Different flowers from the same garden.

Different flowers from the same garden.

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

A peaceful midafternoon with Kasia.

A peaceful midafternoon with Kasia.

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

Film Noir: Ábel's Apples.

Film Noir: Ábel’s Apples.

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.