From the Publisher
The title of one German book on photography is “Belichtung ist Alles” — lighting is everything. But if I were looking for a lofty title it might be “Story is (Almost) Everything.” In literary story the imaginative metaphors, the beautiful language, the witty observations and character development are considered important attributes of quality of creative writing, but it is solely the narrative of the story which is remembered, which enriches our world of imagination. A few years ago a Pulitzer Prize was awarded for a photograph of a starved, skeletal African child crouching on a parched ground while being watched by a large vulture, just few paces away. You will not find such a unforgettable tale in this amateur photographer’s collection, but I hope a few of the shots in following pages might amuse, and in others one might sense a fable. So, you could peek over the shoulder of author’s past, into the past where he is at home.
I would like to thank Tree, my daughter, for finding the time to edit this text with her usual care. Gratitude goes to my schoolmate Mirek Veska, who taught me to print black and white half a century ago and thus initiated me to the way of recording what interested me onto a strip of celluloid and then on paper with silver emulsion. Only now I realize how it would have been unreliable to record the world only into the vanishing neurons of my hippocampus.
You may enter, to plunge into the pictures, without worrying — it is only the(white and)black magic.