Ascending by Milena Iciek
Garden in Okinawa by Milena Iciek
For this week’s Photo Challenge Landscape, I went back to my photos from Japan. I loved this park in Okinawa. It was huge and in its middle was this small lake with a tea pavillion. The light wasn’t the best but I still like it.
Mother and Child by Milena Iciek
Families are enjoying themselves in the park on a sunny day in Cologne, Germany. As I watched these families, I knew I had found my image for this week’s Photo Challenge One Love.
Big Smile by Milena Iciek
Supernatural fans will agree that Jared Padalecki is like a ray of sunshine on a cold winter day. I thought long about what I wanted to enter for this week’s Photo Challenge. When I found this photo I took at the Asylum 14 convention, it was settled. Michelle W. from the Daily Post quoted harmony as being “[…]the quality of forming a pleasing and consistent whole.” I think Jared more than fits this description 😉
State of Mind by Milena Iciek
For this week’s Photo Challenge, State of Mind, I go for an iPhone selfie, edited in Pixlr.
I have been dealing with some serious stuff in my personal life. This, I think, is clearly reflected in my photo.
Breaking Through The Clouds by Milena Iciek
My entry for this week’s Photo Challenge Seasons. This photo was taken in Wilhelshaven, Germany. It was a stunningly cold but beautiful day at the ocean. My friend who I was visiting at that time invited me to go see the Unesco World Natural Heritage site there. The Wadden Sea tourist center was very interesting and offered this beautiful view from its observation deck. In the winter, the sea is really uninviting. It’s rough and freezing. In addition to that, the wind was so strong, I had to grip my camera tightly in order not to have it ripped from my hands. Nevertheless, it was an amazing experience and I hope to be able to go again in the summer.
My entry for the Weekly Photo Challenge. This week’s theme is Time. I’m visiting my friend in Jever which is a small city in Northern Germany. I had noticed this legend-themed fountain the first time I came to Jever. At that point unfortunately, I hadn’t brought my camera. Now, I had the chance to capture this tender gesture, the hand streched out in greeting, to be kissed by some gentleman or other. A gesture we now associate with past times, stories and legends.
Sunflowers by Milena Iciek
First Bloom by Milena Iciek
My entry for this week’s Daily Post Photo Challenge. The first blossoms of the year always fill me with joy and optimism. They lift the weight that has settled on my shoulders during the winter.
Ai Weiwei Exhibition (London) by Milena Iciek
I choose these photos of the Ai Weiwei Exhibition in London for the Daily Post Photo Challenge Alphabet, because this art piece left a huge impression on me. The first photograph shows a list of names (it is continued in the last photo that you can see here). Names of Chinese students who died in Sichuan province on 12 May 2008, the result of a 8.0 magnitude earthquake that laid waste to Chinese infrastructure and cost the lives of thousands of people. In the aftermath of said earthquake, it became clear that the Chinese government had made massive cut backs on construction projects, especially of buildings such as schools. Buildings that, as a result, weren’t strong enough to withstand the massive shocks of the earthquake and burried students underneath them when they came crumbling down. When Ai Weiwei started to ask for the names of the students who were killed, he was arrested and beaten by police and then put under house arrest. All the while, his art studio continued working on this amazing project Ai Weiwei had started prior to his arrest.