I went to Vienna, Austria this past April. It is a city on fire with innovation while still honouring and preserving its history with pride. Creativity is bursting forth in so many disciplines – from its chefs, musicians, architects, visual artists, writers, designers and fashionistas.
A cobblestone street in Vienna's old city. ©Julia Pelish Photography
The old and new aesthetic co-exit harmoniously. The city is lovely to walk through, the museums were amazing and the art collections breathtaking. Price wise too, especially for what it offers, Vienna is such a reasonable European travel destination.
Creativity seems to swirl in Vienna’s air. It was the home of famed painter Gustav Klimt (The Kiss) and his influence and work can be seen throughout Vienna. The entire city is gearing up to embark on a yearlong celebration to honor his 150th birthday. So if you are a Klimt fan this would be an ideal year to visit.
While there, we were privileged to have had an opportunity to interview Dr. Weidinger, a Curator at the Belvedere Palace Museum which owns the world’s largest collection of Klimt artwork. He described to us the significance behind Klimt’s most famous piece, “The Kiss” and what it represented to the artist as well. That article in now online in the Toronto Star Travel Section. It is written by Adrian Brijbassi with photos and a video provided by me. If you want some Vienna travel tips, check out this article too.
Vienna is filled with beautiful architecture. ©Julia Pelish Photography
Vienna inspired me and I decided to rework some of my images to reflect how I felt. I often envision or wish a location or a portrait to become more than a document. Digital tools free photographers to take more chances. It is enticing to explore different ways of seeing, remembering and presenting what had originally started out as a standard photograph. I love both the literal and the interpretive and find myself drawn by both approaches.
Btw, my creative images are for sale in different sizes and mediums. If you are interested in anything you see, please send me an email and I will be happy to get back to you.