Gabor Muray » Blog

Masthead header

Scroll down for English version!

Az idén stílszerűen ünnepeltük a Valentin-napot egy vintage esküvői pikniken a mimi / events with love szervezésében. A Valentin-nap és az esküvői kellékek egymásra halmozva külsőségekbe vesző giccsparádét feltételeznének, ez a piknik viszont meggyőzött arról, amiben régóta hiszek. Arról, hogy egy esküvő mindenekelőtt egy pár egyszeri és intim ünnepe azokkal, akik számukra a legfontosabbak. Arról, hogy egy esküvő annak minden kellékével önmagában is sűrű, megismételhetetlen történet, a díszletek is mesélnek, és ahhoz, hogy a történet kikerekedjen, a kifinomultság, a szépség, a humánum és a természetesség iránt elkötelezett szolgáltatók összefogása szükséges. Öröm volt látni, hogy nem csak léteznek ilyen szolgáltatók már itthon is, de a kalligráfustól a letterpress nyomdászokon át a stíluskonyhás lányokig mindenki szenvedélyesen ugyanebben hisz, ezért dolgozik. Ilyen közegben a hideg téli nap ellenére is igazi jutalomjáték volt spontán jegyesfotózást rendezni a Paloma udvarán egy kedves pár kérésére, akik friss jegyesként jöttek a piknikre ötletekért, inspirációért.

This year we celebrated Valentine’s Day quite appropriately at a “vintage wedding picnic” organized by mimi /events with love in Paloma, Budapest. Well, Valentine’s Day and on the top of that wedding accessories … all this might persume some corny event focused on trendy externals, but the picnic convinced me of what I truly believe in. That a wedding is, above all, an intimate celebration of a couple in love with those who are the most important to them. That a wedding with all its properties is an unrepeatable story to tell, all the details pitch a tale. And in order to round the story nicely it’s necessary to have a collaboration of wedding vendors and services, who all are committed to sophisticated beauty, humanity and naturalness. It was a pleasure to see that those vendors not only exist already in Hungary, but the calligrapher, the letterpress printer, the foodstylist and the others passionatley believe in and work for the same. Despite the cold wintery weather it was a premium experience to make a spontaneous engagement shooting with a newly engaged couple on their request in such az inspiring milieu.


Venue: Mimi / Events with Love | Calligraphy: The Fanatic Calligrapher | Gastro: Szuflé (Tooo much) | Bow Ties: Badger and Fox | Table design: Szuflé & Vintage Bazaar & ApaCuka ceramicsVintage dresses: Cydonia Vintage | Headpieces: Virágzó Magnólia | Stamps: Artistamp

Models: our just engaged Imola & András

Text: Réka Muray-Klementisz
Lab: the one & only Carmencita Film Lab

Paloma Budapest, Hungary

© Gabor Muray Photography

These days, end of February we look forward to the warmth of spring and summer with unbearable impatience. Just to kill time I rummaged up this warm and happy session with my beloved ones. One of the most unknown but coolest spots of Hungary is the northernmost point of the Szentendre Island, an island in the Danube River between the freakin beautiful Danube Bend and Budapest, surrounded by hills and mountains. The view is dominated by the medieval Visegrád castle. The mood of the riverside forest reminds me a bit of mediterranean olive groves, maybe because of the sallows, who knows.

As occasion offers we drive there within an hour for a lazy afternoon, or maybe for a few days. So it was the case on the birthday of my best friend, muse, assistent and last but not least, wife, that we celebrated together with her sister’s birthday in a nice resthouse on the island, Rácz Fogadó. The idea of a session was absolutely spontaneous. We simply got in the mood for that while walking. The whole series was made with the tiny, classic Nikon FM3a loaded with Fuji 400h and Tri-X slowed down to the calming vibes there.

nikon fm3a | fuji 400h & kodak tri-x | the awesome carmencita film lab

I met Katarzyna Karpowicz in the one and only Polish bar of Budapest, Gdansk about 3 month ago, when my dear  friend, journalist and graphic artist István Szathmáry introduced her. Kasia is an extremely talented Polish painter who came to Budapest by her husband, which is good for at least two reasons: she can collect fresh inspiration in the hungarian capital and find some new friends.

She is considered to be one of the most prominent Polish female painters of the young generation born in Kraków. A daughter of painters, Sławomir Karpowicz and Anna Karpowicz-Westner, even as a child she knew that she would follow in their footsteps. She believes that meticulous observation of reality set in motion the need to create, so she is a constant observer and interpreter. Her paintings are of a reductive type, devoid of any detail, peaceful and ideological.

Although we expected nice weather, we’ve been caught up in a really gloomy afternoon situation on the day of the portrait session. That would have been a sticky problem if we wouldn’t have felt an irresistible attraction to windows, curtains and pretty window light. It was a great experience to take pictures of a painter in her studio, paints, brushes, canvases and boards. In the original environment, where the images are made.

Meanwhile, we tasted some Polish cakes, listened to classical music, the smell of coffee also drove the rain away, so finally we walked over Kasia’s favorite scene in Budapest, the ancient Turkish graveyard, Gül Baba’s burial place. For the outside session Kasia brought a shrunk, faded, red sweather that is very special for her. A piece of clothing with a long story connecting past and present, different dimensions.

Katazyna Karpowicz / Mamiya 645 pro / kodak tmax 100


Supporting 🙂 : Réka Muray-Klementisz

Basically I planed to shoot only film, due to lack of light I decided to use my DSLR too.
The images were made with a Mamiya 645 pro on Kodak Portra 400 and on Kodak T-Max 100,
with a Nikon FM3a & F100 on Fuji400H
and with a Nikon fullframe.

Dev/Scan: the awesome Laura at Carmencita

Budapest, Hungary

© Gabor Muray Photography

I popped over to my little friend, Ábel recently, who is actually a real gentleman. We exchanged our views on global issues, and as the natural light was fabulous, we made a spontaneous mini portrait session on film. But while composing the result I realised a storyboard behind the frames somehow. We ain’t visual storytellers without a reason, right? 🙂

His mother, Zsófi (I will make a post dedicated to her soon) is not only a beautiful woman, but a very good friend. She is a master of organizing delicious feasts, and the feasts turn into spontaneuous shootings sometimes. This happened exactly that time, when I popped over for a coffee. Soon I found myself at the table, and then the lunch turned into a chocolate orgy. Zsófi is about to start her chocolate manufacure business, and, well, I love to be a tester.

All of a sudden my Mamiya loaded with an Ilford HP5 turned up. Though that rainy november day was not favorable to an indoor-shooting, it was just exactly what we needed to a manful film noir with a piece of forbidden fruit, dramatic shadows and a soulmate gentleman.

Supporting 🙂 : Réka Muray-Klementisz

Mamiya 645 Pro, Ilford HP5, Kodak T-Max | Dev/Scan: Carmencita’s awesome Laura

Budapest, Hungary

© Gabor Muray Photography


Behind every great man there’s a great woman. Actually two:

Zsófi & Dalma / Mamiya 645 pro / kodak tmax 100

Dalma & Zsófia.

“Green was the silence, wet was the light,
the month of June trembled like a butterfly.”
(Pablo Neruda)

It happened on a full-of-life day in June that we finally decided to shoot somewhere outside of the city. Once we got on the road, inspiring energies have been released. 

Rita is one of the most sophisticated gourmets I know, so it was no question to stop for a delicious sorbet and a cup of coffee in one of her favorite places around, Rókusfalvy Fogadó in Etyek.

The location in the botanical garden of Alcsútdoboz was also her choice. There is a stunning abandoned castle of the Habsburg family, the most important royal houses of Europe. But there is one thing one can hardly ever photograph. The fresh smell of June we deeply breathed in and enjoyed that day so much.

I still cannot get how much joy it gives each time to shoot on film. I slowly could write my own list on the inspiring reasons why full manual film photography became love and passion for me again. A new keyword I recognized is intimacy, as a gift of the slow, sometimes difficult but still really calming analog process. This session with Rita would not have been that intimate if I had used only my full frame DSLR, no doubt.

© gabor muray photography

Color: Nikon FM3a, Kodak Portra 400 | Dev/Scan: Carmencita Film Lab
b&w: digital

Alcsútdoboz, Etyek | Hungary

© Gabor Muray Photography