Music and Shadows

This photograph shows one of the strangest scenes I have encountered in recent years. However, the picture alone is unable to transmit the bizarreness of the scene because it was the not just the fog, the light and the shadows but the loud music came from these three silhouettes walking down the street in this remote place just before nightfall. The father was moving a scooter with a big battery and a speakerbox, while his wife and child asked for money from people passing by.

Click play to listen to my brief recording and emerge into this strange scene. Where could this be?

Reminding us of our humble existence

I was sitting at the edge of one of the many cliffs at the Grand Canyon. A mild breeze blew onto my face, cooling my skin from the heat of that saturday in May. We had feared to be surrounded by hoards of other tourists but I we were lucky, as we were all alone heard nothing but the mountain wind.

It all felt so unreal and detached from life as I experienced it day by day. So here we stand as twenty-something year olds with a good fourth of our lives behind us, looking at a spectacular miracle that took over five million years of rivers, rain and ice to create. I had never felt this humbled by nature before.

Click on any of the images below or here to see my gallery of 25 impressions from the Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona.





Holding together

I clearly remember the day and the instant I took this picture. I would not have expected that an image like this would come out of a sunday afternoon stroll around the Oktoberfest. Even though it is certainly not a perfect still, I thought I should absolutely publish this image on my website. Later that night, I tried to figure out something interesting to write about as a post but after several attempts, nothing satisfying crossed my mind. I just had to picture but no concept to it…

And so for over one and a half years, this peculiar picture rested on my harddrives together with tens of thousands of other images who have never seen the light of day (or the light of the internet). Until now.

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Das Auge isst mit

Delicious food! Whoever you are, wherever you are, there is always a distinct joy of savoring a tasty meal or snack. Germans like to say “Das Auge isst mit!”, which means that seeing your dish is part of the experience and hence part of the joy depending on how tasty and/or exquisite you think it looks.

In the near future I will publish a small gallery of pictures with local specialities from around the world, so regard this picture as an appetizer to the eye.

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Jump in !

Do you travel and take pictures of the journey or is taking pictures the reason why you travel?
If the answer for you is the latter, then you probably have photographic ambitions and want to go beyond documentation and snapshooting. Let us assume that your primary intention is share the photographs and tell a stories about the amazing things you can encounter all across the world. Well all know too well that hour long slideshows can be overwhelmingly boring. But how is that possible if the trip itself was amazing and what can photography do about it?

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Veins, Blood, Brains and Associations

Some years ago when I started going to art galleries, I always shook my head when I saw works named “untitled”. To me, this was simply a demonstration that the author just had no real concept in mind and wanted to get away with it by leaving no indication for interpretation – I drastically changed my mind years later.

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Enchantment and surprise

The image above shows Hachiko crossing in front of Tokyos Shibuya station, where around three million people get on and off trains every single day. As the traffic lights are set for cars to move, pedestrians gather along sides of the streets. Then it all discharges and masses of people flood the crossing from all sides at once. It’s a famous enchanting spectacle of modern society and humanity that I could watch for hours at a time.This of course challenged me to capture the essence of it in a still frame.

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Between fascination and disgust

This photograph depicts the head of a tuna that was used as a spectacular means of decoration in a banquet dinner on a conference in Matsue, western Japan. The raw meat of the fish was sliced into convenient pieces of sashimi, conveniently placed around the head so that guests could pick them up with chopsticks while looking at the deceased animal.
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