There are hundreds of photoblogs in Poland, probably thousands, and I can’t claim to have looked at more than a fraction of them. However, I have looked at a lot and these are the ones I like the best. Not that anybody should have the slightest reason to feel honored or slighted by my approval or exclusion but perhaps I should explain my criteria. I’ve only included photoblogs with primarily Polish subject matter, in other words photos that are clearly photos of Polish things and/or people. I’ve also concentrated on photoblogs with what seem to be artistic intentions rather than reportage intentions, in other words the photos are there for their own sake rather than just as a means of showing a day-to-day glimpses of a place. There are lots of these City X day-by-day sites (for example Glenn Standish’s Toruń Daily Photo) and these are interesting for their own reasons.
Anyway, on to the meat:
Immediately I break my rule by including a ‘daily’ photoblog. Fortunately I can justify this because the blogger doesn’t actually post daily. An excellent mix of urban landscapes and people going about they’re everyday business in Łodz. The blogger (I’m reliably informed we can tell she’s a she from the Polish grammar) helpfully and bravely translates the short explanatory text that accompanies each photo into English.
Ok, ok, another one that claims to be a ‘daily’ and comes damn close to actually being one. I love the way the blogger captures corners of urban Poland that are somehow so quintessentially, Polish. They’re not always pretty, but they’re somehow true.
I realize I have a weakness for shots of gritty urban landscapes and this guy has them in spades. Again, a great collection of images that really give you a sense of Krakow beyond the golden circle of the Old Town.
The work of a frighteningly talented youngster who seems to live everywhere in Poland at the same time. She’s an old skool film-and-developing-fluid type and these are some of my favorite pictures amongst all of these favorite pictures. Somehow they conspire to be about Poland and about much more than Poland at the same time. The link takes you to her WordPress blog, which features her graphic artistry, but you can easily find a link to the photos on the right.
One of the first Poland photoblogs I discovered and still one of my favourites. Mr Loroch is one of the few photographers I’ve come across who consistently takes good pictures of people on the street. He has a particular weakness for ladies of a certain age wearing extravagant outfits. The guy clearly has major cojones, or he can run very fast. He also provides amusing and poignant captions.
Wiosanna, the creator of this blog, is a frequent commenter on Polandian so we automatically assume she’s a good egg. If that wasn’t enough to commend a person, she’s also a damn fine photographer. Wiosanna likes to look at things up close and to see the unusual in the everyday. She also has a bit of an obsession with reflections in windows, but in a nice way ;)
Seen any other good ones? Please tell us about them…