I am happy to present some of my latest animal portraits here on my blog. Some of them I have already posted on various social media like FlickR and Instagram, others are truly brand new. Enjoy!
I am glad to report that my photograph “Catholic Library” won the Simple Architecture Contest over at ViewBug. Click on the link to view all the other outstanding finalists, each and every one of which would have deserved to be the winners just as much (if not more) than I apparently did in the eyes of the judge Donald Boyd.
In this series, I explore ways to photograph historic items and places in a way that reflects their age and inspires ideas and stories of their glories past. Today, we are going to explore reflections and (semi-)transparency. They both add a layer to the photograph, an extra step for the viewer to grasp the subject. They make the subject more distant and less immediate. They can obscure it, covering or distorting historical and original and adding new detail like haze or dirt.
With no small degree of happiness and joy, I am announcing Wax, an abstract and experimental series of photographs which explores the astoundingly varied structures, textures, patterns, and shades of one of the most ordinary items imaginable, a candle. In this post, I’d like to tell you a bit about the projects origin and the way the photos were created before I send you over to the Wax gallery.
Welcome to the second installment of this blog post. Like in the first post, I will share ten landscape photographs which were taken on the banks of the Rhine in the Ruhr Valley, Germany, with their fascinating mix of nature and industry. Let’s get started right away.
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.
„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.