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December 15 2014

What a surprise yesterday to see that this image got into Flickr’s Explore. I had been banned from Explore for ages. Their mathematical analysis of my images has kept me outside the select few. So I was very pleased yesterday to see my photo of Berlin hit their pages. I am not like others who look down on Explore; no, I love it. It is fun, and the reason I do photography is to have fun.

And on the subject of fun, what can be more fun than standing on a crowded train platform taking photographs. This lovely girl even threw me a smile as I did it.

Berlin

Berlin

You cannot visit Berlin and not be overwhelmed by the sense of history of the city, and in particular the feeling of what if? Berlin must have been one of the most frightening places on the planet in the 1930s. There are museums, artwork and installations around the city which give you a little taste of the frantic fear that people must have felt. One of these is this misshaped concrete box with a small window. When you look in the small window you see a film playing showing two men in an embrace. There is passion, desire and love between the two. Then you read about how the nazis wanted to eradicate homosexuality; how they persecuted them. How men and women had to live in constant fear and so many were eventually sent to their death in concentration camps. It is very good that German acknowledges its past. We have to learn from this. But are we? Look at what is happening in Russia today? It is so scary. So terribly awful.

There is no homosexual love, no hetrosexual love; just love! 

Love

Love

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December 14 2014

I wish I had more time to dedicate to this blog. There are many projects I would like to begin here, but the reality is that this is always a rushed job. I do it to keep a record, however short it may be, of my posts to Flickr. It helps to attach something more to the images. Hopefully, over Christmas I might get a chance to do a few different things on here.

Choice makes life difficult. What I like about the iPhone is that there are limited choices when using the camera. Not so with the DSLR. I shot a series of images in an underground train station while in Berlin and some of the images I like, but was amazed to see that I had the ISO up to 3,200. I cannot understand why. I always use ambient light and do play a little with ISO, but to push it up that far means the images can be very noisy.

I watched a documentary on Martin Parr recently and he was forceful when he said that his photography was subjective:

“I don’t believe that photography is ever objective- it is always going to be a subjective. When we decide to take a photograph, we make a judgement call on what focal length to use, how to frame the photograph, and what to photograph. Even more importantly, we decide what not to photograph.”

His point struck me. When constructing a frame, 99.99% of the time there will be a missing element or missing elements. It is rare for things to collide in harmony for a photograph. Sometimes, I find myself waiting and hoping that the elements will emerge. They seldom do. The shot below is an example. The guy with the dreadlocks had a swagger as he approached me. He saw me with the camera instinctively pointed at him and he did not like it.

– How rude you are! People used to ask before they took photographs.

– Don’t you like it? Do you want me to delete it?

– No, but you should ask first.

– What I am trying to do is to get candid images. If I stopped and asked you, it would change everything. I’m not being rude.

– You should ask.

– OK, I’m asking. Is it OK to take your photo?

– Yes.

The train pulled into the station. He got on. I stood back and framed the shot. He did not look at me. I waited. The man on the right looked at me intensely. I waited. Then he looked at me. I clicked.

Eye contact. In life, we are always looking for a connection. Recognition that we are here; here together right now. It all passes in an instant. What is it we share? I don’t know.

What is it we all share?

What is it we all share?

What is it we all share? [2]

What is it we all share? [2]

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December 13 2014

The year is almost at an end and it gets me thinking I need to start on my end-of-year review and choose my own favourite images of 2014. This is something I have done for the past four years and I really enjoy it. I am a nostalgic soul and looking back over images I have taken is a nice little opportunity to relive happy memories.

But we are still in December and yesterday we began on the Berlin series. I have been to Berlin three times and it has always been at the start of December. I really would like to return in summer to have the luxury of sunshine and long evenings. It is hard to go to big cities and not be attracted to getting an iconic image of the city. This image here is of the famous TV tower in Alexanderplatz. It was freezing cold when I was there. To get the shot I placed the camera on the ground and tilted it a little so as to get the tower into the frame. It must have been a funny sight to see me place the camera on the ground and struggle to stand back up again. The girl in the shot seems to think so.

Berlin

Berlin

Black and white creates mood so much more than colour and one of the best apps out there for black and white is 1-hour photo. I wrote about it yesterday and if you have not checked it out – get to it. This shot here just appeared in front of me. Photographic serendipity. Always good.

Berlin

Berlin

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December 12 2014

Berlin! I had the pleasure of spending a few days last week in Berlin where I attended the Online Educa Conference. Check the link to learn about this conference. It was really interesting. The conference was a full two-day event, but I did manage to squeeze in some photography.

Am rushing this morning and will write more about Berlin as a city and its people in later blog posts. For now, we will start with a shot taken in the Kreuzberg district of Berlin. This was just outside the subway station. I really would have loved if someone had obliged and posed for me in the photo booth, but…

Berlin

Berlin

On this trip, I used this wonderful app – 1-hour photo – when shooting with the iPhone. It is so cool. How it works is that you take a photo with the app and like the old days you do not get to see the image immediately. Like it says on the tin, you have to wait an hour before the image is processed. It also only shoots in black and white and the tones it produces I really like. I would thoroughly recommend checking it out.

The image here today was taken on the subway returning from Kreuzberg. Standing by the door, I noticed the woman opposite was lost in thought. Quickly, I tried to get the shot and luckily I managed. An instant later she became very self-conscious and aware of being watched. I nodded and smiled. She did not return the smile.

Berlin

Berlin

 

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December 9 2014

December – what a bleak month. Dark mornings, dark days and Christmas!

Had a few days in Berlin last week when I attended the excellent Online Educa conference. It was excellent. HAve been to Berlin a few times, always to attend this conference and always at this time of the year. Not the best of times to see Berlin, I think. The sun rises late and sets early. It is cold and you don’t want to spend too much time outside. I like Berlin and would like to see what it is like in the height of summer.

As you can imagine, in my free time I tried to get in as many opportunities to get out and shoot. Will post some of these in the weeks to come, but there are still some Copenhagen photos I want to show. You can see some of the iPhone Berlin shots here on Instagram.

I love street art. It adds so much if it is done well and in Copenhagen it sure is. This is a street in Vesterbro. I got a number of photographs of this, both with the DSLR and the iPhone.

Copenhagen

Copenhagen

The iPhone shot took time. I wanted a human element for the composition, but had to wait for a passerby to pass by.

A Copenhagen Passerby

A Copenhagen Passerby

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It loses weight

Close my eyes; not tight shut, but closed.
I see it.
It loses weight, deflates.
Crisp, not sharp.
This gift.
Desperation.

Hours like this.

Trust.

Soon I can let them open,
open to see,
it has passed.

Forgive.

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[Berlin. Intercontinental Hotel. Photographs of photographs]

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