March 19: St. Joseph’s Day — Den Svatého Josefa

…everything around us, dead or alive, in the eyes of a crazy photographer mysteriously takes on many variations, so that a seemingly dead object comes to life through light or by its surroundings…. To capture some of this – I suppose that’s lyricism. Josef Sudek

St. Joseph’s Day is a more subdued version of the Irish St. Patrick’s Day and is celebrated about the same time  during March in The Czech Republic.

Historically, Josef was one of the most common Czech male first names. For example, the village of Josefovice used to have at least one Josef living in every one of its houses. Alas, the name is not on the top of name popularity charts anymore, having given way to names like Filip, Tomáš, Adam, Jan or Lukáš.

Still, these day approximately 266,000 Czech men are still named Josef, and that makes it the fourth most common Czech man’s name. It is no wonder that the Josef name day is still celebrated across the nation and mentioned on the news every year.

Here on Daisy Hill we celebrate St. Joseph’s Day all year round. And you can celebrate it too by regularly visiting this blog for photography how-to tips every Monday through Friday and even on a lot of holidays too. (I’m taking St. Joseph’s Day off.) You can support the blog through the purchase of books listed on the Books page.

As always, many thanks for all your support over the six year’s that I’ve been writing this blog.

And if you’re not familiar with the work of photographer Josef Sudek. You should be. He was a reclusive individual who, from the mid-1920s until his death in 1976,  photographed everything―the Gothic and Baroque architecture of Prague, its streets and objects―while typically leaving the frame empty of people. His book The Window of My Studio may be purchased from Amazon.

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