Lublin – the city of inspiration: lublintone

Lublin is a city in eastern Poland. There is also a village in Wisonsin, US apparently named after it. But if it had been named in English, it might perhaps be called Ortench instead because one of the legend about how the city was founded says this:

The sunshine was beautiful, it was May or maybe July. The surrounds of our town, which was yet unnamed, were covered in greenery. The pure river Bystrzyca was swiftly rushing amongst hills. “Hey, you, fishermen, what town is it?,”, asked a prince who stopped by the river with his companions. He jumped off his horse, passed the reins to his squire and approached the men standing by their boats. They were standing in awe because such mighty lords had never been seen stopping their horses on the Bystrzyca.

“We don’t know, my lord,”  stammered the bravest one. “Why, are you also travelling?” asked the prince. “No, my lord, we live in the town but it has no name,” explained the fishermen, admiring the travellers’ rich garments and horse harness.

Then the prince decided the place would be called after the fish the locals catch in the Bystrzyca. He told them to cast nets. The knights were standing on the bank, watching. When the seine was pulled out, there were two fish caught – a pike and a tench (called  lin in Polish). And the prince said, stopping a dispute which started right away on the bank: “the pike is a river wolf, I don’t want the people living here to be like this, and the lin is a gentle fish, so let’s choose one of the two … wait a moment …  pike or tench (szczupak lub lin…) let your town be called lub-lin. And the prince left Lublin satisfied.


So then, Ortench…Lublin, called the city of inspiration, has many fascinating stories to tell. Every resident of Lublin adds his own to this big, living organism. Every person creates a little stone that adds to the city’s history. The city is in the human being and the human being are in the city.

One such story is lublintone – a story of a man who loves photography and Lublin. He is a man who has beem forced out of his home in the turbulent eurmaidan events in Ukraine. He came to Lublin and created his own alternative photographic technique to say thank you to the city that has given him a new home. His story is very eventful, in his life he has done many interesting jobs, like a diving instructor taking underwater photos. His photography has a soul. The old photographic techniques are fascinating too. They are time consuming and require deliberation, but the images created seem a lot more durable – and they have so many fascinating stories behind them. They are fragile too. Glass plates can break after all. I think it is indeed a part of their nobility, like the article below says.


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