enjoys all forms of movement and dance. His first experience
with dance was as a PhD student at MIT, when he took a ballroom
dance class in the hopes of getting a date. It seemed like
a good counterpoint to analytical studies and he pursued
it with zeal, becoming the president of the MIT ballroom
dance club and competing for a while. Unfortunately, he
never did get that date.
Waldemar picked up poi for the first time in spring 2004
after seeing other party-goers spinning them at a Burning
Silicon party. After a few weeks of getting pummeled by
fluffy soft poi he was hooked. Since most
of the time back then was spent untangling the poi, he used
his computer science skills to figure out the most efficient
ways to do that.
Thanks to Temple of Poi classes, he progressed rapidly
and became enamored with fire -- the way it looks, sounds,
and feels, and how many watts a particular pair of poi generates.
Meanwhile, he noticed that his poi started multiplying
like Tribbles -- every week there were more of them than
in the previous week. Apparently it's unwise to leave too
many of them
alone at night in a dark room. Lately they've even been
turning into staves and other toys.
Waldemar's interest in photography began after he took
a six-week trip through ten European countries in 2001.
He received a Nikon SLR as a gift. Initially not knowing
what to do with it, he had to figure out what every knob
and button does and why it's been put there. Over the next
couple years he gradually taught himself the principles
of photography. This hobby became an ideal match with fire-dancing,
as some of his stunning photos demonstrate.
You can view Waldemar's captivating photos here.