Posts from the ‘Photography’ Category
I’m always happy to be back in the German university town of Heidelberg, a place where I lived and worked as a research astronomer for 2 years.
Arriving in Heidelberg thanks to my German Rail Pass, how was I to know the Weihnachtsmarkt or Christmas markets had opened just the day before!
Once again, as in times I’ve been here before, I’m happily immersed under bright coloured lights; a mulled wine in hand, standing next to the giant Christmas tree at Marktplatz; swimming in the sea of smiling residents and visitors, young and old; munching on grilled steak, Bratwurst, and Kartoffelpuffer (potato pancakes) with apple or garlic sauce; nibbling on Marzipan, Stollen, and Spekulatius; and washing all of it down with more mulled wine …
The photos show scenes at a number of markets along the Hauptstrasse (main street). From west to east, Heidelberg’s markets along the Hauptstrasse are at:
- Bismarckplatz (Bismarck Square, B)
- Anatomiegarten (Anatomy Garden, A)
- Universitätsplatz (University Square, U)
- Marktplatz (Market Square, M)
- Kornmarkt (Grain Market, K)
- Karlsplatz (Charles Square, C).
I made the photos above on 22 and 23 November 2012. This post appears on Fotoeins Fotopress at fotoeins.com.
In Canada, the Thanksgiving holiday occurs on the second Monday in October. The shorter growing season ends earlier at higher northern latitudes compared to the United States, which also explains their “turkey holiday” towards the end of November.
Beautiful weather in mid-October got me to thinking about how I would view Thanksgiving Day in my neighbourhood. I’ve been back in Vancouver, Canada for a number of weeks, and I’ve been relearning the Strathcona neighbourhood on the city’s east side. The saying goes: “the more things change, the more they stay the same …” That’s especially true after being away for almost twenty years.
I made all of the photos above on Thanksgiving (Mon)Day, 14 October 2013. This post appears on Fotoeins Fotopress at fotoeins.com.
Love & Strategy at the Weihnachtsmarkt
With my Germanophile or Teutonophile status extending to embrace all that is the Christmas market (Weihnachtsmarkt), here are reasons why I love these markets:
- Hang out with friends.
- Scope out the food stalls.
- Drink Glühwein, round 1.
- Consume food, round 1: Bratwurst, Kartoffelpuffer, Flammkuchen, Schnitzel, etc. Standing in my way are Brezeln, soup, Schweinehaxen, or cookies and cakes.
- Drink Glühwein, round 2.
- Consume food, round 2: preferably something different from round 1.
- Gawk at all of the things I could buy but won’t, although I’m thinking about getting that Rotes Sternchen (little red star) for the family tree …
I have a minimum number of two Glüwein per visit, but it happens my drink maximum is also at two. At three, my head spins up into the stratosphere, while the rest of my body sinks down to fall-down hilarity.
But I’ve kept my skull intact long enough to make these snaps on opening weekend to Vancouver’s Christmas Market in downtown Vancouver. It’s a pleasant surprise to hear and speak German with various volunteers and employees working the booths and stands at the Vancouver Christmas market.
Eat, drink, and be merry: wir feiern Weihnachtsmarkt!
The Vancouver Christmas Market is at Queen Elizabeth Plaza, located between Translink’s SkyTrain Stadium-Chinatown station and Granville station.
I made these Instagrams mostly during the market’s opening weekend, 22-23 November 2013. This post appears on Fotoeins Fotopress at fotoeins.com.
Along Friedrichstrasse in Berlin Mitte are department stores, shops, and boutiques which cater to more expensive and refined tastes. The central court in Quartier 206 opens the visitor to a sensory experience: geometric lines and patterns mixed into the smooth marble under a glass roof, the sounds of a piano at the base of the central staircase, and the smell of coffee brewing at the bar. I wanted to capture some essence of the building and interior without drilling a large hole in my wallet.
I made these photos on 18 March 2011 with a Canon EOS450D (XSi) camera fitted with a prime 50mm f/1.4 lens; the settings for both photos were 1/60-second, f/2.8, and ISO200. Quartier 206 is located between BVG U-Bahn stations Französische Strasse and Stadtmitte. This post appears on Fotoeins Fotopress at fotoeins.com.
In case you missed them, here are six recent photographic essays I’ve read in the last few weeks, and reasons why you also should have a look.
Disappearing Cultures, Vanishing Tribes
I’ve an immense respect for those who make photographs and tell stories of people in a variety of locations. They’re at least a hint of, if not a spotlight on the human condition and our place in the world. Photographer Jimmy Nelson spent 3 years in atolls, deserts, jungles, mountains, and tundra all over the planet, and time with over 30 tribes under the threat of vanishing. We must ask ourselves: are these cultures worth saving? A small gallery appears in The Guardian’s Travel section; for more on Nelson’s photos and book, he has a website.
Queen of the Curve
Zaha Hadid’s architecture invokes either praise or criticism; her work is never short of commentary. It’s important to understand the reasons for her work, her vision, and how her life’s work arrived to a point in 2004 when she was the first women to be awarded architecture’s highest honour, The Pritzker Prize. Recently, in The Guardian’s Art & Culture section, Hadid was featured: “Zaha Hadid: queen of the curve”.
“In Love With My Planet”
Recently at a book store in Berlin, I found a copy of Sebastião Salgado’s latest work/opus. Over a period of years, he traveled to all corners of the planet to look for and photograph any and all remaining elements which seem almost timeless in nature. His latest work is appropriately called “Genesis” and a part of his work appeared earlier this year in a NY Times’ feature called “In Love With My Planet”.
Serious Gender Inequality in Nepal
Over the last few weeks, I’ve been “in love” with the large-format Lonely Planet book on Nepal by Richard I’Anson; his images are filled with colours, people, and the grand scale of the Himalayas. I know I’d like to see in person some of the world’s highest mountains, even at a distance. But thoughts of romanticism are tempered with another kind of reality, one which is often ignored. That’s the focus of the latest NY Times’ Lens photo-essay by Marie Dorigny: “High in Nepal, a Lowly Status for Women”.
Women Breaking the Rules in Nepal
Staying in Nepal, Spanish photographer Arantxa Cedillo met with and photographed several women who are breaking boundaries and “expected gender roles” in the country. Her portraits include ” … a former sex slave, an elephant trainer, a swimmer, and the first female pilot in the country.” Coburn Dukeheart wrote the following story for NPR News.
Simplicity of the Everyday
To end on a lighter note, Javier Pérez has taken everyday items to make creative sketches and themes. His story got covered on Petapixel here; his photographs will get you to chuckle. The maxim “simple is good” seems well justified, as his Instagram shows.
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