Photographer's Note

I wonder whether I should add this photo to the category “humorous”? But it is not necessarily funny.

First of all, Poland has the access to the sea, it is the Baltic Sea, and the coast has amazing white sand beaches. Fine clean sand, shallow waters, a bit cold but in the summer warmer than the North Sea would ever be. The coast is amazing but sadly it is known to everyone in Poland so the coast is extremely busy in the summer. This year because many people decided not to go abroad it was even more busy than usual.

There is a very interesting aspect of the beachgoing culture in Poland which I wanted to present here. Almost everybody is using beach screens. It does not matter if it is windy. The beach screens are used instead to mark the territory than to protect from the wind. There was no wind on the day I took this photo and yet it was hard to navigate between the beach screens. There would be nothing wrong about it, but I noticed that too many people stretch their beach screens to mark quite a large surface area, which could accommodate many people, and in the result, there is no space left for others. I was not bothered too much about it because I usually arrive on the beach in the morning when all typical beachgoers are asleep yet. At that time, I can place my blanket wherever I want and enjoy an empty beach. I never use the beach screens because in my opinion they are obstructing the view and may disturb other people.

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Additional Photos by Mariusz Kamionka (mkamionka) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 7248 W: 106 N: 19106] (73256)
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