Last Friday I went down to the Rieserferner Mountains in South Tirol, Italy. It´s a wonderful area with some good peaks and beautiful valleys. Early on Saturday morning, the sun was just peeping over a mountain ridge and back lighting this tree.
“Wie rasch Vergangenheit zustande kommt” Max Frisch
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.
Another shot taken yesterday on my walk through Munich. I´m looking down onto a walkway which divides the small River Mühlbach from the much larger Isar. As with the photograph in yesterday´s post, I had to hang around for a while, leaning over the balustrade of the Maximilian Bridge until a walker came by to act as my model. Often, I find, people get in the way when photographing in cities, they choose to stand in exactly the wrong place, walk across the shot at exactly the wrong moment, sometimes, I suspect, with the purpose just to annoy me! But with this short of photograph, I think it needs someone in it to provide balance, to provide tension and a focus for the eye.