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The Turkish flag at the Armenian border …

turkish flag

donkey

donkey

green switch room

historical switch room at Romonta factory — still in use today

Masseur Russe

Masseur Russe

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

shower

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 …

Portfolio

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

thread

Taubenstein


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blue door

Jahresausstellung…

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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.

street signs

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

Great! This Way …

sign language gif

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

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 …

Balkarama

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

BI|KE – A Symmetric Vehicle

Besides the very nice filming technique with two perspectives I think this clip is closer to reality than most other clips that appear a lot more agressive with the help of music, camera perspectives, etc.
I like this clip, makes me want to go out and riding :) .

Deuter

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.

Massive Attack

… finally released a new album this year titled „Heligoland“. I was listening to the album while working and got stuck at a certain song titled „Paradise Circus“. When I checked for a video to put it on here I came across several websites discussing the video itself which is described as somewhat between a „Mini-Featurette“, an art clip and a clip to jerk off. The main „actress“ of the clip is a certain „Georgina Spelvin“ who used to be a pornstar in the 70s, apparently playing in one of the most famous movies at that time „The Devil in Miss Jones“.

Of course the clip has been censored, but you can still find it here if you‘re interested.

The song is fairly beatiful and I suppose should be enjoyed without the pornography background. Listen below:


Massive Attack – Paradise Circus

Reykjavik

With around 120.000 inhabitants Reykjavik is by far the biggest town in Iceland thus the capital of the state. I suppose it is not the smallest capital town in the world but I‘m sure it is the smallest capital that maintains such a cosmopolitan atmosphere. Apart from the architecture which is rather „down-to-earth“ the town is truly different. I have never seen such a wild nightlife in a small town like this (just come to Bolzano and find out yourself – we are about as big as Reykjavik), the music scene is as diverse as you hear it and yet the town is very relaxing and by far not chaotic or „never-resting“ like most other capital towns (I know it’s about the size…).

We spent a few days in Reykjavik mainly relaxing and regaining energy for the next hikes. So most of the time we just walked around and looked at what we saw or simply went to the pool to soak in the hot pools.

I checked my photos and the only place on this trip where I didn‘t take a lot of photos was Reykjavik. Here are just a few of the few that I really like.


The famous Hallgrímskirkja in the city center, its architect Guðjón Samúelsson was inspired by the basalt pillars created by volcanic activities. With it’s 74,5m high bell tower the church is among the highest buildings in Iceland.


who is watching who now?


probably the best website you could imagine for an erotic store

hot spring action

After the disappointment of the Laugavegur we headed to Selfoss, a town close to Reykjavik. The next town is Hveragerdi [Kverageri] which is the starting point of one of the geothermal regions in Iceland. Once you leave the town northward and hike for about 1-2 hours you reach a creek that has a nice temperature to take a bath. One of the smoky sulfur springs flows together with an ice cold mountain spring which creates a creek with an average temperature of around 40°C near the crossing. We spent the whole afternoon relaxing after the days of hiking and enjoyed it a lot.

On the following day we walked further towards Þingvallavatn, a lake that was created by the gap between the eurasian and the north American tectonic plate. It is supposed to be one of the Top 10 scubadiving spots on earth due to the clear water leaving sight of approximately 100-130m.

volcanic ashes

One of the most interesting treks in Iceland is the „Laugavegur“, a 4-6 day hike either starting in Landmannalaugar or in Skógar, a small town on the southern coast with one of the most famous waterfalls, the Skógafoss. We decided to hike northward starting in Skogar. The first day led across a small path between Myrdalsjökull and Eyjafjallajökull. After the eruption in March the trekking path has been changed and now leads across dark lava fields that are still hot inside.


In the higher parts of trek the landscape turns from grey rocks to black sand. After a while you realize that you are actually walking on snowfields covered by black ashes from the recent volcanoe eruption.


We weren‘t extremely lucky with the weather that day but a big part of the fog is also produced by steam from below.


Many people told us that we shouldn‘t put down our backpacks as they could catch fire very easily. I don‘t know if it’s more of a legend but the ground was hot in some parts.


A lava stream found its way down a valley.


On the first day we reached „Þórsmörk“, a mountain ridge facing Eyjafjallajökull. It’s name derives from the Norse god „Thor“.


The following days after Þórsmörk led across black sand deserts lined with green rock formations sticking out of the ground. Once again I was stunned by the landscape.


Several rivers have to be crossed on the hike which never was a problem except for the temperature.


In Alftavatn, about 1 day trip before Landmannalaugar, we had to turn around and take the bus back to the coast. On the day of our arrival severe snowstorms were raging on the last mountain pass and on the morning of our departure it still didn‘t look very promising. Another reason to turn around was our food calculation, we made a mistake and were running out of food.
The bus was fun though, an old offroad bus that is crossing rivers and rocky paths, rumbling on southwards.


It was cloudy unfortunately but you can still see the volcano smoking white steam into the sky.

Jökulsárlón

Taking a long-distance bus in Iceland is fairly expensive so at some point we decided to hitchhike to reach our next destination. One day I got a ride from the campsite with two Germans we had met on the ferry so we split up considering that just two will be picked up more easily. Well this day we were wrong. While I reached Jökulsárlón in no time, together with Anna & Simon, Stanzi and Max were stuck in Höfn a small coastal town in the far south-east.

I decided to stay over night so I could spend the whole day relaxing in the sun with the spectacular scenery of Jökulsárlón. The lake/lagoon is situated on the southern end of Vatnajökull, the biggest ice cap in Europe covering about 8% of Iceland, which constantly spits icebergs that slowly float in the crystal-clear water. You turn around and just a few meters behind you is a black sand beach that is also flooded with melting ice. In between all this you constantly spot seals diving up from the ocean into the lagoon to hunt herring.

One very happy coincidence was that I met Johanna (my flat- and „soulmate“ from China) who I knew was in Iceland but we didn‘t talk before we both left to exchange travel plans (well I didn‘t have any until I reached the island). We sat for a great while talking and watching the sun set behind the glacier leaving the lagoon in a spectacular light. Despite the trouble Stanzi and Max had it was a wonderful day for me.

Just imagine flapping your tent open in the morning to see the lake just right in front of you. It wasn‘t my last time in Iceland when I thought that this scenery is just extremely absurd.



photos

special guest

We had a real shooting star in our little improvised photo studio last night. I think he really enjoyed being under the spotlight.

Bicycle Portraits

Stephanie Baker

It seems to be all about bicycles lately… So what? Bicycles are great. Martin just sent me a link to the „Bicycle Portraits“ from South Africa. The website is full of very nice photos and the stories behind the people riding bikes. Absolutely worth checking out.

The Bicycle Portraits project was initiated by Stan Engelbrecht (Cape Town, South Africa) and Nic Grobler (Johannesburg, South Africa) early in 2010. Whenever they can, together or separately, they’re on the lookout for fellow commuters, and people who use bicycles as part of their everyday work, to meet and photograph.

bike accessory

I just came across this very easy and still nice solution of a bicycle basket. It’s made by Mio Design a company from Philadelphia specialised on Eco Design.
I like the look of it but was wondering whether the laser cut metal sheet is that much more ecological compared to a regular basket. The energy used in the production process is assumably high but then again the welding of regular baskets is probably taking a lot of energy either.

via fixpatrix

thesis website

Well it’s done, the website for my final thesis project is online. I wrote before that my topic is ‚travel‘ or ‚journey‘ so I ended up with the idea of creating a magazine that includes more or less exceptional travel stories. Unlike other travel magazines that try to inform their readers about certain countries giving them hints on where to stay or when to travel, I aim to put the traveler in the centre. Traveling cannot be experienced in the exact same ways others did. There is no conformity so to say.

I‘m still at the beginning of the actual design process but to reach potential authors and readers I decided to launch a website already that serves as an example and showcase of what I have in mind.

The first issue will cover the topic ‚freedom of travel‘ so if anyone who is reading this would like to contribute a story, photos, etc. feel free to contact me and I will tell you more. Contributions are certainly possible in English as well.

Sorry though that the website and the magazine will be in German.

Eyjafjallajökull

I just came across some more photos of the ‚Eyjafjallajökull‘ which are truly amazing. Check the Boston.com website to see more of it.


boston.com
(AP Photo/Brynjar Gauti)

boston.com
(AP Photo/Brynjar Gauti)

boston.com
(AP Photo/Omar Oskarsson)

Cuba

Although Cuba was among the socialist friends of the GDR it was of course almost impossible to travel there. Interflug, the one and only East German flight carrier, had flights to Cuba in its program but the price for a plane ticket was certainly way too high for the average income.
And not only that it was impossible to reach the island the distribution of books was also highly limited. The photos below show a photo book from 1964 by VEB Brockhaus Publishing. We found it on a street market a few years back and gave it to our parents. A little note inside quotes that it was formerly a present to somebody working in the publishers business.


‚In acknowledgement for your help in the design and publication of our company paper.‘


The socialist education is of course never far – the description of the photos translates to ‚For Zafra, the harvest of sugar cane, thousands of volunteers go to the countryside. – The liberated Cuban farmers work together in a state-owned farm.‘

Budapest ’81

…and that would be the equivalent photo taken in 1981 from the ‚Gellértberg‘ (see the second image in the previous post).

Spaziergänge in Budapest

While looking through my parents‘ library I came across this very nice travel guide about ‚walking tours in Budapest‘. It was made in 1974 and due to the high cost of photo prints supplemented with very nice illustrations and hand-drawn maps by Attila Emödy.

Day Tripper

„Day trippers are people who go on a day trip, right? Usually on a ferryboat or something. But [the song] was kind of . . . you‘re just a weekend hippie. Get it?“

all my bags are packed

Once again it’s been done before but it was still interesting to see what I usually take with me as ‚essential‘ luggage. One thing in the image is already wrong – my camera equipment is much bigger. Here I only put the small camera in the lower part as example. Other that that I carry the usual in my big red backpack: some clothes (including shoes, underwear and weather-proof pants and jacket), passport, headphones and MP3 Player, a cellphone (as alarm clock, usually not as a phone), a pocket knife, a pen and notebook, a toothbrush and -paste, a very handy sewing kit (served me already many times), super glue (also this can help in the worst case), a book, a towel, my house keys, a bag for daily use (camera bag, etc.), sunglasses and some spare shoe laces.

I wonder how far I could reduce it and still be able to help me out in the most situations?!

type in auction

The second ‚big‘ event of last week was the ‚typo auction‘ initiated by Martin. For his last semester project ‚UN-TYPE-ISCH‘ he collected letters from old neon signs and used them to create a book about typography that has a great 3D effect when using colored glasses.
After taking photos of the letters they were ’stuck‘ in our studio for a while until he decided to sell them in an auction and give the money to Designistan (our unofficial student group) to finance our blog, etc.

I was recording with very shaky hands and ‚editing the video afterwards.

The Great Eiermann Competition

We finally did it we had our first Ping Pong Competition at the university. The Competition table was a regular Eiermann table we have in our studios. It was a great success with 14 people participating actively and many spectators stopping by to have a beer or watch the games.

Sara & Martin as well as myself filmed during the whole evening, I did the ‚editing‘ afterwards. I like the rather ‚trashy‘ style very much but I have to admit that it is due to the little time I have to edit it properly. And besides it fits into the image of the evening and Simones pink bike tights :)

thesis, studio, weird neighbors, summer’s approaching etc.

It’s almost one week now that I have my studio at the university ‚outpost‘ for my thesis. One week without much progress except on the theoretic part but even though the time is short the first week should be used for adapting to the new situation I guess :) .
Well this post is just to show how much time I use for doing non-thesis nonsense work together with drinking coffee next door and so on.


my strange neighbors ;)

beam me up

I have an entry in my notbeook from a trip where I had the wish of beaming myself to my desired destiny. The whole entry started a very interesting discussion with my brother and friends and came back to mind just recently.

‚I‘m once again stuck in a travel bus. Sleep is impossible since the ground we drive on cannot be called a road [European measure] and the driver really seems to insist on the ‚EXPRESS‘ sign on the outside. While I‘m dozing I start thinking about how much time I spent for transportation on this 10-day trip (not inlcuded inner-city transport) and come to a total of about 30 hours. I‘m impressed although not shocked. Wouldn‘t it be nice to be able to beam myself instead of going through all this hustle?‘

The whole idea was mainly brought to audience by the TV show Star Trek with its most famous sentence ‚Beam me up Scotty.‘ but it could become reality one day as scientists already work on it for quite some time.
In all the discussions we found out that beaming is not just about crossing long distances without the dimension of time. There are far more positive and probably even more negative aspects that need to be questioned before anyone should really consider using this technology.

One of the many aspects we talked about were the components ’space‘ and ‚location‘. As we discussed it we figured that they lose their total meaning. It simply doesn‘t matter anymore where I am if I could beam myself to any place in about no time. In the meantime it puts a very high pressure on us. Because we can we also have to be basically ‚everywhere‘.

I think the most important question though was whether it effects my body or different if I can be ‚reduced‘ to a binary code what would be the effect when just a small portion is changed?! We found a possible solution to that but the consequences are immense. My personal binary code of the very moment needs to be registered and saved in a HUGE database to have something like a backup in case of an error. What this means though is that I‘m giving the information of myself to make reproduction possible.

From this point I could go on forever but to me or us it showed that transportation becomes a mere side-product or maybe also simply a justification for scientists to work on it.

Hamam

I saw this sign this morning while waiting for the ski lifts to open up in Selva Gardena (Wolkenstein) in Val Gardena (Gröden). Just a very lovely use of english at the fassade of a 4-star Hotel.

question

I‘m more and more thinking about my upcoming thesis and started writing down any kind of thought that seems appropriate for my topic. In general the topic will be ‚travel‘ or ‚journey‘ which sound and are actually quite huge terms that don‘t really give me a point to start. Or I simply would need to choose a ’sub-topic‘ and start from there which of course seems easier to find than it is. I still have time to cut it down a little but then again I would like to do that soon.
So this morning I had a question in mind that is a little abstract but follows the idea of ‚Fischli/Weiß':

„If my mind is traveling can I say I‘m on vacation?“

Well I didn‘t find an answer, yet. Maybe I will be soon…