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Blast from the past …!!!

I don’t have to explain WHO that fellow is to my Polish compatriots…
(Even the kids in the kindergarten know this figure !)

But, for the rest of you, folks…
It’s a legend… It’s an Icon, it’s a symbol of everything that Polish, from Poland, about Poland, with Poland, by Poland…

He's a Krakowiak !!!
(A man from Cracow' region)

The most beloved, adored, commemorated of all of the symbols of nationalism…
In music, poetry, wars, songs, paintings, literature…

Krakowiak

Proud, brave, iconic, skilled, artistically inclined…
A Polish version of a superman…
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And when I saw this guy , some 30 years (!!!) ago, sitting down there, in Cracow’ Rynek ( market) - I couldn’t restrained myself…

Who would …?

Oh, mighty God… (:-))))))))
Who ? –( I've asked myself…) Who would pay this 80 years old (?) man, dressed him up in the authentic, folklore dress (sukmana), and let him sit down there, among the crowd of tourists to symbolize the Polish heritage ?

LOL LOL LOL

He was observing me, when I was clowning foolishly around with my Practica - smiling gently all of the time, and I ( finally) run to him and gave him a strong hug… And then – another one …

A little bit of tear in the corner of my eye...

No national symbol (ever) gave me so much feelings…
Not even the holy paintings, not the monumental sculptures, not the patriotic hymns and poems, and prayers and all that crap we all know since our birth…

That little, shrunk with age fella down there, with the face of that late Stan Laurel (:-)))))...

Oh, brother – where art thou now ?

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Nowadays, the city of Krakow is flooded by tourists…
And, if HE is still around (He must be !!! He was only eighty back then !!!) – please, give him a hug …
Say few words, shake his hand… Snap a picture of him..

I did !!!

In 1978 !!!


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ORWO colors…
Film grain…
Lack of geometry (?)...
Dirt and scratches…
Out of focus...
Poor bokeh... (:-))))
The silliness of this shot...

What can I say…???
Enough reasons for this post to be ignored by the true photography experts on the site... And, there are thousands of them on TE...

Aren't we lucky enough, guys ? (:-)))

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Another symbol from the times when photography wasn't invented - yet...

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Hej Krakowiaczek ci ja !



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