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.
Pride Parade in Warsaw, Poland
📷 Iranian woman protests in Oslo.
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!
📸📷 A crowd heading towards Charles Bridge and from CharlesBridge.
📷 Polish mountains, Tatras ❤️
📷 Winter is back
📷 The Palace of Culture, view from Golden Terraces, Warsaw
Cup of tea
📷 another day is coming to the end, it’s time to start the weekend (have Friday off) 🥰
📷 Snowy day in Warsaw, Poland.
📷 Daily Office, Warsaw
Roger That Foods, my favourite burgers. Mokotów, Warsaw.
Love these burgers 💚 #RogerThatFoods
📷 The Gallery of Warsaw Personalities is a series of portraits of famous Polish artists associated with Warsaw, which can be found on the Łazienkowska Route next to the Central Statistical Office.
It created by Piotr Janowczyk, was unveiled in 2010. It consisted of 25 portraits of famous Polish artists, writers or musicians, whose lives and work were connected with Warsaw, including Zbigniew Zapasiewicz, Tadeusz Łomnicki and Witold Lutosławski.
My cat yawns. His name is Papiez, and it means Pope 😄
It’s not a very smart series, but I got into it and I’m watching ;_; 📽Ginny&Georgia