INC-RED-IBLE

Red is a symbol for danger but also for love. Two opposite feelings. Dina and I were talking photos at different places. But the one with the red light, was the the spot which fit to her best. She can look dangerous, intense from the outside. But. She is has an attractive personality and big heart on the inside. You know the saying: "Not everything is black & white" TRUE! Everything is RED. In your life right now, is there a situation or person - you could see differently than you do?

JUST DO IT!

Montserrat and I have never met before. We know each other from Facebook, having a mutual friend. Recently I saw a photo of her with a turquoise T-Shirt, my favorite color! I wrote her, that I want to take pictures of her. JUST DO IT. She replied: "yes!". JUST DO IT. It was a fantastic evening! She is a Veterinarian and I learned a lot about animals and her job. So much fun! If you follow your impulses and are open for other people's impulses: You invite life! New experiences, new thoughts and new friends. Next time there is an impulse in your life: JUST DO IT!

PUSH YOURSELF

Manuel and I met 10 years ago. Back then I had a project taking photos of strangers in the street. Very close and with a hand held flash. I was not comfortable doing it, but I pushed myself. Many people where surprised, some even angry. Manuel, was one of the people I "shot". He reacted positive and started talking to me. It turned out that he is also a photographer. Since then we had many photo and video sessions together. Even if you don't feel comfortable, you can push yourself! Pushing yourself out of your comfort zone is rewarding! Until today I did not have a bad experience while leaving the comfort zone. Quite the opposite! I got more confident and happy. The suffering is inside your small comfort zone. Not outside. Next time your voice in your head is holding you back: push yourself, do it. "Life begins outside of your comfort zone."

CONNECTION

You know those moments, when you think about someone and then BOOM you get a message! Do you think it's coincidence? Psychology has an explantion: We remember all the times when we got a message/call after we thought about someone. But we do not remember the many other times when we thought about that person and did not receive a message. So we think, there is a connection. That's what psychology says. I believe most of the time this is true. But sometimes I think there is more - something which we can't explain, but we can feel it. On Saturday, out of the blue, I was thinking about a person with a strong positive feeling. There was no trigger, that could have caused thinking about that person. Suddendly the thought was there. And a few minutes after - I received a message. I do not believe in that moment, that it was a coincidence. No way! On top of that: the sender of the message was in a car and sent me a picture of the rain. Guess what! When I received the message, I was in a car,...
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DREAM OR REALITY?

DREAM OR REALITY? Did you ever in your life ask yourself this question? I did today! In the morning I got many fantastic news about my project! It will help my career! WOW. You know, when you plant seeds - you won't see plants right away. You have to nurture them and be patient. One day you will see the results of your work and patience.

ANYTIME

Manuel and I know each other since about 10 years. We met through photography. In his spare time he was distributing flyers in downtown Bern. I took a picture of him. He is also a photographer. Since then - always when we met, we had our cameras with us. Except this time. But I had my cell phone and when I saw the silhouette, I asked him to jump for the sake of art. I am so happy about the development of cell phones. You can take good quality pictures everywhere & anytime!

WOW

Today on my way walking to the grocery store, I saw a perfect setup for a photo. Yellow cross walk, yellow flowers and yellow sun blinds on the houses. WOW. While taking the picture I heard a car coming and thought: "It would be great if the car is yellow." And it was yellow! WOW. And on top of it, after the car came a man with a yellow helmet. WOW. Only thing missing: a beautiful woman in a yellow bikini.. But I didn't think about that in this moment. Well.. next time! Coincidence? Maybe, maybe not - It doesn't matter. It made me happy.​

BAD BOY

That's what a mum probably thought when she saw me taking pictures of the kids at a public fountain. A car with two police men came and they started questening me. I have been nice to them and explained everything and showed them the pictures. Which I don't have to do! I told them, that I have been there taking pictures over 10 years almost every summer. Sitting, standing next to the fountains with my camera more than 250 hours in total. My project has been in newspapers, I had exhibitions and won a photo competition. The police knows that I can take legally photos there and also publish them. They were nice to me. I could see that they felt a bit bad. But if somebody calls the police, they have to check on it. I understand. What I don't understand: Why didn't the mum talk to me? I would have showed her the pictures, explained the project and would have given her one of my prints (which I had with me). Now I have a new story to tell! I will never know who the person was who called the...
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PHOTOGRAPHY

A friend of mine is interested in photography. I offered to give her some advice. She understood very quickly and could apply the new knowledge immediately! It was a lot of information! And this is only a tiny part. But she has potential and with regular practise she will be very fast amazing! To summarize the most important: - Be always attentive (even without the camera). You have to train your eye like a muscle. - Be patient. If you find something interesting, stay with it longer. - Observe it from different angles. - Get closer to your subject. - Don't hurry - Take your time! Slow down, stand still - pay attention to the details. Photography has a lot of benefits! It teaches you: - to be more attentive. - to be more present (and get out of your head) - to see regular things with different eyes - to see more much more! - to connect with other people. And much more things! The most interesting for me is: You start to see people, situations, moments and the past - with different eyes...
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RED

Leon, Mexico is either full of red or I am a red magnet. When I went through my pictures I took in Leon, I noticed that almost all my favorites have something major red in it. So either this city has a lot of red or I am attracted to red. I like red, but it is not my favorite color - Turquoise is. Or maybe red is my favorite and I don't know? Whatever.

CHALLENGE

Today a friend and I did a fashion shoot for "Vertigo Boutique". The model is Pamela, the Queen of the Feria San Marcos 2018. Sergio did the classic fashion shots and I assisted him. In between I did my surreal portraits. The shooting had to be in the middle of the day, a time I would never shoot. I prefer the time around sunset and even more: night! It was a challenge to take portraits at a time with strongest sun light coming right from above. But you have to adapt and i am looking forward to the next challenge!​

SURREAL TOWN

Karla showed me her town Jalostotitlan, Mexico. My taste! Very surreal. - People don't say hola (hello) on the streets to greet someone - they say adios (bye). It feels weird at first but if you spend all day there, you get used to it. It's a tiny place and everybody knows everybody. We said "adios" at least 100 times. But if you leave the place, remember to switch to the regular form of greeting! - Mannequins are bottomless - both male and female. - The local food specialty is to eat a kind of Mexican hamburger in a plastic bag. The burger is inside the bag and you bite one corner off and then you eat it through that hole. - It looks like a war zone. A lot of police walking around with automatic rifles. - During the day it is very quiet and empty. In the night full of people and music on every corner. - Very close is an ancient site, where they used to play games. The winner of the game got decapitated. Surreal.

FIRST TIME

Usually I just take pictures of people on the street without asking them. Sometimes I ask and the reaction is always positive. I saw this man blowing bubbles and took photos from a distance. But I wanted one photo very close. So I asked him. He froze for one second and said: 20 Pesos (1 Dollar)! I told him: "Ok, I pay you if a get a good photo". First time in my life that I paid someone to take a photo! Thank you, you are a good blower. And I always will remember you. Now I need to make my money back! 

HOT

It was a hot day. So hot that my camera almost melted. But it didn't hold me back from taking pictures. The one thing (of many) I like about photography is: No matter what the circumstances are or the challenges in life I face, photography lets me be in the present and for a few hours I forget "reality". Why not take a break of reality? It will be there later to return to. Meanwhile I can take a pause of analyzing yesterday and a pause of planning tomorrow.

YES!

Eduardo and I had an appointment to take surreal portraits with the full moon. There were some challenges! On the way to him a thunderstorm started. I realized that I left my memory card for the camera in my computer. There was no moon. All the time, no moon! It was covered by clouds. Then it started raining. Many times I had thoughts of just stopping. But NO! I said YES to the challenges. I bought a memory card, used a sun sheet to cover my camera from the rain. We went to different locations. We struggle with thoughts of giving up or make comprosmises like "tomorrow". I had this thoughts many times during the shooting. But I said to myself: YES!

AUTHENTIC MOMENT

Today my attention was drawn to this boy and girl. They were hugging for a long time. Then they talked, while the boy had his hands on the girl all the time. Hugging, talking and again hugging. I could not figure out if it was a hug of expressing love or support. Maybe something bad happened. I observed them a long time. I was fascinated by the strong emotion. It was so authentic. They didn't care and see who was watching or taking photos. The girl didn't have her hands on him. What was going on here?​

VACATION

Today I got invited to fly. So I packed my suitcase and passport. Called an Uber and went to the airport. When I arrived I realized I won't fly anywhere..... BUT I - had an excellent BBQ - great conversations - got known to a new Amiga in Uber - got a nice tan (and red nose) - learned new things about flying I didn't leave the city but it felt like vacation! Thank you!

THANK YOU

A long time ago I closed a dark chapter of my life. A chapter full of drama, pain, destruction & no future. After closing that chapter I withdraw myself. Until my dad gave me a small compact camera. That moment changed history, my history. I became curious about life. I went out to see the beauty around me. Through photography I learned to be more attentive, to leave the past behind and focus on the moment. Also the camera brought me where the action is. I felt so alive! Photography connected me to interesting people around the world. I want to decicated that post the photographers I met along my journey. Thank you for all those beautiful moments, walking together and looking for motives. Talking about life and technical stuff, inspiring and challenging each other. You play a part in my journey. You are in my photos and in my heart. Thank you.

DON'T READ THIS

How do you feel if you see a button and it says: "don't push it"? Doesn't a "DON'T!" make you feel more like a "DO"? When I walked by I and saw that sign I felt a strong urge to take a photo! Without the sign I would not have bothered. I did nothing wrong. The law says, that you can take pictures in public. While taking that picture I was on the street, so totally legal. After I took the picture I thought: "Maybe they shop who sells the dresses does it on purpose!" On purpose? Yes! Maybe they know about "Reverse Psychology". Or maybe not. However, it could be used as a strategy to get people to take photos of the store and to share it with others. I am sure this technique is used in marketing!

LET IT BE

As a photographer I CHASE motives. Walking around, being very alert while having the finger on the release button of my camera. On that particular day the Mexican sun and hours of walking slowed me down. I drank an energy drink to recharge my batteries. I didn't work. I wanted to stop but also I did not "catch enough fish" to be satisfied. So I was looking for a good mix of background, light & shadows. I found the perfect setup! So I just stood there and waited for people entering my setup. No need to move and chase motives. The motives came to me! This applies to other areas in life as well. Sometimes you have to chase. But there are times where you search for to be "at the right time at the right place". Look for the opportunity and be patient (note to myself)!