I saw this young couple in a side-street of the Old town of Krakķw. Maybe the heat (at least 30° C) had become too much for them, maybe they were tired from looking for a hostel with vacancies, or maybe they were (like me) overwhelmed by the impact of mass tourism on the World heritage classified Old town.
I apologize to all Poles who may feel personally insulted when I confess that I didn't much enjoy the Old town of Krakķw. It's the main tourist attraction in Poland, but for me the crowds that had taken over every street and every square were just too much. Michael (mjw364) in a note recently referred to cities like Barcelona, Prague and Venice as "theme parks" where normal lives had become impossible. My impression of Krakķw's old town was that nothing seemed genuine, and I just couldn't appreciate the undeniable beauty of some churches and other buildings.
The rest of Krakķw, on the other hand, was very nice and I enjoyed my 4-5 days in the city, as long as I avoided the Old town.
I will post two pictures showing glimpses of life among the tourists in the Old town as workshops.
Here is a larger version of the main upload.
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Sergiom (77359) 2014-07-06 7:55
Je crois qu'il y a un peu de fatigue dans l'air. Peut-ętre aussi un petit peu d'inquiétude concernant l'endroit oų ils vont coucher. Une belle incursion dans l'intimité de ce jeune couple.
Didi (60588) 2014-07-06 7:55
Interesting scene but with a sad ambiance with the losted couple
Good frame quality of the scene
tyro (24362) 2014-07-06 7:58
I can fully understand your sentiments about overcrowded places, particularly when the overcrowding prevents your appreciation of a place. In fact, I often find when trying to see or appreciate some place or event, crowds of people push in front of me, apparently to get a better view, and then don't actually look at the spectacle but busy themselves texting on their mobile 'phones or gossiping with each other. Perhaps there's just too many people in the World.
This poor young couple look totally exhausted, probably from hours of walking the busy streets of Krakow and possibly also with the uncertainty of where they are going to be able to lay their heads later in the day. You have captured not only them but their exhaustion perfectly in this excellent shot which is technically perfect and well composed.
I love your two workshop pictures too - that big fat fellow with his bright red chest and belly must surely be British and a perfect candidate for skin cancer - and the ladies in your other picture look like just the type I mentioned above.
emka (95203) 2014-07-06 8:22
Hi Gert, I AM sorry that you didn't like Old Town in Krakow, I like it very much. But I can understand you as I also if possible try to avoid overcrowded places. And staying at home in summer and travelling early spring or autumn is a solution. Quite often I have a place for myself. Or going early in the morning, or in lunch time is not bad.
It is such a lovely, heart warming shot. Poor young people, they look really tired and maybe uncertain what to do. But at least they are together. Who hugs or comfort me or you when we travel alone?
They do not look like Polish, I would say they are rather Ukrainians.
Well seen and superbly presented.
Warm regrads MAlgo
wolf38 (31296) 2014-07-06 9:31
Hello Gert. What an emotional and intimate photo. The two young people look very serious - maybe they have a problem.
Well observed and presented. Good narrative text.
With all the great pictures for the internet I'm interested if you still do paper pictures for the photo album.
Best rgds, Wolfgang.
photographer_sg (4414) 2014-07-06 9:51
The couple locked in an embrace make a perfect picture of love and tenderness. The tall, bare wall as the background greatly enhances the mood of this photograph. A composition of great emotional appeal and thanks for sharing it.
have a great new week ahead.
pajaran (59513) 2014-07-06 10:09
Interesantan tekst o starom gradu i trenutku ...
Lep trenutak ...
Dobar trenutak snimka i kontrast, lepo pokazan zaljubljeni par u zagrljaju.
Dobar rad sa lepim fotografijama u radionici.
Prijatno vece i lepa noc, sve najbolje.
An interesting article on the old town and the moment ...
Beautiful moment ...
Good time recording and contrast nicely demonstrated in the arms of a loving couple.
Good work with the beautiful photographs in the workshop.
Have a nice evening and night, all the best.
abmdsudi (53047) 2014-07-06 10:47
Lovely street shot with the figs off centre seem to add the interest attracting the eye to roam to it since nothing else in the background to distract and I really like the simplicity of this. Wrapped up in their own little world secured in a passionate embrace! this charming and romantic young couple were totally oblivious to all around them. Spot on spontaneous shot and frankly I prefer this than seeing the sun tanning steamy pot belly!! Enjoying reading your notes. Great capture, Congrats
carlo62 (46443) 2014-07-06 10:47
una scena molto intima e ben presentata, i loro volti ci trasferiscono stanchezza e amarezza, forse un poco di disperazione, ma i giovani fanno presto a dimenticare e recuperare.
kasianowak (8743) 2014-07-06 10:50
Hi again Gert
Masterpiece of street photography this! There is an interesting situation and a story to tell. I also like the amount of negative space above the couple's heads which makes for a pleasing minimalist image
As for the Old Town - yes, it's a shame it's so touristy these days. Best enjoyed early in the morning on a November day...
Fis2 (96043) 2014-07-06 11:32
Excellent shot from street!
I like POV and composition.
Greetings from Poland!
ourania (44318) 2014-07-06 11:36
I understand your disappointment at seeing the Old Town of Krakow so full of tourists. Remembering your photographs in various significant, picturesque settings around the world, I'm sure you had other plans (and took a little revenge through the workshop pictures:) I like very much how you combined your note with this scene, it's lovely to see the boy and the girl sharing this feeling (and I hope it didn't last long). It's great that we can see both their expressions. With the large, empty and impersonal space you left in the rest of the frame, you created an effective metaphor for the way they feel in a challenging situation away from home. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a great evening,
imageme (1790) 2014-07-06 12:09
Hi Gert, It is very understanding that you would avoid to visit the Old Town of Krakow because overcrowded with tourists and I can understand all the ancient and historical architectures are there and one cannot resist to visit the Old Town for at least once while in the country....what a dilemma situation. You read their minds through and their expressions tell it all. They had found a quiet corner to rest for themselves. Thank for sharing
Silvio1953 (140815) 2014-07-06 13:13
Ciao Gert, nice scene with lovely couple of lovers, wonderful colors, excellent clarity and splendid light, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio
mesutilgim (94536) 2014-07-06 14:17
Hello dear Gert,
Nice capture which reminds me to the earlier years of our wedding some 45 years ago, where my poor wife had to suffer !
Good idea to leave such a great place of the yellow Wall as background.
TFS and best regards
Periko (4930) 2014-07-06 16:03
Interesting framing with much empty space above the couple. This is not a romantic but a dramatic scene. They seem to be so tired, but they are young and strong and are living their adventure.
PiotrF (16854) 2014-07-06 16:26
Interesting daily life scenery from Krakow, great shot from street. Really brilliant observation.
Very good work.
SnapRJW (31629) 2014-07-06 23:58
Hello Gert - An interesting note on the merits of Krakow and the young couple you use to accompany your observations seem to want a bit of space too. I am not a great one for cities and find crowds of people annoying but as the world gets smaller and people seek out beauty and history I think the 'theme park' look and feel will escalate.
A beautifully observed and poignant image. I like the reality you show here and find the locked embrace of the couple interestingly juxtaposed by the padlock on the grill.
Nicou (140040) 2014-07-07 0:40
la jeune fille ā l'air triste quelle vue et scčne de ces amoureux avec leurs bagages et ce mur jaune pâle superbe compo.
Bravo et amitié
saxo042 (37794) 2014-07-07 3:35
En enkel och fridfull bild, uppenbarligen långt från turistträngseln. En väl komponerad bild med vilsamma färger. Extrabilderna är också intressant. Jag förmodar f.ö. att man kan ligga till New Orleans till listan över "theme parks".
CLODO (33996) 2014-07-07 5:28
A good note underlining the young couple situation, they feel exhausted, and let their big rucksacks on the pavement.
I fully agree with the "themes parks", so an advice: don't go there during the peak season! I didn't have this feeling 13 years ago at the end of August!
eldancer1 (36343) 2014-07-07 7:03
I totally agree with the title and I've seen a lot of tourist in Las Vegas that will agree with you also. But nice capture of this tender moment with good details. Well done, tfs.
marabu61 (10775) 2014-07-07 11:50
Oh my, the weariness of the young travelers is so well caught here. It is a picture with lots of charm that could tell many different stories. Are the two just tired from there travels or is it the reconciliation after an argument or ....
I love the minimalistic approach with the huge empty space that puts the tired couple well to center stage. Great composition indeed.
have a great week
macjake (67038) 2014-07-07 12:00
really enjoy these conversation piece photos.
its more about the note than the scene itself, but obviously the photo shows the emotion.
I felt the same way about Venice. Don't get me wrong, I enjoyed it, but it certainly had a different feel than many other Italian cities. I felt as if I were in Disneyland - and it was even more expensive than Disneyland, which is hard to accomplish!
the look on the face of the girl is priceless.
i feel their pain, as i often walk around with a large bag on my shoulders including my camera gear.
As for Krakow, I enjoyed it. If you felt Krakow was crowded, don't go to Venice lol
great post, great conversation piece
Tigerlily (3379) 2014-07-07 12:42
A very well observed image.. and wonderfully taken. I perhaps would pass by without noticing that's a photo there.. what I like the photo most is that you captured their emotion excellently. The space of on the top, added on more isolation for them, as you imagined..."Maybe...". The more I see your photos, the more I see your journalist's fine observation. Hat off to you!:-D
fabbs99 (17133) 2014-07-07 12:54
Nice image of a couple locked in an embrace.Love is all we need no matter whether we are young or old.You caught them unaware and took the image of a very private moment without probably taking their permission.Very well shot and presented.TFS.
nikkitta (17066) 2014-07-07 13:12
Quite agree with you concerning main tourist places, my own theory is that main world attraction are few , Tour Eiffel, Coliseum, Times Square and old city centers but tourists are growing fast with the add of people from Japan, China and Arabian countries, so if possible avoid moving from May to September
To me the well composed scene show only a romantic moment in a very well composed capture
Well done, regards
Funny the pink man at the WS,similar at one I saw at Montmartre, in Paris during July
jcpix (13914) 2014-07-07 14:05
Straight away, your title literally made me laugh out loud...I didn't think I'd ever see anyone else use the word 'sucks.' :) There appears to be many different interpretations of this image, but whatever the actual reason, it's an endearing moment you've captured...and the best thing about it, is that it comes off as completely natural and unscripted.
And to play right along with the human interaction is the uncomplicated surroundings, which allows us to focus on the couple at hand. I wouldn't have figured this much negative space would work, but it sure does here...the abudant wall is a fine compliment to the scene. Smart observation and careful regard to not become part of the moment. Enjoy the new day. all the best.
Great WS pictures too, the "skin jerky" with his shirt wide open could easily be the poster child for melanoma!?
rychem (34567) 2014-07-07 21:28
You have a good eye for such emotional scenens, very well captured
Royaldevon (37927) 2014-07-08 1:51
As a piece of social photography it is eye-grabbing because of all the emotions it stirs and the possible storyline.
On an artistic level, it is beautifully composed, the subject being a contained in a small area of the frame and, for that reason, seeming all the more powerful.
Have a lovely day,
jhm (151446) 2014-07-08 3:25
Close to each other gives quiet and a warm feeling.
This young couple is very depth in the future at think.
Excellent composition and nice presentation too.
Very well done, TFS.
serp2000 (43800) 2014-07-08 5:28
Amazing title! But I also like this creative and original composition. This is typical magazine page format. And this lemon wall could be use for an article about young Polish generation. ;)
Well, I am going to WS to see the second photo.
danos (96760) 2014-07-08 8:31
a good reportage shot from the town with the young couple to looks so exhausted as leaned on the wall trying to relax closing their eyes.
I like the excellent light and colour management as the perfect timing of the shot.
Glint (6171) 2014-07-09 2:27
you have provided an interesting note to a well observed scene. I like the composition with so much blank canvas at the top. I can sympathise with this couple as I recently spent time in the Lake District tourist honeypot town of Ambleside and village of Hawkshead (famous for its association with the children's author and Illustrator Beatrice Potter). I think the Japanese must have a particular fascination for her as they represented many of the tourists there. Tourist kept piling out of the coaches and filling the tea rooms (of which there were many).It was difficult to get a feel for the Hawkshead of old.
COSTANTINO (64198) 2014-07-09 8:07
Hello my dear friend
excellent photo the right timing
natural photo perfectly executed
showing this couple may be they
were tired as you write from
looking for a hostel
nice photo the right timing
an emotinal and intimated photo
welldone and wellseen
have a nice time
Waylim (25502) 2014-07-11 10:46
I love it, it goes in my favorit. We all been there, the travelling can take alot out of you sometimes. In this case they have each other to lean on. I love the body language, the facial expression. The extra space on the top make them feel just a little smaller and vulnerable...Good moment and a feeling we can all related to at times.
ebingul (1984) 2014-07-11 12:11
Great capture of this young couple.What is going through in their minds,possibly is that if only they had enough money to stay in a decent hotel take a shower and relax..
You caught the desperation,fatigue,sadness on their faces as well as love between them very well.
TFS and best regards.
ktanska (27328) 2014-07-11 12:37
Backpacking is a tough job on a hot summer day. This is certainly a decisive moment shot. And the big size using plenty of yellow empty space shows it well.
Interesting question of mass tourism. In my opinion Barcelona is so big that it couldn't be reduced to a 'theme park'. Venice has been such for decades. Can't say about Prague, it's so long since my visit there.
aliabazari (16154) 2014-07-11 23:53
Well documented and tired of this young couple in embrace. Is doing well.
Noel_Byrne (30487) 2014-07-12 8:06
An interesting and emotional scene, the young couple seem to have a terrible sadness hanging over them, we it for the backpacks, I would think this was taken at a very sad event such as a funeral. Perhaps bad news has followed them on their journey. The way you have composed the scene is very interesting, they are perfectly on thirds which is cool, but the large expanse of empty wall makes the people seem very small, almost insignificant. How've, the strong emotions on their faces counter acts this and makes them seem even bigger than they are. Fascinating way to portray the scene, thank you kindly for a great photography lesson with this.
Best wishes from Ireland.
annjackman (21813) 2014-07-13 8:33
Well done for catching the emotion in the faces of these two. I like the framing of this picture with plenty of space provide by the plain yellow wall. Your note perfectly sums up popular tourist places.
A great piece of street photography.
Kind Regards, Ann
PaulVDV (28237) 2014-07-14 13:22
I understand your point of view ... but my interest to visit certain places isn't decreased by it. In places with many tourists there usually is something to see.
The number of visitors irritates me less than the behavior of some of them. I refer hereby to what Tyro wrote.
And believe me, it gets worse. I experienced this on my trip to Japan. Where previously westerners constituted the majority of international visitors. In Japan they were only a minority. Not because westerners travel now less than before but the countries with rapidly growing economies in Asia provide a ever larger share of the number of international travelers. I had expected to meet a lot of Japanese visitors but for me it was a new situation that so many tourists were Asian but not Japanese. I think that also in Europe in the future we may expect a lot of visitors from China, India and other Asian countries.
Of course these visitors are welcome. But everywhere it will be a bit busier.
Best regards, Paul
fritzi007 (10411) 2014-07-14 14:09
das Leben ist eine Reise, auch ich war mit so viel Reisegepäck in fremden Ländern und Freundin unterwegs, oft suchend nach Quatier und Sehenswertes, sehr gute Darstellung, gratuliere dir!(Der Massentourismus ist nicht mehr aufzuhalten)
rigoletto (34279) 2014-07-20 4:30
"tired of looking for a hostel with vacancies or overwhelmed by the impact of mass tourism??" gert, you are funny! i hadn't had such a laugh looking at photos on TE for a veery very long time :))
wonderfully captured moment of "moved youth". the blank wall in behind is a crushingly strong backdrop and the double backpacks are good companies for them. i hope they found a room asap and continued to enjoy this sensitive moment without the reach of photographers...
willperrett (10369) 2014-07-23 15:02
Actually I only partly agree with you. I've been to Barcelona, Venice and Prague (not Krakow), and they can certainly become unbearably crowded. But I usually find if I just get a block or two away from the main thoroughfares, it's often quite peaceful. Tourists are like sheep: they follow the crowds. And of course it helps to visit out of season. But Venice during Carnevale, though busy certainly still had plenty of "undiscovered" side streets.
Your photograph is an excellent piece of street observation: I like it a lot.
adores (45029) 2014-07-25 11:48
How I understand you! I also do my best to avoid touristic places and crowds during my holidays. This is a very good and original shot from Krakow. The WS are really funny and they show reality very well, I guess the man on the WS has spent at least one or two days without sleeping - he's completely burnt:)!
Here, you captured a great scene, I like it a lot!
papera (14186) 2014-08-02 12:02
yes it does - especially in places where, as you say, the tourists take over and locals have no right to enjoy their city anymore. I was born in Rome and live in Amsterdam, so I know exactly how that feels ;)
I am glad we can finally upload bigger pictures, somehow some images (like this one) need to be seen in a bigger format in order to convey the right feeling of the space they were taken in.
Have a nice weekend!
Cricri (117853) 2014-08-12 6:18
Trčs jolie scčne , tendresse des amoureux, la fatigue en plus , mais une image touchante, plein d'amour, trčs jolie
Matyas (0) 2015-04-17 2:44
Hello Gert! Rome and Julia from Poland. Fantastic pair. Amaizng scene. Superb scenery, background. Good work. Sophisticated effect. Well done!
unclehotshot (3999) 2015-07-20 13:50
I had plans of going to Krakow. Poland is one of the few countries I did not yet see hrere in Europe. Your notevhas made an imperssion on me. I can on the other hand appreciate the fine senititve portrait of the young couple in a slight crisis over who-knows -what. Could have been me + a sweetheart 30 years ago. Keen eye, Gert!