The Loser Equivalent

There are certain things you should do at least once in your life, like crossing the equator, running a marathon or swimming with sharks. If you are a real nerd, you will also find on your list “staying all night at the library” … and learning Manadarin maybe. I myself did some of these things, even completed the shark challenge – and of course I’ve stayed at the library all night long. This is the ultimate loser equivalent of “partying all night and getting out of the club in the morning” (something you should have on your list too). For me, it was actually an interesting experience even though in retrospective I doubt I learned much after 4am. You watch how this crowded place slowly becomes quiet and only a few students, either really motivated or really desperate, remain. The cleaning crew goes through the place as tired employees put back the last books into the shelves. Then, even most of them leave and you stay, trying to somehow get your work done, reading books, writing down notes. And for some weird reason, this actually starts to feel fun – in my case mostly because of the friends who were with me.

Night at the Library

When I took this photo, my days as a student were luckily already over. Actually I was on my way to the video store, the lazy equivalent of the library. The street was mostly dark, only the windows of library let trough some light, illuminating the street. I passed by and saw this single bike in front of the place. I couldn’t help to imagine who this bike belongs to and wondering what’s holding him/her tonight…

Dead Pigs and Pianos

Last october I took a walk through an area of my city called “Schlachthof” – slaughterhouse. Back then this must have been a pretty bloody and creepy place.

In 2006, the last steaks were made and the place shot down. Right now it’s in the process of becoming a home for arts and creative business. A bunch of mostly media and advertising agencies have opened offices there, as well as nightclubs, restaurants, etc. In a nutshell: the place to be for any hipster. So of course there is always a swarm of folks, who instagram every inch of this place … something that I would never do…

Piano Workshop

What can I say? Couldn’t resist to check it out. And yeah, I had fun. It was a pretty cool place after all. You wanna explore more and more. Walking around I suddenly came across this little piano workshop. While I can’t explain why the owner decided to store some of his pianos outside the building, I kinda loved the look of it. These time-worn pianos surrounded by buildings that looked like they would come down any minute … it really fascinated me. I’m excited to see how this place will change as construction goes on.

Hot Stuff

For many years -until I moved to another city- I had been a firefighter at the local Fire Department. As I was already into photography at this time, I was trying to document our work as good as possible. In this time I learned a lot about how to discretely shoot photos, as you don’t want to take a photo right in front of some people whose house is burning down. When I come to think about it, I took really few photos of actual fire – because as long as its burning, you usually don’t have a moment for that…

At this time, I was working with a Olympus C-960, which was back then a quite good camera. The resolution wasn’t too high, but the images were really sharp and had brilliant colors. For a camera in 2001, that was already a lot to ask. But most of all, this camera was tough. It fell down, got wet, was in freezing cold and burning houses, but that old thing still works like it just came out of the factory.

On Fire

So, what happened on this photo? We were called to a fire in a barn. When the first car arrived, it was already completely on fire and the roof coming down. I took this photo maybe 15 minutes after I had arrived. We had surrounded the burning building and were gradually extinguishing the flames. What you can’t see, is that I was in full gear, just as my comrade in front of the lens. That was pretty exhausting work, as it was mid-summer and already freaking hot. Now imagine sitting in the sun, in front of a fire in thick clothes, breathing trough a mask. Pure fun 🙂

With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility

Do you remember the time when everyone had these stupid “Santa climbs up to my window”-decoration outside their homes? After some time this just stopped being funny and in my opinion became almost more annoying than the 100th time of “Last Christmas” on the radio. Anyhow, a few days ago I found something that was actually pretty cool. When I was walking down the stairs of an old house I suddenly spotted Spiderman – a life-sized Spiderman climbing up the wall of the building. How cool is that?

Spiderman

It’s too bad this cool thing is kinda hidden in the backyard of the building, that would make an awesome attraction on the front of the house.