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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Lisa & Daniel

October 27, 2014 / 0 comments

So, I was getting gas before driving about 300 miles north to visit my parents, just paid and I couldn’t believe my eyes: An old tractor with two smiling, young people just drove in. I was debating with myself whether I should ask them to take a picture or not while walking back to the…

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