Photographer's Note

There is an English phrase "the beauty is in the eye of the beholder". It means that the beauty is relative. People may like different things. People may see reality differently.
I suppose artists are not only people who mastered certain artistic techniques but most importantly those who can perceive the world differently, maybe more or less colorfully. Like the artist in this photo, who is surrounded by the black and white reality and yet in his works he painted the world so very colorful. Even in the photography, which seem to be merely a reproduction of the surrounding world, I often experience the conflict: Should I show the world exactly as it is recorded by the camera without any post processing? What if I wait for the sun to come out, consider the favourable composition, show the place in the best possible light and context. Is it a manipulation already? For example if people see my photos from England, they may reach the wrong conclusion that it is always sunny and colorful here. They can come with complaints to me when they see the sad reality. Because without the sunshine the colors are gone and there is a lot of shades of gray instead. These were my thoughts when I was selectively desaturating this photo.

I will be honest. I really wanted to show one more church from Lviv: Church of the Transfiguration (Храм Преображення Господа Ісуса Христа) but when I was around it, I had a terrible light.
The church has one larger dome and two smaller towers. I have showed a view towards the small towers from a very different point of view here:
I have seen a lot of beautiful photos of this church from this market square on which artists display their paintings. It was even more photogenic in the past when the dome was green.
I had a terrible sky there, so I considered to turn this photo into black and white, but then I thought I will loose the color of the colorful paintings in the foreground. So this is how I decided to go for a compromise which you see in this photo.
You can read more about the church under my previous photo (link in the text above).

By the way, the Russian media and Russian trolls in the internet try to relativize the situation in Ukraine, and they may have been even successful when Russia invaded Crimea or started the war in Donetsk.
But after Russia decided to start a full scale invasion on the Ukraine territory, nobody has doubts anymore. The situation is crystal clear, black and white.
They may have used the excuses about the presence of NATO in neighbouring countries or about the imaginary genocide in Easter Ukraine to negotiate.
But after they started a new full blown war, there is no doubt.
They say: "Look what you made me to do" - But no, this excuse may work with children in the primary school but not in the international community.

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