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Few and Far, Mud Bay Uptown, Queen Anne, Lower Queen Anne, Seattle, WA, USA,

My Seattle: Near and Wide, Few and Far

To mark the third anniversary of the artist collective Few and Far, a group of artists came together in June 2014 to collaborate on a mural in Seattle’s Lower Queen Anne (Uptown). The art shown below covers the south-facing wall of a former theater which now houses the Mud Bay pet supply store and faces a parking lot between the pet supply store and Dick’s Drive-In. Some will no doubt be munching on burgers and fries while they’re looking at furry creatures painted on the wall.

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Restless, Hebrú Brantley, street art, downtown Seattle, Seattle, USA,

Fotoeins Friday: “I C U” (Seattle)

It’s about a matter of preparation, vision, and patience. If you’re lucky, maybe all three will converge into something that amounts to something like a special pluck out of the continuous time-stream of things that happen all around us at every single moment of the day.

Created and painted by Hebrú Brantley, this wonderfully dynamic and engaging art piece is called “Restless,” located in downtown Seattle on James Street between 3rd and 4th Avenue.

I made the photo above on 6 January 2017 with the Canon EOS6D, 50mm-prime, and the following settings: 1/400s, f/10, and ISO500. This post appears on Fotoeins Fotografie at as

street art, mural, Herakut, Metropolink, Heidelberg, Germany,

My Heidelberg: Herakut street art for Metropolink

It’s amazing what gets discovered after going the wrong way.

I head straight for a full city-block before realizing my error, that I should’ve turned right about 5 minutes ago. I bow my head, and release a deep breath in frustration. I raise my head to the sky, when I catch sight of something out of the corner of my eye.

What’s that across the street?

I have to reach my destination which I know isn’t far.

But I am coming back here to get the shot.

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Patience and hope, wall mural, Herakut, Lutherstadt Wittenberg, Wittenberg, Saxony-Anhalt, Germany,

Fotoeins Friday: Patience and hope, by Herakut (Wittenberg)

As my taxi weaved through the streets of Wittenberg’s Old Town, the bright yellow caught my eye and I quickly turned my head. I immediately took note of the location and proximity to the hotel; I knew I’d have to come back and see this wall mural again.

The mural is of a girl with big brown eyes and she is surrounded by stars. Her hands are partly open as if she’s just let go of the two small dragons. On the right is the accompanying caption “Sie heissen Geduld und Zuversicht1 und ihr Schicksal liegt in meinen Händen. (They’re called patience and hope, and their fate lies in my hands.).” Created for the Kura 2016 festival in Wittenberg, this beautiful work is by “herakut”, the artist duo of Hera (Jasmin Siddiqui) and Akut (Falk Lehmann).

I wrote about Herakut’s wall mural in Heidelberg for the 2015 Metropolink Festival here.

1 and LEO define “Zuversicht” as “trust” or “confidence.”

I made the photo above on 30 October 2016 with the Canon 6D, 24-105 zoom-lens, and the following settings: 1/500s, f/11, ISO1000, and 70mm focal-length. This post appears on Fotoeins Fotopress at as

My thanks to IMG- and Sachsen-Anhalt-Tourismus, the city of Wittenberg, and the Luther Hotel for their patronage and access to facilities. IMG- and Sachsen-Anhalt-Tourismus supported my visit to the German federal state of Saxony-Anhalt from 25 October to 3 November 2016 inclusive.
Cupcake Berlin, Friedrichshain), Berlin, Germany - 13 Nov 2012,

Fotoeins Friday: Cupcake Berlin

I’ve just finished brunch with a couple of friends in the East Berlin neighbourhood of Freidrichshain. I wander with only a general direction in mind; I’m familiar with this part of the city, but I don’t have specific knowledge about the streets. I make a left, go forward a block or two, and that tiny street looks interesting, so I make a right. One turn here, and another turn there, and there’s no telling what one will see or miss. With colours grabbing my eyeballs to hold still, this mural appears on the corrugated metal protection barrier at the entrance to Cupcake, claiming the city’s first cupcake shop since 2007.

I made the photo above on 13 November 2012 with the Canon EOS450D (XSi) camera, EF-S 18-55 II zoom-lens, and the following settings: 1/30s, f/5.6, ISO400, and 18mm focal length (29mm full-frame equivalent). This post appears on Fotoeins Fotopress at as

Interbrigadas Berlin, Mercure Hotel Berlin Mitte, U-Bhf Gleisdreieck, Gleisdreieck, Kreuzberg, Berlin, Hauptstadt, Germany, Deutschland,

Fotoeins Friday: Latin America mural by Interbrigadas (Berlin)

You’re on the U2 in Berlin heading east from Zoo Station into the city’s Mitte. You happen to look out at the window, and ask yourself: “what in the … did I just see that?!”

The second time you’re through this way, you’ll rubberneck a little more out the side window to confirm what you saw the last time. The third time through, you make sure to get off the train at the station, head down to street level, turn the corner, and …


There she is.

Steps from a U-Bahn train station, you’re staring at the back wall of a five-storey hotel. In its full glory covering the entire back wall of the Mercure Hotel Berlin Mitte is a mural drawn by a group of artists called Interbrigadas. Though there is some minor tagging along the lower portion of the mural, your eyes are drawn to the eyes of the young woman at the upper right. For physical scale, the collection bin at the lower right stands about a metre (3 feet) high. An adjacent panel provides a description:

In 2006 young political adolescents founded the association Interbrigadas e.V. Following the International Brigades (e.g., in the Spanish Civil War or Nicaragua) we want to revive this particular form of international solidarity. We organise brigades of dominantly European adolescents to Latin America and carry out social work in shanty towns and rural regions.

In the course of the exchange project, ‘Insurrection of Colours’ Interbrigadas e.V. invited four Latin American artists from Columbia (sic) and Venezuela to Berlin.

In summer 2009 and in conjunction with the Hotel MERCURE Berlin Mitte we realised Berlin’s largest mural (wall painting). The basic idea was to merge various elements from Latin America and Berlin that would represent the cultural diversity of both of them.

The young black girl represents Latin America’s Afro-American population. Particularly in the Caribbean regions almost the entire population has mingled with African slaves and their descendents (sic). Their life is still very much connected to the rythms (sic) and laws of nature.

Typical animals like the jaguar, boa and an iguana skirt the Aztec calendar. The Aztecs’ calculations of seasons had been much more advanced than those of the Europeans.

Wildemar Liendo Blanco (Venezuela), Edisson Reina Torres (Kolumbien), Ivan Nicolai Monroy Bustos (Kolumbien), Nadia Michelle Granados Delgado (Kolumbien).

The Interbrigadas mural is located at Luckenwalder Strasse 11 in Berlin Kreuzberg, which you can reach with the U1, U2, or U3 U-Bahn train to Gleisdreieck station.

I made the photo above on 19 December 2012 with the Canon EOS450D (XSi) camera, EF-S 18-55 II zoom-lens, and the following settings: 1/30s, f/5, ISO800, and 21mm focal length (34mm full-frame equivalent). This post appears on Fotoeins Fotografie at as

Junkanoo Beach, Nassau, Bahamas - 3 May 2012,

Fotoeins Friday: Caged in Nassau

It’s not long after setting foot and spending time in the Bahamian city of Nassau when signs of great wealth and great poverty begin to stand out, with visitors pouring out of the enormous cruise ships and residents making ends meet with modest fishing boats and conch stands. Near Junkanoo Beach, this piece of art appears on the wall of an abandoned building surrounded by a chain-link fence. Who is represented in the mural? Who is caged in, behind the fence? The website? The city? The country? Her people?

I made the photo above on 3 May 2012 near Junkanoo Beach, known also as Western Esplanade Beach or Long Wharf. This post appears on Fotoeins Fotopress at, and also appears on Travel Photo Thursday for Nancie McKinnon’s Budget Travelers Sandbox.

Melbourne, Australia, myRTW,

Navigating Melbourne’s lanes for street art

In an earlier post, I’ve shown some work on display as street art in Adelaide in South Australia.

Over a period of four days in Melbourne, I wandered through lanes and streets to look for some representative street art in the Victorian state capital, some works which spoke of the people who live there. Would it be the same kind of art and/or messages I’d seen earlier in Adelaide? As always, the set of artists and their respective work hold unique value in each of the cities.

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Adelaide, SA, Australia,

Adelaide: street art in the CBD

The following shows some of the street art present in and around the Central Business District in Adelaide, South Australia state’s capital city. I’m very grateful to have spent some time in South Australia as a part of my year-long RTW (around the world).

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Street art, Ludwigsvorstadt, Isarvorstadt, Muenchen, Munich, Germany,

Munich: please don’t forget me

Is this about a flight of fancy, a wish that we should not be forgotten? A fine example of street-art? Or is this a plea, both poignant and provocative? One can see where someone had tried to remove at least one butterfly and break up pieces where the girl’s dress lies. This photo shows that whatever the artist’s (or the cleaner’s) intentions were, the work remains in our minds, and there, the image cannot be destroyed.

This is the outward-facing wall at the southwest corner of Isartalstrasse and Kapuzinerstrasse in Munich’s Isarvorstadt-Ludwigsvorstadt.

I made the photo on 12 March 2011 with the Canon EOS450D, 50mm/1.4 prime, and the following settings: 1/320s, f/4, ISO100, 80mm full-frame equivalent. This post appears on Fotoeins Fotopress at as

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