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Face(s) in the Crowd: 10 World Cities

Above/featured: “A-Maze-ing Laughter” by Yue Minjun: Vancouver, Canada – 27 September 2014 (HL).

I’m completely in my element within the urban setting. Under a cloak of anonymity, the diversity of people from one city to the next is a real standout. When something or someone comes across my field of view, it’s with constant gaze and steady hands to sight, compose, and make the exposure. Opportunity and fortune converge with some favours when I find face(s) in crowds and observe the “oscillation between conformity and individualism”.

Here are 10 examples:

  1. Berlin, Germany
  2. Buenos Aires, Argentina
  3. Cape Town, South Africa
  4. Frankfurt am Main, Germany
  5. Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
  6. Hong Kong
  7. México City, México
  8. Munich, Germany
  9. Prague, Czech Republic
  10. Sydney, Australia

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Places over time, in highest regard

Perhaps, it’s only an ideal.

Perhaps, it’s only optimism that comes through in remembering.

Whatever they may be, the following images represent places where I have the greatest of cherished memories (the beloved).


Región de Coquimbo, Chile

Cerro Tololo, Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory, CTIO, Región de Coquimbo, Chile, fotoeins.com

Cerro Tololo, 🇨🇱: a place where my previous line of work came to an end (photo: 23 June 2007).


Prague, Czech Republic

Letenské sady, Letná Park, Vltava, Moldau, Prague, Praha, Czech Republic, fotoeins.com

Prague, 🇨🇿: the city that changed me (photo: 5 December 2008, from Letenské sady west to the Vltava river).


South Island, New Zealand

Mount Tasman, Horokoau, Mount Cook, Aoraki, Lake Matheson, Westland Tai Poutini National Park, South Island, Te Wai Pounamou, Aotearoa, New Zealand, fotoeins.com

Lake Matheson, 🇳🇿 during my year-long RTW: Mount Tasman and Mount Cook, in final light (photo: 22 July 2012).


Heidelberg, Germany

Heiligenberg, Philosphenweg, Königstuhl, Schloss Heidelberg, Alte Brücke, Heidelberg, Baden-Württemberg, Germany, fotoeins.com

Heidelberg, 🇩🇪: the university town where I altered the course of my life (photo: 21 May 2016).


Berlin, Germany

Oberbaumbrücke, Spree river, Fernsehturm, ThatTowerAgain, Berlin, Germany, fotoeins.com

Berlin, 🇩🇪: a metropolis where I always feel at home (photo: 13 November 2016).


I made the photos between 2007 and 2016. This post appears on Fotoeins Fotografie at fotoeins.com as https://wp.me/p1BIdT-bjU.

Nobel-Rondell, Nobel Rondel, Nobel Prize, Stadtfriedhof, Göttingen, Niedersachsen, Lower Saxony, Germany, fotoeins.com

Göttingen: The Nobel-Prize Round of Eight

I’ve arrived in Göttingen in central Germany not only to find a memorial to Nobel Prizes, but also to acknowledge my academic training. I spent many years studying physics and astronomy, and while I’m no longer active in science research, I enjoy the search and discovery of the final resting spots for scientists whose work formed a significant part of my education. Visiting their graves provides direct historical connection to “academic predecessors”; to go beyond the abstraction of simply learning their names and contributions to science, the gravestones belong to real people with keen minds, family lives, and all too human imperfections.

To date, 45 Nobel Prize laureates have been or are connected with the Georg-August-Universität Göttingen. That’s a phenomenal number, as this single institution accounts for 8 per cent of all Nobel Prizes (585 as of 2017).

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17 for 17, Fotoeins Fotograms of 2017, fotoeins.com

17 for 17: Fotoeins Fotograms of 2017

Featured: At the Germany-Austria border, from Fellhorn mountain near Oberstdorf: 8 March.

Another year gone, another 34-thousand images made*

As the image above shows, I also spent a lot of time this year at the Austrian-German frontier, much of it at altitude.

Below I look back at the year 2017 with a selection of 17 images. Each picture is a direct clickable link to the corresponding post on Instagram.

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My Berlin: Hauptstadt Memories, 2010-2011

Above: “Pe(a)rlin’ in Berlin”, Hackescher Markt – 16 March 2011 (HL).

Berlin is one of my favourite cities in the world. From the moment I stepped foot inside the German capital city for the first time in 2002, it’s been an ongoing love story. I’m convinced the “Hauptstadt” will always be worth photographing; it’s my “long game.” Naturally, there are a massive number of sights throughout Berlin, and I’ve always combined public transport with plenty of walking. In fact, traveling 10 to 20 kilometres per day throughout the city is pretty much the norm. These photographs are personal observations and measurements of location, geometry, and motion.

The pictures and memories may be from years past, but all of the them retain their contemporary nature: images which include quiet snowy Christmas, an important memorial, and pieces of architectural design.


Neues Museum, Hauptstadt, Berlin, Germany, fotoeins.com

“Closing time”, Neues Museum – 24 December 2010 (HL)

Bahnhof Potsdamer Platz, Potsdamer Platz, Hauptstadt, Berlin, Germany, fotoeins.com

“Vacant”, Bahnhof Potsdamer Platz – 24 December 2010 (HL)

2. Weihnachtstag, Boxing Day, Berlin Hauptbahnhof, Berlin, Germany, fotoeins.com

“2. Weihnachtstag (2nd day of Christmas)”, Hauptbahnhof – 26 December 2010 (HL)

U6 Stadtmitte, Mohrenstrasse Ecke Charlottenstrasse, Berlin, Germany, fotoeins.com

“Blizzard”, Mohrenstrasse at Charlottenstrasse – 27 December 2010 (HL)

Jüdischer Friedhof, Grosse Hamburger Strasse, Spandauer Vorstadt, Berlin, Germany, fotoeins.com

“Nie wieder (never again)”, Old Jewish Cemetery – 16 March 2011 (HL); see also here and here

Domaquarée, Karl-Liebknecht-Strasse, Berlin, Germany, fotoeins.com

“Duo”, CityQuartier DomAquarée – 17 March 2011 (HL)

Bahnhof Friedrichstrasse, Berlin, Germany, fotoeins.com

“Shiny”, Bahnhof Friedrichstrasse – 19 March 2011 (HL)

Ritz Carlton, Bahnhof Potsdamer Platz, Potsdamer Platz, Berlin, Germany, fotoeins.com

“Dusk”, Beisheim Center – 19 March 2011 (HL)


Postscript: As I look at these pictures years later, I wondered how I came to make many pictures of stairs and escalators in the relative quiet of the city around Christmas 2010. Had I already subconsciously incorporated the way I was seeing the world through my pictures my big life transition the following year (2011)?

More Hauptstadt Memories

•   My Berlin: Mitte on Christmas Eve (2010)
•   2009 to 2010
•   2005 to 2009

I made the pictures above on 24-27 December 2010 and 16-19 March 2011. This post appears on Fotoeins Fotografie at fotoeins DOT com as http://wp.me/p1BIdT-aps.

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