All posts filed under: My Love Story

How Is Star Wars Inspiring Little M.?

I was planning to write about how Star Wars films have been inspiring a new generation of filmmakers to tell visual stories. However, I must honestly admit I’ve never been a massive fan of the franchise, so I know very little about all that inspiration filmmakers feel while watching or analysing it. I felt that writing about that would be somehow dishonest. However, what I do know for certain is that Little M. has been hugely inspired and influenced by the Star Wars. Before we started home-schooling Little M. attended a Steiner School, and Steiner education is in strong opposition to a modern day entertainment. Of course, he watched films, videos, and TV shows, we weren’t Amish, but for a very long time, I thought that Star Wars was too violent for his developing sensitivity. However, when he started coding and animation classes as part of his home-schooling education, I didn’t want him to feel left out since all his new classmates knew the films well. So finally I allowed him to be introduced to …

Gavin and The Story Behind Coolwich

I e-met Gavin on tweeter over the summer. I wrote a blog about Woolwich and Gavin decided to reach out to me. We had coffee, talked about life, art and South East London. Since we met over the summer we collaborated on this short video: and Gavin also agreed to talk to me about his work, his creativity and what is the real story behind Coolwich.  To reach out to Gavin try: Twitter Instagram Coolwich Website

Christopher Robin and Winnie the Pooh

Recently I went to the cinema to watch “Christopher Robin”. I know the film is not making as much money as expected; the current box office as of this writing stands “only” at $164,877,180. I know that for any reasonable person and any other industry that would be heaps of money but within the movie business this film is underperforming. Don’t even get me started on the stupidity of the current box office expectations and I won’t venture into that now. Anyway, as a person in her 30’s (yes still in my 30’s) I was brought up on Winnie the Pooh. I loved the stories, and when the Polish State Communist TV finally started airing The New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, I couldn’t wait for the Sunday evening to come fast enough. The New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, as well as the old Hollywood classics from the 30’s and 40’s, were my only window to the other side of the world I was so longing to be part of. To me, Pooh and …

London Used To Be the Best City in the World.

When I came to London 20 years ago, the city was breathtaking and very hard, if not impossible, to leave behind; not only for me but for many other people I came across. London was inclusive, diverse and somehow was able to seduce us all into thinking that life outside of this magnificent wasn’t worth living. Within that 20 years, London has changed so much that I don’t even know where to begin. Every time I look at the city from the top of the Royal Observatory hill in Greenwich I feel consuming sadness. The new and flashy buildings are slowly making the inner London disappear. What I see is just ugly skyscrapers, which to me look more or less the same. They differ slightly in shape or name but looking across the river I cannot see the beauty I used to be able to see. The urban changes are just the top of the iceberg, though. The high streets around the city all look alike with the same coffee shops, restaurants and shops. The …

The Advice I Would Give to My Younger Self

Recently, I met a young photographer who asked me what advice I would give her now that could help her career. So I have decided to tell her, very honestly, what I would have done differently about my career knowing what I know now: 1. You don’t need to know everything; nobody does. Not knowing answers to all questions is ok. You will learn, keep on learning about yourself and your job for years to come and no one expects you to know everything. It is impossible. 2. Remember that everyone’s path is different so don’t compare too much yourself to others. 3. Don’t waste years trying to please other people, especially those you think you are competing with. 4. Don’t feel ashamed of your work. Take pride in your work and projects you managed to complete. Remember that most people don’t even begin any projects, not to mention finishing them. 5. Don’t the ashamed of doing something else than working in your chosen profession for a while. If others make you feel guilty about …