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The camera sees more than the eye, do why don´t make use of it?

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

“The camera sees more than the eye, do why don´t make use of it?”
(Edward Weston)

Night owls: portraits of life on the night bus
Beautiful Street Photography. In an ongoing project, Guardian photographer Sarah Lee immerses herself in the world of London’s buses, capturing candid portraits of people during their night-time journeys.

Travel 3,000 Miles Through China’s Wondrous Wild West
“It’s one of the longest train journeys in the world—2,910 miles (4,683 kilometers) across China. And when photographer Matthieu Paley was looking for ways to get his wife and two sons from Hong Kong to northwest China, it looked like the perfect option.” (National Geographic)

NORTH – An interactive and illustrated travelogue
This is so wonderful: Christoph Niemann travelled to a Norwegian archipel and made this illustrated travelogue for National Geographic.

Dazed and confused: Joseph Szabo’s portraits of adolescence
Joseph Szabo was a frustrated high-school teacher in need of inspiration – so he started photographing his students, and captured all the angst and excitement of being caught between childhood and adulthood.

Will London Fall? How Dare You! (New York Times)
Very good read. The city of London after the brexit. This is an excellent piece in storytelling with brilliant images.

Pull up to the bumper
From 1978 to 1981, David Freund photographed petrol stations in more than 40 US states – adding up to an everyman portrait of America.

Iggy Pop chats to Mary Anne Hobbs (30 minutes/BBC)
Mary Anne Hobbs speaks to music icon Iggy Pop, as part of his 70th Birthday celebrations. The punk pioneer, born James Newell Osterberg, speaks about love, loss and beauty, and his plans for the future.

New York City after the second world war
Todd Webb’s photographs of postwar New York depict the warmth and diversity of the city. He studied under Ansel Adams, and his beautiful black and white shots reflect that influence.

Diane Arbus: portraits in New York City parks
A new exhibition at Lévy Gorvy in New York focuses on early portraits by Diane Arbus shot in Central and Washington Square parks. The show traces her career from her beginnings as a portrait photographer to a shot of a young man and his girlfriend with hot dogs in the park from 1971, the year of her death.

Modern Blackout Curtains Turn Windows into Penthouse Views of a City at Night
When it comes to window blinds, our options for something that’s truly unique can seem limited. But as Ukrainian designers HoleRoll demonstrate, modern blinds for windows can transcend their practicality and double as spectacular shadow art for your home.

6 Photography Tips for Making Puddles Look Epic
I love puddle photography. Here are six tips for photographing puddles to create epic photos, whether you’re shooting with a DSLR, a point-and-shoot camera, or your smartphone.
For example: 1. Get low to the ground and try different angles.

6 Lessons I’ve Learned After Shooting All the Expensive Cameras
The well known Photographer Erick Kim about the lessons he learned after shooting all the expensive cameras out there.
First Lesson: If your photos aren’t good enough, your camera isn’t expensive enough

Bei ZEITOnline gibt es einen bemerkenswerten Artikel über Digitalfotografie und dazu einige philosophische Gedanken und Betrachtungen. Verschwindet die Digitalkamera und bleiben nur Mobilgeräte in einigen Jahren überig? Hier weiterlesen…Melancholie der Bilddatenbank

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The subject matter is so much more important than the photographer

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.

“The subject matter is so much more important than the photographer.”
(Gordon Parks)

Technique counts but to make a photo that touches your soul, empathy is the key.
Why Photos Should Be ‘So Much More Than Beautiful’ (National Geographic Story)
“Photographer Ami Vitale covers stories about culture, animals, and global issues with a thoughtful eye. Her work aims to engage viewer’s emotions while informing them about global issues. As part of our “Through the Lens” series, we spoke with Vitale to find out what makes her tick.”

Good and really workable tips”: 5 Things That Will Instantly Improve Your Photography
Tip number 1:  “Have Patience.”
“If you are not prepared to be patient, you’re not going to get many shots you like.”

Behind the photos – The Man on the Bed (Time)
This AFP photo from Aleppo is one of the most haunting, powerful images I’ve seen in a long time. A novel in one shot. A 70-year-old man smokes his pipe as he sits in his destroyed bedroom, listening to music, in Aleppo’s formerly rebel-held neighborhood of al-Shaar on March 9, 2017.

And read the story by the original photographer Joseph Eid: The music over the ruins of Aleppo (AFP)

Follow New York Street Photographer Daniel Arnold´s special look and his really creatively Streetphotography
Daniel Arnold’s Tongue-in-Cheek Take on New York Style (New York Times)

What a photo series. Photographies of giant Pipes in Germany. (Fubiz)
“Robert Götzfried grew up and lives today in southern Germany, surrounded by church, including Catholic churches. Buildings of which he appreciates the architecture and the calm that reigns inside. What intrigued him inside these places of worship are the giant pipes emerging from the organs. His Pipes series below demonstrates this.”

Backstage with “Lady” Billie Holiday. An intimate photo set taken in 1957. Two Years before she died.

How dogs get older: A fascinating and deeply touching photography project
Photographer Amanda Jones has dedicated the past 20 years to an incredible photography project which aims to show just how fleeting the lives of our beloved pets are.

A look back. New York Street Photography in the 70s and 80s
“The 1970s and 1980s were gritty, exciting times in New York City. Manhattan pulsed with energy, with different sides of the city revealing danger and opulence. As the city transformed into the New York we now know, those heady days seem a distant memory.”

How to Spot a Highly Evolved Photographer
Beautiful photo set with inspiring quotes. “Photographers are found in abundance. Exceptional ones, though are extremely rare. Even in the most respected organizations, few can captivate the viewer by evoking wonder, curiosity, and inspiration. Only a handful of highly evolved photographers can capture imagery with the potency and emotion that wins Pulitzers.”

30 Years Ago: A Look Back at 1987
Take a step into a visual time capsule now, for a brief look at the year 1987 (41 photos).

Stunning photo selection of cloud images captured from around the world.
“Roll clouds and wave-like asperitas are among the additions to the new digital International Cloud Atlas, that dates back to the 19th century. It features hundreds of images captured by meteorologists and cloud lovers from around the world.”

Evocative abstract images mark Ray K Metzker out as one of the great masters of photography
Metzker was a modernist who experimented with formal techniques to create new ways of seeing. His evocative cityscapes mark him out as one of the great masters of American photography.

Related Posts

Think up ideas for stories, go out and shoot them

You don’t take a photograph, you make it

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

(Photo Credit: Unsplash/


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

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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You don’t take a photograph, you make it

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.

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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Bright Side

Bright Side
A short stop in Hamburg Sankt Pauli. Due to a delay to an appointment, I just only had 30 minutes for a walk. When the sun is shining, I am looking especially for light and shaow plays, reflections, where I can use the natural surroundings. I found quick a nice scene. A Window reflection, a road sign, the bright road surface. I stood on the bright side and decided to capture this in black and white. The building is a hotel complex, at the beginning of the Reeperbahn street. I really like days like this.

Ein kurzer Stopp in Hamburg St. Pauli. Durch eine Verspätung bei einer Verabredung, hatte ich nur 30 Minuten Zeit für einen Spaziergang. Wenn die Sonne scheint, schaue ich vornehmlich nach Licht- und Schattenspielen, Spiegelungen, wo ich die natürliche Umgebung nutzen kann. Schnell fand ich ein interessantes Motiv. Eine Fensterspiegelung, ein Straßenschild, der helle Straßenbelag. Ich stand auf der Sonnenseite und entschied diesen Moment in Schwarz/Weiß im Bild fest zu halten. Das Gebäude ist ein Hotelkomplex und steht am Beginn der Reeperbahn. Ich mag Tage wie diese sehr.


Blue Hotel

Blue Hotel I
Heute geht es um Moderne Architektur. Die Spiegelung an der Hausfassade eines relativ neuen Design-Hotels in Hamburg, St. Pauli sprang mir sofort ins Auge. Farben, Formen treffen auf Moderne Architektur. Es ist eine abstrakte Mischung mit Bildern und dazu ein stahlblauer Himmel und schönes morgendliches Licht. Auf dem zweiten Foto sieht man die futuristisch anmutende Hausfassade von der Seite. In diesem Zusammenhang, zur Farbe Blau, empfehle ich die gut kuratierte Ausstellung “Piet Mondrian Farbe” im Hamburger Bucerius Kunst Forum, bis zum 11. Mai 2014 zu besuchen. Rot, Gelb und Blau sind die Farben, die sein Werk berühmt gemacht haben.

Today it is about modern architecture. The reflection on the facade of a relatively newly built design hotel in Hamburg, St. Pauli,immediately catches my eyes, where Forms and Colors meets modern architecture. It is a mixture between the figurative and abstract. There is also a blue sky and a pleasant light in the morning. On the second photo you can see the futuristic looking house facade from the side. In this context, because of the blue color,  I recommend to visit the well curated exhibition “Mondrian Color” in the Hamburg Bucerius Art Forum, till May, 11,2014. Piet Mondrian’s work is known for his use of red, yellow and blue in his paintings. 
Blue Hotel II


Linktipps mit GEMA, Murmuration, Donald Byrd, einer Photo-Reise, Architektur, Espresso und anderes


Design Made In Germany
Auch wenn 2013 schon einige Wochen alt ist, bin ich erst jetzt auf diesen einzigartigen Systemform-Endloskalender gestoßen, mit einer Länge von 95 Meter und 40 Zentimeter! Hammer, Nägel und eine Anleitung liegen bei.

Das eigene Magazin
Wer schon mit dem Gedanken gespielt hat, ein eigenes Magazin heraus zu bringen, dem wird diese sehr gute Übersicht helfen. Hier wird über rechtliche Fragestellungen in den Medien – von Titel- und Markenschutz über zum Urheberrecht bis zum Impressum berichtet: Magazine machen

the Atlantic werfen einen aktuellen Blick in ein Land, das immer wieder in den Schlagzeilen steht: Afghanistan im Januar 2013

The Big Picture schauen nach oben und zeigen beeindruckende Bilder vom Himmel: The Sky

Und noch eine weitere sehr gute Bilderselektion. Die Gewinner aus mehr als 122.000 Einsendungen aus 170 Ländern in: The 2013 Sony World Photography Awards

Room Portraits
Menno Aden´s “Room Portraits” haben eine besondere Perspektive.

“The views into private homes and secret retreats bring up associations of the ubiquitous observation camera.”

Die Photomontagen von Erik Johansson sind außergewöhnlich. Im Interview mit kwerfeldein erklärt er seine Herangehensweise und gibt Einblicke wie seine Kunstwerke entstehen: Im Gespräch mit Erik Johansson

Interessant! Wie man ein kleines Haus in London verlängert, zeigt Dezeen in dem Artikel “Slim House Extension”.

Espresso aus der Mikrowelle gefällig? Bei diesem Beitrag musste ich stutzen. Ein Espresso-Bereiter aus der Mikrowelle?! Trotz des Artikels in Fast Company bleibe ich skeptisch.  Hier die Deutsche Webseite vom Piamo-Espresso-Bereiter.

Things Fitting Perfectly Into Other Things (TFPIOT) ist ein fantastisches Tumblr-Blog das Bilder, Videos und animierte GIF´s zeigt von alltäglichen Gegenständen die eigentlich überhaupt nicht zusammen passen.

kwerfeldein hat den 2. Teil von der Photo-Reise “Von Frankreich über Spanien nach Skandinavien” veröffentlicht mit atemberaubenden Photos. Der 1. Teil gibt es hier. Ein großes Kompliment für die Auswahl der Bilder und der begleitenden Texte.

Davon bitte mehr in Deutschen Städten. Wie man aus grauen Stromkästen mit etwas Farbe eine Mikrostadt kreieren kann, zeigt der Streetartkünstler Evol bei MC Winkel im Blog: Buildings bei Evol

Die meisten kennen die GEMA im Zusammenhang mit der Sperrung von YouTube-Videos. Doch wer steckt hinter der GEMA? Diese dreiteilige Artikelserie versucht ein wenig Licht ins Dunkel zu bringen. Sehr aufschlussreich. Im ersten Teil geht es um Basics zur GEMA und im zweiten Teil um Mitgliedschaft und Ausschüttung. Im dritten Teil wird es um die Thematik GEMA vs. YouTube gehen.

Zum Tod von Donald Byrd
Der Jazz-Trompeter Donald Byrd hat mir allen Jazz-Größen gespielt, entdeckte Herbie Hancock, arbeitete mit Gospelchören, experimentierte mit Musikstilen und wurde später von Hip-Hop-Musikern geehrt, da sie seine Grooves übernahmen. Andrian Kreye erinnert in seinem Artikel “Der Überflieger” an diesen großen Musiker. Oliver Wang von den Soul-Sides hat seine persönliche Donald Byrd-Playlist zusammengestellt: “The Many Flights Of Donald Byrd

Das ist ein besonderes und beeindruckendes Naturspektakel, wo sich Tausende Stare zu einem Riesenschwarm zusammen finden und Flugmanöver unternehmen. Und man glaubt es kaum: der Schwarm organisiert sich selbst. Hier noch ein zweites Video, das dieses Naturphänomen in 2011 zeigt.

A bird ballet | Music Video from Neels CASTILLON on Vimeo.