Pond – A Soundscape

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This soundscape is part of a long term project called “12 Monaten” I´m making about an ex military training ground near Landshut, Bavaria, Germany. First you can hear general sounds from around the pond, then, using a hydrophone, I´ve recorded the sounds in the water. What you can hear are various insects stridulating. I think the louder stridulations are made by Notenecta glauca – in English water boatman or backswimmer and in German, Gemeiner Rückenschwimmer. It´ll be interesting to record sound here as the year progresses, the water becomes warmer and more animals both invertebrate and vertebrate become active, for example toads and frogs.

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Entschleunigte Fotografie Workshop

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Zeit zum durchtman auf die Fraueninsel im Chiemsee, Deutschland.
25 bis 27 Mai 2018, bei unser Entschleunigte Fotografie Workshop mit Sabine Nahler und Charles Kenwright. Wir freuen uns, Ihnen eine tatsächlich neue „Sichtweise“ der Fotografie zu vermitteln.
Für mehr Information bitte kontaktieren Charles Kenwright
Email info@openmind-images.com Betreff: Workshop

New Fish Ladder near Kaufering, Bavaria Germany

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I´ve just finished a new video for Uniper Energie here in Germany. It documents their new fish ladder  on the River Lech near Landsberg, Bavaria, Germany. This is the second fish ladder that I´ve documented and they´re enormous fun to make. As with the last one we used a drone for the aerials, a GoPro Hero 4 for the underwater shots and a Nikon D800 for the “normal” stuff. For the sound recording I used a Zoom H6 recorder with a stereo mike as well as a hydrophone to supplement the mike on the GoPro (which, by the way, is not bad!). For the edit I used Premiere Pro and Speed Grade for the colour grading.

We had to film it after the construction work was finished but before the opening at the beginning of April, which only gave us a couple of weeks in March. Fortunately we had a couple of good sunny and relatively windless days for the shoot – I write windless because it makes the aerials a lot easier if you’re not fighting a wind as well. By the way, the “we” really means Kerstin Erbe and me, a compact team if ever there was one! The voice-over was spoken by Jörg-Peter Urbach 

Alone

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One form of creative work that I really enjoy, and find hugely fulfilling, is working with other artists. The poet Bob Burden has used my photography as a touchstone for his work. The products of this joint work have resulted in the, and here I use the old film developing term,”super-additivity” of “The Keeper´s Cottage” and “Soldier´s Rock“. And now I´ve just finished a project with Mike Stanton. Mike, a Texan who lives in Munich Germany,  is not only an excellent mountaineer but also an extremely accomplished composer and musician. A few months ago I listend to his piece, “Alone”, and was immediately captivated by it, and wanted to set the emotions it generated in me to pictures. The result is this video, which I shot with my wife over two evenings, and which I spent the better part of last week editing. For me it had to be black and white and at night. I´ve tried to illustrate not only the feelings of isolation and “aloneness” but also the counterpoint of strength that I felt within this piece. I love this subtle piece of music and have tried to do justice to it with my pictures and edit.