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Cloudscapes

Cloud Nine
In der Zwischenzeit. Weitere An- und Aussichten vom Sommer dieses Jahr.
Manchmal braucht es nur einen bewegten und bewölkten Himmel um wach zu werden.

“To the complaint, ‘There are no people in these photographs,’
I respond, There are always two people:
the photographer and the viewer.”
(Ansel Adams)

In the meantime. This year summer period so far. Facets of a season.
Sometimes it just needs a cloudy sky to wake up.


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In Green

Green Tree
Der Sommer soweit…ist wie eine Schachtel Pralinen – man weiß nie was man kriegt. Darum sollte man die kleinen und besonderen Momente schätzen und sich daran erfreuen, wie hier die Farbe Grün in der Natur.
Green Tree
The summer season so far…is like a box of chocolates – you never know what you’re gonna get. Therefore enjoy the little moments. Here to share the colour of green in nature.


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Weekly Photo Challenge Satisfaction

Hydrangea Monochrome
This is my entry for this week´s Weekly Photo Challenge “Satisfaction” which is an interesting theme. The first image I had in my mind was the hydrangea blossom captured in black and white. Love the beauty of the hydrangea/hortensia blossom with her really interesting sapels.

“Satisfaction” ist das aktuelle Foto-Wochenthema der “Weekly Photo Challenge”, was ein ebenso interessantes Thema ist. Spontan hatte ich das Foto dieser Hortensienblüte, in schwarz/weiß, im Kopf. Besonders mag ich die Blüte mit ihren interessanten Kelchblättern. Dies ist mein Beitrag zu diesem Thema.

Weekly Photo Challenge Satisfaction


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Be Here

Sunset along the elbe river
Wenn es draußen regnet und frisch ist und es gar nicht nach Sommer aussieht, holt man sich die Sonne zumindest per Foto zurück. Sonne, Licht und ein malerischer Sonnenuntergang. Möge der Sommer bald wieder zurück kommen.

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things
that you didn’t do than by the ones you did so.
So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor.
Catch the trade winds in your sails.
Explore. Dream. Discover.”
(Mark Twain)

Due to the actual stormy and rainy weather a look back. It is time to return the sun. Here to share a sunset pic together with the inspiring words by Mark Twain. Sun, light and a picturesque sunset. May the summer with sun will return quick.


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T(h)ere

Mystic Nature Trees
Es muss nicht immer bunt sein um Sommerfarben und Licht einzufangen. Hier ist ein weiteres Foto aus der Reihe “T(h)ere” wo der Ort hier wie dort sein kann.

Momente an den Rändern des Tages fernab vom Lärm des Tages. Und immer wieder das besondere Licht. Gerade in diesen wechselhaften Tagen braucht es hin und wieder diese Auszeiten und Aussichten.

“We don’t have a language for the senses. Feelings are images, sensations are like musical sounds.”
(Anais Nin)

There is no need to capture summer colors and light in color. And again the special light. Here to share a second image from the photo set “T(h)ere” where the location and place is secondarely.

Just one of these moments far away from the noise of the day. Even on changeable days sometimes it needs a short time out and perspective.


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The Painter Constructs, The Photographer Discloses

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While browsing through the internet I regularly come across on very interesting articles about photography and visual culture. Here is to share a new selection of handpicked articles, links and tweets. Enjoy!

“The painter constructs, the photographer discloses.”
(Susan Sontag)

THE LENS OF FAN HO
The spirit of old Hong Kong lives on in these black-and-white images by master photographer Fan Ho
Fan Ho’s haunting black-and-white photos chronicling old Hong Kong show how much the city has changed since the 1950s. Ho documented the street life of Hong Kong throughout his career as a photographer, offering a glimpse of the lives of city-dwellers with his moody images that were carefully composed with the use of light, shadow, and the contours of architecture.

A hot summer night in London
Midsummer, heavy heat, and London is beside itself: couples kiss by tube station steps, accordion players linger on street corners, the city is alive with the coatless, bare-legged and bewildered. Across the air comes the sound of last orders, police sirens, blurry conversation, while the backstreets stand quiet, lost in the scent of jasmine and dust.
On a midsummer night, after the hottest June day since 1976, photographer Sarah Lee travelled across London with writer Laura Barton to capture the capital’s mood.

The Photojournalist Using His Camera to Level the Score
Wonderful black and white photo set. Over his almost 60-year career photographer Neil Libbert has shot everything from the Brixton Riots to George Best, a young Helen Mirren, the folk working at a DHSS Benefit Office, and children playing on the streets of Harlem in the 1960s.

The Mammoth Pirates
In Russia’s Arctic north, a new kind of gold rush is under way. This is a fascinating photo reportage and natural history writing at its best. Really worth to read.

Why we should learn German by John le Carré
You’ve probably heard the Mark Twain gag: “Some German words are so long they have a perspective.” You can make up crazy adjectives like “my-recently-by-my-parents-thrown- out-of- the-window PlayStation”.

Dennis Stock’s Jazz Street
Dennis Stock evokes the improvisational spirit of the American Jazz scene in the late 1950s.
“I had a passion for jazz. I had listened and attended many jazz sessions from a child on. So I went out for three years and explored the world of musicians all across the United States and had a wonderful time. It was joyful. Just marvelous.”
Have a look on Miles Davis, Billie Holiday, Earl Hines, Ella Fitzgerald and many others more.

1000 GESTALTEN / G 20 Hamburg Summit from 1000 GESTALTEN on Vimeo.

The art of taking the perfect Glastonbury photo (Picture Essay)
From stars and politicians on stage to capturing some of the festival’s more unusual characters, Guardian photographer David Levene explains the art of taking the perfect Glastonbury photo.

Gorgeous goats
Meet Ben, Bella, Sherlock and Sydney – the elegant goats turned into portraits by Kevin Horan. As the American photographer explains, he just treated them ‘like customers in a small-town photo studio’.

Chicago’s South Side
The everyday lives of the African-American community in Chicago’s South Side captured by Wayne Miller in a historic photoessay.

How Gandhi’s last day was photographed
In January 1948, French photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson took the last photos of Gandhi before the Indian leader’s assassination.

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(Photo Credit: Unsplash/ https://unsplash.com/)


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Pensive Mood

Pensive mood on the water
Kurz einige Gedanken in eigener Sache. Die Stadt Hamburg war in den letzten Tagen (Anlass war der G20-Gipfel) im Ausnahmezustand. Es gab entsetzliche Bilder die sprachlos machten und verstörend waren. Gewalt und Zerstörung dominierten. Geschäfte wurden geplündert, Autos brannten und autonome Banden liefen marodierend durch die Strassen.

Mein Thema hier im Blog ist die Fotografie, stimmungsfrohe Fotos, das besondere und schöne aus dem Alltäglichen festzuhalten. Doch nach den Erlebnissen und Ereignissen der letzten Tage kam ich an einen Punkt, dass ich nicht einfach so weiter machen kann als wäre nichts geschehen. Viele Fragen bleiben offen und ebenso die Hoffnung, dass mit Ruhe und Besonnenheit die Ereignisse aufgearbeitet werden. Ich möchte hier keine Diskussion dazu starten, nur meine kurzen Gedanken und Nachdenklichkeit teilen.

Just some thoughts on what happened in the last couple of days. The city of Hamburg was in state of emergency due to the G-20 summit. There were shocking scenes and disturbing images which made speechless and thoughtfull. Riot, rage and destruction were the order of the day. Stores were looted, cars burned and bands of anarchists marauded through the streets.

Photography is my matter here to share the extra in the ordinary. But after the experiences in the last couple of days I came too on a point that I can´t go on as if nothing had happened. Many questions remain open. But there is still the hope that with competence and wisdom all what happened will reappraise. I hope for your understanding but I don´t want to start a discussion about this matter, just to share my thoughts.