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Ludwig Boltzmann, Wiener Zentralfriedhof, Vienna Central Cemetery, Vienna, Wien, Austria, fotoeins.com

Spring in Vienna: finding Ludwig Boltzmann

I’m neither tragic nor hip, but I know a little bit about Canadian icon and band, The Tragically Hip, and specifically, a song of theirs called “Springtime in Vienna.”

I can’t play a musical instrument, but I especially liked listening to a performance of Johann Strauss II’s “An der schönen blauen Donau” (The Blue Danube) on an intercity river catamaran between Vienna and Bratislava.

What I’m totally convinced is when spring comes calling, I’m allergic to nature. I’m a living example to irritation and inflammation, and living consequence to nature’s response to spring.

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Erwin Schroedinger, Annemarie Schroedinger, Alpbach Cemetery, Heiliger Oswald, Pfarrkirche Alpbach, Alpbach, Tirol, Tyrol, Austria, fotoeins.com

Finding Erwin Schrödinger

Localizing his final wavefunction, at rest in Alpbach

It took a little effort: a train out from Innsbruck to Brixlegg, followed by a regional bus into another valley of countless valleys, accompanied by the illumination of sharp morning light, in a blanket of meadows and buttercups, under a deep ocean of impossibly blue skies. And on both sides of this river valley are an endless series of mountains, these peaks the smaller cousins to larger Austrian Alps nearby.

In Alpbach, the weekday morning is quiet, as the town begins to stir with people starting their work day. The bank has just opened, fresh baked bread and pastry and roasted coffee emanate from the cafe from around the corner, a couple of trucks rumble into town with deliveries. An older couple walks by, and there are mutual sunny greets of “Grüss Gott”. The church steeple glows yellow at this hour, and it’s easy to imagine with its bell the church is an aural and visual beacon for miles.

I’m drawn to the church because that was always the plan, to look for someone who’s buried in the church cemetery. Ordered rows of headstones lie as you would expect, but by the northwest gate, I find a single plaque on the bordering stone wall. The plaque reads: “Erwin Schrödinger, Nobelpreis für Physik, 1933”, and next to the plaque is Erwin and Annemarie Schrödinger’s final resting spot1. Another academic pilgrimage completed.

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Rise and Set: First and Last Light

Above/featured: Facing west into the Pacific from Waikoloa Village on the Big Island of Hawaii, USA – 19 May 2008.

For the last ten years, it’s been an interesting exercise to photograph a variety of sunrises and sunsets at a number of locations around the world. One of my favourite locations was Cerro Tololo and Cerro Pachón in north-central Chile, a place I visited and subsequently worked as astronomer between 1995 and 2011.

But my favourite “sun time” is summer sunrise. Early morning in July has a very special feel; the air is different, it’s still, it’s warm. Birds chirp idly, while the few humans out and about chatter quietly. All like me have eschewed sleep to witness daybreak and sunrise before 6am.

This post is a contribution to WPC’s Rise/Set. This post appears on Fotoeins Fotografie at fotoeins.com as https://wp.me/p1BIdT-bFO with the seven photos appearing here made between 2008 and 2014.


First Light


Final Light

Sunset, Cerro Pachon, Cerro Tololo, Region de Coquimbo, Chile

Indian Ocean, South Mole Lighthouse, Fremantle, Perth, WA, Australia, myRTW, fotoeins.com

Final light over the Indian Ocean: Fremantle, Australia – 17 September 2012.

From the World Outside & Into Munich’s Metro

Above/featured: U-Bahnhof Marienplatz.

With dozens of visits to the German city of Munich, I’ve become familiar with the city’s transport network. For the city’s residents, the day-to-day work commute from the upside and into below can merge into a monotonous grind. The following images within five U-Bahn or metro sitations might challenge that notion with ghost-like and otherworldly appearances.


Georg-Brauchle-Ring

Georg-Brauchle-Ring, MVG MĂĽnchen, U-Bahn, MĂĽnchen, Munich, Germany, fotoeins.com

7am morning commute (IG)


Hauptbahnhof

Hauptbahnhof, MVG MĂĽnchen, U-Bahn, MĂĽnchen, Munich, Germany, fotoeins.com

Bahnland Bayern (IG)


Lehel

Lehel, MVG MĂĽnchen, U-Bahn, MĂĽnchen, Munich, Germany, fotoeins.com

One foot in front of the other … (IG)


Marienplatz

Marienplatz, MVG MĂĽnchen, U-Bahn, MĂĽnchen, Munich, Germany, fotoeins.com

U6, nach/to Klinikum Grosshadern (IG1, IG2)


Westfriedhof

Westfriedhof, MVG MĂĽnchen, U-Bahn, MĂĽnchen, Munich, Germany, fotoeins.com

Comings and goings (IG)


I made the above pictures between 22 and 24 February 2017 inclusive. Alle Fotoaufnahmen sind mit Wasserzeichen versehen worden. This post appears on Fotoeins Fotografie at fotoeins.com as https://wp.me/p1BIdT-buj.

Face in the Crowd, A-maze-ing Laughter, Yue Minjun, Morton Park, West End, Vancouver, BC, Canada, fotoeins.com

Face(s) in the Crowd: 11 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 11 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. Seattle, USA
  11. Sydney, Australia

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