Die ersten Tage des Oktobers sind bereits vergangen und somit ist nun endlich die Zeit gekommen, um euch ein paar Bilder meines neuen Projektes zu zeigen. Viel Worte gibt es darüber eigentlich nicht zu verlieren, denn die dahinter stehende Idee ist ganz einfach: 26 Tage lang werden nach und nach die Buchstaben des Alphabets durchfotografiert, immer einer nach dem anderen, ein Bild pro Tag. Es gibt keine weiteren Vorgaben, ich versuche jedoch möglichst Wörter zu wählen, die eine persönliche Bedeutung für mich haben bzw. etwas über mich aussagen. Da es ein Projekt in G+ ist, sind alle Begriffe und begleitende Texte auf Englisch. Ich hoffe, das ist für euch in Ordnung. Obwohl heute schon der zehnte Tag des Projektes ist, gibt es nur die ersten neun Bilder, nach 18 Tagen dann noch einmal neun und ganz zum Schluß die letzten acht. Bisher hat es mir sehr großen Spaß gemacht und ich bin schon sehr gespannt, was mir zu den verbleibenden Buchstaben einfällt, ist manchmal kniffliger als man denkt.
A is for Analogue
I started slow and rather playful, about a year ago. Then, earlier this year, this beauty crossed my path and I fell deeply in love with it. I can’t spend as much time shooting film as I want to but I’m definitely hooked and curious to explore the analogue world.
B is for Books
I’ve read many hundreds of books, turned thousands and thousands of pages and saw an uncountable number of letters dancing in front of my eyes. The stories they contained were woven into pictures long before I even thought about creating pictures of my own, pictures that are visible to somebody else. They will forever be my first and biggest love.
C is for Chucks
I own six pairs of chucks at the moment but my favourites are still the black double-tongue high tops I brought home from Texas in the summer of 2007. Since then, they got to know many streets across Europe and travelled with me to the Wild West and the Middle East. And even though they are not really made for the climate, I might also take them to Asia with me next year. Just because.
D is for Double Exposure
This was a tricky letter for me as what I associate most with it is a certain state that I cannot or maybe just don’t want to illustrate. Taking pictures helps me to keep it away as best and for as long as possible. So, instead I show you one more thing that I totally love and discovered last year during my experiments with analogue photography. As I couldn’t get shooting and developing film done in one day, I had to fake a double exposure and create the effect from two images merged in Photoshop.
E is for English
A bit more than 20 years ago, I started to learn this language in times of big changes and still, for the first 7 years, it was not more than another subject at school. During my 9 years at university, it quickly became the language of science enabling us to gain knowledge and share ideas. For almost 7 years now it has also become the language of business and part of my everyday life, whether it is spoken or written. Last but not least and probably much more important, it is also the language connecting me with people I’ve met through the world wide web and friends I found all over the world.
F is for Freelensing
I discovered this nifty little technique about three months ago and really like the dreamy look it gives to pictures. I found that for me it works best with my cheap 50 mm f/1.8 lens as I can easily adjust the focus with my index finger while tilting it against the camera body. Makes me feel a bit like McGyver every time and is so much fun.
G is for Glass
As a student I learnt to analyse and to create using Erlenmeyer flasks, beaker and dropping glasses. As a researcher I measured the friction between molecules lose to zero density using a swinging apparatus completely made of quartz glass. At home, I have three little glasses full of coloured glass shards, shaped by the waves of the Baltic Sea, collected during many walks along the beach. Little pieces of home.
H is for Hurry
There were quite a lot of words still dancing around in my head when I left my appartment in the morning to go to work. As it was just not enough light earlier, I had taken my camera with me in the hope to find something to shoot during the day. When I stepped into the long passage of the main station, about to enter the flow of people spilling out of the trains and hurrying to the exists, I suddenly knew what the word has to be. On some days I almost dread the walk through the masses, it just seems to much to bear, even though it doesn’t take very long. It’s the only part of my 20 minutes walk to the office where I would also hurry, like all the others around me.
I is for Illuminated
This letter was giving me quite a hard time today. I had a few possible words, ideas and inspiration as well, but every time I tried to turn them into a picture, there just wasn’t enough light. About an hour before sunset, when I close to give up and thought it might have to stand for incredibly annoying or even impossible, something came floating my way. Sometimes a picture just happens.