Wednesday, September 5, 2012


POLKA TIME, 1960  (c) Petro Schkurka

Whoever said "a picture is worth a thousand words" was probably referring to this photograph. You might possibly recognize a 16-year-old Ivaan in the centre of the photo, and perhaps you have surmised, correctly, that he was dancing the polka.  The photograph was taken by Petro Schkurka, who was Ivaan's earliest mentor in photographic arts.

Unless you know Ivaan really well,  chances are you won't know what makes this photograph particularly memorable. I think it was taken in the church hall of St. Volodymyr Ukrainian Orthodox Cathedral.  I really love this photograph. Other than that, as the ancient Romans would have said, "Res ipsa loquitur":  the thing speaks for itself.

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