This somehow reminds me of a song I used to listen to when I was a kid. Mike Harding wrote “I was a penniless student wandering round Manchester, staying up all night in all-night cafes making a cup of coffee last for ever and arguing about life and politics through the night. This song is about the morning after when the sun came shouting into the city and, faintly delirious and high on the pure wonder of being alive, I […]
I’m being very lenient with myself this week, not only am I using the British definition of a week (i.e. Sunday to Saturday, instead of the German Monday to Sunday), but I’m also posting something for the second time (see week 1) albeit from a very different angle.
or even the night of the palaces. This is an annual “cultural feast” during which the Sanssouci Park opens its gates to visitors well into the night. The palaces are ablaze with light and classical music resounds from every corner, this is rounded off with a fantastic firework display at midnight. We managed to sneak on the eve of the occasion while all was quiet for a quick nosey.
I spent some time with one of my favourite photographers at a local Russian graveyard this week. It sounds like a strange idea and it certainly was eery, but it proved to be a place of peace and absolute beauty and hence ideal for photography. Thanks to my wife for the great birthday present, I just hope a little of his talent rubbed off. The picture is dedicated to Private Kozma who never lived to see his 40th birthday. (My […]
I thought I’d continue the Soviet theme for another week. This is more or less all that remains of the former Red Army base, which after being cleared of all munitions is now a public park.
It was rather fitting that I should find myself in this part of Berlin on this day, May the 1st of course being international labour day. It was here on the 17th of June 1953 that the workers of the newly formed GDR started their uprising against the fledgling socialist regime, primarily due to the increase of work quotas. The Soviets were called in and the “counter-revolution” was quashed with an official loss of 125 lives. From then on this […]
This is what I do for a living ….. I get to to travel to far-flung places and look at lots of different types of birds…….?! I’ll be turning 40 in the next few weeks, so I’m posting this now to avoid being called a “dirty old so and so” later! Thanks to the two lovely Czech girls for taking the time to pose at the AERO in Friedrichshafen.
I’m not sure the lady painting would have been overly thrilled at having her picture taken (judging by the little card on the painting), but I saw this and thought it was just the perfect double for this week. The biggest challenge was trying to take it without having 15 tourists in the shot at the same time! Paris was great and we’ll be back, probably all four of us next time.
I don’t think I’ve had a rant on my blog for a long while, so here goes. I managed to get some quality time with the camera at the weekend and was just on the way home when I came across this path. The sky was vivid, the sun was shining, the trees bare and the path led up to the horizon, a perfect mixture for a shot with a polarising filter. I had just parked the car when I […]
That’s the great thing about photography, you’re always learning new things from other people and it never gets boring! This was taken on an evening stroll around Potsdam. I’m just starting to get the feel of the combination of 50mm 1.4 on a full frame camera. I think I like it!
We all have our little vices don’t we! This is the first real portrait of the year and my thanks go out to my friend for being “Week 8”. It was taken in Neuseddin, a place which in many ways epitomises Brandenburg at this time of year. If you do know him, then you’ll realise that looks can be very deceiving.
I’m still playing catch-up having been away, so here are two in a week. The first shot was taken in Raffles (Singapore) whilst enjoying an infamous Singapore Sling with my colleagues (they’re a good bunch – but don’t tell them I told you) during one of the few moments of relaxation. The second picture is a snapshot of the Petronas Towers (Menara Petronas) taken on a flying visit to Kuala Lumpur.
I’d just like to say thank you very much to everybody for the kind words and support given to me after last weeks post. I was a little overawed if I’m to be quite honest as I received more comments, now have more followers and earned more hits in two days than I did for the whole of the previous 53 posts of the past year. I will try to live up to expectations but please don’t be too disappointed […]
Well this is it, one year of benches (banks etc.) completed. I was hoping to finish off with an absolute highlight but the lack of time, the dark evenings and the horribly warm wet weather have put paid to that idea. One suggestion was for a portrait of me on a bench as the grand finale, but luckily you’ve been spared that sight. That was the good news, the bad news is that I’ve really enjoyed doing this project so […]
This was taken on New Years Day just after lunch. It is the last but one entry in this series. I can see a new project looming on the horizon, although I’m not too sure just what it will be. f/8 1/80 ISO 400 @30mm
There’s a song by a man called Billy Joel which I’d like to dedicate to my accomplice in life. It is she around whom my world has turned for the last nineteen years. It’s called “She’s always a woman” and goes like this: She can kill with a smile She can wound with her eyes She can ruin your faith with her casual lies And she only reveals what she wants you to see She hides like a child But […]
I think you may have to get used to a number of these banks being within the boundaries of the city of Potsdam, as well as being taken at the last possible moment during the week. The more observant of you will have noticed that this was taken on a Sunday, hence it was taken on the first day of the new week. This is correct, unless you live in Germany, where the first day of the week is a […]
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“It takes a lot of imagination to be a good photographer. You need less imagination to be a painter, because you can invent things. But in photography everything is so ordinary; it takes a lot of looking before you learn to see the extraordinary.” – David Bailey – In “Face,” (London), Dec 1984. It is with this in mind that we set off on our 53 week photographic journey. There are few things more ordinary than a bank, so in […]
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