Well known Norwegian photographer Morten Krogvold was talking on Norwegian radio yesterday talking about his exhibition Encounters celebrating his life as a photographer, and to talk about holiday photography. He labeled himself a poor holiday photographer, and argued that photography is about decency and a way to strengthen the memory of our lives. As he said: You don’t want to remember your father in law as a drunkard on a Meditteraenan beach.
Still, we do travel, and a holiday time no matter how long, is a time for snapshots and segmenting the memories of our happy days. So I return from Poland, visiting Gdansk, Warsaw and Krakow, three of the most uninteresting cities in the world, according to an article in Aftenposten pointing to a Tripadvisor press release.
So what gives one week of photography in the most uninteresting spot in Europe, taking pictures that according to Morten Krogvold best be avoided? I’ll conclude before you get to answer yourself: Krogovld is right, as long as decency and respect is your banner, and as long as you bring along your eye for light, TripAdvisor and Aftenposten are wrong. Poland has a history of greyness, of communism, wartorn landscapes, industrial buildings and institutions. But who are to say that there’s no beauty there, no enjoyment, relaxation or broadening of minds, all the things that make a good journey worth the investment. After all it is you and not the place itself that decides if it is interesting or not. Here’s my little photo essay from the least interesting cities in Europe.