The Cover Story of this weeks “Stern” magazine took me to the greenhouse of Hamburg’s botanical garden. “The Biology of Love” is yet another take on the human inclination towards infidelity. The lush foliage helped me to hide the faces of the unfaithful.
(The ones who show themselves are happily married.)
I just read that it will take at least another ten years before Tepco can even start removing the melted cores of Fukushima’s nuclear power plant. It will be several decades until the site can be levelled and milleniums before the radiation will be gone. With this dire information in my head, I started my final darkroom clean up today, where I stumbled across this romantic image. I used it as a christmas-card in 1990.
Hasn’t it got a certain nuclear quality about it?
The consumption of a Singha beer with Rene, the author of the hotel story, brought about the last of my Bangkok stories (for now). We both had some time left in “the big mango” and, talking about all the interesting people we’d met, decided to show some of the cool stuff they do, to a German audience.
It’s time to get used to fact, that Bangkok is not only about ‘go go bars’ and pirated dvd’s these days. There is some true and original creativity out there, and it’s exiting and colourful.
The story was published in “Maxi” magazine.
The decision to use my visa to full capacity and extend my stay in Bangkok until mid March, brought me another two jobs and a lot more fun. For the magazine “Capital” I visited three very stylish boutique hotels and their owners. It made me wonder why most people still prefer to stay at hotel chains.
Towards the end of 2010, the design agency “ringzwei” commissioned me to contribute a couple of pictures to the annual report of Europe’s biggest broadcaster of radio and television, RTL. Instead of going through the usual process of casting people first, I combined photographing people I met on the street with people that were recommended to me, as a safety precaution.
In January 2010 I left Hamburg, to spend a year in Thailands capital Bangkok.
Apart from expecting to get a decent sun tan and several mosquito bites, there wasn’t really a meaningful plan behind this venture into the unknown. I wasn’t too worried about getting a few assignements from magazines back home, in order to pay for my curries. Shortly after my arrival though, a political crisis hit the capital and Thailands image as an easy going Southeast Asian paradise took another dent. As a result, my potential clients looked elsewhere for untroubled travel destinations.
Before the city went up in smoke though, my girlfriend, travel companion, and liaison officer Gabriele, managed to sell an idea to the corporate magazine “à la carte” of household appliance maker “Miele”. She had read an interview with the well known food stylist Suthipong Suriya, aka Karb, in a Bangkokian paper. We found him to be not only a passionate lover of thai food, but also an expert on where to go for the best of it, how to cook it and of course, how to make it look extra-yummy.
I ended up not only taking the pictures, but for lack of an author, wrote my first editorial “piece” as well.
The new issue of “Greenpeace Magazin” looks into the present and future of German energy supplies. A journey through the length of the country, took me to some of the visionary people who contribute to the final shutdown of Germany’s nuclear powerstations.
In the same issue there is my reportage on the mismanagement of Indonesias
“Komodo National Park”, and it’s most prominent resident – the Komodo Dragon.
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After not having used my darkroom for the last two years, I have finally decided to get rid of it altogether. Checking the prices for used enlargers on Ebay tells me, that the stuff won’t even pay for a decent meal anymore.
Next to the processor is a shelf full of old prints, which also needs a bit of trimming down. Today I started looking at a couple of boxes, and amongst photos that make me blush, I’ve retrieved a few old pearls, that will pop up in this blog every now and then. This one was taken on a college trip to Cherbourg, France in 1990.
At the end of last year I was asked to contribute an image, to a recently launched photo edition by the German magazine “Emotion”. The idea behind the selection is, that the image possesses a strong emotional quality for the photographer. I chose a picture that was taken near a national parc in Thailand in 2010, where millions of bats leave their cave at dusk every night, to hunt for food. An overwhelming and poetic sight.
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My first logbook entry marks a very sad occasion.
On Saturday, April 2 my soulmate Marc died in Berlin. He would have turned 41 today. The last time we spoke we talked about his new book ‘Hobalala’, how happy he was that he had finished it in time, and that we would meet up soon for his birthday.
Hard to believe that there will be no more mutual adventures, like the one last year, where we raced through Hanoi on dodgy motorbikes.
I miss him terribly. He made me laugh and drove me mad. Farewell old sport.
For my book “Toast Hawaii” he wrote a short story, which you can read here: