Thursday, January 31, 2013

Eastern Europe in Pictures: Krakow, Poland

I have decided to begin a new series of posts entitled •Eastern Europe in Pictures• to share the spirit of Eastern Europe as I see it and invite a conversation about place, memory and identity that seems to be at the core of everything that grabs my attention these days. This morning, I saw this photograph by Marcin Ryczek of a man feeding swans and ducks from a river bank in Krakow, Poland and my heart just stopped beating. There is so much sadness and finesse in this image that, to me, perfectly captures the feeling of an Eastern European winter. I had to share it.

Part art therapy, part misplaced nostalgia... Let's see if this will work.

P.S. I take my geographical cues from this pre-1989 map of the "West" and the "Eastern Bloc".

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