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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.



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.



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

lady in red

woman in red coat

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 …

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.


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blue door


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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.

Tough life

©2013, Raisa Galofre

Sabine told me that she believes this photo is basically the allegory for our studies … Well it’s definitely a tough life. Have you tried taking a photo while not dropping your ice cream?

The photo was taken in a small town near Arles while we were on excursion.

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“…

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 …

Bamberg, etc.

On our way to Bamberg we took a short break at „Mödlareuth“ – the village that used to be similar to Berlin – divided in east and west and cut by the „Berlin wall“. Today the town hosts a decent museum and an outdoor section of the wall and its watchtowers. At the „Grenzgänger“ (border crosser), the local bar and restaurant, you get this rather strange view of the playground with the watchtower in the back.

… tourists in the „rose garden“ right next to the cathedral of Bamberg

I really didn‘t understand what they‘re trying to sell here („pork steak from salmon“) …

Franconia seems to be all about meat in its local cuisine …


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

sign language gif

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


Fritz Kalkbrenner – Facing the Sun

Well ok, the Kalkbrenner brothers have been played a bit too much in the last years and this song isn‘t new either but it’s still such a nice song that you just have to listen on headphones with the volume cranked up. It definitely pushes the oh-so-grey winter mood :) . So enjoy.

Fall to winter

… and the crows are everywhere.


It’s already out for a bit now but if you get hands on a recent Deuter catalogue (I suppose German only) you will be able to find some photos we took on our trip to Iceland last year. We managed to „test-walk“ their backpacks and other gear in exchange for the photos they can use in their promo-material. I‘m very happy with the backpack, though it’s huge, and I‘m fairly happy we we‘re actually chosen to be printed :) .

This is already up for a lot longer, click the image to see the website.

Beirut – A Candle’s Fire

Beirut – A Candle’s Fire

About two years ago when I read that Zack Condon, the lead-singer of Beirut, stopped his tour after he had encountered a tremendous success with his band, I was a little sad not having been able to visit a single concert. Well good news came just a few weeks ago when a new album was announced. It’s already possible to pre-listen the whole album and I can highly recommend it. The above song is the opener to the new album The Rip Tide, the song below the second song that is wonderful as well :) .

Beirut – Santa Fe


Well I meant to close this blog for good already for a while, there’s a lot going on but I didn‘t feel like publishing it in the web. I was quite amazed though when I saw the statistics that I have constant visitors (constantly low like always :) but constant).

Anyway I took the time to travel to Lisboa last weekend to visit Martin (have a look at his blog, his photos are great). It was my first time in the city, in Portugal in fact and I‘m sure it won‘t be the last time. The city’s touristic board advertises with the slogan „Em junho, Lisboa está em festa!“ (In June Lisbon is partying!) at the moment which is quite an ambitious ad. But to be honest I actually do believe them. The last weekend was the celebration of St. Antonio, the city’s patron and it was somewhat of an „Ausnahmezustand“ (state of emergency). Literally everyone was on the street and at 5 in the morning it felt like it was still just the beginning of the night. It was crazy but very relaxed, nobody was fighting or being aggressive, just some nice „let’s-get-drunk-and-celebrate-together“ feeling.
Other than partying in the evening I had enough time to just walk around, go to the beach or listen to live jazz music in a nice park above the city, great times.

view from Miradouros

Martins terrace is fairly beautiful

decent party decoration

midgets on the left, regular people on the right

I have no idea what this is but it looks quite nice

last sardines at 5 in the morning

Hermann Düne

Hermann Düne – Sunny Sunny Cold Cold Day

I listened to a few more songs of Hermann Düne but came across this particular song on the radio which is by far the best I found.