An Incredible B&W Photograph of a Man Feeding Ducks and Swans


Polish photographer Marcin Ryczek captured this gorgeous black-and-white photograph of a man feeding ducks and swans in Kraków, Poland (here’s a high-res version of the photo).

It’s amazing how picture perfect the framing and the scene are. The photo is like a spontaneous yin-yang image, with the man dressed in black in front of white snow, and white swans swimming on dark water. Unsurprisingly, the image is going viral online.

(via Marcin Ryczek Fotografia via Reddit via Bored Panda)

P.S. Here’s an strangely similar photograph by Reddit user skrobul.

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  • Aaron Tsuru

    nice shot!

  • 3ric15

    Love the contrast in this image.

  •!/thelonelylights Adam Cross

    It’s a great shot – would be interesting to see it in colour

  • Stan

    f/8 and be there… checks out.

  • Matthew Neumann

    AWESOME shot! Perfectly executed.

  • DamianM

    Just saw Ray K. Metzker exhibition at the Getty, He has mastered this high contrast black and white look.

    Take a look

  • DamianM

    Probably influenced by Ray K. Metzker, whomastered this high contrast black and white look

    I saw the exhibit at the getty
    Take a look

    This was a lucky shot and a great one but take a look at Metzker.

  • James

    …Said the guy who clearly doesn’t respect good street/jounalist photography.

  • Stan


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  • tertius_decimus

    I’m scratching my head when Petapixel posts some utterly boring stuff sometimes. But you know, this photograph is EXACTLY what truly deserves attention and I wish to see more of such inspirational pics. Incredible shot!

  • Bob

    How can you say it was ‘Lucky’? I don’t think he was influenced by anyone, he was there & he took the shot end of. So in your book all good street photography shots are just ‘Luck’?

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  • DamianM

    Have you seen Ray Metzker’s work? Its that image but tenfold a whole career.

    That’s why I say its lucky. its just ONE image.


    is there any where else for an image to go viral but online?

  • harumph

    I for one really appreciate when outstanding single shots (lucky or not) gain this sort of attention, as opposed to the usually mediocre series and “projects” that are always featured on sites like this simply because the masses find appeal in any sort of repetition. I’ll take one great shot like this over some gimmicky series any day.

  • DamianM

    I understand that. I am also tired of the gimmicky —portraits of people with “insert idea here” —scheme.

    The photographer I’m mentioning isn’t that.

    But I get it.

  • destroy_all_humans

    We are all so happy you have discovered Metzker, who brought him up in the first place? You did, trying to compare his lifetime of work with a single photograph of someone else’s. Shut up.

  • DamianM

    all im saying is that this is nothing new.

    why isn’t Metzker going viral? that is the real question.

    so be antagonistic towards my observations gets you no where but being a sore person.

  • hdc77494

    The first pic is a classic, the second is a wannabe.

  • Mike_e

    And the photo is almost exactly 16:9 ratio rather than some old photo measurement that rarely fits anything without cropping – perfect for my new desktop background where I can see it everyday!

  • ProtWhalePig

    What are you talking about? Your comment makes no sense.

  • Bob

    Show me something that is new! Nothing is new anymore, it’s all been done before….are you just realizing this?

  • Nate Opgenorth

    If there was ever a picture to have contrast in a very defined, discrete and literal way it would be this picture. Its beautiful.

  • matt

    wallpaper material

  • Sean Walsh

    I had a image go bacterial, but my doctor gave me antibiotics. Kinda put a stop to it. Otherwise, my body would’ve had memes up by the end of the week, and I’d be a mess. True story.