Today’s short post is about two photographs I took of a metal statue of William Thomas Mulvany which is exhibited in at the Zollern Colliery museum in Dortmund.
Today I’d like to share this new image of Tuan with you, the male orangutan in Hamburg’s zoo, the renowned Tierpark Hagenbeck. I have photographed Tuan several times before. In fact, he „modeled“ in some of my best orangutan portraits to date. A couple of weeks ago, he did it again. Attached with the image you will find at the end of this post, and there is a story I’d like to share with you today.
For about six months I have put my animal portraiture aside and focussed on other things. In this time, I haven’t been at a zoo at all. The animals portraits I might have posted on social media were old photographs from my archives. But things have changed now, last month I purchased an annual ticket for one of the local zoos – and I plan to resume taking black & white portraits with renewed vigor. Here are the first results.
Alsum is the name of a small village on the eastern shores of the Rhine. Today, the area is used by the ThyssenKrupp Schwelgern Steel Mill, one of the largest steel mills in Germany. It is the combination of three elements, the river Rhine, the steel mill, and the Alsum Hill, which make this place a fascinating photo location, the latter providing a nicely elevated viewpoint on the other two.
Most people hate it. It’s cold, wet, slippery, dark, dead. They prefer spring and summer which are hopeful, bright, and warm. I love winter. Yes, it’s dark, wet, slippery, and cold. But it also has the crystal clear beauty of ice and snow. The air is so fresh and clean and brand new, as it has never been breathed in and out by any living being before. And even if there’s no snow, the bleak and lonely silence of winter is also the sound of a new beginning. Somehow, with all distractions of colour removed, in winter it is easier to see and feel the essentials of life. So, here’s to winter, a collection of photographs of winter landscapes. Enjoy!
Another year has gone by, and before I move on to 2018, it’s time to look back at 2017 and review my photography and to choose my top ten photographs. This is the 4th time I did this exercise, and besides the fun of looking back and relive all those moments, I think it also has significant benefits for everybody who wants to take his or her photography to the next level. I can’t thank Martin Bailey enough for introducing me to this exercise. At the end of this blog post you can find a video slideshow with all the images mentioned in this post.
„With all these sensational black and white image challenges going around social media lately, who else has been craving a slice of color? Well, time to bring out your glorious sunsets. Show us a hint of pink… or the sky on fire!“ This message is what my friends over at The Arcanum posted recently on Facebook. But why? Monochrome sunsets are so much more interesting!