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Harbour Lights

Harbour Cranes
Wenn es draußen grau und trist ist, holt man sich die Farbe aus dem Fotoarchiv wieder zurück. Der Hafenbereich ist bei einem Sonnenuntergang, zur blauen Stunde, besonders entschleunigend den Tag ausklingen zu lassen. Dazu der Kontrast der Hafenkräne als Silhouette, die von weitem wie Giraffen aussehen, vor einem malerischen Abendhimmel. Auch wenn das Foto so aussieht, als sei es im Sommer entstanden. Es entstand Ende Februar. Hier noch zwei weitere Fotos aus dem Hafenbereich aus dem Archiv.

…Der Hafen, die Lichter, die Sehnsucht begleiten
das Schiff in die Ferne hinaus…
(Hans Albers)

When it is dreary outside, I take a look in the photo archive to bring back the colour. The port area, the lights…is perfect to close the day at the blue hour at sunset. The contrast from the harbour cranes, looking from distance like giraffes, and a picturesque sky. Still the image looks like that it captured in summer, it is photographed end of february. Here are two more images taken in the port area from the photo archive.
Harbour Silhouette
“The camera is an instrument that teaches people how to see without a camera.”
(Dorothea Lange)
Sunset Harbour Summer
“The eye should learn to listen before it looks.”
(Robert Frank)


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Don’t shoot what it looks like. Shoot what it feels like.

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

“Don’t shoot what it looks like. Shoot what it feels like.”
(David Alan Harvey)

Es ist wieder Zeit aus den vielen Seiten im weltweiten Netz in loser Folge handverlesene Artikel und Links aus den Bereichen Fotografie, Visuelle Kultur u.a. zu teilen.

50 Years Ago: A Look Back at 1967
A half-century ago, protests erupted around the world against the Vietnam War, Montreal hosted Expo ‘67, race riots in the U.S. destroyed parts of Detroit and other northern cities, Elvis Presley married Priscilla in Las Vegas, O.J. Simpson was a running back for the University of Southern California, Israel fought and won the Six- Day War against Egypt, Jordan, and Syria, the 20th Century Limited passenger train made its final run from New York to Chicago, and much more.


“Intro sequence to “Abstract”. I drew this on the car window while driving with the film crew.”
Chrsitoph Niemann is a visual storyteller and created already many cover for The New Yorker. He connects creativity, humour, art and visual storytelling to an unique work. (via Christoph Niemann)

Behind the scenes at the Baftas 2017 – in pictures
Great b/w photo scenes with some candid shots taken at the Baftas 2017.
With exclusive backstage access, Guardian photographer Sarah Lee captured the stars’ preparations, the parties and the red carpet atmosphere of this year’s British Academy film awards.

Hengki Koentjoro is a master in black and white photography.

Tips for Long-term Photographic Projects (Magnum Photos)
Are you thinking for a long term project in photography. Here are five lessons in developing and sustaining a long-term photographic project from Magnum and industry insiders. for example: Have a mission statement

The city that sleeps: deserted New York City
New York is home to more than 8 million inhabitants but Genaro Bardy has managed to photograph the city devoid of people. Part of a wider project called Desert in the City, which includes London, Paris and Rome.

Photos of NYC in the early 1970s
In the early 1970s, Camilo José Vergara trained his camera on scenes of everyday street life in New York City. His photographs captured kids playing on the street, subway cars before graffiti, sections of the Bronx that look bombed out, and the construction of the World Trade Center in progress.

Landscapes within landscapes
Artist Laura Plageman, who works in the San Francisco Bay Area, where she grew up, manipulates her photographs physically rather than digitally. In her ongoing series Response, she alters sea and landscapes and forest scenes to create something she describes as being “both a truth and a fiction”.

Cut in two: travels along the US-Mexico border
Borderproject2017 aims to document life on both sides of the US/Mexico border. Three AFP photographers, Jim Watson, Yuri Cortez, and Guillermo Arias, spent ten days travelling along the 2,000 mile frontier from the Pacific Ocean to the Gulf of Mexico.

Sony world photography awards 2017 shortlist
Some incredible photography shortlisted in this year’s Sony World Photo Awards.

Land of blood and honey: David Rubinger’s Israel
In memoria. David Rubinger’s images of Israel showed the chaos and humanity behind the headlines.

Linda Wisdom – Light Chaser
“My Light Chaser series of images has been an ongoing project for about 8 years, pretty much since I discovered my passion for street photography. As a street photographer and self-confessed ‘light chaser’, my eyes automatically gravitate towards ‘interesting light’ (whether man-made or natural), and using it in a creative manner.”
English photographer Linda Wisdom is a master in street photography and in black and white photography.

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Fish Auction Hall

Fish Auction Hall Altona
Die Altonaer Fischauktionshalle mit ihrem industriellen rauen Charme ist eines der Wahrzeichen der Stadt Hamburg. Gebaut wurde sie in den Jahren 1895/96 und steht heute unter Denkmalschutz. Innen bietet die Halle Platz für ca. 3.000 Gäste.
Fish Auction Hall Altona
The cultural heritage monument “Fish Auction Hall” in Altona with its industrial and rough charme is a symbol of the city of Hamburg. Built in 1895/96. The hall can accomodate at about 3.000 people. First you see the view from the ferry terminal. The second photo shows the view inside the hall.


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You don’t take a photograph, you make it

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While browsing through the internet I regularly come across on very interesting article about photography and visual culture. Here is to share a new selection of handpicked articles and links in English/German.

You don’t take a photograph, you make it.
(Ansel Adams)

Es ist wieder Zeit aus den vielen Seiten im weltweiten Netz in loser Folge handverlesene Artikel und Links aus den Bereichen Fotografie, Visuelle Kultur u.a. in Deutscher und Englischer Sprache zu teilen.

Martin U Waltz is one of my favourite photographer. Living in Berlin, he loves among other things the combination of rain and street photography. Since rain changes the mood and the city completely, he write in his good read article. 3 tips for amazing street photographs in the rain. And the first tip is “Bring an unbrella”.
How to shoot street photography in the rain

The unknown hue of blueish light is hidden for the human eye, but the photography shows us things we otherwise overlook, such as a simple traffic light on the street.
Traffic lights by photographer Lucas Zimmermann

Arcticphotography. Timo Lieber´s aerial shots of the lakes forming on the Arctic ice cap are a beautiful but chilling reminder of the impact of climate change.
Timo Lieber’s Arctic photography

Street Photography from Berlin by Oliver Krumes, 2016/2017.

Trekking and dessert photography taken in Iran. Iran’s Dasht-e Lut with its giant dunes, salt plains and kaluts provides an epic journey of breathtaking beauty and wilderness, as seen in these images from a 15-day trek with Secret Compass.
Trekking Iran’s Lut desert: a wild, remote adventure – in pictures

Philippe Halsman’s photos of celebrities jumping (Richard Nixon, Marilyn Monroe, Audrey Hepburn, etc.). For a period in the 1950s, Halsman ended his portrait shoots by asking his famous subjects to jump. The results were disarming. Follow the link and Jump

What makes a photo great? 4 key elements: Design, Information, Emotion, and Timing.
The 4 Key Elements that Make a Great Photo

Excellent article by Amanda Petrusich about John Cale´s Inventive Retrospection and his great back catalogue.
JOHN CALE’S INVENTIVE RETROSPECTION

Above and beyond: a selection of the world’s best drone photography from SkyPixel’s 2016 in pictures.

Love this. Harold Feinstein’s shots of ordinary New Yorkers helped kickstart the street photography boom.
Coney Island, baby! The romance of mid-century New York

Ignore the Super Bowl and follow the beautiful photo essay! It is “Superb Owl” Sunday. (with 28 images)

Ein richtig tolles Interview was Jochen Wegner für das ZEIT-Magazin mit dem Amerikanischen Schriftsteller William Gibson, der u.a. den Cyberspace erfand, über die Zukunft. Bitte hier weiterlesen…

Joachen Wegner: Mr. Gibson, warum gibt es noch Bücher?

Gibson: Weil alle Alternativen nicht befriedigend sind. Ein physisches Objekt, das 300 unterschiedliche Screenshots darstellt, aber keine Elektrizität benötigt und für die Ewigkeit ist, wenn Sie es einigermaßen warm und trocken halten, ist eine verblüffende, hochmoderne Technologie. Mit der ersten elektromagnetischen Pulswaffe, die über Ihrer Stadt ausgelöst wird, werden alle anderen Informationen zerstört sein. Aber Ihr Buch ist noch da.

Und in eigener Sache. Seit Januar schreibe ich zusammen mit dem Bloggerfreund Gerhard in seinem Blog “Kulturforum” eine Artikelserie rundum “Black Music”. Im “Soul Family Tree” geht es um Musik, vom Blues über Soul, Funk, Jazz bis zur Moderne was den Hip Hop z.B. mit einbezieht. Bislang sind 6 Artikel erschienen und der nächste wird wie immer Freitags erscheinen. Ich wünsche mir für die Serie viele Leser. Nicht darum weil ich meistens die Artikel schreibe, sondern weil das Thema “Black Music” spannend ist und einfach einen größeren Blograum braucht.
Bitte hier weiterlesen…

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Winter Blue(s)

Winter Blue
Winter ist die Jahreszeit wo die ganze Welt zu schlafen scheint. Das Wetter ist kalt und oft grau, der Boden ist hart und die Bäume und Pflanzen scheinen ebenso im Winterschlaf zu sein. Aber der Winter hat auch Farben. Perfekt für einen Spaziergang und die Sonne, einen blauen Himmel und die Natur zu genießen. Dazu gibt es hier den ersten Teil einer Serie die ich “Winter Blue(s)” genannt, mit Blau als Hauptfarbe.

Winter is the season when the whole world seems to go to sleep. The weather is cold and often grey, the ground is hard, and the trees and plants seem to be in a winter sleep. But Winter has still colours. Perfect for a walk in the nature to enjoy the sunshine and blue sky. Here to share the first part of a series called “Winter Blue(s)”.
Winter Blue Jenish House
Weit wie mit dichtem Diamantstaube
bestreut, erscheinen Flur und Flut,
und in die Herzen, traumgemut,
steigt ein kapellenloser Glaube,
der leise seine Wunder tut.
Rainer Maria Rilke (1875-1926)/ Es gibt so wunderweiße Nächte
Winter Blue Tree Silhouette
Alle Fotos sind im Januar aufgenommen. Fortsetzung folgt.

All images are taken in Janaury. The series will be continued.


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Evening Song

Warehouse District At Night
Wenn es Nacht wird treibt es mich oft im Winter in die Speicherstadt. Stets auf der Suche nach Licht und dem besonderen Charme der Architektur. Zusammen mit dem Abendlied von Matthias Claudius eine inspirierende Melange.

When the night falls. Especially in the winter period I like to stroll around the warehouse district. Always looking for lights and to capture the special character of the architecture. Perfect with the words from the poem “Evening Song” by Matthias Claudius.

Der Mond ist aufgegangen,
die goldnen Sternlein prangen
am Himmel hell und klar;
der Wald steht schwarz und schweiget,
und aus den Wiesen steiget
der weiße Nebel wunderbar.

The Moon is risen, beaming,
The golden stars are gleaming
So brightly in the skies;
The hushed, black woods are dreaming,
The mists, like phantoms seeming,
From meadows magically rise.

Warehouse District At Night
Wie ist die Welt so stille
und in der Dämmrung Hülle
so traulich und so hold!
Als eine stille Kammer,
wo ihr des Tages Jammer
verschlafen und vergessen sollt.

How still the world reposes,
While twilight round it closes,
So peaceful and so fair!
A quiet room for sleeping,
Into oblivion steeping
The day’s distress and sober care.

Harbour City Hotel
Sehr ihr den Mond dort stehen?
Er ist nur halb zu sehen
und ist doch rund und schön.
So sind wohl manche Sachen,
die wir getrost belachen,
weil unsre Augen sie nicht sehn.

Look at the moon so lonely!
One half is shining only,
Yet she is round and bright;
Thus oft we laugh unknowing
At things that are not showing,
That still are hidden from our sight.

Abendlied von Matthias Claudius (1740–1815)
Evening Song/The Moon is risen by Matthias Claudius (1740–1815)

Matthias Claudius wurde 1740 in der Kleinstadt Reinbek geboren. Er schrieb für “Der Wandsbecker Bothe” wo er seine Gedichte und Essays veröffentlichte. Er verstarb 1815 in Hamburg.

Matthias Claudius was born in 1740 in the small town of Reinfeld, Germany. He edited “Der Wandsbecker Bothe”, in which he also published many of his poems and essays. He died in Hamburg 1815.


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Think up ideas for stories, go out and shoot them

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While browsing through the internet I regularly come across on very interesting article about photography and visual culture. Here is to share a new selection of handpicked articles and links in English/German.

Es ist wieder Zeit aus den vielen Seiten im weltweiten Netz in loser Folge handverlesene Artikel und Links aus den Bereichen Fotografie, Visuelle Kultur u.a. in Deutscher und Englischer Sprache zu teilen.

“Think up ideas for stories, go out and shoot them” (Stanley Kubrick/1948)
The New York subway, by Stanley Kubrick. Shots by a 17-year-old Kubrick, for ‘Look’ magazine

Pete Souza ist Fotograf und war in den vergangenen fast 8 Jahren der Fotograf an Barrack Obamas´s Seite. Herausgekommen sind eine ganze Reihe von herausragenden Bildern die bleiben werden.
Official White House photographer Pete Souza spent eight years by the president’s side, capturing more than two million moments, large and small. The resulting body of work documents the work and play that took place in the White House and beyond, with a number of iconic images that will live for years in history books.
The Obama Years, Through the Lens of White House Photographer Pete Souza

Autoportraits aus den 70´er Jahren aufgenommen in New York.
Langdon Clay spent two years in the 1970s roaming the streets of New York at night, photographing parked and abandoned cars, a period when America was producing some of the most distinctive cars ever made.
Eerie portraits of cars in 1970s New York – in pictures

Herbie Hancock, Pharoah Sanders, Roy Ayers and more Living Jazz Legends …always dressed to kill.
These 10 Living Legends of Jazz Prove Nobody Can Out-Dress the OGs

Streetphotography in Boston and New York
The eyes of the city: 20 years of street photography – in pictures

Gratitude to London coffee shops and cafes. From “Slice of London Life’s archives.” And by the way the archive is a treasure trove by Nicola Albon.
Working Hard in Cafe´s

Wonderful Black and White Photography (via Jürgen Lübeck)
A JOURNEY TO GLASGOW, SCOTLAND

Harry Benson: “What I’ve learned is that photography is not a team sport. Perseverance counts.”
The photojournalist and celebrity portraitist has photographed every U.S. president since Eisenhower, attended Truman Capote’s Black and White Ball, marched with Martin Luther King Jr., and documented the Berlin wall go both up and down.
‘Photography Is Not a Team Sport

Wise words and professional practice by Magnum Photographer John Morris
“Good composition takes the eye to the focal point.”
Professional Practice: John Morris on Photo Editing

Storytelling at his best via New York Times. Step into the World of L.A. noir through a series of nine virtual reality films & striking b/w photographs.
Great Performers

Missing snow? Street photography that shows a winter wonderland in Russia

Magische Architekturfotografie. Eine inspirierende Balance aus Realismus und maximaler Bildwirkung
Andreas Levers: “Nachdem ich anfangs jedem Trend hintergelaufen bin und versucht habe „Erfolgsrezepte“ zu optimieren, bin ich irgendwann frustriert dazu übergegangen für mich selbst zu fotografieren. Wenn man konsequent seinen eigenen Weg sucht und dann geht, finden sich auch Menschen, die sich dafür interessieren.”
Die nüchterne Magie der Architektur – Andreas Levers im Interview

Es gibt Texte aus 2016 die auch im neuen Jahr aktuell sind. “Die Hoffnung vertieft und erweitert sich dort, wo Menschen aufeinander zugehen…” (Carolin Emcke)
Normalität (Süddeutsche Zeitung)

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