Athens Photo Festival

Athens Photo Festival 2015

After a long decision process I just found out that my photo book ‚Ani. between pride and decay‘ has been chosen to be on display at the Athens Photo Festival this year. Quite an honour given the (although long) list of fellow photographers who are displayed as well.

See more here or here.

Read more at the festival Website.

All those happy people

happy people

I took the photo almost 6 years ago in Kapadokya. It’s so cliché I had to laugh out loud …



1st of May in Kars

1st of May in Kars

The Turkish flag at the Armenian border …

turkish flag



Oto Ceyhun

On the first day I met Ersin he had to go to get his russian Lada checked at a repair shop outside of Kars. Since I didn‘t have much else to do I joined him. The guys at the workshop didn‘t mind me taking photos. In fact, they even asked to get their pictures taken. It was obviously nothing compared to the car dealers in Europe. While the first thing they do is plug your car into a computer to check for errors in Turkey they still just use pure manpower to fix any problem. And problems could be small like in Ersin’s case or bigger like the crashed car outside that was being rebuilt out of 5 different cars. Before he started the mechanic lit up his cigarette with the blow-torch that he used for welding.

turkey in Turkey




Doğu Ekspresi – Orient Express

Dogu Ekspresi

From Ankara to Kars in Northeastern Anatolia, near the border to Armenia.

Any violation will be reported!

Ah I love Germany :) .

green switch room

historical switch room at Romonta factory — still in use today


God isn‘t here

god isn't here

preview …


yet another preview of my recent semester project … more to follow next year :)

gold, gold, golden reindeer … yey it’s christmas soon

golden reindeer

oh so beautiful gold …

golden lamp 01

golden lamp 02

grey blocks

appartment skyscraper in Paris

brotlose Kunst?

brotlose Kunst?

brotlose Kunst refers to art not being able to feed the artist … I shot the photo at the C.A.R. (contemporary Art Ruhr) fair in Essen a few weeks ago. The fair was all about selling artworks and I would say most of the pieces were more decorative than anything else, so perfectly made for the sense to sell it for a doctor or a lawyers office, in that sense I suppose it is nourishing the artist — at least to some degree … I wasn‘t too excited about the fair but I like the photo :) .


Tocotronic — Gehen die Leute auf der Straße

It’s already from 1997 but always a pleasure when you try make your way across a christmas market listening to it on headphones — Are the people on the street actually walking that slow on purpose?

lady in red

woman in red coat

La Défense

La Défense

La Défense is a large area of skyscrapers mainly housing offices in the north west of Paris. In the night it really appears like a mountain range or an island sticking out of the lit sea of houses.

Masseur Russe

Masseur Russe

I really don‘t know whether a russian masseur is what I need – somehow rather makes me think of massacring … ;)

Paris Paris

Eiffel tower at night

Yet another „iconic“ photo – the Eiffel tower at night …

Zeche Zollverein

Zeche Zollverein has been photographed already a million times and yet I did it as well – it’s quite an amazing place …

Zeche Zollverein 01

Zeche Zollverein 02

Zeche Zollverein 03

Zeche Zollverein 04

Zeche Zollverein 05


carpet-mantled shower in hotel room

Must be one of the best showers I‘ve seen so far. The 70’s colors and the striped carpet really added up to a wonderful „image“ in this tiny hotel room in Essen. Somehow gives it a luxurious touch since this type of „free-standing“ shower is usually found in loft appartments …

stepping through the rabbit

graffiti rabbit at the VEB Grabo Druck in Halle
© 2013, Orestia Kapidani

dog in a window

dog overlooking Travessa Amoeira in Lisboa

Sunday in the mountains

Sunday in the Mountains


Mosteiro dos Jerónimos, Belém, Lisboa


After having an empty page for a while I decided it would be time to „update“ my portfolio once again. Check it out here

Django Django – Wor

It’s not quite the usual „travel documentary“ about India but it definitely makes me want to go there and see those fearless men … and when I‘m there already just travel a bit more and have some great indian food :)

Plan F – second round!



Such a nice song from SBTRKT I just stumbled across … it reminds me a lot of some songs from Four Tet or Boards of Canada.

The song is called atomic peace

into the corner


And some more music right away … Bonobo recently released a new album called The North Borders and it’s great!

Bonobo – Pieces (ft. Cornelia)

Milky Chance

Just recently Milky Chance was recommended to me and I really do like his music. He is just 20 years old and apparently started his career in his children’s room (not the garage this time like many before him) in Kassel. Being such a young artist he is obviously familiar with technical possibilities of the internet and therefore became famous by uploading his songs onto youtube. I’m fairly curious what will follow …

Milky Chance – Running

Milky Chance – Flashed Junk Mind

Milky Chance – Loveland (Berlin Sessions)

The above video is part of the Berlin Sessions, a music video format similar to the French La Blogothèque (featuring bands like Beirut, Sigur Ros, Phoenix etc.) with less famous artists but definitely worth checking out.


click to enlarge …

blue door