Happy Fountains

Mission Possible

In Bern, Switzerland is one of the biggest and most important book stores in Switzerland: “Stauffacher”.

Just a few steps away from the “Happy Fountains”.
Since over 10 years I have been coming to that store looking at photo books.
I was new to photography when I discovered the fountains and that book store.
They are part of my journey, spending many hours at both places. In the book store I used to fantasize to have one day my book in that store as well. It was more like a day dream. I did not believe it would be possible.

But it is!

Now officially my new book “Happy Fountains” is in the book store “Stauffacher” ready to be taken home.

No matter how big your dream is. Don’t underestimate yourself!

Mission Possible.

BOOK RELEASE

When the photo was taken, a cold water blast from the fountains hit me from behind.

It became clear, that this was the moment of the official release of the book:

"Happy Fountains"

Now you can order it and it will be shipped anywhere in the world with free shipping.

Get yours here:

https://davidmihalka.com/en/book

Be & stay happy!

 

 

 

Photography is dangerous!

The exhibition of the „Happy Fountains” is over. At least this one. The next exhibition is on its way.

One month I have been there to all opening hours (except one day) in order to talk to the visitors.
The experience was priceless! Guests asked a lot of questions and I got the chance to talk about the stories behind the photos and about my life.
What fascinated me, that some photos made people remember special moments of their life. Everybody saw something different.

There was also a lot of laughter of joy from the visitors. One woman, after finishing looking at all the 71 photos, was so moved, that she had tears in her eyes.

Photography is dangerous. It changed my life, like nothing else. In a good way of course.
Photography can move the viewer. It can bring back memories and cause any kind of emotion.

At the exhibition there was a guest book, where people could write down their thoughts.
If you have a moment, you can discover what an effect photography can have on people.

Thank you for all who took the time to visit the exhibition and shared their personal thoughts, memories and emotions.
You enrich my life and give me energy to continue!

 

 

Today is a special day!

After many months, I finished my book "Happy Fountains".

It's already on the way to the printer. Writing a book is harder than I thought. And takes a lot of time! It took me around 6 months. But now it's done. Checked many times.
The final check is now with the printer.

Also, today:

Since I started to promote the "Happy Fountains", 3 years ago, I had a dream to be in one of the most popular newspapers of Switzerland: "20 Minuten". It has 3 million readers!

In all those years, I contacted the newspaper, many times. Nothing.
I even sent them printed photos with a hand written letter. Nothing.
I visited their office. Nothing.
Kept on writing and writing. Nothing.

I was sad, but I kept on trying.

And today after almost 3 years, they published my project "Happy Fountains"!
Thanks to the books I read and the movie I saw "The Founder", I know that most important ingredient in success is: persistence.
Those books and movie, gave me energy.
It took me some time..... but now when I try and fail, I don't feel bad anymore.
I just keep on trying, again and again. Until I get a positive outcome, like today.

Persist. Always persist. Never stop. Persist!

Published!

"Südkurier" a German newspaper, visited the exhibition of the "Happy Fountains" and wrote an article.

Thank you, Jürgen Scharf for your impressions.

 

 

Published!

A reporter from the German newspaper "Badische Zeitung" visited the exhibition of the "Happy Fountains" and wrote an article.

Thank you, Roswitha Frey for your beautiful words.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Published!

"Happy Fountains" in "Badische Zeitung", a newspaper in Germany.

The exhibition "Happy Fountains" is officially open!

Watch the video for a quick tour.

Interview „Happy Fountains“

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It’s more like a conversation than an interview.

The video is 20 minutes.
If you have the time and patience, it will put a smile on your face.

We talk about the big 10-year photo project, about happiness and how kids can inspire us.

Mariana, it’s great news that you fell in love with photography. It will benefit you and the people around you a lot. Keep on clicking!

The “Happy Fountains” are in Bern, Switzerland.

Exhibition

The next exhibition is soon!
 
In Bad Säckingen, Germany - close to the border of Switzerland.
 
By car:
 
30 minutes from Basel
45 minutes from Zurich
80 minutes from Bern
 
See you there!
 

Published!

The city of Bern is using the photos of the "Happy Fountains" in a post on Instagram.

Visit:
https://www.instagram.com/bern_stadt/

Special Exhibition

"Happy Fountains" at the "Werkschau Bern".
 
Every year the top 40 photographers of Switzerland are chosen for a special exhibition.
 
This year the "Happy Fountains" are part of it.

You can visit the exhibition in "Kornhausforum" - Bern, Switzerland.
From August 29 - September 1
 
More info:

https://werkschau-bern.ch/
 
See you there!
 

Published!

In "Bärn!"

 

EXHIBITION

Today I expressed very loudly my emotions when I got an email!

In Bern, Switzerland there is once a year a very important exhibition with the best photographers of Switzerland.
I recently applied to be one of them.
Today I got the confirmation!
My project “Happy Fountains” will be exhibited there this year.

Can’t wait to see the works of the other photographers there!

By the way, I got goose bumps reading that confirmation mail.

Wohoooooooooooooooooooooo

 

Details will follow soon!

 

SECRET INGREDIENT

You heard the phrase „If you work hard you can make your dreams come true.”
This not completely true. Working hard alone doesn’t do it.
Something important is missing!
 
PERSISTENCE
 
If you have a goal, you need: persistence.
If times are rough and you are not moving forward: persistence.
If there are negative people smiling at you: persistence.
If you start doubting yourself and your plans: persistence.
 
You have to persist, persist, persist, persist and be patient.
 
Hard work + persistence + patience = SUCCESS
 
I went through all those walls, mentioned before, but I persisted.
Also let’s not forget, that whatever you want in life, you can’t do it alone!
Thank you all who supported me. You know who you are. It’s our success!
 
The “Happy Fountains” are under construction from February 20 to April 3, covered with a huge tent with my pictures, which I took over 10 years of kids (and sometimes adults) playing at the fountains on the “Bundesplatz” in Bern, Switzerland.
The fountains will resume on April 4. Can’t wait to come back with my camera!
 
Thank you, Manuel & Papo, for taking pictures for me. Once I am back on your continent, we will celebrate!
 

Interview about the "Happy Fountains"

The "Happy Fountains" are at the "Bundesplatz" in Bern, Switzerland.

Audio: German
Subtitles: English

FALLING IN LOVE

Do you think you have control over falling in love?

I don’t know about you….. but I don’t have any control.

 

10 years ago, I was on a mission to discover Bern, Switzerland.

Getting known to the city and taking pictures.

 

The photo is one of the first photos of the “Happy Fountains”.

Back then I fell in love. No control.

 

It turned out to be a long relationship!

10 years, 170.000 photos, 250h observing and many hours editing.

 

That relationship gave me so much joy and excitement.

And even it has been 10 years now, it seems falling out of love seems impossible!

EXHIBITION "HAPPY FOUNTAINS"

In Aguascalientes, Mexico.

STEP

When you have plans, there are many obstacles which slow you down.

Sometimes you stand still or even the circumstances push you back.
BUT every step forward and closer to your goal feels great and gives energy to keep on fighting.
You can achieve anything what you want.
The secret is to believing in it and never even think about giving up.
Many people give up even close to their goal. NO!

Each step forward closer to your goal is a SUCCESS!

"Run when you can, walk if you have to, crawl if you must - just never give up."

DREAM OR REALITY?

DREAM OR REALITY?

Did you ever in your life ask yourself this question?
I did today!
In the morning I got many fantastic news about my project!
It will help my career!
WOW.
You know, when you plant seeds - you won't see plants right away.
You have to nurture them and be patient.

One day you will see the results of your work and patience.