Around Town

Over the last two months, my photos were displayed in Bratislava at the Central European House of Photography.  The exhibit was called Around Town and included some of my favorite pictures from Bratislava and other cities in Europe.  Last week the exhibit ended and the photos will decorate the bare walls of our new apartment in Budapest.

Below are some of the pictures from the exhibit.  I hope you enjoy them.  It was exciting to be able to participate in an exhibition in a city which has become a special part of my life.

Promotion Poster
Promotion Poster

Pat Callahan /USA/

AROUND TOWN

The collection of images Around town is the author’s debut exhibition. Street scenes and portraits of ‘’ordinary’’ people from European cities reflect an unordinary view by the photographer from Colorado in America.

Originally interested in landscape photography, Pat has recently started to shoot street scenes as he spends his days wandering the neighborhoods near his apartment. He captures moments, interpreting life around him. His main subjects are interesting people, which we all meet. Although each European town is different, on each of the pictures you can find a person that has something in common: people who live their ordinary everyday life. The author is not trying to find a special situation with his portraits, but an ordinary situation charged with some emotion. Wether it’s their look or the momentary smile of the person, through photography he can tell a real story by real people. He gets close to them, pulls them out from routine and raises it to the viewer.

Although the author of all the images exhibited does not have an art education, photography has been his passion for more than three decades. While raising three children, he had plenty of opportunity to learn photography while taking their pictures with a 35mm film camera.  In 2004 he purchased his first DSLR and has been shooting in the digital format ever since. In September of 2011 he moved to Bratislava with his wife, Julie, who is on an international assignment. Pat worked in America for several non-profit organizations, which had affected his empathy for the people and his perception of photography. Pat has had his pictures published in a local and a national magazine back in his hometown of Evergreen, Colorado.  His pictures have also been used for marketing purposes for various local and national US based non-profits.  In Slovakia, Pat has had pictures published in the Hudobný život magazine, and he volunteers for the Albrecht Foundation as a photographer.

Pat Callahan /USA/

CEZ MESTO

Séria fotografií Cez mesto je autorovou debutovou výstavou. Pouličné scény a portréty ,,obyčajných’’ ľudí z európskach miest odrzkadlujú neobyčajný pohľad fotografa z amerického Koloráda.

Pat sa vo svojej tvorbe primárne zameriava na fotografiu krajiny, no v poslednom čase nachádza inšpiráciu v uliciach európskych miest a trávi svoje dni potulkami v blízkosti jeho domu. Zachytáva okamihy, ktorými tlmočí život okolo neho. Jeho hlavným objektom sú cudzí ľudia, ktorých stretávame na uliciach aj my všetci. Hoci každé európske mesto je iné, na všetkých fotografiách možno nájsť ľudí, ktorí majú niečo spoločné. Ľudí, ktorí prežívajú svoj všedný každodenný život. Autor nehľadá podivné situácie portrétovaných, ale obyčajné situácie nabité určitou emóciou. Či už je to pohľad alebo letmý úsmev človeka, prostredníctvom fotografie dokáže vyrozprávať skutočný príbeh skutočných ľudí. Dostáva sa k nim blízko, vytrháva ich z rutiny a predostruje ju divákovi.

Hoci autor fotografií nemá umelecké vzdelanie, fotografia je jeho vášňou už tri desaťročia. Počas výchovy troch detí mal veľmi veľa príležitostí naučiť sa remelsu fotografie keď začal fotiť na 35 mm film. V roku 2004 si kúpil svoj prvý digitálny fotoaparát a odtvedy sa venuje už iba digitálnej fotografii. V septembri 2011 sa presťahoval do Bratislavy s manželkou Julie, ktorá tu dostala medzinárodné pracovné poverenie. Pat pôsobil v Amerike v niekoľkých neziskových organizácií, čo ovplyvnilo jeho empatiu k ľuďom a  ich vnímanie pomocou fotografie. Pat publikoval v lokálnych a národných časopisoch v jeho rodnom meste Evergreen. Jeho fotografie boli tiež použité na propagačné účely pre rôzne americké neziskové organizácie. Na Slovensku publikoval v časopise Hudobný život a spolupracoval s Nadáciu Albrecht ako dobrovoľník.

 Around Town

 

Paris France, Street Photography
Wait for Me
Paris, France May 2012
 Mother Hen    Bratislava, Slovakia January 2013

Mother Hen
Bratislava, Slovakia January 2013
Bearded Slovak
Bratislava, Slovakia January 2013
Pétanque Playground
Paris, France December 2012
Looking Within  Bratislava,  Slovakia July 2012
Looking Within
Bratislava, Slovakia July 2012
Sharing   Bratislava, Slovakia July 2012
Sharing
Bratislava, Slovakia July 2012
Pondering in an Irish Pub  Timoleague, Ireland May 2009
Pondering in an Irish Pub      Timoleague, Ireland May 2007
Paris Jazz   Paris,France October 2007
Paris Jazz
Paris, France October 2007
Municipal Leaf Collector
Municipal Leaf Collector
Bratislava, Slovakia November 2012
Feeding The Birds   Murano, Italy April 2012
Feeding The Birds
Murano, Italy April 2012
All Souls Day Bratislava, Slovakia 2012
All Souls Day
Bratislava, Slovakia 2012
Ladies at the Beer Garden   Salzburg, Austria July 2012
Ladies at the Beer Garden
Salzburg, Austria July 2012
Birds of a Feather
Copenhagen, Denmark January 2013
Window Shoppers
Venice, Italy April 2012
Two Friends Watching
Bratislava, Slovakia March 2012
Earning a Living
Esztergom, Hungary April 2012

Link to promotion in the Slovak Art Magazine:http://www.sam-magazine.sk/en/pozvanka-na-vystavy-v-sedf/

6 thoughts on “Around Town

  1. Pat, love the Black and White. You have captured the part of you that is so European..Great pictures…

  2. WOW !!! PC I am sooooo impressed !! Your photographs really touch my heart . Thanks for sharing 🙂 You really have seen the world.

  3. Enjoyed seeing more of your street-scene photos. It particularly like the B&W ones — striking!

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