by Michal Karcz “Karezoid”
Please join me in my never ending voyage through my world.
This land is constantly expanding. My world is what’s inside me, what really defines who I am. Here’s the key…
I was born in 1977 in Warsaw, Poland and I graduated from High School of Art in Warsaw.
My passion for photography began in early childhood. My father had a camera and when I was just a child I liked to look at the world through the lens, crop it, select the best shots.
I always had ideas of mixing photography with paintings.
My serious journey into my own world of photography and photo manipulation began in 2004 when I opened “the door” with a different key.
I combined painting and photography into one piece using digital tools.
That digital photography and software gave me the opportunity to generate unique realities that were impossible to be created with an ordinary dark room techniques.
Most of my work is like a journey to the places which don’t exist.
Places from my dreams, desire, imagination and fears. This is my escape from reality which is not enough for me.
My inspiration comes from many artists and it doesn’t matter if they get through to me by the sense of vision or hearing.
I can tell that music has the biggest impact on my work.
Music creates sound illustrations to the pictures I carry in my mind.
These two things hit me with the strongest intensity.
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Joseph McQuiggan, far right, at Nettlesworth Colliery, County Durham in 1965. Image Credit: Photograph by John Bulmer
I was 15 when I began mining. I had my heart set on it, and left school on the Friday and started on the Monday. I began with screen work, separating the stones from the coal.
Before long, I’d been trained to go underground. It wasn’t claustrophobic – even when you’re working a seam that’s only 18 inches high. Typically, I’d work at the face, up against the rock, chiselling the coal out.
We’d go down clean and come back up covered in coal. Every 18 months, you got a chest x-ray to make sure you had no dust on your lungs. I was OK; I always wore a mask at the coalface.
When this photo was taken, I was around 23 years old; I’m on the far right, looking cheeky. I remember the photographer, John Bulmer – he was a young man, a lot like us. He’d say: “Forget I’m here, get on with your normal day,” and we did.
We’d go to the stables with the ponies from the pit and wash them down with a hosepipe, put them in their stalls and make sure they were fed and brushed; all the while, John was snapping away.
They are the most intelligent animals in the world – just marvellous to work with. The ponies helped carry the coal out to a landing point above ground.
I had a little one called Anchor. He was small and white. He led me a dance for about a month, but I persevered, and by the end, he’d do anything for me.
He was that good, sometimes I’d give him my sandwiches. I’d give him both of them and go without lunch, because he was earning the money for me.
Harvester at work.
The hard work of harvesting the crop continues on into the early night on a property at Darke Peak in the state of South Australia.
Image Credit: Photograph by Brodie Pearson
ABC Open contributor Brodie Pearson, Dark Peak
“The Pier, Sellin” by elbfoto from Wedel, Germany – Seebrücke Sellin/Rügen. Licensed under CC BY 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons
Sellin Pier (German: Seebrücke Sellin) is a pier in the Baltic seaside resort of Sellin on the German island of Rügen.
The pier has a restaurant near the beach over the water and has a diving gondola (Tauchgondel).
Initial plans in 1901 foresaw a 60-metre-long landing stage, but this was deemed insufficient due to the very high visitor numbers anticipated. The first 508-metre long pier with a restaurant was built in 1906.
After a fire at the bridge head in 1920 a new building was needed. In 1925 a new pier was built, with a platform and concert hall, that had a length of approximately 500 metres.
This bridge was destroyed in severe ice conditions in the winter of 1941/1942. The undamaged bridge house survived, however, and from 1950s to the 1970s was the site of a popular dance hall.
During this time, however, the structure of the building was neglected and in 1978 the dilapidated bridgehead, including its structures, had to be demolished.
In 1991 the President of Germany, Richard von Weizsäcker, visited Sellin and this prompted active support for its rebuilding.
On 27 August 1992, reconstruction began in several sections based on models of the buildings from 1906 and 1925.
On 20 December 1997 Sellin honorary citizen, Hans Knospe, symbolically cut the ribbon for at the handover of the structure.
The official opening of the new pier, including its restaurant, was held on 2 April 1998.
At 394 metres it is the longest pier on the island.
After water damage was found in October 2011 the restaurant was closed for some time.
Photograph by Etienne on Flickr
Even owls can have bad days! This baby owl has a feather sticking out and doesn’t look too pleased about it.
Owls, birds of the order Strigiformes, include about 200 species of mostly solitary and nocturnal birds of prey typified by an upright stance, a large, broad head, binocular vision and binaural hearing, and feathers adapted for silent flight.