In the context of his latest book release in Berlin I had the chance to talk to Michael Wolf, well known for his latest works Tokyo Compression and his Google Street View series. The interview is now published on the Seconds2Real website. Enjoy.
Since I joined Seconds2Real at the end of last year friends and photo buddies are asking me questions like „What is that? Just a website or what? How can that work as you all come from different cities? What are your plans and aims?“ Seconds2Real is quite popular in the online street photographer scene but the offline world often doen’t know about the co-operative at all.
On Feb. 12 there’ll be an evening with Seconds2Real at exp12 Gallery in Berlin. Guido Steenkamp, Thorsten Strasas, me (all from Berlin), Andreas Stelter (Minden), Mario Cuic (Munic), Siegfried Hansen (Hamburg), Natalie Opocensky (Vienna) will introduce their works and the concept of Seconds2Real in open discussion with the audience. Detail information soon on blog61 and of course on the Seconds2Real website.
My friend and mentor Andreas Rost’s series Fahrer Perspektiven [Driver Perspectives] is on exhition at FENSTER61 until Feb. 21th. During the last year he has spent a lot of time next to the drivers of busses, trams, subways and local trains in Berlin. The result is an extensive collection of rough black and white photographs showing the driver’s perspectives on the city. Check www.fenster61.de for details and and extract from the series.
At the end of the year there comes the moment of truth: any good pictures taken during the last 12 months? Any pictures that will last? Especially when you shoot in public places really good results are quite rare. These are three of my personal favourites of 2010.
This was taken on the Gay Lesbian City Festival in Schöneberg, Berlin. Usually I go there every year but this year I was a bit late. The main party was over and some of the booths were already removed when I saw this scene on a street corner. Fortunately I had a flash on the camera for this one.
I live in Berlin, Prenzlauer Berg. In the 90s this used to be the place to be for any artists and alternative way of living. Now everybody has grown older, the old buildings are reconstructed, more and more richer people moved in and everybody goes shopping at organic supermarkets. I pass this cow several times a week. It’s funny that those organic supermarkets try to attract people exactly with the same methods as any American Fast Food Restaurant on Route66: with a life-sized cow. Comined with this little child behaving as if it would drink from the udder this picture is a symbol for Prenzlauer Berg in 2010 to me.
The Haus- und Heimtiermesse (pet fair) is a crazy event where you can buy anything you don’t need for a happier life of your pet. I like how the lady on the left looks at the other lady who’s face is as visible as the face of the poodle. Although this is often considered as a funny picture it also seems very melancholic and touching to me.
Every year I produce a small edition of calendars to give them to friends and customers as a christmas gift. This year it features parts of the Londoners series and there are some copies left. So why not give them to you? Here comes the big blog61 Xmas Competition: Win 1 of 10 calendars for 2011!
All you have to do is send your complete postal address to email@example.com. Deadline is December, 31th. I’ll cast lots within the fist days of the new year. Good Luck!
PS: Feel free to share the link to this competition on any social network or blog.
PPS: Of course your address will NOT be used for anything except for the competition.
UPDATE 2011-01-03: The winners have been allotted. I won’t publish any names here – just check your mailbox for it. The calendars go to Germany, Mexico, the Netherlands and Spain. Thanks to all participants. Happy 2011!
I feel honoured that Seconds2Real asked me to join their co-operative. We have some exciting plans for 2011 – a common book release about Street Photography in Austria and Germany as well as exhibitions in Vienna and in Berlin.
Check the Seconds2Real website for an ALEX selection with some pictures from the book that haven’t been published on the web so far. My other gallery on the Seconds2Real websites features photographs from Urban B’Sides and new photographs taken in Berlin this year.
…and of course be shure to check all those other fine galleries by my new buddies.
The 2ed exhibiton of FENSTER61 in this year’s European Month of Photography in Berlin is up since Monday night. Christian Doppelgatz ist showing a series of striking portraits he took of youngsters from Berlin-Marzahn last year. Check out more portraits of the series on his website.