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Phoenix Park

Rafal Krol

Phoenix Park is an urban park in Dublin, Ireland, lying 2–4 km west of the city centre, north of the River Liffey. Its 11 km perimeter wall encloses 707 hectares; it is one of the largest enclosed recreational spaces within any European capital city. It includes large areas of grassland and tree-lined avenues, and since the 17th century has been home to a herd of wild fallow deer. The English name comes from the Irish fionn uisce meaning "clear water". The Irish Government is lobbying UNESCO to have the park designated as a world heritage site.

Rafal Krol 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, he came to Ireland and have lived here since.

He bought my first camera (small compact Pentax S30) to record his stay abroad the same year. After the initial fascination of having a camera and taking photographs of everything everywhere, he 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 he enjoy visiting most, where he can rest and restore my vital energy.

Most of his work is black and white, he believe the lack of colour allows an observer to focus more on the frame and composition. He mostly use medium format cameras, Hasselblad and Holga.

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