This is another collaboration with Robert Burden who wrote and spoke a poem to my photograph of Soldier´s Rock on Islay, Scotland.
As anyone who follows my blog will know, I often publish dark, moody black and white landscapes. This church, St. Wolfgang, stands on the top of a hill just outside of the small Lower Bavarian village of Essenbach. I deliberately went up there yesterday at dusk to capture the wintery dark timeless mood. I´ve often seen this church as I´ve driven north along the trunk road which heads up north, and for me it was either a full summer shot, with crops in the fields, leaves in the trees and blue skies with clouds or something more moody. I could also imagine it with huge thunder clouds building up behind it.
There has been a chapel on this spot since at least the 14th century and it stands on a pilgrim´s path. The small wooden building in front of the church is a “Klause”, which in this context means a place of refreshment – in Bavaria, typically that means beer and simple food.
As an aside I´ve included a mobile phone shot of my standpoint
I took this a few weeks ago on a snowy day in the Stubia Alps in Austria. For me it has a Japanese quality about it – in fact I can feel a Haiku coming on.
I´ve now put up the gallery on my website so please have a look at it. There´s a lot of black and white there, it seems to fit the dark, snowy scene. It´s even turned into a bit of a tribute to Czech photographer, Koudelka – in my opinion, at least. I´m just not as good as he is though.
At the time I recorded sound and shot a bit of video footage, which I´ll edit together with the photography in the near future.
Yesterday evening in Munich, 15000 people turned up in the cold and snow to demonstrate for peace and tolerance. Carrying lit candles they formed a human chain through the centre of Munich for a number of kilometres. There were all sorts of people there, old, young, families and Mara and Theresia from the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence. Thank you both, Theresia and Mara for letting me take your photograph, you looked wonderful on that cold and snowy evening!
Interestingly enough, there was another demonstration at the same time, but they demonstrated against openness, tolerance and peace – they numbered about 200. Not bad that 15000 against 200 – there is more than hope yet!
The “expanding” picture gallery “Munich in Winter” is now online, and can be found here, I hope you enjoy it! Actually I´m off to Munich again, today. I want to photograph a demonstration supporting a multi-ethnic Munich. In case you´ve not heard, there has been a resurgence in Germany of open racism and demonstrations against foreigners and refugees. It´s been orchestrated by a loose group of individuals called Pegida. To compensate for this, in my mind, obnoxious group, counter demos have been organised throughout Germany promoting tolerance and openness to people of all colours, religions and nationalities. So, as I wrote above, I´m off to Munich to photograph it – partly for the story but also because I support the humanist idea behind it.
This bridge and station is just up the line from the central station in Munich. There is a lot of new development on both sides of the railway lines here but the old bridge still looks good. I´ve often looked at this area and thought it would be good to photograph. I still think that, but I did´t really get the right view points this time. I like this shot, but I´ll have to come back and really concentrate on the place. This time I was rather tired after tramping through Munich with all the gear and, to be honest, I´d lost the concentration that is required to really get into an area.