With this first portraiture I will start my new photo-series called Homo humanitas. With this project I want to explore and show, that each and every human should be seen as another human fellow being, e.g. nationality, gender or religion does not matter, only universal humanity. And what better way to show the essence of the Homo humanitas than in the form of portrait-photography? As in my humble opinion the face of each and every human tells a specific story, a specific moment in time and place as well as the inherent right to exist and live as a human being, treated with respect and with humanity.
I will create a separate page under projects on my blog when the project has evolved further. If you want to participate and are currently in Berlin/Germany please contact me via my contact page. The photo can be taken anonymously (without any metadata existing in the photo and without a name posted).
Next to street-photography one of my main subjects is taking portraiture; may it be for musicians, friends, on the street or for political causes. For me sharing the moment of connection between the photographer and the person in front of the camera is something unique. As it is like a silent dialog, through expressions and including the surrounding, the light, the atmosphere. Each image can only capture a fleeting moment and that moment will never return. It is about life, connection but also time and aging. It is so much more than a mere photo. Here some older portrait photos I took – while I am working on new portraits from humans from Berlin.
A new project where I will reflect on my reality in regards to work, life, space and time. After long deliberation I decided to shoot the project in color as these colors bring the intended ideas better to life than an even further reduced Black and White approach.
It was again a bit silent here – the reason was that my trusted old Ricoh GR Digital (yes, a camera from 2005!) finally broke down after several years of intense use:
So I looked for another proper street-photography camera which supports my kind of style and I got lucky: I was able to buy a near mint used Fuji X10:
Yes, I know, some will wonder why I bought again a used camera, this time from 2011. There are several reasons behind this decision:
On the one hand I am a stance supporter of “upcycling” as well as using hardware as long as it lasts – because everything else is just a waste of resources and imho consumerism. Also I do not want to waste hundreds of Euro just to get some “must have” features which, in the end, I will never use. I got the Fuji X10, as an example, together with the Metz flash, three batteries, a proper screen protector, a soft release button, a thumb-grip and more for just 230 Euro! So why waste a higher amount in the first place?
On the other hand I do not need the run for more and more megapixels and supposedly important new fancy features. As for me a camera is first and foremost a tool for the handicraft itself. I want a camera without fancy stuff, simple yet powerful manual controls and a good overall handling. I learned my trade in 2004 as an apprentice at a great Industrial Photography studio. My boss at that time “forced” us to learn, next to using medium and large-format digital cameras/camera-backs/view cameras, also the traditional method of analog photography (also medium and large-format analog film), including how to develop the films and prints ourselves. This had an everlasting impression on me and showed that I can take great photos even with a minimalist camera, without a sensor for light-metering, autofocus etc. And thus I am always looking for something fitting my own photographic experience in a “new” camera.
And for those still not convinced I suggest to check out this blog-post from the awesome Steve Huff from 2013 – as it shows what this small camera was and is still able to deliver in the right hands: LINK
So I am looking forward to take the Fuji X10 on a walk this weekend and I will than post new photos on a regular basis again.
It seems like yesterday – when we still celebrated your Birthday together. Today is again your Birthday but you are gone, dear beloved mother. And even if several years have gone by the pain, the feeling of an unfathomable loss, comes back again and again. We are now only three in our micro-family: my dad, my sister and myself. And after we are gone only fleeting memories will be left. In remembrance of you, beloved mother, and in celebration of our family – as we always held together, in good as well as in bad and hard times, I created some time ago this small slideshow and will share it today for the first time to the outside world.
Dear readers – remember to love your life, the here and now, your friends and families!