Nozbe Mobile Photo Trip is the name given to a series of interesting meetings dedicated to mobile photography. Like a community, since 2015, the crew who launched the free program visits some cities and shoots photos with locals. The mission they have is clear: to promote mobile photography and new mobile photographers. This year we decided to partner with them to support their photo journey that we wish them to spread more and more! To announce this new partnership we met Beata, a member of the crew, who answered a few questions with unique enthusiasm. What comes out is the whole story of Mobile Photo Trip and their engaging photo journey.
Hi Beata, we are excited to partner with you for the photo meetings. For the people who read the blog can you tell us when Mobile Photo Trip started and how the team member met each other?
First Mobile Photo Trip took place on November 29th, last year, in Bytom, Poland. Most of us followed each other on Instagram before meeting in person, however some of our team members met the others only after the first trips began. At that time we didn’t know that we’re going to be working together on the next edition of Mobile Photo Trip, but when the first edition of Mobile Photo Trip was coming to its end, Damian (the team leader) started asking some of us if we wanted to help him organise the second one.
Wrocław, February 2016
What is the Nozbe Mobile Photo Trip mission?
Our mission is to promote both mobile photography and mobile photographers, but also to get to know the cities we visit and to see them through the eyes of our local guides, to meet other fellow mobile photographers and to strengthen the community.
So do you plan to expand your active to other countries and may be worldwide?
Of course. We have already started expanding our project to other countries, during the second edition we’ll be visiting Prague, the capital of Czech Republic. We want to engage mobile photographers from Czech Republic and then we’ll see how such international cooperation works.
Fantastic, what is the date of the next meeting and where?
How many meetings you will hold for the coming edition and where?
We’re going to have 10 meetings: Katowice in September, Warsaw, Kielce, Płock, Toruń, Białystok, Bydgoszcz, Cracow, Prague and Gdańsk. The photo meetings will run until June 2017.
Can you please tell us a bit about the meeting program?
We meet in a previously established place in the morning at 9 or 10 am. Usually info about time and place is always published on Facebook and our website, and then we walk with our guide through the city, visiting all the places that are interesting and worth seeing, we take pictures, talk, laugh, listen to the things our guide wants to tell us about the city. We usually have a 30 minute coffee break. After that our route starts again and we walk until dinner. Finally, we finish the meeting, unless it takes two days.
Wrocław Mobile Photo Trip on 27-28.02.2016
Picture shows the interior of The National Forum of Music, opened in September 2015. The National Forum of Music is an institution co-governed by the Minister of Culture and National Heritage in Poland, the Community of Wrocław and the Lower Silesian Province. It currently organizes the activities of 11 instrumental and vocal ensembles and coordinates 9 international festivals. The National Forum of Music is also one of the most important contributors to the programme of European Capital of Culture Wrocław 2016.
Wonderful, so during the trip you show tips about mobile photography or have you ever made training about mobile photography?
During the trips we usually concentrated on showing the participants the parts of the cities that our guides thought were most worth seeing. The people who were coming to the meetings talked and learnt from each other in various ways and that’s how the knowledge and useful tips about mobile photography were spread among the community. I hope that other things, like training, will develop during this edition.
Which cities have you been visiting so far?
Bytom, Radom, Lublin, Wrocław, Gliwice, Poznań, Szczecin, Łódź.
How many of you are working on this project? And how the idea started?
There are currently six of us working on this project. Damian Kostka (ig: @free3hands) is the founder of the project and the other members of the team are Anna Przybyła (ig: varsav.i.anna), Małgorzata Sklorz (ig: @shi_sha14), Marcin Rebejko (ig: @mrebejko), Tobiasz Melanowski (ig: @mr_tobiasz) and me (ig: @beatazych). Damian came up with the idea of Mobile Photo Trip last year, when he thought it would be great to meet fellow mobile photographers he knew from Instagram and get to know their cities. He thought it would be interesting to organise a series of trips for the people who would like to meet other igers and see the cities through the eyes of guides. It turned out to be a successful and maybe even a long-awaited idea in the community of Polish mobile photographers.
Poznań Mobile Photo Trip in 16.04.2016
The building is famously nicknamed The Round House (“Okrąglak” in Polish) due to its round shape. A symbol of modernism, designed by Marek Leyland, built between 1948 and 1954. The Round House amazes the visitors not only by its outer circular design but also by the two separate staircases winding up inside the building.
People who join the meetings are pro photographers or amateurs mainly? And what is their approach to mobile photography?
Mainly amateurs. For some it’s a hobby, for some it’s a passion. For everyone it’s a way of expressing their creativity, a way of looking at the world in a different, more attentive way. Some of them also profit from being mobile photographers.
Szczecin Mobile Photo Trip on 21-22.05.2016
The hall, winner of many architectural awards, was erected in 2014, in the place where the pre-war Konzerthaus used to be. The building contrasts with its surroundings due to the geometric, bright, glass exterior with the inside of the hall being simple yet breathtaking at the same time. The large hall allows the Philharmonic to work on new directions and expand their educational offer.
Finally, how do you image the future of your community?
We have many different ideas about the future of the project, some of them we have already implemented, for example going abroad or cooperation with international partners, and the rest will follow with the course of time. Working with you for this edition is a pleasure. I am grateful for the opportunity of teaming up with you. I cannot wait for the results of our cooperation, which – I am sure – will be amazing.