feather – 01/2014
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“(…) when I found the bathrobe in a corner, perfectly fitting to the bedspread, that was when I knew I had the picture”
says photographer Dorothee Deiss, who ended up number four in the Taylor Wessing Portrait Prize, organized by The Portrait Gallery in London. It is one of my Favourite Places, and since I booked a trip to London, I quickly had a look to see what’s on show. This is, and I can’t wait
To me portraits seem magnetic and mesmerizing and the Portrait Gallery is like a candy shop in that sense: There are paintings, photographs, films, slides and mirrors, whatever medium necessary to capture human expression at it’s best. Faced with the faces of historical highnesses and common folk alike, my mind wanders, tapping into their stories. The Portrait Gallery used to be around the corner from work when I lived in London, and as a member I would pop in on a regular basis.
Prize winning Dorothee Deiss lives and works as photographer AND pediatric endocrinologist in Berlin. She studied medicine first, then photography, in Berlin and the US. Her portrait, from her project VisibleInvisible, is of twin sisters she visited in their house. First she took a more conventional picture, she says, but then found the bathrobe… eureka! Inspiration found.
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When I was a boy, I dreamed of traveling to enchanting places with my wife when I got older… I must be older. We took our first international trip a few years back and stayed at the Lisl Hotel (pronounced the same as the the 16 going on 17 daughter in The Sound of Music). After a few nights in Austria, we traveled to Bavaria, Germany to see one of the most beautiful castles I have ever seen and the one that Walt Disney patterned his after in his Magic Kingdom. My toes loved waking up in this room with the windows open, my heart alive, and the woman I love next to me. My wife wrote a blog entry about this trip at http://tracyawesome.typepad.com/my_weblog/2009/08/hauptstrasse.html and you can read more about the hope she offers others at Seized by Hope.
Good shot, nice story!
This beautiful piece is the work of Brazilian street artist Tinho who is currently taking part of the Street Art Brazil exhibition at Schrin Kunsthalle in Frankfurt which counts with the participation of renowned artists such as Tinho himself, Herbert Baglione, Fefe Talavera, Onesto and many more.
Credited as being one of the pioneers of Brazilian graffiti creates Tinho hunting images inspired by his punk and skate culture background and his natural awareness, always focusing on human nature. His characters are both vulnerable and strong in spirit and his tableaux bring social issues, dreams and abstract ideas.
This new piece shows the image of two “enlightened” kids, each of them resting or standing on a large pile of books. At their feet and on the surrounding windows we see something that like colourful fabrics covering the space. A wonderful sight.
Photos courtesy of William Baglione and Jürgo
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Here’s one picture of my toes from yesterday, got them wet running in the rain, some last warm days of this summer to dry them outside.
Here’s a link to a blog post that I wrote about summer holidays, and how in (even physically close situated) countries the holiday months are defined different way.
Have a nice August!
Nice shot, looks like they have dried off!
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This statue is a true representation of how I felt about the Gendarmenmarkt. This is supposed to be one of the best Christmas markets in Berlin and is the only one to charge a fee for entry. Maybe this fee is what attracts people, “this must be the best you have to pay to get in”, well actually no, I think its by far the worst (or wurst :) ). There was very little room to maneuver as it was far too crowded and the queues to stalls were huge, it was just terrible. If anyone is going to the Berlin markets just head to the grounds of Alexanderplatz beneath the TV tower, it is free, there is loads of room and the whole experience is just far more enjoyable*.
Very nice shot, and thanks for the warning!
Fantastic shot! Looks like a pretty cool event!
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Dream delivers us to dream, and there is no end to illusion. Life is like a train of moods like a string of beads, and, as we pass through them, they prove to be many-colored lenses which paint the world their own hue…
Ralph Waldo Emerson
I wanted to share some beautiful photos of the Berlin Wall exhibit I visited while in Berlin. About 1km of the wall was preserved after it fell and artists from all of the world were invited to come and contribute. There were some very moving murals and I really enjoyed looking at all of the art!
Some great art there, thanks for sharing!
This picture was made September 2011 at the International BUSCHTAXI – MEETING, (4×4 cars & trucks).
Very interesting shot!
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