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door of maria büchel

this wooden ornament decorates the door to maria bühel, a pilgrimage church dating back to the 17th century. located not far away from the holy-night-chapel in oberndorf, austria, it is a quiet place, not getting that tourist attention as the former one. the architecture and the baroque paintings in the inside are marvellous, and i…

heating to remove from the resin

shop windows can tell a lot about the owner. in the case of this jeweller, i often saw pieces a bit off the mainstream of a sanitarium’s offerings. it turned out the owner still works as a goldsmith, immediately behind the shop windows. my question to come and take some pictures was answered positively. when…

sludge or: winter wants to stay

the sludge in our driveway became the material for some experimenting with the saturation level: how much of color saturation can you remove and it still remains a color picture, giving a different expression than a real conversion to black and white. it was astonishing how far i could go. but winter does not want…

vamping up tradition

rainlight saving time started today. ‘dis is a well thought out marketing idea of some leasure outfits lobbyists, nothing else. as bavaria is really strong in traditions, we had our easter egg fountain this year again, with more than 4000 hand-painted eggs. closer inspection leaded to the conclusion, that guinness beer now got incorporated into…

rock me, amadeus

our spa gardens exhibit quite a number of contemporary art pieces, mostly sculptures. normal, not accentuating lighting situations don’t help to bring attention to those, and for some the place chosen is simply uninspired. yesterday’s snow however made the scissor-type portrait of a violinist (guess it’s mozart, he is (ab-)used everywhere here for public relation…

munich, thiersch-place

grateful i am for the fact that my job leads me out of the countryside into the big city (munich) every week. in spite of the ww2 destructions, many places are still or again intact, and a lot of substance has survived the centuries. the councillors follow a quite strict no-scyscrapers policy, on the one…

commuting speed king

carl weese made me rethink my decision to convert my hometown monstrosities to black and white. yep – the german saying that someone has tomatoes on his/her eyes seems fit here: i was so concentrated on that wideangle effect and the dynamic lines that i just did not pay attention to the subject: overdone color…

if you happen to come through munich

a treasure not only for the photgraphically inclined, but probably also for art business happened to be hidden in an innsbruck basement: the original pictures of magnum’s first exhibition, 1955, fittingly titled ‘magnum’s first’. cartier bresson’s images of his session with mahatma gandhi, only hours before his assassination, are there, followed by the immensely powerful…

hometown monstrosities

this i wanted to do for a long time already: portray the pollution of my hometown’s pedestrian zone with plastic surrogates of the old roundabout, blatantly constructed to empty the pockets of parents not able to fight the whining and grouching of their progeny, offering 87 sec of brrrrm or high pitched voices together with…

“don’t throw anything out of the window”

the dull light of todays afternoon could not motivate me to go out shooting, instead i spent some time with scribus, familiarizing myself with the sofobomo requirements to layout my pictures in a harmonic way. the image shows pictograms on a train window, taken at this weeks commute to munich. i always carry my camera…

the new synagogue in munich

my first disappointment about the shots from the new synagogue in munich proved to be premature. scrutinizing the raws, in found the above one combining the massive, block-like quality of the building not only with the light emanating from the entrance door in the foreground, but also with the movement of the lady just in…

for a given reason: think about tibet

most of us, yours truly included, live in countries where freedom, including freedom of religion and freedom of speech are a everyday commodity. we enjoy it without thinking and honestly couldn’t even imagine that it could be different. my friendship with colleagues in sri lanka has opened my eyes in this context: it is not…

percentage for art / kunst am bau

bad weather with rain, temperatures just above 0°c, low light because i could leave office later than planned. but still, after an uncomfortable day some visual excercise deemed necessary to compensate for all the frowning and sweating because of murky software. the planned target for my activities, the (not so) new synagoge of munich (see…