The best Poland photoblogs

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:

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Lodz Daily

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.

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Fotoblog – Warszawa i wszystko jasne!

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.

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Cracow day by day

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.

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Aga’s Weblog

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.

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Warsaw City Reality by Pawel Loroch

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.

Stop the Moments

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…

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16 thoughts on “The best Poland photoblogs

  1. wiosanna says:

    First of all – thank you.
    Really nice photoblogs. I must add some of them to my list :)
    You can find really cool photos here http://krakoff.info/ they are tagged with krakoff at Flickr. You will also find photoblogs there in blogroll :)

  2. guest says:

    island ,sorry :D I could not resist !

    a link :D

    930 photos

    http://www.filosss.fotolog.pl/

  3. island1 says:

    wiosanna: You’re welcome. Interesting link, I admit I avoided Flikr streams in general because there are millions of them and it gets too confusing.

  4. island1 says:

    guest: Nice one, I’ll have to look through these at my leisure.

  5. Jasia says:

    I’m excited to have discovered your blog and to learn about these photoblogs. Thank you for sharing this information! Do you know of any Polish photobloggers from the Debica/Tarnow/Wojnicz areas or from the Szadek/Lodz/Sieradz areas? My ancestors are from these areas and I’m very interested in seeing more of them.

    Unfortunately, I don’t speak or read Polish. That makes doing searches for Polish photoblogs difficult. But pictures speak a universal language don’t they? Once I find a photoblog it doesn’t matter so much if I don’t speak the language.

    Thanks for any suggestions!

    Jasia
    Detroit, Michigan

  6. ritalounge says:

    Hey, thanks for mentioning my blog, but I’d like to correct you – I do post daily, every single day without any exception.

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  8. island1 says:

    ritalounge: Ooops… sorry about that. It’s true, she does. Doesn’t that get tiring?

  9. island1 says:

    Jasia: Hi there, glad we made you happy :)

    Found these three from Lodz easily, but they’re all very much city based. Others from the areas you mention probably exist, I’ll have a poke around.

    http://hodowca.blox.pl/html
    http://fotozinnejbeczki.blox.pl/html
    http://snakeeyes.blox.pl/html

    By the way, there’s a magic internet gnome by the name of ‘guest’ who sometimes passes this way; he has most of the Google archive memorized so if you leave out milk and cookies he might be obliging.

  10. Jasia says:

    Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! I have added the feeds from these Lodz photoblogs to my feed reader (along with Polandian :-). I have two cousins in Lodz, one is a priest at the cathedral and the other lives on Rowerowa street. I don’t speak Polish and they don’t speak English so we only send Christmas cards. I am just thrilled to see pictures of this city where they live!

    Milk and cookies, eh? I can do that. I make some fantastic pumpkin cookies, and my chocolate chip are great too. I’ll get busy baking!

  11. island1 says:

    Jasia: No problem. Don’t forget the first photoblog listed in this post Lodz Daily, and she speaks English – perhaps she does request and you can get to see what Bicycle Street looks like.

    Guest… that’s the trouble with omniscient internet genies, they’re never around when you need them :)

  12. scatts says:

    I think a photoblog is a tough thing to get right. You have to be clear on the relative importance of words versus images and also decide whether you’re supposed to be “arty” or “journalistic”. Actually decide whether you think your work is good enough to be accepted as one or the other of those.

    As it is called a PHOTOblog, one assumes the emphasis is supposed to be on the images but from a navigation point of view it is often very difficult/impossible to view the images in anything other than a random/daily way.

    I made an attempt at one here http://www.pbase.com/scatts/travelbratblog where I used the pBase “pBlog” template and worked okay but then it was very specific in that it simply chronicled a business trip to Bratislava. Once it goes beyond that I start to have difficulty defining it.

    This probably makes no sense at all! :)

  13. pinolona says:

    The third building on Cracow by day is down the road from me. It’s recently po remoncie and doesn’t have that lovely flaking-plaster look any more. Which is good for the people who work/live there, but not nearly so romantic for photographers.

  14. geez says:

    Really good pics. They all exhibit various and unique “Polishnesses.”

    Thanks for the effort on this.

    And I’m looking forward to the reading the post and responses on Polish Catholicism (even though from glancing at it, I think I’m going to find more than a bit with which to disagree).

  15. brite says:

    There’s also one Lodz VIDEOblog that I know about (because I run it ;)):
    http://miastozinnejbeczki.blox.pl/html

  16. island1 says:

    brite: Very interesting photos. I particularly like your interior shots. Thanks!

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