I feel like I should share with you a few words about my BoheMia Calendar 2019 as January is already gone.

This piece is my fourth in a row and I wanted it to be special (of course). Last year the big challenge was creating The Calendar 2018 with analog camera (ended up successful, uff). I wanted to focus on the location this year..

I spent quite a while deciding what SPECIAL place should it be then. I was wondering where I feel cozy but not bored at the same time, where I go during my free time, where I feel excited, relaxed,…happy.

I’ve realized I don’t need to fly thousand miles away. I live in a pretty little BOHEMIAN town which is photogenic enough.

You are about to see 13 photos taken around my homeland, a town of České Budějovice.

It was very interesting experience to look at the place I know so well in different perspective and I’m happy for my decision. In one way one could say that it must be kind of easy to create a few pictures when you are so familiar with the area but no. It was actually another challenge and I consider it successful too. Thank you very much @HonzaWayC for cooperation – great pictures and teaser.

My message here is – we all should try to appreciate our surroundings…It seems like some people have to escape far far far away hoping it makes them happier for a minute (I used to be one of them). I’m not saying we should stop travelling. I just want you to slow down next time you pass across your doorstep and have a look around… isn’t it beautiful?

M.

CZ🇨🇿 EN🇬🇧

Před několika lety jsem u břehu řeky Temže nafotila set fotografií, který má upozornit alespoň na zlomek dění v zakulisí cirkusů. Využívání jakýchkoli zvířat pro zábavu mě iritovalo už dávno. V podstatě od mé první a zároveň poslední návštěvy toho domu hrůzy alias cirkusu. V poslední době je naštěstí snaha o změnu dost intenzivní. K tomu, aby z cirkusů zmizeli sloni, tygři a další divoká zvířata vede jediná cesta, a to změna legislativy. Pokud chcete pomoci, nejjednodušším a základním krokem je podepsat petici. Další možností je podpořit organizátory kampaně finančně.

Říkáš si, že do cirkusu nechodíš, tak proč bys proti nim bojoval? Že stačí je bojkotovat? Chápu, času je málo a kdybys měl bojovat proti všemu, s čim nesouhlasíš, neděláš nic jinýho. I kdyby to tak ale bylo, proč bys pár minut denně neobětoval snaze udělat naší zemi lepším místem. Podívej se na to třeba takhle. Už ve 12 evropských státech funguje absolutní zákaz využívání divokých (či dokonce všech) zvířat v cirkusech. Nejsme přeci žádný zapadlý státeček plný jednoduchých a zabedněných lidí, kteří podstrkávají svým dětem představu o tom, že je přirozené a doslova k pokukání sledovat lva proskakovat hořící obručí a medvěda jezdit na kole. Radši budu patriotem republiky, kde legislativa nepovoluje drezůru a týrání zvířat k našemu pobavení a obyvatelé volí sofistikovanější druh zábavy. Nějak se mi prostě nechce věřit, že se inteligentní a vzdělaný člověk v moderní Evropě řehtá při pohledu na tančícího tygra. Ne všichni se narodili prudce inteligentní? Možná, ale z mojí zkušenosti jsou právě takoví lidé dobrosrdeční, bodří a o to víc odmítají jakoukoli formu násilí. Kde je tedy chyba? Možná tam, kde ten vysoce inteligentní zbytek nemá čas podepsat kus papíru.

Nejsem masochista a nerada hledám podrobné informace o tom, jakým způsobem se daná zvířata cvičí a co se s nimi děje, když se nikdo nedívá. Průzkum kvůli již zmíněnému focení tenkrát v Londýně mi úplně stačil. Nicméně jestli si někdo říká, že to určitě není tak zlé, a že kdyby to zlé bylo, už s tím dávno někdo něco udělal, tak tady je příklad výcviku medvěda.

Tančící medvěd

 Celý výcvik je založen na opakovaném krutém násilí a mučení zvířete. Medvěd je opakovaně postaven na horkou plochu (připoután na řetězu), většinou na plech, kde jsou mu pálena chodidla. Medvěda to přirozeně pálí a bolest jej nutí přešlapovat, takže to vypadá, že tančí. Během takového výcviku je pouštěna stále stejná hudba. Po stovkách popálenin na chodidlech a opakované melodii je medvěd tak příšerně vyděšen, že poté již stačí pustit v manéži pouze hudbu a medvěd začne přešlapovat, takže to vypadá, že tančí. Ani to však není konec jeho utrpení, poněvadž se tento krutý proces výuky musí neustále opakovat, aby medvídek nezapomněl, že to pod ním skutečně pálí.

Pro ty, kteří radši vizuální obsah, tu máme výcvik slonů. K tomu jsou používány speciální pomůcky, jako třeba tento hák. Cirkusáci ho slonům opakovaně a dosti efektivně zarývají do nohou a jiných částí těla. Díky tomu pak chudák zvíře udělá stojku na chobotu. Schválně jsem vybrala nedrastické video, takže se neboj rozkliknout.

Nejaktuálnější informace najdeš na webu cirkusybezzvirat.cz. Pokud se ti nechce tisknout petici a posílat poštou, podívej se na seznam petičních míst a dojdi ji podškrábnout. Jestli u vás v obci není a patříš k těm akčnějším, můžes se o to postarat sám. Najdi vhodné místo (obchod, restauraci, hospodu, kulturní zařízení,..), domluv se s provozovateli a napiš onu adresu na email: cirkusy@svobodazvirat.cz.

Určítě se taky můžeš zapojit do celoročních protestů. Informace a jednotlivé události najdeš ve FB skupine Celoroční protesty za Cirkusy bez zvířat. Na závěr ještě jedno informační video a galerie fotek, za které děkuji Photostorm Photography.

Mia






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The series of pictures you can see in the gallery bellow is one of my projects which should raise public awareness of animal abuse. I created the photographs around the River Thames a couple of years ago in cooperation with Photostorm Photography. They should visualize what is going on behind the scene and encourage people to think before visiting a circus.

I would like everyone to take an action and get involved in fighting against this unnecessary and obsolete madness.

Avoiding this kind of entertainment is not enough. I wish it would be that simple. I understand you might be busy as well as we all are but there are some easy steps to follow if you decide to help. The most effortless one is to sign a petition. It depends where you are based but I am sure there are some associations working on it around you. If there is no big movement going on in the whole country you can always fight locally. Spread the information and get in touch with as many people as you can. Contact the authorities and tell them you are not happy to see animal abuse around your town. Let the circus know they are not welcome in your surroundings (nice and easy, no violence is approved by me :).

There are 12 countries in Europe which banned using wild animals completely. The rest of them have applied a few or no restrictions (you can find slightly different information online – some sources are talking about nationwide bans only, some of them includes countries with local restrictions which can be quite confusing).

The current situation in UK looks very promising. The government has pledged that the use of wild animals by travelling circuses will be banned from 2020. However there is still plenty of time till then and the activists keep fighting for earlier ban. More info via:

freefomforanimals.org.uk

peta.org

mnn.com

In the USA, the use of animals in entertainment has been restricted or banned in cities level across the United States, however a nationwide ban has not been introduce yet. It doesn’t mean much in my opinion. It is not a big deal to run the circus in a different town where this “giggle” is allowed. It is a good start though. Take a few minutes of your time, read some articles, watch few videos and think, pretty please.  Here are some basics links to follow:

stopcircussuffering.com

circusprotest.com

If you are still not convinced to be involved go ahead and have a look how the elephants are trained to do a trunkstand in the video above. There are many many many videos showing the common practice like this one. I am not a masochist thus I don’t want to search for them. I just hope you will agree that what is going on in the circus arena is not the kind of entertainment a civilized and intelligent man should be enjoying.

I wish we will see more bans in the future not only here in Europe but worldwide. I will be happy if you let me know any news you find out around your place, primarily the good ones.

Mia

 

 


 

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Making a calendar is always one big decision. It takes time, money, energy and you need to think in advance and decide if all your effort is worth it. There is always a chance people won’t appreciate it.  

As you might already know I create my own calendar every year since 2016. That means calendar 2018 is a third one in a row. Were the first two worth it? Yes.

I could have relaxed, used my experience and gone for another edition without any struggling.  That would of course be no fun so I decided to go for a bigger challenge. How about calendar with all the pictures taken by an analog camera. No photoshop, no postproduction, no chance to see how the pics look like during the shoot..Would it be worth it? No idea. Would  it be a big challenge? Yes. Would it be fun? Hell yeah.

I was lucky enough to have Canon AE-1 around together with my favourite photographer Jan Bily (@purejoylab). Every time we travelled together we took this old-fashioned equipment with us and played. The initial goal was to create 13 pictures, each one taken at different location.

 As I said, we knew this journey will be fun…that’s what I said to myself when we discovered that the goal is not going to happen. We found out (quite soon) not all the pictures can be developed successfully. Sometimes the film itself is damaged, sometimes it is myself who manages the damages, sometimes  the developing process can be the reason, … We couldn’t use one picture from some trips. I guess that’s the spirit of analog photography. That’s how I learned to appreciate it so much.

The saddest discovery came after we checked the photos from our trip to Tragoß, Austria. I guess the temperature -20C is not the best fella with film rolls. Even though we couldn’t use any photo for the calendar I believe this journey and the pictures deserve a separate article. Coming soon.

Anyway we successfully managed to gather pictures from 5 countries. Today I want to show you some photos we took during our trip to Nantes, France.  

Nantes is a picturesque city on the Loire River in western France. It was my very first time in this beautiful town. I didn’t have much time for usual pre-searching suitable locations so I was a bit worried where we are going to shoot. Turns out the old town itself is so nice that a simple walk around will do the trick. The only thing we had to consider was a timing as usual. The city is crowded during the day thus we spent all mornings wandering around and trying to catch the shot.

You can find three pictures  from this trip in the calendar. One as a cover, one on the back side and one inside. It was quite difficult to choose as I really like the pictures from ‘Galeries Lafayette’ where we took quite many of them. In the end I somehow managed to choose one but if I could I would have chosen at least two from the series. The picture I like the most though is the one with a castle behind (Château des ducs de Bretagne). It has the privilege to become a cover picture. It happened to be the most difficult moment to catch as the water fountains are of course main entertainment for children around. 

Well we were not complaining to wander around lovely Nantes a bit more while waiting : )

I’m happy to finally share some of the pictures we took. Some are well developed, some are not, some are just snapshots from our journey. All taken by analog camera, enjoy the spirit as much as I do.

 

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