Analog Portraits And Cologne – Analog

This is a re-upload. The Links my not work :/

It’s way overdue that I post some analog photos again. The reason behind it is simple…I just did not take as much analog photos recently. These are from the last couple of months.

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White Blossom – Hélène – Digital – Frechen, Cologne

It’s way to long ago that this shoot has happened, but what can you do? We searched for a suitable tree, which was this kind (with white blossoms) and which is low enough to stand in. Hélène found one with her fantastic eye and called me to get there and shoot and shoot! Thank you Hélène for this push!

I really hope you like the photos! I tried to get a little more experimental with the composition and with playing with the scarf (which did not work all the time unfortunately…). These are the results I got from it. I am pleased with it.

If you like to see more of my stuff, feel free to contact me via Twitter, Facebook or my site 🙂

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Finding my own style

If there is one thing to say about me, then there is this thing: I don’t know myself enough to stick to a thing I like. For instance, the language. I like writing in english, but keep changing the language on my blog from german to english and around. I always think to much, what you have to do, what you should do. I rarely think about what I want to do. That is a key problem on my way to finding my style.

Starting off with the language. I started my blog with filmreviews, kept it in german because I wanted to appeal to a lot of viewers in Germany and because it is my native language. I know it, I like it. But even if I am not as good in writing in english, I never been longer than a week in an english speaking country, I just like writing in english. It’s a more free experience. That is why I changed the film reviews even to english ones. With changing to the photography focus on my  blog I thought again about the consequences of having one language to write in. I wrote in german again.

I flipflop. A lot. I just don’t know what to do. I want to have my own style and just don’t do what I want, regardless if others do the same or not. Even if there are a lot of photographers or bloggers aroung who write in english or german, there are always the ones who are successful with it or not. And in the end, it is not the language which succeeds, it’s the person and the product you can produce (am I right?).

Focusing on this aspect of my path to getting more myself I think I have to keep it up and do this for a lot of other areas in my life. For a moment I just have to shut up the rest of the world and just listen to myself for once.

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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New Photobooks | Pellgrin – Chaplin – Seiff – Kuhn

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Erneut war ich beim Kunst- und Fotobücher Lagerverkauf von artbooksonline.eu in Deutz, Colonia. Letztes Mal habe ich lediglich ein Buch gefunden, welches mich angesprochen hat. ELEVEN by Philip-Lorca diCordia, welches mich wirklich angesprochen hat, auch wenn vieles davon nicht meine Welt der Fotografie war. Dieses Mal wollte ich meine Kollektion etwas erweitern (soweit man denn ein Buch eine Kollektion nennen kann). Glücklicherweise habe ich tatsächlich vier Bücher gefunden, die ich zu einem guten Preis erwerben konnte.

Zum einen Paolo Pellegrins As I Was Dying, Chaplin in Pictures, Les Indiscrétes von Jeanloup Seiff und zuletzt Mona Kuhn Photographs.

Wirklich kleine Glücksgriffe wie ich meinen kann. Pellegrin beeindruckt mit tollen schwarz/weiß Aufnahmen in zumeist Kriegsgebieten. Seiff hat eine große Variation an unveröffentlichten Fotos, die mal erotisch, aber auch einfach interessant sind im Bereich der Fashion Fotografie. Mona Kuhn hat mich überzeugt durch kreative Portraits, meist etwas freizügig, aber dennoch inspierierend wie ich finde. Und ja, Chaplin, ihn mag ich halt. 🙂

Die Sammlung wächst also und beim nächsten Lagerverkauf werden es hoffentlich wieder ein paar mehr werden!Khitos Fotograf Fotobücher

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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Filmkritiken: Unfriend – Gut zu Vögeln – Die Winzlinge – Star Wars VII – Solace – Im Herzen der See – Arlo & Spot

Ich berichtete schon, dass ich wieder bei Sneakfilm.de aktiv bin und Rezensionen schreibe. Die im Titel genannten Filme wurden schon gesichtet und rezensiert. Es kommen noch einige mehr! Falls ihr euch für meine Rezensionen interessiert, dann besucht gerne sneakfilm. Jeder Besuch ist gerne gesehen 🙂

Fangen wir mal an:

Unfriend 7/10
Überraschend guter, moderner, wirklich vielseitiger Horrorfilm, der das Genre wieder frisch beleuchtet.

Gut zu Vögeln 4/10
Fast wie jede andere deutsche Komödie. Wer darauf steht, gerne.

Die Winzlinge 6/10
Sehr schöne Animationen und eine Geschichte ohne jeglichen Text. Sehr süß!

Star Wars VII – 7,5/10
Ja, der Auftakt ist geglückt. Es ist einfach spaßig, abenteuerlich und stellt tolle neue Charaktere vor, allen voran Kylo Ren.

Solace – 3/10
Wirklich ein verwirrendes Stück Filmchen, das nicht genau weiß wo was hingehört und zu viel versucht und doch wenig schafft.

Im Herzen der See – 6/10
Anständige Geschichte über Moby Dick, die stellenweise sehr mitreißend ist, jedoch auch nicht ganz der Blockbuster ist, der er hätte sein können.

Arlo & Spot – 4,5/10
Pixar kann es nunmal nicht immer. Eine einfache Geschichte, keine großen innovativen Ideen und wirklich nur was für Kinder. Der hohe Druck an Pixar schadet eher.

 

Sneakfilm and upcoming film reviews

If you know my blog you know that I wrote a lot about films and series before concentrating on photography. Today, however, my former collegue of sneakfilm.de (a site for which I wrote a bit in the past) wrote me again if I don’t want to write again and I just thought: Why the heck not? You get to go to the cinemas in the midday and can write about it. I really liked it in the past and it only can be good for me to have something to write about again other than photography and my progress. Heck, it just would be good to just write more and more. I always notice that I hesitate on some posts and can’t write as fluently as in the past. That has to change…The only problem would be that it has to be in German again, so I will probably post my reviews on here as well. I get mostly german readers as of yet, so it should be no problem.

If you want you can visit sneakfilm clicking here. It is still a small site, but worth checking out! I am really excited to write again!

Work and how I kind of learned to ignore it

You probably know the feeling to have a passion you want to pursuit, but you still need food to eat? For me it’s taking photos and while working at my current job I can’t do this of course. At my work I just look at photos of others, which motivates me, but at the same time it’s frustrating to be stuck at work and not being able to work on my own photos. I still have some things to publish, but I want to get it right and not publish it without any words written beside it. I got a huge to-do list and the other work is just absorbing my time. When I come home I am either too tired and just want to relax or I always think there is not so much time, so I spend more quality time with other people.

I tend to ignore the work and think almost everytime at work what I have to do to get further in my photography progress. My next big things will be another site, a real site, not a wordpress thingy. Additionally I want to get more photoshoots, asap please 😀

Getting back to the distracting work: There is always the dream of making your hobby your main income. That would be awesome of course. Nowadays I get some jobs with photography, but this could never be sufficiant to pay for everything I need. What’s the solution? Put all my time into it and try „to make it“? Or keep on working at my boring job, but not being able to pursuit other projects as much as I want to? I guess I need to do the second thing for a little bit longer.

I listen to a lot of Earl Nightingale, a radio speaker from the 50s, who did a lot of speeches about motivation, success and how to get it. In a lot of his speeches he describes success as the progressive realization of a worthy goal or ideal. I am lazy and forget a lot of things, therefore I need to listen to this almost every day to get it in my head. But when I eventually get it for the day I get quite motivated and do my boring work just as good, but with more fun, realizing that I will put this money not only into food etc, rather getting the needs for the other path I want to pursuit. It is always good to have a goal and to keep this in mind every day, even if you are currently not doing something right now in order to achieve it. I guess it’s really a mind thing (as always) and it needs to be nourished with good goals.

How to overcome comparisons with other artists or just a rant

This is a rather personal post, I guess, so be warned.

I encountered several occasions where my photos were compared with photos of other photographers in my close circle. I am way behind those photographers, I know that. And this is somehow the problem. They are way more famous, way more popular with my friends and just have the leap forward I do not have. It takes time. I try to shoot more and more. I ask almost every friend if they want to take photos. I try to get better. Of course I get inspiration by other artists, films or just my own imagination. The latter seems so unimportant when it comes to similar photos to other photographers. In my case I always here something like „oh, you have a similar style to so and so„, „oh, I have seen that style before„. It just sucks. You feel as if you did nothing, just copy.

My problem with this seems that I still have to find my style and work on it step by step. With this I try out a lot of things and in small steps I explore for myself what I really like in a photo. I knew from way before my ambitious time in photography that I liked back-shots. And it seems that even that won’t be recognized when the more famous photographers do it. Then they again will say „oh, a back-shot, didn’t so and so done that?“ „you like them back-shots, huh? So and so, as well„. I effing know. I kind of just want to cry out like a little teenage girl „I liked it waaaay earlier than the other one did!“. But I have to accept that as an artist who wants to get better you have to be compared to others, who ARE better. It just seems so unfair that own ideas won’t be recognized. It just sucks.

Furthermore, the well known photographers are not the inventor of all things. Inspiration comes from all things. You can just like the same stuff. It can happen. It just won’t be seen as that, if those two are too close together. I sometimes still struggle with all of this and question myself if I really like what I do. That is the worst part and nobody should get into that stadium. When you are questioning everything you like, you kind of are beginning to stop what you do and dislike your work. Stopping, thats the worst you could do. You should just keep going on. The comparisons will still be there, I guess. You could enlarge the distance to other photographers, even with small things, like changing themes of your blog or how you present your photos to the public eye. I don’t have the solution on everyones personal case, but the most important thing, in my opinion, is to keep on going. I experienced this myself by stopping for a bit and drowning in self-misery. It may be not as harsh as it sounds like, but I think I am not the only one who has self-doubt to some certain extend.

Ohyeah, writing about it helps as well. I like to put my thoughts onto the screen or paper, so I can put that and this thought on the side and move on. It is also a great tip for other problems as well. Well, I don’t want to beginn sounding like a author of selfhelp books. The thing you (and I) have to keep in mind is, that the comparisons will not stop, the critique will not stop and it is not beneficial at all to get distracted by all of this when you have fun doing what your are doing. It reminds me of a quote I heard some time ago: „It’s easier to steer a moving ship, than a ship who stands still„. I like those quotes. They are optimistic, dreamy and often very true.

Experiences in Marocco

Khitos_Marokko-6A couple of weeks ago I was in Marocco, visited Casablanca, Rabat and Marrakesh. What I noticed in my behaviour is that I was very wary of my camera. You have to be that way, always. I think you can’t feel really safe anywhere you are, whether you are in your country or somewhere else. It can always happen that somebody sees your camera gear and wants to steal it. In an unknown country, however, I get very cautious and get a little paranoid, especially in not too touristy areas of the city, i.e. small streets, where the common people always tell you that this and that street are closed and I had to go the other way (yes, that happened). It is a kind of paranoid time, where you think you definately get mobbed. The same happened in Thailand, where a taxi brought me off the main street and stopped at a remote place for a few minutes. Besides having my gear stolen I thought I get physically hurt. Anyway, that’s another story 😀

In Marocco it’s even more weird having a camera out, because I was there with my girlfriend and that means that a lot of men will be looking at us. This is a common way of living there. Every woman outside of Marocco are seen as exotic. So we where looked at and so my camera, which I often put away, so it would not be so noteworthy to others.

This all can be my own fear of having things stolen or the actual case of real danger. Nothing happend, thank god (or other imaginary creatures). In Marocco I mostly took photos of the street, no asking strangers to pose or something like that. I’ve read a lot about the conservative nature of the people. They do not want to get photographed as easily as european people maybe and especially not in their religious surroundings. I kinda needed to learn that with this research and I did not try to offend them in any way. One small story was in the mosque Hassan II, the second biggest mosque in the world. There are only muslim men allowed in. If you saw my photo on my About Me page you can see that I do not exactly look muslim like the other maroccan people. In fact, I am muslim, on paper anyways. And I really wanted to get into the mosque! First I tried to get in with the dslr, but of course they would not let me. Then I just walked in (after some discussion with one guy if I am muslim or not…) with an iPhone in my pocket. Inside I did not want to take pictures right away, rather wait until everybody prays and then take them. I could not imagine how they would behave if I just went in to take photos after I told them I could pray (which I can’t, not in the proper way anyway). After a few minutes sitting down at the end of the hallway I saw another young guy grabbing his phone and taking photos. I observed him a little, the others as well. The other men were not even praying, they talked or just lay down and cooled off from the hot sun. So I felt a little more comfortable to take photos as well. I still could not walk as freely as I wanted to, so they were just snapshots to hold the visit in my memory.

After some time I thought that I could not possibly stay there for too long, so I went out with a bit of a rushing heartbeat. I did it 😀 This was one of the experiences I had with the more religious side of things in Marocco. It was nothing compared to Thailand, where it is so normal to take photos inside the temples. The reason may well be the amount of tourists and the culture to nourish them. Marocco is not up to this standard and that is good. With this it will stay not too touristy and still a little more dangerous to take photographs, I guess. In any case, if you just be discrete, don’t offend people, then it should be alright – just like any other place in the world.

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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