To be honest, I’ve been to lots of European villages, but it was the most truly marvelous and fabulous fairytale place I have ever seen before!
I’ve been dreaming of visiting this magical village ever since I first saw a picture of it, and I knew instantly that I wanted to visit in winter, during Christmas time and finally, I did it!
My journey as a photographer started in 2008, while I was shooting photos with my Sony Ericsson phone (3-megapixel camera), it was the era of new phones with cameras, and I fell in love with it. ’90s guys will understand what it feels like when you upgrade your phone with a colored screen. It was a really impressive year. Then I got my first cyber-shot camera and I realized that I was fully in photography, people were telling me compliments that I was expressing my vision very differently.
I was shooting mostly documentary photos, this was a very different thing for a small boy like me. I was going to social events and places and I was shooting people and their lives. For example, I took pictures of a very ancient tradition of the funeral (called “Svanuri Zari”) in Ushguli, Georgia (Ushguli is one of the highest continuously inhabited settlements in Europe, 2,100 meters). I liked telling the stories with a camera, not only with one photo, I liked doing photo series. After some time I started traveling all around the world and mostly I started doing some landscape and nature photography.
Hallstatt is a place I have wanted to visit ever since I first saw a photo of it. You know the one… I have been to many small villages but… Hallstatt is very different with its nature and coziness. As my car was getting closer and closer to Hallstatt, I was so excited. Large blue lakes, grey rocky mountains and the fresh air all around. The atmosphere is unique and you feel very special while walking in the tiny streets of the village. It is like a fairytale on Earth.
Photography is a great tool to show people how you can see the moments, no need for words. Only you can see the world like you do. You are creating the story, you are creating the moment or moment that creates you to the author of itself. There are surely lots of things which nobody would see unless you photographed them. It not only means discovering new places, but it can make you fall in love with somewhere you never even knew existed.
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Looking for someone local or knowledgeable to answer this. My reaction was “Well, that’s a right champion espalier!” and then I wondered if there is any organization there that maintains a registry of “champion” trees (oldest, tallest, most massive, best specimen, etc.) along the lines of what the National Register of Champion Trees has for the US (americanforests.org). Now of course I well know that “espalier” is a horticultural technique and not a “tree” and where I live it is most often applied to climbing roses, but I was just curious about this amazing specimen and the other one shown in this series of photos.
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