As I stood in the heart of Gdańsk, Poland, the vibrant history of this remarkable city enveloped me. I was drawn to the beautiful facades of the buildings along Długi Targ - the city's famous main street. I chose to capture this scene in black and white, allowing the intricate details and textures of the architecture to take center stage.
The juxtaposition of shadows and light played upon the ornate storefronts, creating an atmosphere of intrigue and timelessness. I was particularly captivated by the elaborate ornamentation, a testament to the city's rich past and resilience through numerous historical events.
The location of this photograph, Gdańsk, has a storied history spanning over a thousand years. It has seen the rise and fall of empires, survived World War II, and played a significant role in the Solidarity movement. Today, it is a thriving port city and a popular tourist destination, where visitors can walk along Długi Targ and be transported back in time.
In this fine art photograph, I sought to preserve a moment of quiet reflection amidst the bustling city. As a photographer, I found the interplay of light, shadows, and architectural details to be the most compelling elements of the scene.
© Dan Kosmayer, 2013