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Sunday, March 25, 2007

Baseball Caps

Saturday, March 24, 2007


These are three images of the chapel located at the Princeton University campus. The great thing about this place is the total silence in it. When I photograph in there, the only thing that rings through the halls is the mirror inside my camera flipping up.
I also like to use this motif for benchmarking my photography and post processing skills. I'm seriously unhappy if I don't see progress with what I'm doing.

Here are three results of three different years.




Thursday, March 22, 2007

Reading Recommendation

You know what I noticed? I'm actually doing something here I'm not used to do in real life: Talking without anyone asking me to do so. Feels weird sometimes. However, I hate personal websites that are never updated. You visit them after half a year or longer and nothing has changed...urgh.
A blog is a good way to keep a page interesting and gives shy people like me the opportunity to shout out stuff. For example that Lipton makes the best chicken-noodle soup in the world (that's confirmed by that HipHop dude in this grocery shop at 2nd Avenue and 29th street).
However, Google-Analytics keeps telling me that about 15 visitors come to this particular page :-) every day, so it cannot be that bad.

What I actually wanted to say: I just found this magazine called JPG today while browsing through all kinds of literature at Barnes & Nobles. It's a total mystery to me why I didn't find it earlier. I want to recommend it. When you open it the very first time, you already understand that this magazine is made by cool people. Every single picture is a pleasure to look at, stories and interviews are interesting and there are almost no ads in it. The interesting thing about it: All these great images in this mag are submitted by the readers (who are mostly unknown photographers) and also selected by the readers who vote for the pictures on the JPG website. And these are not just 15 like here, these are many many thousands of people keeping the quality high. Very nice concept.
If you are looking for practical tips about how to take better pictures and help about what to buy, I personally like this British magazine called Practical Photography. It's very basic and good to get started.

Monday, March 19, 2007


Taken on a rainy night and processed on a "bad frame day".

Sunday, March 18, 2007

So What's New?

- The spring I talked about lasted only a single day. We are having snow again :)

- The New Jersey series appeared kind off dull to me and I changed my mind. I will come up with less friendly images.

- I will change the design of this website considering all the feedback I got during its first year. Yes, it's almost a year old now.

Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Oh Wow - It's Spring!

Just noticed. That's the inspiration I was looking for. My next series will be called Garden State and show the beauty of New Jersey.

Monday, March 12, 2007

Da Hong Deng Long Gao Gao Gua

That's the original Chinese name of the movie I saw in a theater today (here is a link to the movie). I really didn't enjoy watching it and was glad when it was over. I guess there are simply movies I like watching, but forget as soon as I see the next one, and those which are more heavy, but with some value for that I need some time and distance before I can appreciate. It's like with music. Some songs go as easy out of your ear as they got in. And then there are the other ones. Things that widen your horizon are simply more permanent.
What else? I was very eager to see an exhibition of toy camera photography at a little gallery called "Stay Gold" in Brooklyn, but it wasn't as good as I expected. The neighborhood of that place has an interesting character, though. I saw some people I could imagine to take my time and photograph. However, I didn't ask anybody.

Sunday, March 11, 2007

Face Painting

Saturday, March 10, 2007

New York City - Entrance to Central Park

Heavily edited.

Friday, March 9, 2007

Museum Shots

Taken at the Art Institute of Chicago

Monday, March 5, 2007

Cartier-Bresson Exhibition

Cagil and I had a multi-cultural weekend in New York City (including Cafe Horus and Zum Schneider) and visited the International Center of Photography.
The Henri Cartier-Bresson exhibition has (besides original images and rare scrap books) a display with a slideshow where you hear him talking about his work. I could listen to him for some more hours, but it was not more than 15 minutes long. Also interesting: The Martin Munkacsi exhibition.

Saturday, March 3, 2007

A Little eMail from a Friend

I'll quickly answer here.

Who wants to go to Vegas anyway? ... I didn't even consider it...
I didn't really go there, just stopped by for a moment while on the way to somewhere else.

How much money did you lose?

30 bucks on slot machines.

What will be your next series?
Undecided. Still waiting for inspiration.

Friday, March 2, 2007

Boris Becker in Vegas

I took this snapshot in Las Vegas where Becker was talking about the Las Vegas nightlife into a camera. Honestly, seeing Becker on the street was more exciting than the rest of this boring town. If you ever think about going there, don't plan on staying more than two days. It's so boring, you might start gambling just because you have nothing else to do.