This space is dedicated to my various hobbies and other personal interests.
I enjoy playing piano. I started in 2001 and never stopped. After learning the basics, I focused mostly on solo classical music, particularly the works of the classical and the romantic era. I have also attended international music camps for several years during my teenage years. Since then my tastes have shifted towards modern music styles. I now take interest in the study of impressionism and early jazz music. I am also a member of an amateur jazz band.
While the majority of my music education and experience relates to performing, I have developed passion for analysis of great compositions. Sometimes I like to reverse-engineer famous works of art to better understand them. Occasionally, I produce short compositions of my own.
If weather permits I like to spend my time outdoors, preferably in the countryside. I am not really sure why, perhaps it is the antithesis of my occupation which often brings me to closed air-conditioned offices or just a way of clearing my head, but I often indulge in hiking, cycling or walks in nature. Even when dwelling in urban environment, I sometimes like to roam about and discover unique forgotten spots that usually have a history of their own.
Film & Photography
Since my childhood I had the opportunity to attend screenings at film festivals that would not only feature blockbuster hits but also small, topical pictures. This encouraged me to develop a strong relationship with film as a medium. Even in the age of on-demand streaming I still prefer the real cinema experience, and sometimes enjoy writing amateur film reviews. In the past when I was contemplating a film career I wrote and directed several short films.
My passion for films naturally intersects with my occasional interest in digital photography. I have read some articles but I acknowledge that I am a complete amateur in the field. Every so often I just randomly notice interesting lighting, composition or symmetry, and take a shot.
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