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White Dinner (August 2014)

The White Dinner in Hamburg-Eimsbüttel. Belying the weather forecast there was just some light drizzle for a couple of minutes; luckily the prospect of rain had not deterred us. (Camera used: Fuji XQ1)

Bilbao (July 2013)

Three days in Bilbao. (Camera used: Fuji X-M1)

Easter Fire (March 2013)

Easter bonfires on the banks of the river Elbe at Blankenese (Hamburg). (Camera used: Leica M)

Nocturne (September 2012)

10pm on the Ohlsdorf Cemetery: The Hamburger Symphoniker are performing works by Richard Wagner, Igor Strawinsky, Manuel de Falla, Simon Stockhausen, and Luigi Nono.

Löwenburg, Schlosspark Wilhelmshöhe (June 2012)

The Löwenburg (“Lions Castle”) in Schlosspark Wilhelmshöhe, ostensibly a mediaeval castle, was actually built between 1793 and 1801 on behalf of William IX, Landgrave of Hesse-Kassel, as a hideout for his mistress(es) and himself. (Camera: Fuji X10)

Zingst (May 2012)

Umweltfotofestival »horizonte zingst« (cameras used: Fuji X10 and Pentax K-5)

Leica M Monochrom (March 2012)

Pictures taken with a prerelease version of the Leica M Monochrom.

Florence by Day (March 2012)

Florence Panoramas (March 2012)

Florence by Night (March 2012)

Winter in Hamburg (February 2012)

Camera used: Pentax K-5

Porto (August 2011)

Three days in Porto. (Cameras used: Fuji X100, FinePix F600EXR, and FinePix F200EXR)

Anti-nuclear rally in Hamburg (March 2011)

About 50,000 people were rallying for shutting down nuclear power plants in Germany, three of which are located near Hamburg. Similar rallies were held in Berlin, Cologne, and Munich, with more than 200,000 protesters in total. (Camera used: Fuji FinePix F200EXR)

Salzburg (August 2010)

A two-days trip to Salzburg on occasion of the opening of the Salzburg 360° panorama by Hans-Georg Esch. Salzburg 360° is a recreation of the famous Sattler-Panorama from 1824–1829, this time using the Leica S2 rather than oil on canvas. The original Sattler-Panorama is on display in its own museum in Salzburg (Panorama Museum, Residenzplatz 9). (Camera used: Pentax K10D)

Ruhr District (June 2010)

Five days in Essen, 2010 European Capital of Culture, and nearby Oberhausen. On my agenda were Villa Hügel, Zeche Zollverein, Museum Folkwang, and the Gasometer in Oberhausen where “the biggest Moon on Earth” was on display. (Cameras used: Pentax K10D and Fuji FinePix F200EXR)

Viennese Cemeteries (April 2008)

Vienna’s Zentralfriedhof (central cemetery), second largest European cemetery by area and largest by the number of interred, isn’t located centrally at all, but in the outskirts of Vienna in Simmering. Tourists taking the S-Bahn to the Zentralfriedhof should consider stopping over at St. Marx for its much smaller Biedermeier cemetery. Especially when the lilac blossoms in April/May, even the traffic noise from the nearby road does nothing to break the enchantment of this Hortus conclusus. (Camera used: Pentax K10D)

Vienna (April 2008)

Vienna was the venue of this year’s “Criminale”, the annual meeting of German-language mystery writers. 220 writers were reading from their works at various locations all over the city, including unusual ones such as the sewers, the undertakers’ museum, or a gondola of the Ferris wheel in the Prater. When I wasn’t attending some of the Criminale-related events, I had some spare time for visiting exhibitions, sampling Viennese coffee, and generally wandering about the city. (Camera used: Pentax K10D)

Istanbul (November 2007)

Pictures from a three-day press workshop in Istanbul, most of which were taken with a pre-production Olympus E-3, the last 8 with my Fuji FinePix F10.

Kassel: documenta 12 (August 2007)

Every five years for 100 days, Kassel becomes what earned it the byname “documenta-Stadt” – the venue of one of the most important exhibitions of contemporary art. My visit during documenta 12 did last only three days, documented with a Fuji FinePix F50fd that I was reviewing at the time.

Cortona and Florence (October 2005)

A couple of days in Tuscany … After arriving in Florence by plane, I took the train to Cortona (Villa Marsili Hotel), a walled city located on a hill (about 500 metres above sea level) where every step will take you either up or down – there is just one street that is approximately level. I visited the Museo dell’Accademia that had opened shortly before as well as some of the Etruscan tombs in the vicinity. I returned to Florence for another three days before taking the flight back to Hamburg. (Cameras used: Fuji FinePix S9500 and FinePix F10, Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX7, Pentax *ist Ds)

Rome by Night (September 2004)

A stroll through Rome from sunset to midnight: Piazza del Quirinale, Fontana di Trevi, Piazza di Spagna, Piazza del Popolo, Via del Corso, Galleria Colonna, Palazzo di Montecitorio, Piazza Navona, Campo dei Fiori, Piazza della Minerva, Fontana di Trevi, Via della Pilotta, Mercati Traianei, Forum Romanum. (Camera: Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ20)

Osaka Castle (October 2003)

Osaka Castle was built by Hideyoshi Toyotomi in the sixteenth century. After Hideyoshi’s death in 1598, the castle passed to his son, Hideyori Toyotomi. In the summer war of Osaka (1615), Ieyasu Tokugawa, formerly an ally of Hideyoshi, conquered Osaka Castle after a previous unsuccessful attempt. He built a new, even bigger castle on the ruins of the old; the walls and some of the smaller buildings still standing today date back to that time. The main tower was destroyed by fire in 1665 and 1868; after a reconstruction in 1931 it was damaged again during a bombing raid in WW II. (Cameras used: Canon EOS 300 and Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ10).

Temples of Kyoto (October 2003)

From the Kinkaku-ji (Golden Pavilion) to Kiyomizu-dera, high above Kyoto. All the pictures were taken with a pre-production version of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ10.

Monaco (December 2002)

Monaco in spring-like December, with plastic snowmen, palm trees masquerading as fir trees, and Grace Kelly’s rose garden. (Camera: Fuji FinePix 6900)

Rome: Cimitero Acattolico per gli Stranieri (June 2002)

At the edges of ancient Rome lies the Cimitero Acattolico per gli Stranieri, the cemetery for those of some other than the Catholic faith, or no faith at all, many of them strangers whose life happened to end in Rome. Here are the graves of Keats and Shelley, Antonio Gramsci and Julius August Walter von Goethe (identified only as “Goethe Filius” on his headstone). The area next to the pyramid of Gaius Cestius is also a cat sanctuary where stray cats are fed, vaccinated and sterilized by a group of cat-loving volunteers. (Camera used: Fuji FinePix 6900)

Rome: Flowers (June 2002)

Flowers on the Palatine Hill, in the Cimitero acattolico, the Forum Romanum, and the streets of Rome (camera: Fuji FinePix 6900).

Rome: Mercati Traianei (June 2002)

The Mercati Traianei (Trajan’s Market), built under Emperor Trajan, was kind of a shopping mall (camera: Fuji FinePix 6900).

Venice: Carnival and Campaigning (March 1990)

When I wasn’t attracting the attention of other tourists posing as a Dottore della Peste, I was stalking the other masks with my own camera. The snapshot of Ilona „la cicciolina“ Staller was taken on another occasion three years before, when I caught her campaigning for Italy’s Partito Radicale – she won a seat in the parliamentary elections later that year. The only digital photograph in this series is that of the musicians playing in front of the Quadri, taken in May 2001. The cameras used were a Pentax ME Super (1987), Pentax Z-50p (1990), and Sony Cyber-shot DSC-F505 (2001).