View from the Tower to Prague Castle by Mirka Krivankova

The Malostranské Mostecké Věže are two stylistically distinct and unevenly tall towers in Prague, forming the entrance from Charles Bridge to Lesser Town on the Royal Route at the beginning of Mostecká Street. In medieval times, most bridges usually had a tower at each end. However, Charles Bridge has two towers on the Lesser Town (Mala Strana) side, connected by a large Gothic gate. The lower tower is called Judith’s Tower and is older than Charles Bridge itself, while the higher tower was constructed after its completion. The towers with the gate constituted an important part of the Lesser Town fortifications during the times when Lesser Town, today’s Mala Strana, was an independent territory. In case of an invasion by foreign armies, the armed garrison could take refuge in the towers, defending against enemies attempting to cross the bridge. Even in peaceful times, armed guards stationed here made it clear to entrants that they would not tolerate any disturbances.

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View from the Tower to Prague Castle by Mirka Krivankova

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Mirka Krivankova is a very promising photographer from Mestec Kralove in the Czech Republic. The photographs on her website depict everything from the gorgeous Czech countryside, to wonderful and interesting portraits of people at work and at play, and even include some documenting of a concert or two. Her use of formalism combined with the natural lighting and shadows in her portraits is absolutely wonderful. The combination helps add interest to the already eye-catching surroundings of her subjects, as well as the subjects themselves, while also leading the viewer’s eye entirely throughout the photographs. Mirka has a strong portfolio, but I feel as though it could be stronger if she removed the concert photos. Currently, they are the first series of photographs you see when you enter her site, and because they look more like out-of-place snapshots, rather than photographs taken by a skilled photographer, it lowered my first impression of her work. With that being said, Mirka’s portfolio is becoming stronger and stronger by the day. As I have been writing this review, she has updated it several times with new photographs as well as re-organizing the ones she has into more comprehensive bodies of work. She seems to be constantly adding to her portfolio, and I look forward to following her work as it continues to evolve.

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