Let me introduce you to Bobby. Bobby is a very special Gorilla. He is the heraldic animal of the Berlin Zoo, the first Gorilla ever to live there. And he is dead.
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!
Recently, I learned that some of my images received awards and recognition in a couple of competitions I participated in. So, in an act of shameless self-promotion, I’d like to present to you the award-winning photographs.
It was exactly one week ago to the day that I went to the town of Krefeld to participate in the 10th Worldwide Photowalk. An Arcanum friend of mine had organized a walk there, and I was eager to join. Here are the images that I took.
Perfectly composed minimalist long exposures, compositions which lead the eye and assist the viewer, pixel-perfect Photoshop image manipulations wherever you turn. Today’s world of photography often follows the same rules. In this post, I go against the grain and showcase work which is deliberately confusing. Enjoy the photographs below and the animated slideshow at the end of the article.
In this first installment of the series, I’d like to introduce you to the work of Daniel Böttcher from Oberhausen, Germany. I have found Daniel’s work on FlickR where he has been posting since 2010 now. We even met a couple of times and went shooting together, mostly in zoos or in the landscape.