On a Monday afternoon back in December of the year 2014 I got a call from a photographer, that a whole district of Budapest is totally under ice and the trees are falling over because of the ice pressure.
At this moment I never thought that this call would end in the most exciting press-work of my whole life.
I met with other photographer in the early hours of the following day and we get up the hills of Buda.
We just knew one thing – everyone told us “don’t go up there, it’s extremely dangerous”.
But we had to. After we exit the bus we saw the first tree falling over, just a few meters away from us.
After this awful shock we started our way into little streets, far away from the main street, listening to one sound – the sound of the trees. The sound of branches braking under the weight of Ice.
The little once were not that dangerous, but nearly every ten minute we saw a giant tree collapsing, braking into the roof of a house or falling on a car.
I personally was not afraid, because I knew that I had to do my job. I had to show people the power of nature, so there was no time to think about the consequences.
By looking up for nearly the whole time (I had never watched trees and branches for such a long time) I photographed powerful nature to show what it is able to do to helpless people.
This colored copperplate view of Bratislava (Posonium in Latin, known as Pressburg during the period of the Austrian and Austro-Hungarian Empire) is the oldest and best-known popular depiction of the city.
The creator of this edited copy of the print was the German master Franz Hogenberg (1535−90).
At the time the print was made, Bratislava was the capital of Hungary and was also a coronation city of the Habsburg rulers.
The view depicts the Danube River, dominated by Bratislava Castle, which was a seat of the Hungarian part of the Habsburg monarchy until 1780.
An interesting note in the upper-right part of the view mentions Wolfgang Lazius (1514−65), who was an important Hungarian humanist and cartographer and the author of the second oldest map of Hungary (1556).
In 1593 this view was used in the book Civitates orbis terrarum. Liber quartus urbium praecipuarum totius mundi (The cities of the world. The fourth book of the principal cities of the world), published in Cologne by Georg Braun and Franz Hogenberg.