Photography books II.

Mihaela Noroc: The Atlas of Beauty

This 32-year old photographer from Bucharest has been travelling all around the world in the last couple of years to take pictures of beautiful women. Singapore, France, Brazil, Iran, Tibet, Ecuador, Myanmar and Mexico are just few of the places she has already visited. According to Mihaela’s Instagram, she is currently in India to ‘explore the unnoticed beauty which lies in people around us’.
She also tells stories about the women she photographs. What it is like to be working as living statues in Ukraine? What it is like to live with a birthmark on your cheek? What are the days like in a refugee camp? These stories reflect not only the situation of women, but also the world we currently live in. What we only consider today an anecdote will become history tomorrow.
I just ordered this book, can’t wait to hold it in my hand!

Follow Mihaela on her journey:
The Atlas of Beauty (Official)
The Atlas of Beauty (Instagram)
The Atlas of Beauty (Facebook)

Elle Hungary shared my picture!

I’m starting Monday with advertising. Not exactly what you are used to from me, right? But I have to.
It all started on Friday, when I was waiting for my train and just finished the book I was reading, so I decided to buy something at the newsagent’s. My favourite magazines has been Elle and Marie Claire for a long time, but this month’s gift made me choose easily. April’s Elle issue comes with a classic novel! How cool is that?! Readers can select from Antal Szerb’s Journey by Moonlight, Emily Bronte’s Wuthering Heights and The Scarlet Letter from Nathaniel Hawthorne. I was not in the mood for Heathcliff’s sufferings, and I already saw the Hungarian novel’s adaptation in the theatre. So I went with Hawthorne.

Why does it make me happy?
I’m always glad to meet initiations that make people read more, because I think reading is becoming less and less popular with each year passing by. So I’m supporting everything to make reading cool again.

Wishing all of you a great day full of stories! 🙂

This is the one I posted on Instagram today:

And their respost:

‘All the Rage’ fashion exhibition in Wroclaw

In July 2016 I visited the National Museum in Wroclaw where in that time was an extraordinary exhibition of clothes and accessories that has been worn by the elite in the Communist era /1945-1989/. While ordinary costumers couldn’t afford silk dresses or any kind of designer clothing, privileged people of that time followed the fashion trends of Paris. There has been Polish designers and brands who released their collections frequently such as Moda Polska, Cora, Telimena and Dany, their products were unavailable to the public and made only for export. The exhibition was organised by Małgorzata Możdżyńska-Nawotka and Joanna Regina Kowalska and it debuted in Kraków first. According to Ms. Nawotka, ‘It makes an attempt to examine fashion as an area of artistic creation and designers’ creativity’. The exhibited items included dresses, overcoats, jackets, jumpsuits, evening gowns, wedding dresses, hats, clutches and shoes. It was open to public from May to August 2016.

Annie Leibovitz teaches photography!

‘There’s this idea that in portaiture it’s the photographer’s job to set the subject at ease. I don’t believe that. Robert Penn Warren was writing about dying and death and I just asked him to take his shirt off, but it was more like I wanted to see his skeleton. He didn’t have any guard or shield. What are my favourite photographs? Agnes Martin sitting in her painting studio. She said to me, ‘I sit here and I wait to be inspired’. I’d loved that. And so I said, ‘I just want you to sit there’. Isn’t that what we all do? We wait to be inspired. All the work that I’ve ever done, the ideas emanate from that person. Stand over here. Present yourself. We are so complicated as human beings, there are so many parts to us, that’s where the ideas come from. Even in the most set up situation I believe there is something really going on. ‘I’m so not a technical photographer.’ If that’s what you’re thinking about, you are not taking pictures. When you first start off, stay with one lens and see what it does. Photograph the people close to you. Your family, your friends. That’s how I learned. When you photograph people, it’s about history, it’s about looking in our time, our culture and our society – through portraits. Don’t be afraid to be obsessed. Take the camera, go out in the world, and find a way to tell a story that means something to you.’ /Annie Leibovitz/

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And Budapest again

I’ve been to Budapest again… 3 times in 3 months is more than I visit this city in a year!
This time I visited the Buda Castle region. It is located on Castle Hill and served as the residence of Hungarian kings from the 13th century. It is part of World Heritage Site.
In Castle District you can also find Matthias Church and Fisherman’s Bastion, they are next to each other. Matthias Church (also called as Church of Our Lady of Buda) was built in the 11th century. It had to survive a lot off attacks (for example the Mongols destroyed it completely) and it had to be rebuilt many times until it became its final, Gothic styled form. It was named after King Matthias, the Just.
In front of Matthias Church, you can find Fisherman’s Bastion, which is basically a terrace that was built in neo-Gothic style in the 19th century. It gives a wonderful view to River Danube and the Hungarian Parliament. It atracts tourists even in the coldest weather. There is also the statue of St. Stephen, the first Hungarian king and you can take pictures with a falcon if you are brave enough.

Pay attention to how beautiful the roof of Matthias Church is and how many shades of blue Budapest has!

Favourites of February 2018

Book experience of the month:
This month I read Short stories: The happy prince by Oscar Wilde. The book teaches a lot about the true kind of human nature and every story holds a moral lesson.
Then I read Klimt: Women, that is a short book about the muses of the painter Gustav Klimt and women’s situation in the 19th and 20th century. I got this one from my mummy when she went to see The Kiss last year in Belvedere, Vienna.

Audiobook experience of the month:
Of course I followed Harry’s adventures and fights with Dolores Umbridge in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. It starts to make me feel sad that his adventures will be over in two books…again.

Movie experience of the month:
First I saw a very unusual family story of Winnie, the pooh’s writer, A. A. Milne, called Goodbye, Christopher Robin. I finally got to see The murder on the Orient Express! It was very monumental. I also saw a Hungarian movie, 1945. It’s about a small town, where one day two Jewish people turn up after the war. People have to face their guilt and re-evaluate their old decisions. Then I watched Professor Marston and the Wonder Women, which is about the psychologist who wrote the comic in the 1940s. It was very interesting to see Ryan Gosling in a sci-fi movie. Although Blade runner 2049 may seem slow, it really gives you a special feeling. But altogether my most favourite movie this month was Lion! Dev Patel, Rooney Mara and Nicole Kidman play the main characters of this emotional journey.

Cinema experience of the month:
Yesterday I went to see the new Marvel movie, Black Panther, introducing Wakanda’s king, TChalla played by Chadwick Boseman and his love, Nakia by the Academy Award winner, Lupita Nyong’o.

Series experience of the month:
I want to catch up with the 4th season of Gotham, so that is all. Seems like Big Bang Theory and Vikings went on a holiday. 

Travelling experience of the month:
I went to Budapest twice this month to visit friends! I always find new things to discover there.

Photography experience of the month:
The ones I took on my trips and some shots of my friend at Buda Castle. Can’t wait to start taking portrait pictures more intensely.

Photography exhibitions in Budapest

Attila Hupján: World shift
12.02.2018-04.03.2018. 10-18 h
K11 – Király utca 11., Budapest 1075

Looking at the world through a pinhole while it’s moving… This is how the artist got the amazing results of his photographs. By looking closer, you may recognise some of Budapest’s popular sights like Nyugati Railway station.
A room full of artistic wonder… – I thought when I visited the exhibition last Friday.

Sandro Miller: Malkovich, Malkovich, Malkovich: Homage to photographic masters
28.02.2018-20.04.2018. 10-18 h
Műcsarnok – Dózsa György út 37., Budapest 1146

The main event of Budapest Photo Festival will be the American artist’s that commemorate famous paintings and photographs, only with a small twist, that is John Malkovich playing all the characters. Annie Leibovitz, Andy Warhol, André Kertész and Irving Penn are just few of the original people this exhibition pays a tribute to.
Can’t wait to see it in April!