Sun Loungers, Laliderer Walls, Karwendel, July 12, 2013
Eastern Alps, Karwendel. The tour from Hinterriss through the Johannestal leads directly to the Laliderer walls, which rise about 900 meters vertically. With their steep backs and bright stripes, the sun chairs do the same to the rock faces and reach for the sky.
Evening Sun At Staffelsee, Murnau, August 4, 2014
The sun is still high enough and creates a strong backlight, which plunges people and ducks into deep shadows. Everything is randomly interwoven and yet results in an order that is symmetrically distributed around the reflection of the sun. Everything seems to strive towards the shore, as if the sinking sun shows the way.
Tourists at Ferchensee, Mittelwald, August 9, 2014
The Wetterstein Mountains are shrouded in dense rain clouds. The small group of Far Eastern tourists don't really want to fit into the landscape in their summer clothes. They have to stand tightly together under their umbrella. Glances and gestures go in all directions, and yet the peaks cannot be made out. In a strange way, the group fits in very harmoniously into the backdrop for a moment.
Stop Sign, Shiprock, New Mexico, September 5, 2013
A road through the New Mexico desert in the immediate vicinity of Shiprock, a striking rock formation outside Farmington, where I once spent my high school year. A pierced stop sign reminds anyone to stop who wants to turn off a short, insignificant junction onto the highway. Was the sign riddled with holes in protest of the bid? Whatever the reason, the shield sends its command into the desert unimpressed.
Ground Zero, New York City, October 10, 2012
Ground Zero more than 11 years after the World Trade Center attack. In the foreground is the huge imprint of the north tower in the form of a well, with water falling over the four side edges into the depths. Visitors look into the fountain and read the names of the victims, which are engraved in the border. The high tower of the new One World Trade Center is reflected in the facade of the Millennium Hilton behind the construction cranes. Whenever I've been to New York in recent years, I've taken photos at Ground Zero, but without being able to read from the location the extent of the destruction that happened here.
Broadway, Financial District, New York City, June 22, 2012
People wait for the bus to take them home after their day of work in the financial district. Here too - in the very south of Manhattan - the street is called Broadway, which is primarily associated with the theaters around Times Square. There is also great theater to the left and right of Broadway in south Manhattan, when the lights are on in the towers of the banks until late at night. The people act like extras between the skyscrapers, and yet everyone has their role in the Financial Theater District. The picture creates an impression of order and tranquility that contradicts the hustle and bustle on the street.
View from the New Museum, New York City, March 24, 2013
The New Museum of Contemporary Art in the heart of Manhattan offers a good view of the city. The perspective shows a normal street scene: passengers leave a taxi. Cars are waiting for the next green phase. People cross the street. Others are waiting for a bus. Behind it, shops draw attention to themselves through their shop windows and signs. And yet the picture has a very special effect on me. It is due to the many horizontal, vertical and diagonal lines that give the picture a grid-like structure,in which all movements are in their rhythm of the Stop & Go.
Street Art, SoHo, New York City, October 8, 2012
As I passed, I noticed how neatly the dealer had attached his pictures to the metal rods of the facade and how harmoniously the rectangular shapes fit into the structure of the house. I still remember well how I waited for the dealer on the left side of the picture and the passers-by to fit into the composition. It's exciting to have to wait for a picture idea to come up without being able to influence it. Sometimes I give up when too many people walk around with colorful plastic bags, misshapen backpacks and restless outdoor jackets and the picture just doesn't materialize.
Rosenthaler Strasse, Berlin, November 18, 2013
A facade on Rosenthaler Strasse just before Hackescher Markt, one of today's tourist magnets. The image section has remained unaffected by the modernizations and transformations of recent years. The picture reminds me of driving to Berlin on a cold Sunday morning in January 2000 to take over my apartment. It was the entry into a completely new world for me. I remember how exciting it was to walk alone through the deserted streets early in the morning and soak up the new impressions. Everything was alien to me and yet it was immediately clear to me that I wanted to live there.
Autumn morning, Clerkenwell, London, November 20, 2012
A view from my apartment on Clerkenwell Road on an autumn Tuesday morning. The street sweeper has already parked his broom wagon on the left edge of the picture and will soon have collected all the leaves. A picture as full of details as from a hidden object book. I like the cigarette in the woman's right hand, who is just reaching the center of the picture in her light-colored trench coat. The umbrella in the left and the Louis Vuitton bag slung casually over the shoulder. The hair was tied in a ponytail. The autumn swarm cannot harm their casual elegance.
Steel Workers, New York City, October 8, 2012
New York City Weather. A little coolness in the air, blue sky, brilliant sun. Steam pours from the sewer system from construction work. Construction workers unload scaffolding parts in the immediate vicinity of Penn Station. A worker stands in a martial pose against the sun on the truck. With his strong arms and the half-open hands on the sides of the body, the pose is reminiscent of a western hero - ready to pull his revolver at any time. But wait - the other person is not a duelist at all. The cowboy uses the short break to return the smile of the beautiful on the Macy's poster at the next lamppost - at eye level. What will the day bring?
Wall Street, New York City, February 3, 2012
Whenever I was in New York between 2009 and 2013, I often tried to get a grasp of the people in the Financial District before and after work, but especially during lunch breaks. With this picture I was annoyed at first that it was a little blurred. At second glance, I found the effect quite appropriate, as it underlines the dynamism and speed of the place, where people only scurry past you in a shadowy way. Time is money.
BMW presentation on New Bond Street, London, June 12, 2014
Classic roles: the man on the far left and the man without a tie proudly show off their new car. The women next to them are impressed and add glamor to the event in their own way. The gentleman in the left half of the picture crosses his arms and shows cautious interest, knowing that the show belongs to others at this moment. In the second row the people who form the backdrop for such an event. At the back of the stairs a hostess who seems to be making her own observations. Your male counterpart seems to be completely unimpressed by the whole thing. The security guard on the right edge of the picture studies the scene out of the corner of his eye. The man in the bowler hat seizes the moment to take a look at the car.
Women's Olympic Marathon, London, August 5, 2012
The Olympic Games were to Great Britain what the World Cup was to Germany in 2006. A big summer festival, the enthusiasm of which nobody could resist. The marathon route ran directly through the Barbican roundabout and led to the special feature that spectators could only stand on one side of the road. The contrast between the four runners and the marshal seems a little melancholy to me. She, too, seems to cast an incredulous look at the runners' muscular legs.
Royal Wedding Soho, London, April 29, 2011
State of emergency in London. After watching the wedding with a friend on television, we then set out on foot through the city. Folk festival everywhere. In the afternoon the extra editions of the newspapers were selling well and showed the first printed pictures of Will and Kate's wedding. In the evening, the celebration in Soho was still in full swing and the drag queens posed proudly and patiently for the cameras.
Hyperreal, Innsbruck, July 22, 2013
In the middle of a hot summer day, a group of American students walked through Innsbruck in front of the Alpine backdrop. The women looked almost uniform with their aviator glasses, shorts, bags and jewelry. The clothes that you have carried with you reinforce this impression. The processing resulted in this super-realistic look that makes the photo look like it was painted. As luck would have it, the same group met me again exactly one week later at the same place. This time I didn't have a camera with me and was happy that I already had my photo.
Bishopsgate, London, August 5, 2011
As in New York, I often grabbed the camera during my lunch break in London to take a few candid shots in the city. The young woman had placed her bag on the floor beside her. To be able to lean casually against the wall, she had to buckle her waist. The strand of hair over her right shoulder falls straight down like a plumb bob. I turned up quickly to blur the hazy background.
Bus Stop, Lenne in Lower Saxony, April 20, 2014
Lenne is a small village in the area where I spent my childhood and youth. The whole region is slowly dying out and emptiness is spreading. In the picture, this becomes tangible for me in the contrast between the makeshift bench and the solid bus shelter. The sign in the background says “Post no bills”. There must be order.
Fahrgasse, Frankfurt am Main, August 18, 2013
In this photo I arranged the picture on display in the window of a gallery with the reflecting facade of the houses opposite so that they merge with one another. The boy seems to be leaning over the edge of the floor to see what's going on down there. Indeed, the pizzeria on the first floor of the building was soon to disappear and give way to a modern bar.
Metropolitan Museum, New York City, February 4, 2012
“Washington Crossing the Delaware” is considered an icon of American history, even if the picture was painted by a German. It evidently arouses devout interest even in young viewers. The American blue, white and red tones are repeated in the image and in the cap of the beholder. Due to the shallow depth of field, modernity - symbolized by the cap as one of its icons - stands out clearly from history.
Rock the Valley, Muley Point, Utah, September 3, 2013
From Muley Point you have a magnificent view over a deep canyon to Monument Valley in the distance. When I had taken a few landscapes, I asked Ingrid to toss her hair back and pulled the trigger at the right moment. The title was quickly found: Rock the Valley.
Jakob, Klais in Bavaria, August 9, 2014
Jakob is the son of my cousin Alexandra and lives on the northern edge of the Alps with a view of the Karwendel peaks. He grows up in nature and already has an extremely impressive knowledge of flora and fauna. The way in which he grabs everything that moves around him without hesitation and puts it into his collecting vessels, which he takes with him as a matter of course, is absolutely fascinating, whenever he takes a step into the garden. I gladly accepted Jakob's offer to let him take me on an excursion into his jungle.
Ingrid, Frankfurt am Main, June 9, 2014
Another portrait of Ingrid. The day before, she had completed a 45-kilometer cross-country run with her sister. I like the tension between the medal hanging proudly around my neck and the slightly distant gaze that seems to reflect all the joy of crossing the finish line. This day should be a relaxing day on the sofa.
Elin and Jonna, Stadtoldendorf, April 9, 2014
A picture of my nieces Elin and Jonna. The picture was taken at my father's grave on the second anniversary of his death. The girls do not yet have a concrete idea of what death means. They play in the cemetery and explore the strange surroundings in their own way. When I asked them to look into the camera for a photo, they stopped playing, and for a split second this piercing seriousness set in on their faces, as if they already knew a lot more about the place and the changes in all life.
City Colour I, Denver, Colorado, September 10, 2013
The pictures combined here in a series were taken in different cities. All scenes are inspired by the movement of people through the big city and the colorful variety that results from it. Paths cross or lead in the same direction. Cyclists shoot through the picture. A blind man feels his way. A woman lights a cigarette while walking. Others call. A trader arranges his displays. - I read that vegetable life will outlast human life for a long time. What will it look like when the plants in all these places overgrow everything?
City Colour II, Brick Lane, London, April 9, 2011
City Colour III, Brick Lane / Bacon Street, London, May 13, 2012
City Colour IV, Penn Station, New York City, October 8, 2012
City Colour V, Hamburg, April 2, 2013
City Colour VI, San Francisco, September 28, 2013
The biggest psychological hurdle when applying to study photography in 2014 was the portfolio. Up to 30 pictures were to be presented in order to prove artistic aptitude. What does not belong in such a portfolio could be reduced to three terms: Sunsets, cats and flowers with bumblebees. But what should go in? Single pictures or a series? Later, I take a class on book design. I took my selection and added texts to the individual pictures. The title came up by itself: Meine erste Mappe - My First Portfolio.