“There and back again”

Dear loyal visitor! I know I haven’t been very kind to you, as I didn’t write for a long time, but here and now I promise to change it and will post more often and more regularly. In March, I’ve joined an expedition in Senegal, where the 7 of us visited the main, and less known UNESCO cultural world heritage sites and communities. I will soon write a detailed blog post about it, with photos as well. You can browse the selected photos from Senegal here. This autumn there are plans to visit Nepal and Southern India and we have …

HIPA Instagram Competition update – and a “lesson” from children to all of us

Yesterday I’ve received the news that one of my photos from Uganda has been selected as a winner in the HIPA Instagram Competition.   I was overwhelmed and still am. After the initial comforting feelings, that were like “Holy sh!t!”, I’ve been thinking about the moment when I captured this image and decided to write a blog post. Whenever I’m applying to a photo competition and I’m carefully selecting the photos I’d like to submit, there are many things I’m considering. Does this image tells something? Does it convey emotions? Does / can it move the viewer in any way? …

Glowing little eyes in the dark

During my stay in Eastern-Uganda I had the chance to visit a small, rural orphanage. The St Kizito Babies home is in Mbale district and currently houses about 40 children between 0 and 5 year-old. The institution was established in 1968 by the Mill Hill missionaries. Children are looked after by nuns and social workers who work very long hours every day to make sure each and every child receive the same amount of care and love. As a parent (father of a beautiful 2 year-old girl) I had very strong and mixed feelings during those hours spent in the orphanage. …

Back from Uganda

My brief journey to Uganda is over and I’m overwhelmed by what I experienced there. I joined a humanitarian (medical) mission in Mbale district, close to the Kenyan border. A small team of doctors volunteered to help diagnose and treat locals for 3 weeks (they are still there) and I documented their work. I have also hiked a bit in the nearby Mount Elgon National park and visited a local coffee plantation which was breathtaking.   I will upload a reportage on the medical mission soon to my portfolio and also another one on a local orphanage which I’ve visited. I’m …

Next destination: Uganda

Details are rounding up as the days go by, but the bottomline is: I’m traveling to Uganda in early April to work with a volunteer medical mission in rural areas. I’ll document the daily work and lives of the doctors along with locals and will also document local issues. I’m still researching what are the current issues, issues I feel people should know about. Raising awareness while showing how people live there, portraits and so on. At this point I’m finalizing the details and also checking if all my vaccinations are okay or if I need to repeat some of …

Tourist couple taking a selfie at the Colosseum at blue hour

Back from Rome

I recently spent a few days in Rome, the eternal city as many call it. I was amazed by the historical heritage, the amazing architecture and obviously the Italian cuisine. :) Apart from photographing the sites, I also continued a “project” I started in last May: photographing tourists photographing themselves or the sites or both (A.K.A. tourists taking selfies with sites in the background). Tourists taking photos is obviously not a new thing, they always did this and will always do it. But the selfie sticks are somewhat new and around the historical sites, there are vendors who sell _only_ selfie …

Buso festivities in Hungary

National Geographic publications and recent achievements! :)

October has been quite vivid for me and gave me a lot of energy to move forward and keep going on the chosen path in photography. I have made a decision early this year that I will stop photographing so many things, and will only concentrate on the issues, topics I’m really interested in. Back to October… First I received an email that my images made it to the finalist round in the Travel Photographer of the Year 2014. The final round of judging will happen on 2nd December, so keep your fingers crossed. Some of my images about the “Busó” …

Devotion – new project

A few months ago, I’ve started to work on a long-term photo project, called “Devotion”. Since I’ve been really interested in cultures and religion that are different from what we are used to in the Western world, I figured that I’ll try to capture moments of devotion in certain religions that I find fascinating. I will spend longer time on being among the devotees, “monks” and stay with them as long as possible in the given timeframe so that I can show more than just scratching the surface. I will add selected images in the portfolio section as I’m advancing with …

Buso festivities in Hungary

Poklade (Busó festivities in Mohács, Hungary 2014)

The Poklade (busó festivities) is a tradition of the sokac ethnic group in Hungary, held in Mohács. It is a UNESCO cultural heritage for many years now. Men (adults and children as well) are dressed as “busó”, wearing wooden horned masks and wool cloaks scaring the winter away. They and their companions, the jankele are visiting houses, marching in the streets, have fun, do mishieves, entertain and scare people and eventually light a huge bonfire on the last night. More info about this tradition here. I had the chance to visit Mohács and the events and was the guest of locals …