Wednesday, March 30, 2016

RAW Art Show │February 26, 2016 GAS MONKEY LIVE Dallas, TX (post II)

That was definitely the right place for me. It cost me a lot of effort to participate in the show that night, but at the end I was feeling fulfilled and proud of being part of Dallas artists RAW community. 

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

RAW Art Show │February 26, 2016 GAS MONKEY LIVE Dallas, TX

The day of the show I arrived at Gas Monkey Live about 2 PM to install my works. 

Checking in at the main desk. Oh yes, I am a RAW (natural born) artist! 

I thought I planned everything perfectly for this show, but I was wrong. I realised it only upon arrival when I saw my 6'X10' fence having a horizontal orientation. Ah, well, my whole plan designed carefully on paper for the vertical one fell and I had to figure out a new layout for ten matted prints on this little space on the floor. Of course, everything took much more time than expected, sobasically after coming back home I didn't have time to finish packing my luggage for India. I just had a quick snack and returned for the evening show about 7 PM.

Saturday, March 26, 2016

India 2016 "Royal Rajasthan"│At the Museum of Folk Arts of Udaipur

March 11st, 2016
Udaipur, Rajasthan, India

Bharatiya Lok Kala Mandal (Udaipur Folk Museum) in Udaipur is a folk-art museum showcasing a rich collection of puppets, dolls, masks, folk dresses, ornaments, musical instruments, and paintings. It covers local culture and customs as well as people from the Rajasthani region. The entrance hall displays theater objects and other rooms display an impressive collection of tribal folk musical instruments and ornaments. These rare collections span a period of 44 years and contains a wealth of information for students and scholars in their research work of traditional art and culture of Rajasthan.
The exciting and colorful folk performances in the museum is one of the main reasons why Bharatiya Lok Kala Mandal is one of the most popular museums in Udaipur. The daily puppet shows (performed regularly throughout the day) are interesting and very well-performed. Rajasthan is the birth place of Indian puppetry. Rajasthani puppeteers are known as Nats. They will travel from village to village to perform their puppet show and a puppet troupe typically comprise two male puppeteers and one female drummer who narrates for the show. 

It was the sixt day of visiting different museums on my Royal Rajasthan itinerary and I have to admit that Udaipur Museum of Folk Arts was perhaps the most exciting to me. I could "explore" Rajsthan through its vast cultural heritage. I loved photographs, jewelry, masks, paintings, musical instruments; generally it can be said that I loved everything there! Also, all expositions were very nicely lit by natural light of the setting sun. I have very warm feelings from that evevning. It made me want to discover more about this country.

Friday, March 25, 2016

India 2016 "Royal Rajasthan"│Little street in Kalyan

March 1st, 2016
Kalyan, Maharasthra, India

India 2016 "Royal Rajasthan"│Notice on the wall

March 1st, 2016
Kalyan, Maharasthra, India

While leaving Kalyan, I saw that notice on the wall. I have no idea what it means, just have a lot of admiration for spelling in hindi. It's pure art to my eyes. 
By the way, when I was living in Poland back in the days, I had a friend who got an opportunity to study hindi. When she showed me her notes, ah... I couldn't tear my eyes away from them. Thank God, I was too busy at that time with studying other languages; otherwise I might have ended up with writing in hindi for the rest of my life and have never realized that I loved photography so much. ^.^

Monday, March 21, 2016

India 2016 "Royal Rajasthan"│Portrait from Rajputana (II)

March 12, 2016
 Udaipur, Rajasthan, India

The design of Rajputana hotel was breathtaking. My gaze was wandering from the floor to the ceiling. I was dumbfounded at the sight of every little detail of that tasteful lavishness.

India 2016 │Family gathering: finds in an old apartment

March 1st, 2016
Kalyan, Maharasthra, India

At that hour I should have already been in Shirdi, the main destination of that trip with an Indian family, taking a rest in a hotel room. I found out about a family gathering on the way when I was in the car the day of departure. So we arrived to Kalyan and stayed there for around a few hours. I didn't have much to do: I wasn't interested in Indian food, I was unable to communicate in hindi; actually, perhaps I even had nothing to say. Moreover, everyone was too busy to translate anything to me and I like understanding everything. The result: I got bored after a few minutes. I just took a few pictures of objects which caught particularly my attention and some mirrored self-portraits before I stepped out to explore the surroundings.(I wasn't afraid too much as it was a very small side street and I couldn't see almost anyone nearby.) No, I definitely couldn't stay any longer in such a commotion. They were extremely loud while speaking or rather screaming and the level of decibels I could bear that day was exceeded a long time ago. After that every louder sound felt painful to my ears.

Sunday, March 20, 2016

India 2016 "Royal Rajasthan"│Portrait from India

March 8, 2016

First attempts at Iphoneography (II)

November 18, 2015 Oklahoma, U.S.

I'm afraid I got a little fascinated with my smartphone recently... It's nothing important, but still I like it. Anyway, I hope you have already figured out that I'm totally crazy about using my camera as the best accessory in my photographs.

Saturday, March 19, 2016

India 2016 "Royal Rajasthan"│Portrait from Rajputana

March 12, 2016
 Udaipur, Rajasthan, India

Ah, I liked so very much the interiors of Rajputana hotel.

Scènes de vie│ seller of kumkuma powder from Shingnapur

March 2nd, 2016
Shingnapur, Maharasthra, India

Kumkuma is a powder used for social and religious markings in India. It is either made from turmeric or any other local materials. The turmeric is dried and powdered with a bit of slaked lime, which turns the rich yellow powder into a red colorKumkuma is most often applied by Indians to the forehead. The reason for this particular location has to do with the ancient Indian belief that "the human body is divided into seven vortices of energy, called chakras, beginning at the base of the spine and ending at the top of the head. The sixth chakra, also known as the third eye, is centered in the forehead directly between the eyebrows and is believed to be the channel through which humankind opens spiritually to the Divine". Thus the kumkuma is placed at the location of the body which is believed by Indians to be the most holy. │source: Wikipedia

He was my first subject who I was drawn to portray at the market in Shingnapur that day. I loved his physical appearance; his kind eyes which didn't seem to have any bad intentions towards me, not like many of other Indian men I met in India. Perhaps, he was the only one whose company I could feel comfortable and safe with. I don't know... His stand was near the very smelly restrooms I was looking for. I had to cover my nose so I could breathe. I quickly took a few shots of him with my cellphone and left. Later, I had many other subjects I loved photographing at the market. I think it was the first time when I was so brave to practice street photography by getting very very close to my subjects. I paid a very high price for doing that though. At the end, I was "evacuated" to my car for safety reasons. I'll publish more "faces" from that day. They have an incredible value to me. I consider the shooting at the market in Shingnapur my very first true attempt at street photography.
FEB 15, 2015
Dallas, TX

It looks like I am the only one who likes walking in my neighbourhood.

for the love of books │"Artists and Their Cats" by Alison Nastasi

My new discovery on the shelves of the DMA store: "Artists and Their Cats" by Alison Nastasi.
"Pablo Picasso, Andy Warhol, Frida Kahlo . . . so many great artists have shared one very special love: the companionship of cats. Gathered here for the first time are behind-thescenes stories of more than 50 famous artists and their feline friends. From Salvador Dali's pet ocelot Babou to John Lennon a
nd Yoko Ono's menagerie of cats, including Salt (who was black) and Pepper (who was white), Artists and Their Cats captures these endearing friendships in charming photographs and engaging text, and reveals what creative souls and the animals best known for their independent spirits have in common. In this clever compilation, art aficionados will discover a softer side of their favorite artists, and cat lovers will enjoy a whole new way to celebrate their favorite furry friends."

Alison Nastasi is an artist and journalist based in Philadelphia. She is the weekend editor of Flavorwire.


April 12, 2015
Fort Worth, TX

This picture was taken in the downtown Fort Worth during the Main St. Arts Festival. I have no idea why I wanted it just there. The day before I wanted to have it in the same location as well, only it was in the evening as we arrived little late to Ft Worth. All the photographs on the wall were nicely lit which attracted me most that day.

First attempts at Iphoneography

November 18, 2015 Oklahoma, U.S.

This is another attempt at being creative with cellphone camera. It was a very cold morning in the woods that day. I moved a heater to the bathroom and it felt nicer, so nice that it made me play with my phone.

Best moments of 2015

Friday, March 18, 2016

India 2016│Portrait from Kalyan

March 1st, 2016
Kalyan, Maharasthra, India

India 2016 │A small side street

March 1st, 2016
Kalyan, Maharasthra, India

No one was interested in that small side street while walking; probably, they were all used to viewing such "panoramas" in decay. To me, it felt special, strangely warm. I stopped in order to remember: click.

India 2016 │Ready for departure

March 1st, 2016
Valsad, Gujarat, India

On the second day of my stay in India I had to already travel with an Indian family to Shirdi in the state of Maharashtra, although I was still feeling very tired after almost 24-hour flight from Dallas, TX. When I stepped out of the apartment, I saw those two huge bowls with grains drying in the sunshine. It reminded me of my paternal grandmother. I sat down next to them. Click to remember. 

beach holidays 2015│ portrait with a seaweed

SEP 2nd, 2015
San Diego, California, US

Coronado's beaches are consistently voted one of America’s finest beaches by The Travel Channel. They glisten due to the mineral Mica in the sand. The air is so refreshing even during hot days thanks to the Pacific Ocean. It was actually the first time I was able to stay outdoor in the afternoon in summer and most importantly breathe. The Pacific is so blue and pleasant, although seeweeds (OMG! I have never seen so huge!) don't make swimming easy.

Safari adventure │Fossil Rim Wildlife Center, Glen Rose

June 1st, 2015
Fossil Rim Wildlife Center
Glen Rose


March 5, 2015
Embassy Suites
Dallas, TX

When I saw this decoration, I knew right away that I wanted it as a background for its captivating minimalist design; hence I asked for a picture. 

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

hic et nunc│May 18, 2015, Flooded Hidden Cove Park and Marina, TX

Dave & Buster's

March 28, 2015

It was a strange evening which I really didn't plan to end this way.

Sunday at Heritage Farmstead Museum

(April 19, 2015) 

It was a lovely Sunday spent at Heritage Farmstead Museum which is a museum of life on the blackland prairie 1890-1940. Here I am just taking a little break sitting on something I don't know how to name in English, but what reminded me a lot of Polish village.

European Galleries of DMA

(March 20, 2015)
European Galleries, Dallas Museum of Art

Before the performance of Christie Vela featured in the cast of the Dallas Theater Center's production of "Sense and Sensibility" who did a dramatic reading from the novel by Jane Austen.

Santa Fe Days in the Park

March 15, 2015

That was quite an exciting spring day at the 11th annual Santa Fe Days in the Park - Native American Indian cultural event. Merry-go-round made it feel even more fairy-tale.