neither better nor worse.
ERODED NATURE THE INSPIRATION FOR THE MARKER HOTEL IN DUBLIN
The Marker Hotel was another educational pearl at The Open House Festival in 2014 in Dublin. The architect involved in the project gave a clear understanding of the inspiration for the design and its functionality. Once I was aware of the inspiration it became obvious what I was looking at. The building is inspired by cliffs at the coastline of the West of Ireland.
The geometric glass elevation resembles the bottom part of the cliff. The part that gets washed and eroded by powerful Atlantic Ocean waves. The process creates a number of caves and gaps that are found deep in the rock, often used as a shelter for seals and birds. The use of the transparent shaded glass material at the front of the hotel mirrors the stormy ocean waters. The base part of the cliff is the location for the reception, lounge and the restaurant at the Marker Hotel. The toilets on the grand flour are just another little adventure. It is like walking into a dark cave where rocks are wet and a deaf echo joins the whistling wind. The wall sparkles in the dark just like minerals on the wet rock inside the cave.
The vibrant colours carried through the whole interior are taken from the mustardy yellow moss that grows on the rocks. The colour is repeated inside and outside of the hotel and is reflected in ornamental grasses at the front of the hotel too. The energetic lime and mustardy colours follow into the rooms.
The brief asked for a label design for an imaginary gourmet bread line, produced by The Baker on Nassau. Each bread has its history, tradition and recipe.
I based my concept on bread origin. Emphasising typefaces as a reference to a cultural aspect of the place. Each label tells a brief history of the product. The label wraps the bread in such a way the consumers could hold it without getting covered in a floor.
Gold Rush bread label typeface refers to 1920s in America and the yellow colour is a reference to sun heat, gold and corn.
Leningrad bread label typeface refers to Lenin and the red colour is a reference to Communist Russia.
Dubh bread label typeface refers to Celtic Ireland and the green colour is a colour of Ireland, the Green Emerald.
Olive Branch bread label typeface refers to the traditional Greek alphabet. The blue colour is the colour of sunny Greece, the popular holiday’s destination.
After the film broke apart in my Zenit camera, bravely I tried again a week later. This time with a different equipment but the same film Ilford Delta 400. One of the tango dancers, who was more experience than me with manual cameras, was very kind and helped me to change the film. That evening I must have used two rolls of film.
When I was reducing the size of images in Photoshop for this post I started getting very sentimental … in general. It must be the effect of the black and white photographs with all the noise in them, like a vinyl record with slightly huskily sound. The passing of time. Special moments appreciated more as they are gone. Life.
“All those moments will be lost in time, like tears in rain.
Time to die.”
Tears in rain, Blade Runner
MUSIC IN THE SOUL
Girls dancing with the girls! Boys dancing with the boys! Laughters, whispers, spontaneity. Joy!
FACES, PEOPLE, COUPLES, FRIENDS
Love affairs, broken hearts, bonding, flirtation, jealousy. Passion.
PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT
Step by step. Patience, perseverance, hard work. Relax.
One of the projects during the Visual Communication course I was studying in Dublin, was to make a documentary of a daily life using a manual camera. Below photographs were taken with Zenit camera, which was manufactured in Russia formerly the Soviet Union since 1952. I was using a film Ilford Delta 400. Later on, I used another college camera of a different brand with the same film (unfortunately I can not remember the name of it). The result is slightly different. The Zenit camera created more noise in the photographs.
The project was an eye opener to how much more skills were involved photographing manually. One had to be quick with an excellent understanding of the technology and the lighting. Each photograph had only one chance to come out successfully. Even if they are not perfect they are more natural and authentic … in my opinion.
Another positive aspect is developing them in the traditional way. Printouts extend the life of the photographs and can be passed to the next generations. Digitally stored photographs may last forever but will be seen by very, very few people who are around us physically at the given moment.
How sad really …
We can be heroes just for one day We can be us just for one day