Simon Weidemann Concert – Mein Haus am See

Here are some photos of the concert of singer-songwriter Simon Weidemann in Berlin at the Mein Haus am See. It was a bar where he played his music and I took my camera with me to capture some moments of it. It was the first time I had to handle such lighting (different lights all around the bar and „stage“). Most of the photos work better in black and white, but I think that’s often the case in these kind of shows. If you would like to listen to his music visit his website if you like. And if you like the photos I appreaciate every kind of critique 🙂

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Snapchat, Fotografie und das soziale Netzwerk

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Nachdem ich den Artikel von Katja Kemnitz auf Kwerfeldein gelesen habe, dachte ich mir, dass ich auch meine kleinen Gedanken über Snapchat aufschreiben könnte. Ob das nun so wichtig ist, sei mal dahingestellt.

Seit dem Artikel habe ich auch mehr gesnapped und habe mich wirklich gefragt, ob es tatsächlich etwas bringt. Abseits davon, dass mein Handy einfach manchmal zu langsam ist überhaupt „wichtige“ Momente schnell auf der Straße einfangen zu können bzw. Snapchat gerade der Akkusauger Nr. 1 ist, kann ich noch keinen großen Mehrwert finden.

Die Krux des Ganzen: Man muss auch Menschen kennen, die diese App tatsächlich benutzen. Am besten natürlich persönlich. Noch ziemlich am Rande des Fotografiekreises im Raum NRW/Köln kenne ich tatsächlich nur sehr wenige, die Snapchat überhaupt benutzen. Das soziale Netzwerk ist es gerade, was Snapchat für mich ausmacht. Man interessiert sich für das Leben des anderen und kann einen Einblick bekommen. Natürlich gibt es zahlreiche berühmte Persönlichkeiten, auch Fotografen, die Snapchat regelmäßig benutzen, doch will ich wirklich immer reiche Menschen sehen, die ständig auf Reisen gehen, ihren Kaffee trinken, am Strand chillen? Ok, die Hälfte meiner Bekannten ist tatsächlich auch so, von daher ist dieser Punkt vielleicht nicht so toll. Nimmt man jedoch Chase Jarvis z.B. – er snapped ziemlich viel und benutzt es auch sehr als soziale Plattform und sein Exposure noch mehr zu erweitern. Ich kann nur wenig damit anfangen. Mich interessiert es eher wie er seine Fotos macht, was für Behind the Scenes Sachen es gibt, die mich weiter bringen und nicht einen Snap, der mich dazu bringen soll auf irgendwelche Seiten zu gehen. Und da ist es wieder: Es kommt auf den Menschen an – und da ist es am besten, dass man diesen auch kennt. Es ist zwar vielleicht witzig Jared Leto auf irgendwelchen Reisen zu sehen, aber so viel bringt mir das nun auch nicht.

Das Gute, was ich an Snapchat sehe: Dass man seinen Alltag zeigen kann, wie man selbst möchte. Entweder in kleinen Ausschnitten oder mit tausend, nacheinander gefilmten kleinen Videos. Das kommt auf jeden persönlich an. Und als kreative Person kann man immer versuchen jeden Snap so kreativ zu gestalten wie es geht, somit auch im Alltag nach schönen Motiven zu suchen und sich selbst und der Welt (bzw. den Followern) zu zeigen, wie man die Welt sieht.

Alles in allem ist Snapchat immer noch spaßig. Ich werde es natürlich weiterhin benutzen. Das Drumherum muss nur mehr ausgebaut werden.

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Kein Internet und das Leben macht Pause

 Ein Umzug, zwei Umzüge, ich mache einfach viele Umzüge dieses Jahr. Und da ist es nicht unüblich, dass man kein Internet hat. Dieses Mal auch nur des Nachbarns Internet, welcher sich so nett gegeben hat, um in der neuen Wohnung ein wenig Leben reinzubringen. Denn ohne Internet ist es schwierig das Ganze hier weiter zu betreiben. Da ich eh ein Muffel bin in Sachen Regelmäßigkeit und Disziplin, konnte ich auch nicht anders und erneut Pause zu machen. Wie immer.

Ich habe tatsächlich eine zweite Hochzeit, die ich in nächster Zeit hochladen werde und dieses Wochenende folgt die nächste. Ein klein wenig Aufschwung gibt es ja.

Dafür brauche ich aber Internet. Bald habe ich auch mein eigenes, hoffe ich.

Daniel und Kamila im Standesamt Pulheim

Letzten März durfte ich Daniel und Kamila bei ihrer standesamtlichen Trauung in Pulheim begleiten. Es war kein großartig sonniger Tag, jedoch war keiner betrübt an diesem Tag, denn hier wurde schließlich eine neue Familie gegründet. Es war mir besonders wichtig die Momente einzufangen, die für die beiden für lange Zeit nach diesem Tag noch in guter Erinnerung bleiben soll. Im kleinen Kreis wurde zunächst die Trauung durchgeführt und nachher haben Daniel, Kamila und ich noch kurz Fotos in der Nähe des Standesamtes machen können. Vielen Dank nochmal und ich hoffe euch gefallen die Fotos!

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Thailand – The end of the month

Now I’ve posted almost everything I wanted to post about my month in Thailand. It was a blast, I must say! I really would like to go there again, travel to the nearby countries and discover a lot more. The question is: When? I really don’t know…I never was really outside of my comfort zone as much as in Thailand, being there on my own and trying to get by. Now I know I can handle it. To sum up the photography aspect of the journey: I think there is so much so discover still. I only saw small waterfalls unfortunately and I did not see too much of the non-touristy places. While being in these tourist populated cities, I still could capture a lot of great landscapes and street life. I am glad that I could combine a lot of fun (i.e. parties) and traditional activities (i.e. temples, discovering new corners of cities).

For now this is all about Thailand. Here are the the final photos of my trip back to Germany. I hope you like them as well! Plus, feel free to connect via Facebook, Instagram or Twitter 🙂

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Thailand, Koh Phi Phi/Koh Lanta

I finally arrived at the beaches, the beautiful sunsets, the parties, the fun. Everything was true what others told me about the islands. It was, indeed, very beautiful throughout. Ok, maybe not every beach was so clean as I wished it to be, but better than any beach I ever was. In truth, I am not the beach person, so I did not partake in much water activities, but I tried to capture the beauty of it. There is one big viewpoint in Koh Phi Phi, where everybody goes to see the sunset. It was very nice, indeed. The bad part was that the sun was behind big palm trees, so you only could see the colours, which were beautiful on their own. There was one other night, however, where I just went to the beach to see the sunset and it was the most beautiful one I’ve ever seen. This is the one I will remember for a long time.

Another great thing was the fireshows at the beaches. There I took some really great photos in my opinion. I hope you like them as well 🙂

Koh Phi Phi was mostly enjoying some party and some beaches, so I did not take as much different photos. In Koh Lanta there was rarely anything to do and not too much was interesting enough to photograph. I was at a national park there with some monkeys, but there I only almost got bit while I tried to take some photographs of them. The sound of the camera was to distracting for them I think 😀

Plus, it was almost the end of my journey, so I did not focus as much on photography and just relaxed. Nevertheless, there were some cool shots and I hope you like them!

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Thailand, Krabi – A little beach, not quite there yet

After the north part of Thailand I wanted to go to the south and enjoy some beaches on some islands. I had only one week left, so I could not go everywhere. First I had to get to the south by flying to Krabi (skipping Phuket) with the plan to go to Koh Phi Phi and Koh Lanta. I did go to the islands, but after this part I still had to go the same way back to Bangkok for my flight back. So firstly I show the Krabi part. The only beach I visited was the Railey Beach. Krabi on its own was a little too quiet, nothing much to see. The highlight would be the Tiger Temple on top a mountain. You had to take the stairs, 1237 steps to be exact. This was very exhausting, but worth it. Other than that there wasn’t much to see unfortunately.

I still hope you like the photos and feel free to connect with me via Facebook, Instagram or Twitter 🙂

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Thailand, Pai or Chillcity of Thailand

There has been a lot of buzz about Pai. I had to go there, everybody said. And after my visit I can say they were right. Pai has the reputation as the small city, where you can chill all day, enjoy the landscape and yeah, take drugs, I guess. I met some people who were there for a couple of weeks even. For me Pai was great because of some very cool landscapes and my first experiences on a scooter. I shot a lot of photos one sunset over the mountains and could have used all of them. I chose some photos I want to share with you here. In it is the Lod Cave, the Pai Mountain, the Memorial Bridge and some general shots I did there.

I hope you like them and feel free to connect via Facebook, Instagram or Twitter! 🙂

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Thailand, Chiang Rai or how I just wanted to get away from this place

Chiang Mai was awesome, I really liked it there. It had a good vibe, it was not too big, not too small, a nice town to stay for a couple of days. However, I wanted to see something else in my month in Thailand. So I decided to stay a little in Chiang Rai, way up north of Thailand. From friends I heard a lot of good things about it and I was really excited to go to some nice viewpoints. This, however, did not happen. I could not get to the best place to be: Phu Chi Fa. For getting there I needed to drive four hours on a dangerous road, which I could not handle. That’s what the people told me. Just google the place, it seemed like the best viewpoint in the whole of Thailand. Bummer.

Arriving at Chiang Rai was also not that great. It felt like a too small place with a bad vibe. I do not know why, but I immediately had a bad feeling about it.

This is why I did not do sooo much in Chiang Rai. I stayed there for two nights and that was it. In this time I still did a little: The White Temple, The Black House and the Long Neck Tribe. These are some impressions of it. I hope you like them! Feel free to connect via Facebook, Twitter or Instagram! 🙂

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Thailand, Chiang Mai

Chiang Mai, one of the cities I spend the most time in. First there was the overnight train from Ayutthaya and then a lot of temples. At one of the temples, the Doi Suthep, there were some kids wearing traditional clothes. This was of course a nice motive. The Problem however is that they were there for a reason: Tourism. The always wanted money in exchange for a photo. It is sad to see them only standing there and smiling only for that reason. I did take a shot without knowing this, but it’s just not genuine. I did not like it as much. I will just show another shot I took, where they were chilling on the steps to the temple. I felt this was more interesting than a fake smile.

In Chiang Mai I strolled around a lot and found a great hotel, where you had to go through a nice hallway with pictures on the walls. It was a bit curved, which build nice lines. Another nice place was the Wat Chedi Luang, which was one of the most beautiful temples I’ve seen in Thailand. There were also monks who sang a song and hummed. It was really great to experience this.

I hope you like the photos! Feel free to contact me via Twitter or visit my facebook page 🙂

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Thailand: Ayutthaya

The next stop after Bangkok was Ayutthaya. First there was a train ride of about 1 3/4 hours where I shot a harmless lady in „ninja mode“. I was a bit hesitant at the arrival, because I always read that there would be pack of dogs who could chase you in the streets. And I really did not want to get chased or bitten by animals while in Thailand…but that never happened. There were dogs, but they were not as photogenic unfortunately. The highlight of this town would be the ruins which I visited within a couple of hours. It was all new to me, so I was astounded by these stone buildings and which rich history they contain.

There were also birds flying around the peaks of the structures, but I seem to never capture the right moment where they flew in masses. Bummer. I waited some time, but did not get a photo I really wanted. I did however get some shots I like, some rather only for documenting the visit, but some more artistically I think.

I hope you like them! The next stop is Chiang Mai.

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Thailand ’15

My first big trip. Alone. I needed almost one month to finally muster up the courage to click on that „booking“ button for the flight to Thailand. I am glad that I did it eventually. First I wanted to go away for about three months, then I decided to be away for one month, at the end I should have booked for a longer time. It is always like that, the travel bug gets’ya. Still, I enjoyed the month in Thailand, although there were some hickups. I want to go back to asia in the future that’s for sure.

My trip involved these locations in chronological order: Bangkok – Ayutthaya – Chiang Mai – Chiang Rai – back to Chiang Mai – Pai – Krabi – Koh Phi Phi – Koh Lanta – Krabi – Bangkok

Because this is my photography blog I only want to get into the photography side of my journey. I shot almost 3000 photos, the iPhone ones included. Most of the time I just wanted to remember stuff, locations etc. just for me, so these will never get to the public. There won’t be so many photos which are artistically worth mentioning. I just took my time with my back-series (click here for that). The other ones are just for pure documentation.

At first I did not have the courage to take every photograph I want, because I didn’t want to harass the people. With time I got a better feeling for Thailand and therefore got more out of myself and even asked people to stand for me in front of a background. I still don’t like the feeling of taking photos of different cultures. Somehow it feels like they are some kind of zoo animal and the visitor takes photos of them, because they are so different. To make it worse, they want to get photographed, because then they get money or more leverage to get more money out of it. I mean, these were the people who dressed up exactly for that reason or live off off the tourism business. The „real“ thai people I asked did not want a picture of them taken, so I let it be. At the end I just wanted to capture the atmosphere of the places I’ve been, not forgetting to make it interesting somehow of course.

I think I have to split up the photos into parts, because it’s easier to pinpoint where everything was. The first photos are from my flights, my hostel, Wat Pho and the streets I walked around in Bangkok.

Feel free to comment and connect 🙂

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Tumblr, Upcoming and Co

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So, I finally got to the final posts of my change and can post new stuff, which I already did with my photos of Alina. The other things which will be coming soon are my photos of Thailand and another shooting with Ole. I already did an unplanned shooting with Ole on a lazy sunday afternoon. Now I wanted to plan it a little more and had some ideas how I wanted it. He plays the violine, which can be a great asset and I really wanted to establish a contrast with his suit/violine playing to the background. I still need to sort them out some more and then comes the editing. The „problem“ is that I will be gone again for two weeks in Marocco next week, so I won’t have the time to edit as much. On the plus side, as always, a lot more to post when I’ll come back 🙂

On another note: I tried tumblr again and will try to post other photos on there, often times maybe the same. Feel free to check it out, but it still has to be filled with content. To the tumblr.

Cheers, Khitos

The Lone Hunter and Nature

Dieses erste Foto ist bei einer Erkundungstour in Angelburg entstanden. Lena und Dennis kennen diesen Wald schon in und auswendig und haben schon desöfteren hier Fotos geschossen. Ich dagegen war zum ersten Mal da und habe einige tolle Ausschnitte erblickt. So auch der einsame Hochsitz, der sich für mich eine wunderbare Szenerie darstellte und dessen Foto ich mit ‚The Lone Hunter‚ betitelt habe. Die anderen Fotos sind nebenbei entstanden, ein paar kleine Einblicke in die Natur.

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