the eyes and the window to your soul

the eyes

found in friedrichshain, berlin.

monday morning found tom miserable

tom

shot on a sunday on the polish east coast of the island of usedom. this is part of the ferry from ystad to świnoujście.

i would be lying if i said i hadn’t thought of gursky here, but this is of course a completely different genre…

bright’n pier

bright pierthe seebrücke in ahlbeck on the island of usedom in the baltic sea. it was really dark and really windy. i loved it.

 

one stop bible shop

bible shop

the bijbelkiosk in scheveningen, den haag, the netherlands. summer 2014

i like yellow things

i like yellow thingsdelft, the netherlands, summer 2014

if you like yellow things, too,  you should definitely give a listen to Tiel Faulkner’s song about it (click, hear). the song is from the very impressive ‘american song-poem anthology’  that sports a lot of very interesting songs from the sixties and early seventies that had small to no audience in their respective times. be warned however because allmusic.com states the record will ‘appeal more to hipster know-it-alls than the average consumer‘.

q.e.d. :)

 

artifact

artifact

the landschaps-zonneproject by piet slegers, 1979

i pushed the lights a bit so the metal triangle in the foreground gets completely white and looks a bit like been cut-out of the picture.

for fellow blogger ag.

weir(d)

weir(d)

i am having difficulties to describe what we have here… this is basically a robot.

behind that robot there is a ‘schlauchwehranlage im automatikbetrieb‘ which apparently translates quite directly as ‘inflatable rubber dam in automatic mode’ and i guess that sounds similarly ridiculous as it does in german. only for the uninitiated of course, no offense to the hydrologists and dam builders among the readers!

unfortunately the inflatable rubber dam was not inflated at the time of this shot so – coming back to the beginning – what we see here is the grating with which the rubber is shielded from debris. The thingies hanging above these gratings are giant robot hands that go down the gratings and get all the stuff that gets caught by these and put it into expectant containers on the right. circle of life! (not really…)

i found that whole installation quite impressive. probably even more so because it’s in the middle of berlin in the little river that gave name to the pankow district – the river panke.

bows

bows

urk, the netherlands, 2014

this is the other side of the ship that got painted by the summer painter.

strangely enough i had to think of morbid angel’s god of emptiness (click,hear) when choosing the title…  homographs, can’t live with them can’t live without them… :)

bonus fun fact: in german the bow of a ship is called bug

connecting the dots

connecting the dotsi’m really happy about how this shot of a kreuzberg house entrance turned out.

exposed on long expired kodak elitechrome 400 slide film i got from a colleague with my girlfriend’s almost classic nikon f55. so many new old things for me…

 

trabant

trabant

the interior of a trabant 601 found in lichtenberg. aloha!

jellyfish

jellyfish

floating in a kreuzberg backyard.

in fact this is not a real jellyfish but a so called ‘endverzweiger’ (or EVz). this is the demarcation point of the public telephone system and the private wiring in the connected house.

just in case you’re interested :)

heading home

heading home

an evening at the pier in scheveningen, den haag, the netherlands.

gas tanks

gas tanks

biogas tanks to be more precise. maybe a bit too much drama going on here with the blown out highlights but i liked the delicate curve of the left tank against the white sky a lot that way. i hope you can see it at all… if not your brain might fill in the missing part swiftly and you will at least think that you can see it.

i made this picture in the niederrhein area. it is effectively sooc, using the grainy filter of the e-p5 that sometimes can’t be beaten (at least not by me). i often take it as a suggestion but then do my own processing but sometimes i do accept.

two windows

two windowsone more entry for the still ongoing window series. this time from beelitz heilstätten again.

sign here

sign here

found in kreuzberg, berlin.

summer painter

summer painter

urk, the netherlands, summer 2014

i borrowed the title from one of bill callahan’s songs (click, hear) and i think it fits in at least two ways: first, in the song the painter also paints (names on) boats and secondly, we have visited a concert of bill callahan during our stay in the netherlands. it took place in a very nice open air theater in nijmegen that helped tremendously in creating the fantastic atmosphere during this concert.

while i’m at it, there are quite a lot of concert pictures to be found on my cncrt pctrs page. on the newer pictures there typically is also a flickr link available that takes you to the respective flickr gallery of this concert.

here’s one shot from the bill callahan concert in nijmegen and my first try to use the m.zuiko 40-150mm at concert photography. i was pleasantly surprised…

 

 

squared

squared

a balcony in the emtpy house in the neighbourhood. in fact it is the house that has its backyard renovated. i liked the muted colour palette and of course the paint peel (is that actually a word? paint peel?)

back from…

back from...

holland, of course!  everything in the quiz post hints to holland, don’t you think?

(a) the main orientation in the  image goes straight to the west (if you go to the west from berlin, you will certainly end up in holland before dropping into the ocean). (b) the structure in the picture clearly shows an uppercase H (you guessed it, H for Holland). (c) the dominant colour in the photograph is grey and that really works fine as an allegory for the weather this summer in holland. and last but not least (d) the cables show the classic rood-wit-blauw (red, white and blue) colours of the dutch flag.

and of course i’ve made all this up just now (except (d)).

thanks a bunch to all participants in the guessing game!  if you happen to visit berlin someday (and if you were interested of course) i’d happily throw a round of bitterballen in a quite dutch frietsalon just around the corner here in friedrichshain.

in the picture above you can see the delicious bitterballen as they are served in the rijksmuseum in amsterdam.

where am i?

where am i?

since i am on holiday at the moment i thought i could auto-post this little riddle. and no, i am not on vacation behind the shelves at the office. this picture should only serve as a hint at my current whereabouts. and here is one more: it’s neither russia nor france.

i’m looking forward to your guesses solutions in the comment section :)

closed down

geschlossen

only temporarily for the holidays of course. see you all on the other side and thanks for all your friendly support of my little site. i sincerely appreciate that!

this is the door of a flower shop at prenzlauer allee, berlin.