This photo! It is one of the most shared and easily recognizable photos of our times, because it went viral on social media and millions of internet users were astonished by its minimalist sharpness and symbolic beauty. The photo invites us to plunge into a black and white peacefulness and makes us wonder who the photographer is. Here is what Marcin Ryczek’s website says about the photograph:
“A Man Feeding Swans in the Snow” – The photograph was taken in Cracow, from the Grunwald Bridge. The nature-created contrast of white snow and dark water, the two separated by a straight line of the waterfront, serves as a reflection of the Yin Yang symbol of opposing, yet complementary forces. The dark silhouette of a man against the light background, and the white swans on dark water which are surrounded by a ring of black ducks complement the photograph, enabling numerous interpretations of it. This simple, powerful frame infused with universal symbolism is legible to many different, often diverse cultures. The photograpy was placed in newspapers and portal from around the world (for example: England – The Guardian , Germany – Der Spiegel, Israel – Yedioth Ahronoth, Italy – La Repubblica, Denmark – Politiken, Switzerland – 20 Minuten , Greece – Athens Voice, Australia – The Daily Telegraph, USA – National Geograohic…) Photography was awarded by the first prize (Grand Prix) in the international competition Grand Prix de Découverte: International Fine-Art Photography Award. It was also accepted to the prestigious collection of the Bibliotheque Nationale de France and The Silesian Museum in Katowice. At the end of 2013 „The Huffington Post”- one of the most influential online newspapers in the world, has released its list of „2013’s Most Striking Fine Art Photography”. Among the five of selected photographs there was also photo „A Man Feeding Swans in the Snow”
And here is another photograph from the same photographers’ archive:
„Hiroshima – Phoenix Rising from the Ashes” – This photograph is a meditation on good and evil, life and death. The photo’s reference is the place where it was taken: the city of Hiroshima. Now one of humanity’s most prominent sites, during WWII razed to the ground by the most powerful weapon mankind has ever invented and used. Dropping an atomic bomb on Hiroshima killed well over 100,000 innocent people and crippled many more. The city, just like the mythical bird phoenix – a representation of eternel rebirth – emerged from the ashes and became a symbol of memory, peace and mercy. These notions are best conveyed by the saying „the greatest way to avenge your enemy is by forgiveness”.