Big Boys

While in the last years I have developed some grown up hobbies like photography, I have also held on to some hobbies which might by some considered childish, for example my love for computer games. On a flea market in Strasbourg I found a lucky guy who was never forced to get over his love for toy cars.

At the flea market

On flea markets you can find a lot of interesting people, among the sellers as well as among the buyers. There are always some, which obviously have no other choice in life but to sell/buy there. It is quite sad to see how people have to let go of things they love just because they need the money. Then you find others, who try to make pure crap into money and you have to wonder who in hell buys their trash. And of course, there are the fans of vintage. They buy stuff for the sole fact that it has been laying around for a while ūüėČ

If you’ve never been at a flea market, give it a try. Even if you (like me) aren’t planning to buy something, it’s worth a look.

Going Resident Evil

I have to admit, this is a heavily edited photo. I changed the colors a little bit, put some fancy filters, but in the end this helped me to show how this place felt: dark and dirty.

I took this photo in Berlin just a month ago. In my opinion, Berlin is – while its full of life and culture – one of the ugliest places to go in Germany. It is just horribly dirty, dark and filled with very strange people. One of the best ways to suck in this¬†mesmerizing atmosphere is to go to the Berlin subway. While sometimes you will find nice looking stations (I’ll soon post some of these), it is more likely that you won’t. I mean, they shot the first Resident Evil movie down there. Do I have to say more?

Berlin Subway

I took this particular photo with my Samsung Galaxy S (on this trip to Berlin only one bum tried to steal it, yikes!) and then later edited it with Snapspeed, a pretty cool app that I recently discovered. It’s basically an Intragram that simply gives you a looot more options what to do with your picture. Wonder how you like it. Too much editing maybe?

The Aftermath of Heiterkeit

This week, we saw carnival celebrations taking place all around the globe. Even though I’m not a big fan, I couldn’t completely avoid the festivities. This year I was in the city of Fl√∂rsheim¬†and I could show you some photos of the parade; but honestly, I don’t really feel like it. For me, it’s all the same. Mildly funny costumes, drunk people and lot’s of Heiterkeit (german for¬†cheerfulness). Just not my kind of fun (and don’t worry, I have fun in my life).

So I was looking for an interesting shot this day anyway. At the end of the parade I had given up, there was not really anything that caught my attention. Then however I saw what all this cheerfulness left behind after the parade had passed and people started to return home. The streets were flooded with trash: empty bottles, plastic cups, confetti, all kinds of sh*t.

Aftermath

I guess this is the ugly side of each event that only few people ever see. It’s like your own birthday party – the guest leave and you are left with the aftermath. Just try to walk through a fair at 4 a.m. or check out a concert after it’s over. I promise, it will look like World War 3. And the next morning, magically it’ll all have disappeared. What’s sad is that most don’t even question their behavior or think about the people who spend their night cleaning our mess.

Papa-paparazzi

Few days ago I’ve been to Berlin along with¬†George¬†Clooney, Matt Damon, Anne Hatheway and some others. On thursday I stumbled upon the opening of the Berlin International Film Festival, also known as¬†Berlinale 2013. By luck, I made it pretty close to the red carpet within five minutes and saw some of the stars of this night arrive.

It was really interesting to experience the atmosphere of a red carpet with your own eyes instead of just wachting it on TV. The orchestration however felt like being on TV. Whenever a car with any celebrity approached, epic music started playing, the phones went up, the photographers started screaming, their flashes flooding the place in a shower of light.

Berlinale 2013

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Preserving Good Old Times

Last august I had the chance to learn about the process of digitalizing old books in the¬†Badische Landesbibliothek. It’s a very complex process, because you can’t just rip out the pages and throw them on the scanner. However, the process is worth the effort, preserving books from centuries ago forever.

The machine this library is using is called the¬†Grazer Buchtisch because it was invented at the¬†University Library of Graz in Austria. Interestingly, this machine uses a digital camera instead of a scanner to digitalize each page. The advantage is that the book doesn’t have to be completely opened, minimizing the chance of any damage.

Digitalizing Books

The machine itself is located in the basement of the library, so few people found their way down there this night. But once you entered the basement, you were drawn like a fly to the light. In order to take a perfect photo, they used a lot of light, creating an interesting shadow play on the walls.