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Rafal Krol, Dublin, Ireland

I was born and grew up in Bielsko-Biala, Poland. In 2004 when Poland become a member of the European Union and the borders were open, I came to Ireland and have lived here since. I bought my first camera (small compact Pentax S30) to record my stay abroad. After the initial fascination of having a camera and taking photographs of everything everywhere, I began to focus on minimalistic black and white seascape and landscape photography for the past few years. Nature, the sea coast and the mountains always have been inspiring to me. These are places which I enjoy visiting most, where I can rest and restore my vital energy.

Most of mine photographs are black and white, I believe the lack of colour allows an observer to focus more on the frame and composition. I mostly use medium format cameras, Hasselblad and Holga.

International Photo Award (IPA) 2011
Architecture, Bridges Non-pro 1st Place
Architecture, Buildings Non-pro 3rd Place
6x Honorable Mention
IPA 2012 3x Honorable Mention
IPA 2013 Fine Art: Landscape Non-pro 3rd Place
2x Honorable Mention
IPA 2014 3x Honorable Mention
IPA 2015 4x Honorable Mention
PX3 International Photo Competition, Paris 2015
Fine Art, Landscape Non-pro, 3rd Place
Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin, Annual Art Exhibition 2014, 2018
Royal Ulster Academy, Belfast, 133rd Annual Art Exhibition, 2015
Photo Ireland Festival, The Library Project Gallery, Print Fair, Dublin 2016 - 2021