Bartosz Kolonko Photography: Blog en-us (C) Bartosz Kolonko (Bartosz Kolonko Photography) Mon, 16 Mar 2020 07:05:00 GMT Mon, 16 Mar 2020 07:05:00 GMT Bartosz Kolonko Photography: Blog 88 120 Manifesta 11. Pavillon of Reflections pavillon of reflections, zurichpavillon of reflections, zurichPavillon of Reflections, Zurich, 2016

A team of thirty architecture students at ETH Zurich under the guidance of Tom Emerson Studio have designed and built a pavilion for Manifesta 11, the nomadic, European biennial of contemporary art.


"Floating in the lake against the backdrop of the city centre, the Pavillon of Reflections serves as the biennial’s public forum: as a meeting point, as a cinema for screening films produced as part of the biennial, reflected in the public swimming bath, open to the public during the day.

A timber island, arrange like a fragment of intimate urban space enclosed by five buildings: a tower, a tribune, a bar, a sun deck with changing cubicles below, a central pool with cinema screen above, and three generous sets of steps that lead into the lake. Together with the tower, the volumetric roofs over the bar are built up from a distinct profile of timber lattice roofs."



(Bartosz Kolonko Photography) architecture architektur eth eth zurich kunst manifesta pavillon of reflections schweiz studio tom emerson switzerland zurich zürich Mon, 11 Jul 2016 08:30:19 GMT
Elephant Nature Park - Chiang Mai A few weeks ago my wife and I took the chance to participate in a volunteer program dedicated to help elephants that were abused by the tourism or the logging industry. With the initiative and hard work of Lek Chailert and her team many of these elephants found a new home in her sanctuary where they are treated with respect and love.

The stories of these elephants are often heart-breaking. Many of the elephants are taken away from their mothers and families only a few days after birth so they can work in the street-begging business where tourists pay to get a picture.

Another reason why they are being separated when they need their mothers the most is because it is easier to break their spirit when they are still young which is also known as 'crushing'. The elephants are tied up in a cage where they cannot move - not even their trunk - and they are being tortured for several days with hooks, nails and all sort of tools. During this time they are not allowed to sleep and don't get any food until they lose their will to live. This is what is needed for all the elephants in order to control them so tourists can have a ride on their back or they can be used and trained for circus and other stupid entertaining events. Although the elephants seem big and strong their spine is just not made for carrying human beings or these bulky seats so as tourists feel more comfortable on top of them.

Other elephants are working in the logging industry where they have to pull heavy logs under disastrous conditions. Many of them were blinded with iron poles or wooden sticks so they cannot focus on other things than work or just as punishment.

Blinded, with broken legs or hips or with severe mental problems they are found by Lek and her team and brought to the Elephant Nature Park in Chiang Mai where they get treatment and where they start living in freedom again. Free and in nature they start to build herds again and enjoy their new environment without punishment and work.

As weekly volunteers we were helping the team with the daily tasks like cutting corn on the field and bringing it back or unloading hundreds of pumpkins and watermelons and washing each one of them. Or cleaning their shelters. 

In this park we had the chance to witness how they behave when they are just themselves. We saw them running around and greeting each other, we saw them playing in the river or just having fun taking a mud bath. It was a great and eye-opening experience. 

If you are interested to know more about ENP or even to help as Volunteer you can find more information on their website ( or on their FB site (


If someone is interested in purchasing some of the photographs I took there please click on the pictures or click HERE.


(With a purchase of a photograph you are helping Lek and her team to find more elephants in need and buy them from their owners, make sure that they have the medicine and equipment they need, make sure that they can pay a good salary to the Mahouts which are with the elephants the whole day long, buying more land and enlarge the park and so much more...)


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(Bartosz Kolonko Photography) Mon, 23 Nov 2015 14:04:02 GMT
15 Rooms, Long Museum, Shanghai "15 Rooms, is a major live-art exhibition curated by Klaus Biesenbach— Director of MoMA PS1 and Chief Curator at Large at The Museum of Modern Art—and Hans Ulrich Obrist—co-director of the Serpentine Gallery—the exhibition features performative works by artists spanning different generations and continents.
For the 2015 edition, one more work than the previous edition at Art Basel will be presented in the architectural environment conceived by Herzog & de Meuron...

...Herzog & de Meuron’s purpose built architecture plays a crucial role in shaping the exhibition, serving as the interstitial structure tying together a series of intimate experiences in the space of the Museum. The idea is not only focused on what happens in the exhibition, but also on what occurs around an exhibition. What interested the curators and the architects was the idea of opening up towards the outside, the creation of public spaces, and how it is possible to create such spaces."


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(Bartosz Kolonko Photography) Fri, 09 Oct 2015 10:30:05 GMT
Dismantling and demolishing Construction sites and in this case demolishing sites can be so interesting and impressive. 

These pictures were taken during the dismantling of the Swiss Pavilion at the World Expo 2010 in Shanghai.

(Bartosz Kolonko Photography) Architecture Black and White China Demolishing Dismantling Shanghai Fri, 21 Aug 2015 10:43:25 GMT
The One If I would have to decide and chose only one picture from my trip to NYC which represents the city as I saw and experienced it, which gives back the mood and the feel then it would probably be this one.

So many times I was crossing these big avenues in this beautiful sunlight reflecting from all the facades, warming up with a coffee to go and wondering where this smoke comes from... Yeah, that's the one!



(Bartosz Kolonko Photography) Fri, 08 May 2015 09:54:54 GMT
In Praise of Shadows As photographers we always look out for the nice light and we praise the sun. It is the sun which shines through the trees and makes us happy with its golden color. We are astonished seeing it shining into dark alleys or caves or just between the skyscrapers which we hate so much because they block our view to the sky and to the sun. Patiently we wait for the sunrise and admire the sunset. 

"The sun never new how wonderful it was," the architect Louis Kahn said, "until it fell on the wall of a building."

Recently I came across a very nice small book a dear photographer friend recommended to me: In praise of shadows by Jun'ichiro Tanizaki. Related to the japanese art of architecture and interior design Tanizaki leads us to admire the subtle and soft light coming through the matte paper of the japanese window but also shows us how beautiful and important darkness can be. And here is when we realize that light is most beautiful in relation with shadow. 

After reading the book I went out and found the world way too bright. Suddenly I found myself in a cathedral listening to sound of silence and praising shadow. Light and darkness are just beautiful when found in balance!

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(Bartosz Kolonko Photography) Architecture In praise of shadow Interior Japan cathedral church darkness shadow Mon, 20 Apr 2015 10:49:17 GMT
Fulton Center, New York Recently I came across this nice modern hub which connects many subway lines and subway stations. 

Designed by Grimshaw Architects in collaboration with worldrenowned designer James Carpenter, who is known for his work with light and public space.

Here some impressions of the ceiling.

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(Bartosz Kolonko Photography) Architecture Fulton Grimshaw Architects Interior James Carpenter New York Mon, 13 Apr 2015 04:10:04 GMT
Vertical City When you walk through the streets of New York you immediately notice the long and straight Avenues leading from South-West to North-East. And what strikes me most is that they often lead your eye to the far horizon. There is no other building blocking your view it just goes straight on and on. And the fact that there is always some space between the skyscrapers creates a beautiful play of sunlight passing through the cracks and empty spaces and reflecting on all the glass facades so you can lose your orientation and get confused by the wrong shadows on the street.

New York is beautiful in sunlight and black and white!

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(Bartosz Kolonko Photography) America Avenues Black and White Photography Chrysler Building Cityscape Empire State Building Fine Art Photography Hong Kong Sun, 29 Mar 2015 00:40:48 GMT
New York! New York! The City that never sleeps... Well... Yeah, ok.

Although coming from Hong Kong - the most light-polluted place in the world - where the night and day melts into each other so the nights are even brighter than the days I must admit that I found the nights in NY relatively dark. And I liked it. Seeing a skyline which gets dark when the sun goes down lit only with warm tungsten light the city looks like a real city to me and not like Disneyland! Unfortunately they want to exchange all the nice warm colored street lanterns with LED's! Gosh!!!

I was even more impressed with the City's architecture. I don't say that I don't like futuristic designed skyscrapers but I was impressed by the mix of architectural styles in the City! Beautiful Gothic revival churches next to impressive Art Deco skyscrapers or the Beaux-Arts Grand Interiors on one side and elegant brownstone rowhouses on the other connected with gigantic steel-wire bridges in Gothic style. You really get the impression of a well built and solid City!

I am really very fortunate to have this opportunity of staying in NYC for three months and enjoying this amazing lifestyle which is so reach in culture and art!

All this wouldn't be possible without the support and trust of my wife who let me do this long journey and I want to thank her for this! You are truly great and I couldn't be happier having you in my life! Thank you!!!

Without any further explanations here some of my impressions of NYC!

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Feel free to leave comments.

(Bartosz Kolonko Photography) America Architecture Brooklyn Chrysler Building Cityscape Empire State Building Fine Art Photography Hong Kong Interior Manhattan New York Photography Skyline United States Tue, 24 Mar 2015 18:17:55 GMT