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True Fans | Marseille | 2016

True Fans | Marseille | 2016

The World Cup has kicked off in Russia. Soccer is the national sport of Germany, and 80 Million head coaches are trying to figure out the best starting lineup for the first match of the defending World Champion on Sunday versus Mexico.

As I write this I’m sitting on my couch and watch the match of tournament favorite France playing the Soccaroos from Australia. Amazingly, they are tied at 1:1 going into the last 15 minutes…. (more…)

Game On – 10 Day Photo Challenge

Game On

Game On | Marseille | 2016

The going gets tough in the next 10 days. Tomorrow I’m heading back  to Portland for a brief 48 hour stint, only to return to Nuremberg already on Saturday. Next week is a big week at work with some high level meetings, and it’s the birthday week for Big Girl (Wednesday) and The Significant Other (Thursday), with the latter reaching the big 5 milestone 😉 , which will be properly celebrated with various events throughout the rest of the week and the weekend. So I know what keeps me busy the next week and a half.

Through all of this I will join the 10 Day Photography Challenge of fellow blogger Cassia Denner. I came across her blog while browsing through the photography feed in the WordPress reader, saw her post about the challenge and signed up. It will run from February 1st through February 10th. 10 days – 10 topics. All photos have to be taken by the contestants. Also participating in the challenge are the challenge host  Cassia (thanks so much for organizing this),  ArianaGracieJennaArabella and Susan, all in all a good mix of young and talented photographers and more seasoned veterans 😉 .

I have never participated in a challenge like this before, but I’m curious how it will pan out, considering that during the challenge I will be occupied with two intercontinental flights and tons of business meetings and birthday parties 😉 . But at least I don’t have to think what to post on the blog. I get my daily assignment, go out, shoot and post. I’m sure it’s gonna be fun! You will see the results on this blog! Game On!

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Have a great Tuesday!

Marcus

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What I saw but not saw

A Million Lights

A Million Lights | Paris | 2012

I have spent last night in Paris. Due to a late flight in I landed in Charles de Gaulle after midnight. Took a Taxi to a hotel in Velizy, arrived there 1am in the night. Breakfast at 7am, shuttle to the office, management meeting, employee town hall, quick sandwich lunch, back in a taxi and off to the airport. My day in Paris (actually it was 15 hours). Business travel reality. But while crossing the city on the way back to CDG I saw the Eiffel Tower and the bridges crossing the Seine. It put a smile on my face, and I fondly remembered the (photographically) better days I had in the city of love on previous business and family trips. And it felt good to be back in Paris, even for a few hours. So sitting in another hotel somewhere in the Black Forest (back in Germany but not home) I did a quick trip back into my archive that I always carry with me on a portable drive. To see in more detail what I only briefly and from a distance saw today in reality. Eiffel Tower, Pont Alexandre III and Hotel des Invalides.

Wide legged

Wide legged | Paris | 2012

Love and History

Love and History | Paris | 2009

Tower Watch

Tower Watch | Paris | 2009

I hope you had a good start into the new week!

Marcus

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Monday Mountains (4)

Monte Rosa

Monte Rosa | Italy | 2004

This week’s Monday Mountains features majestic Monte Rosa (Mont Rose), the second highest mountain in the Alps and of Europe, with its main summit (Dufour Peak)  rising to 4,634 m (15,203 ft) above sea level. The mountain is on the border between France (Valais Region) and Italy (Piedmont and Aosta Valley Regions).  From the Swiss side Monte Rosa can be reached from Zermatt which also sports the world famous Matterhorn.

I took this photo on a freezing morning (15 degrees Fahrenheit) from the Italian ski resort of Champoluc. The wind was blowing ice clouds off the mountain.

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The Streets of Nuremberg passed another mile stone yesterday, reaching 1000 followers. A sincere “Thank you” to all of you, that is simply blowing me away. I would have never thought this would happen when I started this blog just about one year ago.

Have a great week!

Marcus

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Stages of Life on a Street Photography Morning

While strolling through the streets of Marseille’s magnificent Old Town some weeks ago I also took some photographs of local street life. While doing my selections / post processing a couple of images caught my eye. I realized that  unintentionally I have captured humans in activities that for me are somehow representative for their respective  stages of their lives. So I put them together in this post and wrote down a few brief thoughts coming to my mind when looking at those images.

Rough Rider

Rough Rider | Marseille | 2016

I want to start with the elder ones. The generation that has built the foundations of what we live in today through a life full of work and caring for their families. The last stage can be a tough one. Poverty, deteriorating health, the loss of a partner, increasing loneliness. Still there are many that remain active, take their lives into their hands, find time to enjoy what they didn’t have time for during their working years. Still passing on their experiences and lessons of life.   (more…)