It was nearing midnight when I continued scouring the web in search of contact information for the residential community. I stumbled upon a place where allegedly a beautiful, modernist staircase was located, and I was eager to capture it in photographs. As a rule, I don’t like to enter someone’s space without permission, as it is quite impolite. I, as a resident, would feel strange if a stranger came to my apartment building and started taking pictures. Well, it has happened that I entered without asking, but I generally try to avoid it.
Typically, I check if the place I’m interested in has any companies based there. For example, in tenements, it’s quite common. I then write an email asking for permission, and there is usually no problem with that. But here, there was nothing. Moreover, the staircase was in a modern, “luxurious” building constructed in the 1930s.
“So there’s a risk that the residents won’t want to share their privacy,” I thought, “but it’s worth a try.”
Earlier, I went to the location to see if there was any bulletin board with a phone number for the administration, or anything of the sort. Unfortunately, I found nothing. It tempted me to wait until someone entered or exited, but I decided to persist.
The breakthrough came in the dead of night when I came across a PDF on a subcontractor’s website. It contained references issued by the aforementioned community, and their email address was visible.
“Bingo!” I whispered to myself. I immediately wrote an email and armed myself with patience.
Days passed, and there was silence. No response. I regretted not attaching a tracking script to the email. Then I would at least know if it had been opened and whether the contact was still valid.
Finally, after a week, the response arrived. “Dear Madam, we agree…” seemingly nothing, but I jumped with joy. They agreed, with certain conditions, but entirely acceptable. Now, all that was left was to wait for suitable weather to have as much natural light as possible for a well-lit staircase. In November, it’s difficult to find such a sunny day, so once again, I had to arm myself with patience and wait.
I took a break from work, called a taxi, and set off. The sun was bright and quite sharp.
“A bit like in January,” I thought, looking out the Uber window. I arrived ten minutes ahead of time. We had arranged a specific time without providing any additional contact. I left only my phone number “just in case.”
Ten past the agreed time, and there was silence.
“I’ll wait until half past and then we’ll see,” I said to myself. I stood in the cold, shifting from foot to foot. The sun was shining, but the cold was palpable. Finally, twenty past, and the phone vibrated.
“Please call >apartment number< ,” a male voice said. I dialed the apartment number on the intercom, and the door opened. Before my eyes, a beautiful, modernist staircase revealed itself.
“At last!” I smiled joyfully to myself and got to work :) 📷
Villa la Fleur is a private museum located in Konstancin-Jeziorna, Poland. It serves as a home to collections of works by Polish and Jewish artists associated with the École de Paris (School of Paris). The museum comprises two buildings, separated by a sculpture park. One of the distinctive features of this historic villa is the beautiful wooden spiral staircase, which can be seen in the attached photo.
Warsaw in autumn colors. Photograph taken with my new body Sony a7 IV, and lens Sony FE 70-300mm ƒ/4.5-5.6 G OSS
📷 Pastel Bieszczady.
Bieszczady, Polish mountains.
Lately, I’ve been reflecting that things aren’t so bad in Poland after all, but society still needs to work on itself. And it might sound cliché, but in my opinion, Poles are a rather closed-off nation. We’re not quick to engage in conversation with strangers; in fact, we tend to avoid conversations with a kind of “fear,” as if the stranger were a threat. We don’t smile at strangers on the street; we aren’t inherently friendly to strangers. That is, we tend to keep to ourselves. It’s only after getting to know someone better that we become more open.
For us, often “work is life,” there’s nothing beyond it. There’s a cult of “hustle culture.” And of course, there’s jealousy/envy towards others. If something goes well, you can’t proudly say, “Hey, look, I succeeded!” because you’re more likely to encounter hate rather than a “well done!” There’s a lack of support.
It’s difficult to be yourself; people enjoy criticizing non-constructively (especially the older generation, but not all of them, younger generation), rebuking and mocking openness (I can’t count how many times I’ve faced hatred for just being open. And the worst part is how it paralyzes me from taking further actions), for expressing emotions, for loving whoever we want - regardless of gender. Of course, politicians also contribute significantly to this negativity. I don’t think I’ve seen a society so divided against itself in any other country as I have in ours, especially in the current “political times” (referring to the situation in Poland).
Fortunately, I have the impression that despite this, everything is moving in the right direction. I think the generations raised by the boomers don’t want to subject their own children to the same coldness they experienced. Thanks to this, millennials to some extent, and definitely Gen Z (and probably future generations too), are entirely different. They are more open, more aware, unafraid to talk about their feelings. They are, in a way, a better version of our society. They are true citizens of Europe, not just Poland.
Perhaps this is just an assessment from my own perspective, and certainly not all boomers are difficult, nor are all Gen Z individuals exceptional citizens. But the difference that has emerged along the way between these generations is immense, and I have the impression that it’s largely positive.
I’m comforted by the thought that things might improve in a few years. Those who divide will start to “fade away,” and Gen Z will fully embrace adulthood.
Greetings, and I hope I haven’t offended anyone. I just needed to get this off my chest ;)
Finally something about women 🔥❤️
🍿 Barbie (2023) - ★★★★★
📺 Outlander (2014)
Welcome Back ❤️
Pride Parade in Warsaw, Poland
Daily Office from the lower floor
📷 Iranian woman protests in Oslo.
When you start your own project, full of enthusiasm, and you hear someone from your surroundings saying, “It will definitely fail,” “How do you imagine that,” “Nothing will come of it,” and so on. Demotivating opinions that I didn’t ask for.
That’s why I don’t say anything.
Something here does not begin at its usual time. Something does not happen quite as it should Here someone was and was, then suddenly disappeared and now is stubbornly absent. (Wislawa Szymborska)
Vigeland Park. This poop looks like he puked on a baby 😆 Anyway, I’ll be back here in July I think. I mean to Norway. But more north and with a tent. But the biggest adventure awaits for me in August 😈 can’t wait!
🍿 Book Club: The Next Chapter (2023) - ★★★☆☆
Sex and the City vibe
🍿 The Eight Mountains (2022) - ★★★★★
„The mountain is not just snow and cliffs, ridges, streams, lakes, pastures. The mountain is a way of living life. One step in front of the other, silence, time and measure”
🍿 L’immensità (2022) - ★★★★★ Penelope Cruz 🔥
🍿 Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 3 (2023) - ★★★★★
Great movie! A bit of a tearjerker 😢
📸📷 A crowd heading towards Charles Bridge and from CharlesBridge.
„I am from here. Stanisław Grzesiuk”. Stanisław Grzesiuk - bard of #Warsaw