“Dreaming with open Eyes” was the title of a one week photo workshop by Todd Weinstein in New York that I atttended in 2007. I added another week and remember this trip as a very vibrant and inspiring one. When I was the fist time in New York City, in 2001, I think it was the final trigger for my passion for photography. I remember running around the whole two weeks with my Lomo LC-A and a plastic “Action Sampler”, snapping every poppycock I found. So now I’ll go there for the third time and I wonder what the time will bring. I’m looking forward to meet with in-public’s Richard Bram – the rest of the trip will be up to the mood. Maybe I’ll blog, maybe not…
Photos: Central Park, New York, 2007
„Wenn ich an einer Bushaltestelle einen Mann fotografiere, der auf den Bus wartet, muss auf dem Foto mehr zu sehen sein als ein Mann, der auf einen Bus wartet.“ (When I take a pictures of a man waiting at a bus station there has to be more on the picture than a man waiting at a bus station)
(Photo: Andreas Rost)
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.