I´ve had my eye on this barn for a long time now. It´s on the nature reserve which used to be a military training ground, near where I live. Eventually it will collapse in on itself and go the way of many of the building that used to be here.
I had a wonderful day out on the Reiteralpe in the Bavarian Alps, Germany last Friday.
It was the first time I´d been up there, but I´ve been meaning to have a look for a few years now. It really is a wonderful place to visit, with small undulating hills in a basin surrounded by peaks. The walk up from the valley, via the Schretcksattel, is interesting although the top section is steep and, because it passes under the cliffs of the northern headwall, can be prone to avalanche.
I´ve been working on this poem for a while now, anyway, I think it´s just about ready.
Those Minstrels singing for Daisy and us
Brothers and sister squeezed on a sofa made for three
A product of post war utility
Billy´s wake up call too late
For Cliff´s missed note
Russ´s smile just for me
His missing finger a proof of his dexterity
YouTube shows my past, museum like
In it´s glass case flow images randomly
Like my memory, sometimes grey
Then, vivid and vibrant
And, like my memory, with no apparent sense
The links, synaptic quick
Lead me on, into the past
Kenneth More, having sunk the Bismarck
Now drinks tea with Irene Forsyte
Guinness sheds his Fagin for Smiley
As quickly as I my youth
Those photons trapped in YouTube aspic
Almost-Family once warm and commonplace
I now use to light those rooms shared
With some now dead or spread
´Cross the world and half a century
The once normal, once everyday
I know look upon as known and strange
It was me, us, and as I spring
Through years with finger-on-mouse-ease
I see us change
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.