the red house market for artists and designers

December 17, 2014 / 0 comments

the red house market for artists and designers is located close to the ximen subway station in taipei. they sell all kinds of cutesy stuff like things for the house, clothes, bags, pictures and all kinds of accessories. a lot of the things are designed locally and very individually designed pieces. i noticed t-shirts with…

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Gene Francis of San Luis Obispo

December 13, 2014 / 0 comments

Gene Francis sat in his gallery in San Luis Obispo, CA when I walked in attracted by some of the paintings in the window. He was working on a painting for a couple with the pictures of family and friends all over a platform of a train station. His style is somewhere between hyper realism…

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how i met the first real rapper

December 4, 2014 / 0 comments

I haven’t been to Berlin’s Treptower Park for more than 20 years. I used to live in the east part of Berlin until December 1989, the year the wall came down and again from 1992 to 1997 in the then already re-united city. When I visited Berlin for an university alumni event again, I took…

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a man and his toy chicken

December 1, 2014 / 0 comments

I met the little boy during a diving vacation in Wakatobi, a small group of islands in the southeast of Sulawesi. The village is on a small island right next to the very secluded Wakatobi Dive Resort. People here live mostly from fishing and nowadays also from having jobs at the dive resort. It’s a…

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seeing the dolphins

November 24, 2014 / 2 comments

We walked into a travel/copy shop in the center of Khasab, a small town in the northern part of the Oman.  and demanded a trip to see the dolphins. The asked us to sit down and wait five minutes. Since it was hot outside, we thought that’s a good idea. Some phone calling was going…

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doggy, what are you doing

November 19, 2014 / 0 comments

Sometimes it’s just impossible to get involved into a nice, long conservation. It could have been OK since the old fellow bathing his dog had a lot to tell. Yet, I didn’t understand, or at least not much. I pointed at the camera in my hand and he nodded. I took this as approval to…

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what happened during the school excursion

November 18, 2014 / 0 comments

It’s Saturday morning. The sky is still a bit overcast and the sun tries to come out. I’m in Tainan, a city in Taiwan’s South. I’m sitting on a little stool waiting for the square in front of the Confucius temple to clear in order to take a shot. Suddenly, a bunch of school kids…

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people like their pictures taken

November 3, 2014 / 1 comment

Most people like their picture taken and also shown as long as you ask nicely. You need to be OK with being dissed as well. However, I seldom had someone reject my request to take their pictures. It’s different if you move in and take a shot while you walk by and get them by…

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at the rheinfall

October 29, 2014 / 0 comments

I met Maria and Ioan at the Rheinfall in Schaffhausen. They were spending the day with their daughter and son in-law there. I walked by and nodded. Ioan nodded back with a smile and I looked into his bright eyes. I asked if I could take a photo and they agreed. I felt there were…

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a short conversation

October 28, 2014 / 0 comments

the girl approached me, looked up and said: “Sir, do you want buy a t-shirt, or some postcards” I answered ignoring her business proposal: “I’m fine. How are you today?” “Ha”, she snapped, “I didn’t ask you how you are. I did ask you to buy some of my merchandise” I wanted to know: “Did…

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