Stories

Thank you, my love!

Today is a special day for me: International Day of Photography!

In a not so good time of my life, I got a little compact camera.
It was the best thing what happened to me. Incredible journey.

Thank you, for opening my eyes. I love you!

 

 

First official reaction to the book!

Helena bought the book in my online shop.
When she received the book, she wrote me a beautiful personal message and published a post on Facebook.
So much joy, heart and positivity!
Helena, thank you for your words. You are a fountain of joy!
May many others find joy through you!

Here the translation:

Yuhuuuuu! "Refreshment book" for the heart and soul arrived! I'm very curious. David Mihalka, did you hear my loud scream of joy, while unpacking?
Thank you for the wonderful surprise in the package. Amazing! It will be put on a special place.


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.

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!

 

 

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!
 

Memories

In more than 10 years of being in love with photography I have been taking at least 1 Million photos. At least! From all those photos I have around 5000 in my archive.

Never did I take pictures for memory.
But all of the photos let me remember those moments.

That picture you see I took in Santa Monica, California.
At that time I was studying acting.
I remember the moments before and after I took that picture, telling them to jump many times.
Once I got exactly that picture, I expressed loudly my joy.
But I don’t remember anything else what happened that day.

It’s like with many pictures!

If I don’t take new pictures, like in the recent time, I go through my archive to find something to post for my blog (and Facebook).

There is a lot of inspiration for articles and quotes.
This photo inspired me to write about memories.

"Who controls the past controls the future. Who controls the present controls the past."

Don‘t be a FOOL !

Just came home from my daily walk in the night.

Something happened.

In front of me was a young girl walking and dancing with headphones on.

As I passed her by she got scared and said: “YOU scared me!”

I just laughed! I was about to say “I’m sorry” – but I didn’t.

Just kept on laughing. It is not my fault that she got scared.

It is very dangerous walking around at night with headphones on.

Especially if you are a young and pretty girl.

Some asshole could come from behind and make her unconscious in less than 20 seconds.

Very easy, if you know how.

 

I hope she learned her lesson and won’t walk around with headphones at night anymore.

 

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!

Don’t be the painting - Be the painter!

…..those thoughts came into my mind while taking pictures of the lunar eclipse.
Meaning: Don’t wait until something happens - Make it happen!
Eclipse, it's exciting. What a feeling! So strange.
BUT
For pictures: boring.

The next day you see all over the internet a photo of a red moon.
They look all the same, mostly. So….. I made my own version of the eclipse.

I was so happy when that plane came into my frame.
Must have been an amazing view up there.

NEW DIRECTION

Today I signed up for the gym. Again.
Many years I have been “dreaming” to get a perfect body.
A few times, it seemed I am getting there.
But you know….. “only an exception, just one” or “tomorrow I will go”
Those exceptions turned into habits. The worst one is “tomorrow”. There is no f**king tomorrow!
Either you DREAM or you DO.

There are many reasons I want a perfect body.
Not only you look and feel better, but also you get healthier on the way to your goal.
But the best of all is:

To look in the mirror and say: I beat you David, I won!
The biggest battle in your life, is the one with yourself.

If you can win against yourself, you can achieve anything!

PERSISTENCE

What is the secret to success?
Talent, intelligence, hard work, luck and connections?

Those things are a great setup. A guaranty for success?
NO!
Something is missing. The most important:
PERSISTENCE!

Did you ever think that you could break a glass with a small dice?
Me neither.
I threw those dices many times in the glass.
After 20 times it broke.

I threw it few more times. More damage.

WOW!

Such small dices can break a glass!

How? With persistence.

You are that small dice.
And you can make the impossible, possible.

By being persistent.

Expired

What do you do when your milk is expired?
Throw it away?
NO WAY!

Who wants to come with me?

That’s what I thought when I went to take pictures of my boat.
Fantasizing about who would come with me on a trip.
AND then: After a few shots, I noticed: there is a passenger!
Wow! I positioned the boat at different places to get the best shot.
The passenger did not move. Probably the insect enjoyed the ride.
So, I left the boat there.

Bon Voyage my friend!

VIVA MEXICO

Cutting grass:

- Germany: tools, machines (small or big) & cleaning up the left overs
- Mexico: gasoline, fire - burn it!

That’s genius!

Less tools, less time & less work.

Work smart, not hard!

SPECIAL CONNECTION

The plan was to shoot photos outside at the laundry line.

Which I did.
When I came out there was a fly sitting on my laundry rope.
I took the opportunity. Many photos from different angles. A lot!
She did not fly away. She kept on looking at me.
Totally fascinating!
Who was more fascinated? Me? Or the fly seeing the giant with his black thing pointing at her?
Crazy! Never met a fly like that! Totally fearless. Or is she dead?
I turned the laundry rope. And she began walking! Like a hamster in a wheel!

Wow.

FIRST TIME

Today I took my morning cold shower, right before sunset. FIRST TIME.

I saw my bathroom in a "different light". FIRST TIME.
So excited, that I run to get my camera & took pictures without having clothes on. FIRST TIME.

BOOM, the dice show: ONE.

Rushing to the computer. What can I write to the photo?

If we leave our routine, we experience things for the FIRST TIME.
The feeling of experiencing something for the FIRST TIME is amazing!

Let's leave our routines and experience things for the FIRST TIME!

JOURNEY

Marcos is learning photography. Photography is a great tool to enhance your life!

We went for a walk with our cameras and I shared my thoughts with him.

A lot of information!

The most important is: to analyze the photos you like and understand why you like them.
Basically, it is learning and training to "be attentive".

Bon Voyage!

"The difference between something good and something great is attention to detail."

ONLY in MEXICO!

This is one of the reasons I love Mexico: it is full of surprises. So surreal!

On my daily late night walk, I went to get ice cream.
Eating my ice cream on the way back, I saw horses. HORSES!
In a residential area, without chains & without someone taking care of them.

Surreal. It felt like being in a dream.

Mexico, I love you!

THANK YOU

This photo is very symbolic for my journey as a photographer.

It is one of my favorites!
Those are my parents in the water.
Without them this photo would have never happenend.
Without them my story as a photographer would have never happened.
700 weeks ago my dad gave me a little compact camera to a very difficult episode of my life.

700 weeks of:

- seeing the beauty around me
- exploring new places
- being more curious about life
- seeing regular things with different eyes
- meeting wonderful people
- being in the moment
- becoming more attentive and appreciative of details
- training my imagination
- seeing people, situations, myself and my past with different eyes

The camera was and is a powerful tool in my life.

Thank you Dotore & Papo for your support and believing in me!

I wish I can give this gift to someone along my path. Who will it be?