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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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Everything Must Change

Sunset Wittenbergen
“There are not many things
In life you can be sure of.
Except

Rain comes from the clouds,
And sun lights up the sky,
And humming birds do fly.

Winter turns to spring.
Wounded heart will heal.
Never much too soon
Everything must change…”
(Lyrics by George Benson)

Yesterday was the birthday of Nina Simone (1933-2003). Here to listen to her version of “Everything Must Change” (YouTube-Link)


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Slow Down

Sunset along elbe river
Spaziergänge an den Rändern des Tages im Winter. Wunderbares Licht und bewegende Lichtstimmungen. Stille und schöne Momente, abseits vom Lärm der Stadt, unterwegs.

Auch in der Fotografie sollte man sich manchmal von der Langsamkeit inspirieren lassen. Man muss nicht alles schnell im Bild festhalten. Wie schon Henri Cartier-Bresson im Interview sagte: “But over is too much.”

“It’s a question of concentration. Concentrate, think, watch, look and, ah, like this, you are ready. But you never know the culminative point of something. So you’re shooting. You say, “Yes. Yes. Maybe. Yes.” But you shouldn’t overshoot. It’s like overeating, overdrinking. You have to eat, you have to drink. But over is too much.”
(Henri Cartier-Bresson via Lens-Blogs/New York Times) …read more

Walks at the end of a day in Winter. Wonderful light and lightning mood. Silent and beautiful moments taken on the way and off from the noisy city.

Still in photography slowness is a great source for inspiration. As Henri Cartier-Bresson in the Interview said: “But over is too much.” There is no need to capture quick anything and everything.


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Venetian Carneval

Venetian Carneval in Hamburg 2017
Ein Hauch des venezianischen Karnevals wehte am letzten Wochenende rund um die Alster durch Hamburg. Bei eisigen Temperaturen konnte man mehrere Dutzend Menschen in barocken Kostümen und Masken begegnen. Eine Hommage an den venezianischen Karneval. Da sehr viele Fotografen und Menschen vor Ort waren, legte ich meinen Blick mehr auf die Fotografen um sie bei ihrer Arbeit zu fotografieren.

Last weekend a touch of venetian carneval breezed in Hamburg around the alster lake. At freezy temperatures a several dozens of people dressed up in old baroque custumes and masks. It is a hommage on the venetian carnival. Because really many photographers and people were on the way, I put my focus not on the masks but to shoot the photographers at work.
Venetian Carneval in Hamburg 2017

Blick auf die Alster Arkaden wo die Menschen ihre Kostümen und Masken zeigten.
View on the alster arcades where the people showed her custumes and masks.
Venetian Carneval in Hamburg 2017


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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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