• Alina Cebula

Connecting to nature

My connection to the vast landscape and its elements is emotive. Beautiful light shining on harsh rugged mountain walls, warming up the deep blue shadows with hazy forest floor sifting through the morning fog; unveiling beautiful layers, and all of it topped off with a fresh coat of snow. This is something that quite literary takes my breath away. It’s overwhelming, inspiring and refreshing, but to really understand the aura of an environment I need to spend longer than one day observing it, to understand it better and create a relationship between myself and the nature. This way, I have bigger chances of evoking emotional response with the viewer. 

Tatra mountains are not very accessible, and most locations require a few hours of hiking. This means that my photography trips happen less often that I’d like. There is one solution to this problem – stay in the mountains.

I have planned out a 5-day expedition to the heart of Tatras National Park. I am staying at Morskie Oko shelter, and I will be hiking, observing and absorbing all that’s around me, and then, capturing that. 

Today was the first day of the expedition. Luckily, it snowed a few days ago and the mountains are now covered with a beautiful thin coat of fresh snow. It was cloudy most of the day, and as I was hiking up to the location, it was getting colder and colder. When I arrived at Morskie Oko, a tiny, shiny flakes of snow were very slowly drifting down, almost like sprinkles of glitter making the scenery very beautiful and magical. The clouds were flowing through the mountains then, eventually covered the entire ridge line. The evening was cold and blue, which perfectly framed the glowing warm mountain shelter I am staying in. 

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