Adolf Bay / Spitsbergen / Norway / 05.09.2019
We have reached the shore. Thanks to the team of the AMU polar station, who transported us by pontoon from Piramiden, through the bay of Petunia to the bay of Adolf. We’ve reached the largest glacier in the area. The temperature is around 0 degrees Celsius. The sun breaks through the clouds. A strange light, as if someone has placed a filter over my eyes. Yesterday we saw polar bears not far from here. Empty and wild. No one but us. It’s fortunate there’re no bears around now. There’s a seal lying on an ice floe in the distance. A bang like a gunshot. That’s how a glacier calves. The Nordenskield Glacier. 100 years ago such a trip would have taken us months or years. Few people got to see this place. Now there are daily trips to visit the glacier and experience that polar atmosphere, even if it’s only from the deck of a ship. It is after all, wild and beautiful. Wild nature is beautiful. Glaciers are beautiful. It is hard to believe that all of this is dying. Even death is beautiful out here.
The Grand Canal / Venice / Italy / 08.07.2019
We love beauty. We need it. Few are surprised that you can drive thousands of kilometres to admire the beauty of nature, or the effect of human hands. Venice. I don’t think there will ever be an exaggeration in describing its beauty and uniqueness. All you need to do is break through the crowd to the best vantage point on the bridge and look at the Grand Canal. You forget about everything. About the thousands of tourists behind you. About the heat, the noise and the rotting seaweed. I am admiring paintings painted by artists from different eras. I’ve never been here before, yet I know this place well. I recognise everything. And above all, the ambience and the colours. Who painted it. So beautiful. Sky, water and palaces like gondolas floating in the sky reflected in the water.
Światosława Beata Sadowska, a yet undiscovered literary talent, hiding behind the photo.
Each photograph used during the journey stops being luggage, changes its destiny, takes on a new life. It creates a unique travel sack with a story in the background. Always just one. One shot, one sack. Luggage (no excess)