We live 5,000 miles away and see each other only once a year. Because of that, each meeting is an occasion to do something fun and memorable together. Like this photo shoot that my niece Angelika came up with.
Angelika and I share several interests, photography being one of them. When I arrived in Poland, the topic of a photo outing came up right away, and we started planning our girls’ day out in Krakow.
I’m used to being behind the camera and in charge of what and how to shoot. This time, I was excited to see what Angelika had in mind. I only knew that she wanted to wear vintage clothes and be photographed in a scenery reminiscent of Old Havana.
I thought the retro look would fit her well, as she resembles film noir actress Veronica Lake. And Havana? Knowing we’d walk around Krakow’s Old Town, I was up for the challenge! We’d have no problem finding cobbled streets, passageways, and iron gates.
But there was more… Angelika also wanted to practice her camera skills, which meant that she’d be taking photos of me. We decided to go with a summer theme, given that we’d be shooting in late August and that I had a “tropical” dress in my suitcase.
Armed with camera equipment, extra shoes, and a helper (thanks Sara Kate!), we must have been quite a sight. But we didn’t mind being watched, focused instead on finding the right backdrops and angles for our photos. Even dancing salsa in the streets was not an issue. Angelika was trying to capture movement and I was happy to help out.
The outing allowed me to see familiar streets from a fresh perspective. I spotted details that had previously gone unnoticed: architectural accents, bulletin boards, clocks, newer hangouts. It was like downloading an updated version of Krakow. I may no longer live there, but still feel at home when I visit. And that day, Angelika and I were two Krakow girls having a good time.
We found a new great way to explore the city. We were gone in search of unique places, which would go well with our styled outfits, and we were certain that Krakow hid many of them.
I was trying to find another, made up in my mind, place through the camera lens, just using the elements of the scenery. That’s why I wanted auntie to dance, while she was standing by the brick wall and the street lights illuminated her. It can be an image of a girl dancing in the night with her guy in front of a group of people. She had also her own great concepts for the background. It was fun when we managed to find even “Havana streets.”
We didn’t know exactly what our photos would look like. We were just walking in the city, looking around and screaming from time to time, “Ooooh, here, here!” or ,,Look at ___, it will be an interesting background for you,” or just ,,Stay there, stay there!” We were so excited when we saw this man on the wall.
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