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Where have you been this winter? Probably #there!

So many photographers have been to Lofoten this winter. A friend of mine was #there. He told me that he met a lot of landscape photographers #there, even popular ones from the US.

I met them too although I wasn’t #there! They were not to be overseen on the internet:

Short tweet here: “Hey folks I am on my way to Lofoten!”
Quick shot there: “See this Instagram on my way to Reine!”
And all that great shots on G+: #Lofoten

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It seems to me that you must have been #there to count yourself a serious landscape or travel photographer. Replace “there” with a trending hashtag on any photography social media platform.(#there) Last year it was #Iceland. What will it be next?

Not many photographers come to my mind that are traveling in not trending regions! It is not often that I say to myself: “That’s a pristine place to travel!” The last time it happened was when I saw the Patel family on a video bathing in the Everglades.

Travel and landscape photography is trending. That’s why you can book workshops on Lofoten. There are enough people to go for it even though Lofoten are so far away and they sound so exotic.

This works like it works in fashion. You think you are special but finally you are wearing the same trousers than the others. If that is your goal, everything is fine and you should stop reading now!

There you think: What a shit!

You are right! In the end we don’t know where to put all the poo and spoil the place. Go to Geyranger Fjord in summer and take a deep breath on the main platform and enjoy the view. Yes that place where you can easily park your rental car, where everybody goes, drink a cappuccino and pee in the corner.

It is hard to figure out where all the trending stuff is coming from. Perhaps there is not only one reason why things are going that way. If I would be asked I would blame the misunderstanding of remixing. There is a difference between copying and finding inspiration. But who asked me? I am not trending! Never was! Never wanted to be!

Ok, when I am honest: Over the year I find myself in this typical places too. But my best shots were made in different places in special situations.

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So I think a lot for a while: Where can I find these places? Is this special feeling about a special geolocation? Or is it about something else? Something we might have lost over the years?

10 years ago life as a landscape photographer was a lot of easier. Lots of pristine moments in the good old days.

In our way finding solitude and paradises we got lost in holiday-camp like areas in the world. Instead of finding a feeling of welcome or hospitality #there we are confronted with jealousy and resentment. We stayed in the cue to get our photo. The person with the widest or shortest lens will get the shot without documenting how many photographers have been there too.

The paradise is not caught in some particular places in the world. It will unveil itself everywhere for the ones that are able to see it.

I think it is a good idea not to publish your paradise if you have find it for yourself in a special place. I know some of these places. And I will not tell you! Never!

I share a lot. But I am not a friend of oversharing. I guess sharing geolocation is critical today. I won’t be responsible for all the poo in paradise. And Hell! No! I don’t wanna be trending! I never wanted to be! I am honest!

So, where will you go next? And please tell me: Where and how do you find your personal #paradise?

nature365 – Jim Brandenburgs newest project

My dear friend Jim Brandenburg has launched a new project. It is an “every day project” from the father of all photography and nature related “every day projects” (Chased by the Light is probably the first of that kind)

http://nature365.tv

If you want further information about his new project listen to this interview with Jim.

If you are interested in Jims work at all you can listen to an interview I took 2011 when he was on a visit in Schleswig Holstein.

You need big ears like an elephant to listen to this video because of the bad audio quality. But I guess it is worth to listen if you want to learn something about his personal approach in nature photography.

 

What was? What will be?

14-042OB--BD3B0318 copy2014 was a busy year. Lots of things happened.

I am feeling so free, never felt so free in my life!

Most things aren’t interesting in terms of photography. I won’t share them with you. Except three things:

  • I have grown a beard. I love it! Others love it! So it will stay for a while.
  • I found out that I am not allergic to strawberries after 15 years of avoiding them. It is such a great feeling being able to eat the most delicious fruit in the world again.
  • After a long time of not being able to move I am totally into exercise and sports now. I haven’t felt fitter than before and this changed a lot.

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In terms of photography I tried out some things  in the background not publishing it. My approach in landscape photography changed. I would call myself a nature photographer at the moment.

There have been some fantastic travels in 2014. It was a great time moving. But than there was “The End of the World – Finistère”!

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And nothing was as it was before. So turning around and finding new adventures is sometimes the best idea to keep having fun in life.

What will be in 2015?

I am not sure yet.

Of course lots of traveling and outdoor adventures will be on my todo list for 2015. But that is nothing new.

My plans are also to improve my english to start a podcast in english language. This makes me afraid! It is a big thing! But what is life without challenge.

And I plan becoming more active in social media again. I recently cleaned up my twitter follows. Now I have a stream that is worth the read. I find it interesting that there are so many people outside that are still following me on twitter even though I am only posting the songs I am listening to via last.fm. Thank you for your patience. The same on G+. Lots of followers but not much response. I wouldn’t follow myself at the moment. But this will change. I am sure…

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Some other plans are in my head but nothing worth to be told now. So stay tuned there will be more happening in 2015.

Wishing you a joyous, peaceful and prosperous new year ahead.

Collecting glas at the beach

On my last trip to Denmark I discovered a new obsession. While walking at the beach searching for inspiring objects there is plenty of time to fill. Searching for old sanded glas can be so addictive.

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There is living a nice thought in it: Time, patience and creative thoughts are the ingredients to transform something hurtful into something really beautiful.

You can do similar things in photography.

 

Everthing must change

Everything must Change

“…No one stays the same!..
For that’s the way of time…
There are not many things in life
You can be sure of…

Except, rain comes from the clouds
Sun light up the sky
Hummingbirds do fly”

Listen to the great interpretation from Nils Landgren (Nils Landgren – Everything Must Change) that provides comfort.

Excuses

It has been a while since I have published something on my blog. There has been many changes in the last year.

I am not in the mood to write much about it.

The last time I have published something personal was a family status update on facebook. I wanted this status update kept private. But Facebook made it public in my timeline without letting me know it. This was not the worst part. Totally annoying were the public reactions and comments about it. It was my mistake to trust Facebook in the first place.

This makes me think about the value of posting private stuff in public and what information is better kept private.

The NSA scandal also has a huge impact on me communicating digital and public. It is unbelievable what is going on there in terms of giving the word “private” a new meaning.

These reasons are only a glimpse of my thoughts about being very critical writing something in public today.

Everything must Change

There is this little hummingbird that brings back the opposite of digital in my life. It makes me sing about it.

Change doesn’t mean to invent something new every day. It can also mean to reduce ourselves to what is really important and finding back the roots, where we all come from.

Thank god, walking, practicing yoga, doing sports, riding bicycle, fishing and reading the newspapers become important for me again. And I am also on my way finding a new meaning in photography.

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There are more things we can be sure of especially in times of change: Clouds must NOT bring rain and they can be light up from something unexpected even when it is dark outside.

There is a strong believe in me that photography is all about light: Light that light up our lives.

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