New Love in the Times of Plague

Steineralm, Bavaria

The times of plague have had adverse effects on my aging body’s fitness, therefore I bought a second-hand mountain bicycle some weeks ago. This turned out as a very good deal: The bicycle is a real beauty, roughly 25 years old but in very good condition, and my eagerness to work out grew with every…

Fence and Thuja

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Ganghoferstraße, Bad Reichenhall (OSM)

The Thuja has it’s place on the cemetery, where those arborvitaes can be seen as signs of hope. In the garden I see it as an optical plague, at least when planted undiscriminatingly as a green wall behind the fence. It forms a barricade and cuts all optical and in consequence social connections between the…

Wham-O Automat and Fence

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Frühlingstraße, Bad Reichenhall (OSM)

I struggled to find a word for that vending machine (dispenser? automat? crackerjack-box?) – these things were abundant in my youth, filled with cheap, colorant-laden chewing gums. Now they are rare. The fences might grow into a collection. In a certain sense they are the urban, German counterpart for the “no trespassing” signs. Certainly my…