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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.

God isn‘t here

god isn't here

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

golden reindeer

oh so beautiful gold …

golden lamp 01

golden lamp 02


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

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

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

Plan F – second round!



click to enlarge …

blue door


click to enlarge …

The flood

About 1,5 months ago Halle and many other towns and villages have been severely flooded … Fortunately enough with the big help of the inhabitants damage wasn‘t as bad as it could‘ve been.

Was einmal war

So this is it, my recent project, showing house walls – so-called fire walls („Brandmauern“) – that are usually invisible as long as two buildings are right next to each other. Once one building disappears you can often see the shape of it still on the existing house. Here in Halle I found about 35 of these wall marks … The photos below is my selection that had been shown at the big summer exhibition at the Burg Giebichenstein last weekend.

street signs

I‘ve always been a big fan of street signage – obviously also the rather „strange“ one …

Arles in Black

Last week I had the great pleasure to visit Arles and the famous „Rencontres d‘Arles“ photo festival. The city was wonderful, the photo festival amazing and the weather perfect. So besides seeing many of the most recent works of the worlds most famous photographers we could spend some time relaxing and enjoying the Provence sun.
I took a great ton of photos and this is just a start – I guess I will post more in the near future. For now just a couple of black and white shots as this years theme of the festival was „Arles in Black“…

Great! This Way …

death of a bird …


Here’s a short preview of my recent project … soon to be more …


A few posts back I showed a very tiny preview of the project I did last semester. So here is short description and part of my work. Within the project frame „Hommage to Edweard Muybridge“ I basically stumbled across sign language and its advantages and disadvantages. Obviously sign language was invented because of deafness but it nonetheless has become a very strong and independent means of communication. What most struck me was the ability to visualize sounds. Being deaf doesn‘t mean not hearing anything – its more about the „band of sound frequencies“ that is shortened with deaf people. So of course sign language had to come up with a way to describe sounds as well. Being a fully visual based language the situation or sound is being visualized one-to-one. But sign language also gives the possibility to communicate the intensity of the sound itself. Mimicry and movement is intensified to talk about a louder sound, e.g. … In spoken language we rather describe the sound instead of „imitating“ it.

I had the great chance to work together with two deaf women who helped me realize a set of animation clips that on the one hand show the sign language and on the other hand include the actual sound being communicated.

My favourite clip is the one below featuring Steffi who showed me how the sign language for a bursting balloon is made.


ok, it really is a bit „kitschy“ but it’s actually quite close to reality – it barely got dark and dawn set in at around 3 am

a tourist with a lovely beard enjoying the view towards the city from the Museum of Modern Art

a visit to Stockholm should include a visit of the Vasa museum which hosts the famous war ship that sunk immediately after it had been launched from the docks …


I suppose uploading some random photos is better than not doing anything … so here are two lovely „hunters stands“ – „Hochsitze“.

There are trees!

sign language gif

just a short gif from my semester project … I guess there‘ll be more in the future …

Tame Impala

Well if there are no photos to post I‘ll simply post some great new music. This time it’s yet another nice song from Tame Impalas most recent album „Lonerism“ that has just been released. So enjoy :)

nice discovery

I don‘t know how many people are actually reading this and I don‘t know how many people actually now that I arrived in Halle in Eastern Germany just about two weeks ago to start my Master in Photography?!
Anyway today we had an introduction on how to use the fancy negative scanner at the university. We had to bring some negatives so I took the only roll of film I found. It was a roll that I had develoved just shortly after I had found the roll in my old camera bag. It turned out to be a roll that I must have shot in 2004. The film had gone bad after all these years (which explains the grain) but I still like the look of these photos even though they look like they‘re from a long time ago. I was in Brasil in 2004 to visit Guilherme and his brother Johnny I had known from a High-School year in the U.S. I took these two photos in Rio de Janeiro at one of the biggest Favelas of the city. I can‘t remember which one it was I just remember that special tours were organised for tourists to show them around and make them understand that the favelas – at least the big ones in Rio – are well-functioning (social) „microcosms“ or maybe even „parallel“ worlds that exist as a counterpart to the middle and upper class quarters. All three more or less require each other and in this sense it is a really „harsh“ cut between the the „worlds“ compared to Germany. But in any case these places are not just the „ghettos“ but instead really flourishing centers of the town.

This shows a view from the favela down to the beach where the „rich“ people live. On the mountain in the left part of the photo you get a glimpse of the Jesus statue. The location of many favelas in Rio is really nice since they are being built into national parks that fall under city administration.

The lower half shows the favela, the upper part shows again the beach and the skyscraper-sea-view-appartment-blocks.

I will scan some more in the next days …


Well time has passed quick and this blog is certainly not being kept up in the last months and years (I just realize that I keep repeating myself). Anyway, since I‘m about to step into the next chapter and leave Bolzano for good I would like to share a really great picture with you. Obviously the quality is horrible and lighting was a bit „inarticulate“ but heck what can you expect from a webcam :) . The picture was taken last thursday at the Bachelor exam party where Martin and I decided to finally break with the habits of playing exclusively Minimal Techno and go to Balkan in the worst possible way. The Auto-DJ function (we have no clue of djing) made some trouble in the beginning but quite some crowd danced really crazy in the end. I suppose we were also motivating people since we were also dancing like mad behind the DJ desk.

Janović & Martičko feat. Balkarama

We also had some great loop visuals which unfortunately I cannot show due to clear copyright infrigements ;)

To give you an idea of the music we played I include a few clips with really nice Balkan style songs.

Budzillus – Der Untergang

Russkaja – Dobrij Abend

Und natürlich durfte auch sowas nicht fehlen:

Nôze – Dring Dring

Kodak to Graph

Yesterday I was skipping through some new music and came across a musician called „Kodak to Graph“. Since I haven‘t posted any new music I discovered (and it’s not that I haven‘t discovered any new music lately, rather I haven‘t posted anything) I would like to share a particular song called „He/Basement“ that somehow struck me. Considering the mood this song conveys I think it perfectly fits to the idea of the train video clip I shared not long ago. The song is floating along keeping a certain melancholy that’s somehow not giving a depressed feeling. Well ok the train clip is different because it creates a feeling of restlessness in a more bustling way though being reduced to mere shapes in black and white. This song is obviously a lot more „laid-back“ but feels similar to me. I think it creates the kind of feeling when you‘re on the road for too long and simply don‘t care anymore. It might be uncomfortable, it might tiring but yet it doesn‘t matter because you somehow feel good at it. I suppose sometimes it’s just nice not to reach a destination but rather keep moving.

I almost forgot to mention that the Kodak to Graphs EP Visio‘l is free to download or at Bad Panda Records.