Sometimes I turn Street Photography into Subway Photography. There are various good reasons for that. In the underground you can escape foul weather. On their way to and from the trains people are mostly in a rush so they tend to oversee the “hunting” Street Photographers. And in the subway cars travelers are often so focused on their smart phone or their books and papers that you have a very good chance to go unnoticed while taking candid portraits. For other good reasons to take your Street Photography below ground and more subway photographs continue reading after the jump. (more…)
While in Stockholm we visited Fotografiska, a centre for contemporary photography that was opened in May 2010 by American star photographer Annie Leibowitz. It is situated in an old customs building on Södermalm island directly at the waterfront near the Viking Lines cruise terminal. It features a bar, a great store for art and photography and it is open until 11pm most days so you can actually spend “a night in the museum”.
Fotografiska carries parallel exhibitions, when we visited last week there was the awesome “Inherit the Dust” exhibition by British photographer Nick Brandt, a collection about photos of famous Swedish Actor Greta Garbo as well as an exhibition featuring the impressive photographic work of Rock Star Bryan Adams. Known for his exceptional fashion photography (e.g. Linda Evangelista, Cindy Crawford) and portraits of famous musicians (e.g. Amy Winehouse, Rammstein, Rolling Stones), film stars (e.g. Christoph Waltz, Christopher Lee) and politicians (e.g. Queen Elizabeth).
Besides the portraits a second part of the Bryan Adams exhibition featured “Wounded: The Legacy of War”, his portrait work of military servicemen and women from the Iraq and Afghanistan wars and the injuries they have sustained, matter-of-factly. Their missing limbs, prosthetics and scar tissue are seen by the viewer as part of the subjects as they are now. The portraits are very graphic and carry a lot of emotions.
In this part of the exhibition I also took the photograph above were a mother tried to explain to her children the horrors of war, a scene that I found very touching.
For some more photos from Fotografiska and for the links to the website of the photographers and the museum click here. (more…)
You have been looking forward to this weekend trip to a fancy city that you always wanted to see. Time is limited, you only have a couple of days. You are travelling with your partner who is not all that much into photography. You don’t want to spoil the getaway by constantly logging behind, hunting for that perfect photo opportunity, that better angle, fumbling with your gear to change to the more appropriate lens.
And besides taking the marquee shots of well-known attractions (and that everybody back home expects from you) you are looking for those special shots that you expect from yourself, because after all your are not after the tourist snap shots, for you are a photographer.
You arrive at your destination, it is great to be there, the sights and sounds are awesome, the food tastes great, you take the “must-have” shots, but photographically you just don’t get into the right groove, into your creative flow. And somehow this frustrates you because your own expectations towards yourself are otherwise and you know you won’t have a chance to get back to this city anytime soon when the photographic circumstances might be better. Sounds familiar? Continue reading after the jump. (more…)
Doing a lot of flying these days. Last week Berlin and Marseille, today London and tomorrow Stockholm. This shot I took this morning in the tunnel of Terminal 2 in Heathrow airport while heading for a 6:30 am return flight to Frankfurt and on to Nuremberg. Boy was it hard getting up at 3:30 for a 4 am Taxi ride to the airport. (more…)
Photographing cars is not exactly related to Street Photography, but at least they drive on streets and are integral part of our daily life. Last weekend I had the chance to attend a workshop with Olympus Visionary Thomas Adorff in the Porsche Museum in Stuttgart, a perk that came with my purchase of an Olympus PEN-F earlier in the year.
So last Saturday I drove over to Stuttgart (90 minute drive from Nuremberg) and met Thomas Adorff and a bunch of Olympus enthusiasts for a day in the Porsche Museum. More about the event and more photos after the jump. (more…)
I wish all my American friends a happy and peaceful July 4th. Enjoy the day!
Olympus E-PL7 | 1/500 sec @f/4,5 and ISO200
Street Photographers tend to fall in two categories. There are the hunters, and then there are the gatherers. Does that concept sound familiar? After all, humans have been hunters and gatherers forever. (more…)