Heidelberg, Germany

Posted on 22nd October 2012 in architecture, Street Photography, wandering

If you’ve been reading, or you know me, you know that I’ve just been gone to Europe for about five months. If you haven’t seen any of the photographs from other segments of this trip, you may also be interested in seeing Köln, Darmstadt, Frankfurt, Schleswig-Holstein, London, or Berlin. Yes, there will be much more to still come, but that should catch you up to here.

I went to Heidelberg mainly to photograph the dazzling Krystena who clearly outshined the historical Heidelberg, none-the-less I had a few minutes before meeting up with Krystena where I was walking around the town, so I figured I should press the trigger. Why not?!

One thing I’ve noticed as I get more experience is that if I’ve set out in the morning to photograph a model, I’m so excited to shoot the model that it’s usually hard for me to put my mind into a different frame to also photograph… let’s say architecture. Call it nerves, call it excitement, call it distraction. It is what it is.

The city is unique because during the war the USA didn’t bomb it very heavily, or at all. The rumor is that they had decided it would be where they would install their military base, and wanted a place that would be still intact. Most of the rest of Germany was very heavily bombed and a lot of the ancient and beautiful architecture was destroyed, though there is still lots that remain.

 

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Darmstadt, Germany

Posted on 16th October 2012 in architecture, nature, wandering

This summer I spent a decent chunk of time living in a relatively small city just south of Frankfurt, Germany called Darmstadt. I cannot express how much this city influenced me, how it changed me, how it opened my eyes and moved me like a dancer. Just in this city. I won’t even get into what the journey before and after did for me!

There were many nights of drinking wine or beer in the park playing guitar or having  BBQ with the rest of the gang, doing some amazing mountain biking, or hanging around meeting new people at the fair. It was a beautiful thing.

As time ground down to the end of my stay, I started to realize that I hadn’t explored the city with my camera yet! Luckily for me, I had a friend from Malaysia who had been spending lots of time in Bordeaux, France, and also had a bike and wanted to explore the city. It was beautiful weather, and we had alll day!

We started at the Opera House in town, and made our way to Mathildenhöhe and the very old Russian Church attached to it, on to the Rosenhöhe [Rose Garden], through an ancient Crypt and apple orchard, over to a funky house that looks all slanted and groovy called Waldspirale, and then finished at a small little café that gave me the recipe to their delicious salad dressing.

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Köln, Germany

Posted on 1st September 2012 in architecture, Street Photography, wandering

I headed to Köln for a pretty epic experience of the worlds best donair (mit frites), smokey dance bars, a gangster 10 year old, booking the wrong weekend hotel room and getting the penthouse cheaper, etc.

I feel like I didn’t take enough photographs, but this is what happened.

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Rhine River, Germany

Posted on 1st September 2012 in adventure

While in Germany, I had a change to go with a few friends to take the infamous Rhine River Boat tour.

The best thing about it was the castles, easily, but there were also some other pretty cool moments, including wine tasting, a castle tour, and a walk through an old historic town.

 

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Berlin, Germany

Posted on 25th August 2012 in architecture, Street Photography, wandering

I came to Berlin to meet my friend Jaybo, and see his art show. One of the two I accomplished.

Berlin was my stop over en-route to Riga, Latvia. I arrived in the early evening, and wandered the streets with no plan except that my flight was very early the next morning and I wouldn’t bed down for the night. Optimistic I was, I am aware, but with a little help from my friends, I made it alive [and tired].

Berlin was a very creative town. I found a few very interesting districts that really made me feel like spontaneously morphing into a creative piece of flesh. For me it was actually the street art, the city walls, the architecture that attracted me. I guess it’s in these cities, that everybody looks the same. It’s in these cities where everybody is very afraid of looking different and is very intent on fitting the fashion that it makes it incredibly hard to find an interesting soul to photograph. Sometimes, you just catch a lucky day.

I did two days in Berlin, once on my way there, and once on the way back.

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