Dienstag, 29. Juni 2010

of cute puppies and wonderful moments

On Sunday I listened to the acoustic concert of 30 Seconds to Mars. The sun was setting, they played Closer to the Edge in a fantastic acoustic version and all was incredible peaceful. I loved that moment.

He still hasn't found a home. He looks like he couldn't harm a fly but he is the devil. I'd call him Ewok because he looks like one. But of course I am not taking him. The cats would kill him. But he is adorable, isn't he?

Samstag, 26. Juni 2010

photos from today: dogs

Was having a display of me as a photographer at the summer fest of my vet's dog training club. (Was that sentence even remotely understandable???).

It was about 76347346734 degrees hot. But I had customers, met lovely people and got a sunburn.

Wanna see photos?

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Sonntag, 20. Juni 2010

Donnerstag, 17. Juni 2010

new book coming up within the next days

This is a sneak peak at the new book I am going to publish within the next couple of days. Maybe tomorrow if time allows for it. I can't wait because I think it is my best so far.

It holds the best middle format photographs I have shot during the last months, which were pretty tough. So it means a lot to me.

If you are interested about what other books I have previously published (God I love Blurb), you can read about  my first book called "Atemzüge/breath" here and about "Pygmalion Revisited" here.  Further infos are at this page.

I hope you like!

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Mittwoch, 16. Juni 2010

Recommend me books? I recommend one to you.


I just recently stumbled over the the hymn for the cigarettes blog via bloglovin and while falling in love with the photos on this post I spotted that she has a book out in blurb. Which made me want to immediately buy it and as soon as I have the money I will. You can find it here: Untitled by Annette Pehrsson.

I was wondering if you can link me to your favorite photo books? Or blogs or sites? Because I am craving input and it would really make my day.

Dienstag, 15. Juni 2010

on location

The next wedding I am booked for is coming up rapidly. So I went to the location and had a look at the church. This is a quick shot I snapped because I didn't want to disturb anyone, I wasn't looking for composition or light or anything, therefore it isn't a good one:

But I could see the bride and groom standing there. I knew immediately where I could position myself. This calmed me a lot.

Apart from that, I think churches have so much character, they tell stories. I'm not religious in any way, but I like churches as buildings. Maybe I should photograph them more often.

Montag, 14. Juni 2010

shoot don't think

Not with a gun though. With the Diana. I think I finally learned my lesson that the Diana doesn't want to be aimed and well adjusted. It wants to be snapped. Point, shoot, shoot again or wind to the next image.

This must be my all time favorite photo ever:

I was shopping that day, stood in front of the Zara shop and aimed the camera straight ahead, snapped a quick shot (the last one on the film too) and was done. The film on top of that didn't rewind tightly so as I got it out of the camera, light obviously leaked in but I love that.

This one, on the other hand, was aimed.

I like it too but with people I should really stop aiming. I should take a day in the city and just shoot from the hip, like with the above. And then I should do it again with the Hasselblad and compare. Yes, I think I'll do that.

And while I'm at it, I have started book number 5. It'll hold shots like the above. I love that one and I can't wait to show it to you!

Sonntag, 13. Juni 2010

Inspire me: Viggo Mortensen.

Viggo Mortensen? Yes, Viggo Mortensen. You know, the guy who played Aragorn in The Lord of the Rings. The guy who probably is the best actor in the world? Have you seen A History of Violence or Eastern Promises? No? Watch them now, because those movies are fantastic.

So Viggo Mortensen. He inspires me not just because of  his acting abilities. But mostly because he is a fantastic photographer. And painter. He is a true artist and I can look at his creations without getting tired of them.

So far I own three books, all published through Perceval Press. But they are also available via Amazon.

I own:

"Miyelo is comprised of a series of large-scale, panoramic photographs of a Lakota Ghost Dance, taken from a single roll of film in March of 2003. The images record a re-creation of the dance that was originally performed by members of Chief Big Foot's band on December 29, 1890 near Wounded Knee Creek, South Dakota. The intent was to capture the event as a delirious remembrance, an ephemeral dream."

Recent Forgeries
Recent Forgeries documents Viggo's first solo exhibition. It is an extraordinary look into the mind of an artist whose boundless creative output touches a myriad of media, from photography to painting to poetry to acting.   

The Horse is Good
Horses as partners, as teachers, as fellow travelers asking no favors and returning respect for respect. The horse is good.  

I love them all and hope to buy more. Take The Horse is Good for instance. The title alone makes me happy, because I couldn't agree more. But when you look at the photos, you see, he means it. His photographs show soul and character and beauty and stillness. Moments. Special points in time.

If you like photography (or art in general), and you haven't looked at his body of work, please do so now. I promise you won't be disappointed.

Samstag, 12. Juni 2010

3 don'ts when taking photos of a children's play.


1. Use a static 50 mm lense. Because unless they are sedated, sleeping or bribed with sweets, children move. In ways no grown-up can ever perform. And you want to be able to zoom in on your cousin/niece/daughter/grandson who just happens to hide behind the biggest kid in the play/a table/behind the bulkiest stage props.


 2. Stay in one spot. Plays aren't always staged the way they should be. Or they were originally staged with the kids actually facing the audience, but the kids completely forget about it and do it their way. So sitting in front of the stage, at the best possible spot, might actually backfire.  

3. Forget you aren't the only photographer. Because parents come prepared. They come with multiple recording devices and aim them at the performers. And usually they are more determined than you, unless you are a parent yourself. Parents are also not afraid to step directly in front of you (or the kid you would like to record) to snap the best shot. They also almost always have zoom lenses attached, which would suggest they could stay a bit further back. But they don't. That's why they get the job done.

Why am I telling you these, admittedly slightly ironic, don'ts?

Because I did them all today.

One might think I'd have learned so far, but no. I always suspect the location is in my favor when it comes to private photographs. When I'm not hired, when I do it just for fun, I assume. Plus, I've been trained as a drama educator. I know what plays with kindergarten kids look like. Again: wrong.

Never assume. Always be prepared. And always bring sunscreen when in the open and in summer, no matter that it is cloudy when you leave.

And when you do it for fun, never take it all too serious. Because in the end, the photos will be okay. They might not be perfect, but neither will the play. Nonetheless, everyone was having a good time. And the photos will show exactly that. The good time, the real action, the drama.
For a nice portrait for the kid in question, you can always afterwards bribe them with sweets.

Donnerstag, 10. Juni 2010

working on a new book

I inherited this dress from my friend and I love it. It fits my current project. I have done several shootings with friends of mine and I will turn them into a small photo book. Working title is "The Innocent Survives". It might change but for now it is a go. I can't wait to hold the result in my hand. There is nothing better than to create something.

Das Kleid habe ich von meiner Freundin geerbt, weil sie es nicht mehr wollte. Und irgendwie passt es zu meinem neuen Fotobuch, an dem ich gerade arbeite. Arbeitstitel: The Innocent survives. Ich kanns gar nicht abwarten das Endprodukt in den Händen zu halten. Es gibt nichts schöneres als kreativ zu sein.

Mittwoch, 9. Juni 2010

Why I love shooting with film.

I really love shooting digital. I love the opportunities and how I can access the image on the spot. I love the clearness and that it basically doesn't cost any money once you have a card. No need for film, no need to have it developed, no surprises such as this in which the people responsible cut the negative wrong and the pictures came out as this:

But this is exactly why I love it. You know what I love to do? Use expired 35 mm film in the leaky old SLR of my dad. Because if I point it at just the right angle, light comes in and beautiful and surprising things like this happen:

I think the image would only be half as interesting had the light not leaked in and colored half of it red.

Now, portraits. Again, I'm in love with shots like those I recently took of Manu. But some of my most favorite shots are of my mom, done with a black and white film on said old camera:

At the time I had no idea what I would be getting. I still wasn't too sure about how exposure and shutter and iso and all of it worked together. But the fun part is the not quite knowing what'll come out. That's one of the reasons I love the Diana. Also, when I shoot film, I look. I mean, I really look at the people and at the moments. I find myself using the Canon, keep ending up with 500 photos and only one third of it are really intriguing (if I'm lucky). With film, every shot matters. Especially with medium format film. So, I slow down, wait, and then capture the perfect moment.

I am currently shooting daily with said old slr and an expired film for the 365 photos challenge. If none of the photos will turn out to be only remotely viewable, I'm screwed. I'll lack a couple of photos. But it's worth it.

Montag, 7. Juni 2010

Yoga and writing? Sounds good to me.

This Project looks like not just a lot of fun but maybe it might just get me back to doing yoga. I always promise myself to do it every day and end up doing... nothing. And that despite the fact that Yoga does me all the good in the world. So I think I'm in. I'm not sure about writing (because I'm not sure what to write and if I should open up one of the old stories, which I might just do...) but the Yoga. Yes sir.
Are you in too?

Freitag, 4. Juni 2010

I went shopping.

I wanted some simple tops which I could combine easily. In the process I also found a dress which was only 12 Euro. I usually never go shopping at Orsay but I surely will do that more often now. Have a look?

Ich bin heute morgen schnell shoppen gefahren, weil ich noch ein paar Oberteile wollte, die ganz schlicht und einfach zu kombinieren sind. Im Orsay bin ich dann fündig geworden und hab sogar noch ein reduziertes Kleid für 12 Euro gefunden. Zu Orsay geh ich jetzt öfter.

Donnerstag, 3. Juni 2010

Schnawwl photos

Yesterday I met with my friend. He is acting in a play and wanted me to take photos of the rehearsal. The play will be part of the Junges Theater im Delta  of the Schnawwl Theater in Mannheim. I can't wait to see the final result because the rehearsals were intriguing. Later we'll meet up again to (hopefully) shoot some photos for the program flyer.

Okay, ich werd mich dran gewöhnen wieder auch auf deutsch zu posten. Also, ich hab mich gestern mit meinem Freund Mattis getroffen, der gerade beim Schnawwl in Mannheim  einen Kurs mitmacht und schauspielt und Regie führt. Ich hab also ein paar Fotos von den Proben geschossen und bin sehr gespannt aufs Endprodukt. Ich denke das wird super. Später ziehen wir zwei los und suchen nach Motiven fürs Cover vom Programmheft. Mal sehen was das Wetter spricht. Es sieht sonnig aus, ich bräuchte aber bewölkt mit Regen. :-)

Dienstag, 1. Juni 2010

of cute chihuahua puppies and the universe

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My Goddaughter spent half the day with us. She loves mineral stones (such as Amethyst and so forth) and always hopes to one day find just the most precious one. Since she is so determined we had to go out into nature and look for some. She found lots of random ordinary stones we took home with us and which she then categorized into planets and the sun and stars and the milky way. And then dumped them at my place. Now I have my own universe consisting of the potato-planet and two falling stars and a spaceship and...

We then took her back home and this leads to the cutest puppy ever. They named him Luigi and he has figured out how to walk just a couple of days ago. Tiniest thing ever. And he also reminds me of an Ewok. (That's probably what I'd call him.) Okay. So here is a picspam.

I love how Luna (the big one) always keeps her distance. She only went near him as I had him on my lap. Otherwise she is super careful not to stomp on him (which is quite easily done). So cute.