Last Thursday George Miklas and I decided to catch the Danish Design Evening at the Design Factory in Bratislava.
First official Foliovision night out. Eva met Zuzana Zacharová the very charming architect and one of the directors of the Design Factory.
Eva Stachurova and George Miklas at Design Factory
Later on George and I dropped by Malecon, the very popular Cuban bar across from the Casino and the Danube River and near the Carlton Hotel in the center of Bratislava.
There we met some friends of George, Lubos and Ivetta.
Ivetta’s makeup was unbelievable. As a guy who used to produce shampoo commercials, her work was as good as anything I’ve seen on set.
Ivetta and Lubos
I can’t stand Malecon for long – something about the smoking, superficiality and eager money vibe there – so I soon persuaded George to drop in on the Budha Bar with me where we met Illa Maria and Taina Sikkola, a Dutch photographer and a Finnish actress both living in Bratislava.
Both of them are hard at work on their Slovak and doing quite well. Particularly Taina who speaks more or less fluently in a matter of months. I joked that Finns have an unfair advantage with languages. If one can learn to speak Finnish natively, anything other language is child’s play.
The strangest people turn up in this town. Sometimes I have a feeling I’ve stumbled into the Hotel California: You can check out anytime you like but you can never leave.
Illah shot some close ups of Taina with my camera which are quite beautiful:
Taina Silkkola. Photograph – Illah Maria
Finnish actress Taina Silkkola
You can find more of Illah’s photos at Document Central Europe: a photographers eye.