What to buy in January 2009

December 30, 2008

“Single Exposures” by Brooks Jensen
“Letting go of the camera” by Brooks Jensen
“On being a photographer” by David Hurn (MAGNUM) and Bill Jay
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These three books are published by lenswork, one of my favorite magazines about photography. Chief editor Brooks Jensen, Professor of Photography Bill Jay and MAGNUM photographer David Hurn talk about photography and the creative process. This is not about cameras, equipment or other useless aspects, but solely about enhancing your creativity, structuring your workflow, and improving your approach towards photography.

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I can not overemphasize the level of help these publications have given me to improve my imagemaking. These essays and discussions help you to focus on what’s the essence of your photography, how to structure your work, and how to achieve actual results. lenswork has been such an inspiration that I reorganized the way I am organizing my work, the way I plan my projects, and the way I execute them. Since then, mu photography has not only become more satisfying, my images have also become much better!
Since this is about fine art photography, it is mainly about projects, working on themes, and how to buikd up a portfolio.

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As an inspiration and help for the new year, I can highly recommend to get all three books. I enjoyed every single page of them. They can be purchased here, on lenswork’s website.

Merry Christmas!

December 23, 2008

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I wish everyone a happy Christmas celebration, together with your loved ones. I hope everyone is having more fun than these two lonely souls…

My December Strip

December 11, 2008

What do you buy yourself for Xmas?

scuba

December 10, 2008

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Another image from last month’s diving weekend in Malaysia, this time in black & white. This as an inspiration for people who think diving is not their “piece of cake”… 😉

All images are taken with a HOLGA plastic camera.

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December 9, 2008

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When you’re living in Singapore, there’s nothing that beats a long scuba diving weekend in Malaysia. It’s like leaving the city, and within a couple of hours you’re in the tropical paradise you always dreamt about, back in cold Germany…

Strongly recommended!

Sukkhumvit

December 4, 2008

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This Sunday I was supposed to go to Bangkok for a three day business trip. Well, I had to cancel the flight due to the occupation of Bangkok International Airport by anti government protesters. 350,000 tourists stranded in Thailand for days, sounds terrible, doesn’t it! Or not?

Well, despite the events of the last weeks, for me Thailand remains one of the most wonderful countries in the world with most friendly people. And I am really looking forward to my next trip. The airport is open again so this should only be a couple of weeks away!
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The images were taken with a HOLGA, along SUKKHUMVIT Road, Bangkok.

Seoul

December 1, 2008

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I am in Seoul, South Korea. I arrived last night and will stay for two more days. It’s cold, especially compared to Singapore, temperatures between minus vive and plus five Celsius. My throat already feels scratchy…
Seoul is fascinating. It’s embedded into a range of mountains so you can never really see how far it actually stretches. Typical for Korea, it’s very tidy and clean, but traffic is a nightmare, though. It took me more than two hours just to get to my hotel last night. And that after a seven hour flight!

A problem is the language. Unfortunately I don’t speak any Korean. So contrary to spending time in China where I can make myself understood, in Seoul I always feel kind of lost. Well most of the time I am spending with my (very friendly) business partners, but I am always more or less “lost in translation”!

In a way, this photograph, taken in Seoul last May, represents how I feel walking the streets of Korea.