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Wednesday, October 1, 2014
 
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Central and Eastern Europe goals

Katie Botkin

I have had a long-standing goal to photograph the Charles Bridge in Prague at sunrise, and one day a few years ago, I had my chance. I was only staying overnight, leaving the next day for Berlin. Of course, I woke up with excruciating, mysterious back pain. It was so bad I could barely walk. But I took my camera and forced myself to get out of bed, knowing that I was willing to put up with some short-term pain for the long-term benefit of accomplishment. The photos didn’t turn out quite as wonderfully as I’d hoped; nothing like the ethereal, fog-tinted scene I imagined. But I had done it. As a baseline, that was good enough for me.

Overall, this sort of sums up many Westerners’ experiences with the region. They want to get in and capture the essence of the fog-tinted landscape, but often, it ends up being a bit trickier than they’d hoped. I admit, I learned a lot as I read through the articles of this issue. More than I was expecting, ...

March, 2012