I’d like to share some good news with you. Me and my friends from a photography group called F-Stop are having our second photography exhibition in London! This is actually the third exhibition of this group, but the second one since I joined.

We are going to showcase a selection of photographs which fall under the subject of “Under the same sky”. Each of us will present their own photography style – you will see photographs from foreign travels, landscapes, cultural diversity of London and many more.

I will showcase documentary photos taken in Kaliningrad, Russia (on the picture above). In the end of 2011, when I still lived in my hometown Gdansk, I had a chance to participate in a wonderful photography workshop. I was one of eight people who were invited to go on an exchange programme to Russia. We lived in our new friends’ homes, met their families and got to know their way of life.

Kaliningrad party | NATALIA PHOTOGRAPHY

I stayed at German Urpin’s house. German (yes, he was Russian and that was his name) was 17 back then. With an extraordinary name came a dreamy, interesting approach to life. This is how I described him right after I came back from the trip:

“German Urpin is seventeen. He lives in a small town called Svetly in Kaliningrad Oblast, Russia, with his mother and father. A year ago he quit school, because he did not get on well with his schoolmates. Kristina is his best friend. German helps his father at a construction site and, in his spare time, goes to rehearsals of his rock band where he plays the drums. He likes the place where he lives, but he thinks that people in Kaliningrad are sad. The boy wants to stay in his hometown, but in the future he wishes to be different from ‘them’. He would like to earn his living playing music. His biggest dream is to find out what happens after we die.”

I had some wonderful time living with German and his parents. He reminded me of the power of teenage dreams and priorities.



Under the same sky exhibition | NATALIA PHOTOGRAPHYThe exhibition opening is taking place on 29th of January, Thursday at 6.30pm at Ognisko Polskie, 55 Princes Gate, South Kensington, London SW7 2PN. It will stay open till 1st of February. Admission free.


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