Marcin Konkel

A perfect bath

BUDAPEST / Sunset at Pest side of the city with St. Stephen's Basilica emerging from the surrounding buildings.

I was recently visiting the captial of Hungary for a short trip. These few days were densely packed. It was my second visit. The first one was during the International Hitchhiking Championships when I got there by autostop, stayed just for 2 days and did not manage to see much at that time. This time it was going to be different.

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One morning in Italy

A beautiful sunny day in Pisa, Italy. A couple discussing their relationship while taking part in a photo shot at the same time. At a first glance it seems like an ordinary day on holidays for an ordinary couple. This short has a little twist but you'll have to see for yourself. The video was directed by Oscar Boyson, born and raised in Maine. Currently, working and living NYC, USA.

Soviet bus stops

Photographer Christopher Herwig has been hunting bus stops in remote corners of the former Soviet Union since he stumbled upon them while biking to St. Petersburg in 2002. He has covered more than 30,000 km by car, bus and taxi in 13 countries discovering and documenting these strange works of art created behind the Iron Curtain. From the shores of the Black Sea to the endless Kazakh steppe, the bus stops show the range of public art from the Soviet era and give a rare glimpse into the creative minds of the time.


Photograph by twiga_269. Used under CC BY-NC 2.0 licence.

There is a saying that everyone has their Mount Everest. Everyone has a peak they need to climb and prove something. Either literal or figurative. Hopefully proving to themselves and not the others and being a vital component to achieve a personal milestone. For some of those peaks you have to prepare weeks, for others - months or years. This one is of the latter kind but worth the wait. Preparations have begun. Official hashtag: #7134

Pictures projected

Author of this video has made if from 80 000 photographs shot over Paris, Barcelona, Hossegor, Venezia, Toulouse, Martinique, New York City, Montpellier and more. Gioacchino Petronicce describes it as:

"Pictures" speaks about photography and photographer. Here, the photographer is moving in the space to discover a particular event. When he find it he just push the button and... click ! I tried on this experiment to describe my vision about "how can I make a photography ?" This is like a game with the time, acceleration, break and restart.

Faith reborn

ULAN BATOR | A prayer looking up at Avalokiteśvara - bodhisattva who embodies the compassion of all Buddhas, Gandantegchinlen Monastery.

After over 200 years of history one does not feel the terror that happened in early XX century in a place in the middle of nowhere that does not bother anyone apart from the believers. It was 1809 when the first wooden datsan was erected. Around 30 years later a "Great Place of Complete Joy" temple was built. Another decades have passed when the 13th Dalai Lama stayed in the residence. Gandantegchinlen Monastery was a special place on the map of Ulan-Bator. Today, probably not many remember the drama that lamas living here were facing in 1930s.

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Rescued film

Either a wedding or a funeral. A world war II heritage or few images captured from the 40s. Never mind the circumstances, the Rescued Film Project is to preserve what's kept on the roll of film that was never developed. It's a special mission where people's memories, somehow forgotten, are getting more valuable each year sitting inside a roll of film. Happiness, sadness, neutrality, ambiguity, anger, consolation and more. Many emotions registered, not enough time or willingness to cope with them in print.

"When you are developing film that is so unique as this where each roll is expired and one might have water damage, you really have to approach it in a small batch approach where you have to treat each roll individually."

"Every image in The Rescued Film Project at some point, was special for someone. Each frame captured, reflects a moment that was intended to be remembered. The picture was taken, the roll was finished, wound up, and for reasons we can only speculate, was never developed. These moments never made it into photo albums, or framed neatly on walls. We believe that these images deserve to be seen, so that the photographer's personal experiences can be shared. Forever marking their existence in history."

A forgotten journey - Prague experience

It was a backup plan for us to visit Prague. The long May weekend was about to start and we had to withhold from plan A to take part in the International Hitchhiking Championships 2014. Searching for other options, in the beginning there was nothing more then an idea of drinking a dark beer somewhere in the old town. Czech capital is one of those places in Europe that is occupied heavily by tourists - especially in spring and summer seasons - thus our beginnings were rough.

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And.. action !

A short movie "Whisper" produced by Moonwalk films with Gioacchino Petronicce as the director for The Young Director Award. The aim was to show that "When directing is in your bones. You become a director before knowing how to hold a camera"

Simple (or hard) as it may seem, for me directing was always similar to taking photos - the frame, the shot had to be magical. Same as you would push the trigger of your Nikon, Canon (or whatever manufacturer you are using) and make the moment last forever - the art of making films is about taking these shots and making them move.

From Warsaw

On Konstytucji square a neon called "Kioskarz" (en. newsagent) has been restored lately (on Dec 17th 2014). It has been renovated and placed back next to the Polonia theatre thanks to a donation from a bank and the great work of Państwomiasto people. Warsaw is the unofficial capital of Poland's neon advertising with many examples which can be seen in different parts of the city. Old signs are renovated but there are also some new ones appearing. More coming soon..