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The fascinating salt mine of Wieliczka

In total there are 380 steps of a steep slope to enter the salt mines of Wieliczka, a town that is 14 kilometers from Krakow and that became over time an impressive tourist attraction. There are 2,300 rooms, 250 kilometers of galleries and 9 floors that make the incredible salt mine “Wieliczka” one of the biggest points of interest in Poland.

The salt-carved chapels, the sculptures, the underground saline lakes and the numerous vestiges of the exploitation of salt deposits make this mine a unique attraction in the world. Its existence goes back 700 years, when the miners carved chapels, statues, lamps, furniture, altars, among other details and decorations on the walls.

In addition to being included in Unesco‘s List of International Natural and Cultural Heritage since 1978, the Wieliczka salt mine continues to be one of the oldest companies in Europe, with an origin that dates back to the Middle Ages.

What makes the salt of Wieliczka unmatched are its dark gray and even black tones, which often puts travelers in doubt that they really are facing deposits of sodium chloride.

Why salt?

In ancient times it was considered a precious asset and was at the height of gold. In addition, the Wieliczka salt was very popular and appreciated everywhere, and over the centuries different personalities such as Copernicus, Chopin, and Mendeléyev toured its underground galleries.

With a tour that lasts almost two hours, visitors can find narrow passageways that lead to large rooms where you can see the daily work done by the miners as well as the treasures that hide these incredible salt mines. From busts to renowned personalities to replicas of chapels in the world.

Despite the fact that the salt mine is no longer exploited, many miners are still employed at the site, who are responsible for preserving the cultural and natural heritage that lies underground. They also preserve the mining traditions created over the centuries, such as carving and sculpting in salt. Every day, the miners write a new page for the history of Wieliczka.

It also has a coffee shop and a Wieliczka salt souvenir shop.

I need to visit it, have you been there? Let me know your experience…

Oh, I almost forget, this is their website

…and this one Breathtaking glaciers illuminated by drones at night


Breathtaking glaciers illuminated by drones at night

Photographer Reuben Wu fuses landscape photography with fine art sensibilities to capture earthly scenes using powerful LED lights on a drone. He selectively illuminated Pastoruri, one of the few glaciers left in the tropical parts of South America, and using the night to showcase the blue glacial ice surrounded by sinuous black rock, all against a backdrop of the clear night sky.

The pictures are part of the series called Lux Noctis, in which he has photographed other desolate landscapes in a similar way, although with completely different climate conditions. In earlier iterations of Lux Noctis, Wu trekked into the pitch-black desert at night to spotlight rock formations in the western part of the United States; he later extended the project by using light to “paint” over similar natural structures.

Pastoruri, one of the few glaciers in South America

Wu has titled his glacier project Terminus, and it marks one of his most ambitious (and demanding) endeavors yet. “At 17,000ft [5,250m], it was a physical challenge to reach the glaciers,” he explained, “compounded by the fact that I was shooting at night and under freezing conditions.” The extreme weather caused him to lose sensation in his fingers and reduced the battery life of his camera and drone.

Despite the frigid weather that Wu experienced, the Pastoruri glacier is in danger because it’s too warm. “This glacier is receding at a shocking rate due to climate change and as a result, there has been a huge drop in tourism and an impact on the local community,” he said. “With this series, I felt like this was an attempt to document an endangered landscape which may not exist in a decade.

As Wu began Terminus, he was unsure of how he would feel while photographing it; he felt conflicted. “I wanted to show evidence of its alarming retreat, yet I was drawn to the epic scale of the ice which remained”, he recalled. “In the end, I leaned towards the latter, but each photograph represents a bleak reality, a fading memory of what once stood.”

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You can also read: Anton Repponen recreates 11 icons of New York

Anton Repponen

Anton Repponen recreates 11 icons of New York

My first post will be dedicated to Anton Repponen, an interesting visual photographer who makes us understand how architecture has everything to do with context, either as a way to find harmony, or as a reaction against it. But what happens when you take the context of the image?

Anton Repponen, a photographer and designer with architectural experience, took 11 of the greatest architectural icons of New York city, from the Empire State Building to the New Whitney (Renzo Piano), in his “Misplaced” photo series, and moved them to deserts and jungles all over the world.

In the website of Misplaced Project you can read this: “Eleven New York City landmarks have been misplaced, their current location unknown. Photographs of unclear origin appear to show them scattered across the globe – on sand dunes, mud flats, “lunar” plains, and rocky beaches. Nobody knows exactly what happened or why. Did they act of their own volition? Was there foulplay involved? What does it all mean? Stories trickle in from the future, from architects, online reviewers, and the buildings themselves, but these only add to the confusion. Your curiosity and help is much appreciated”.

With buildings located in “wrong” conditions, viewers are challenged to evaluate the architecture from another point of view. In Anton Repponen look, each structure is as alive as we are, and its new location is a mystery with motives to discover. But, let´s see them one by one.

Structures “Misplaced”

1. Breuer Building:

Anton Repponen

2. Guggenheim Museum:

Anton Repponen

3. Headquarters of the United Nations:

Anton Repponen

4. IAC Building:

IAC Building

5. The New Museum:

The New Museum

6. Whitney Museum:

Whitney Museum

7. The Standard:

Anton Repponen

8. Metropolitan Opera:

Anton Repponen

9. 8 Spruce Street:

Anton Repponen

10. Cooper Union:

Anton Repponen

11. Chrysler Building:

Anton Repponen

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