A couple of weeks ago one of my dreams came true and I was finally able to travel to New York City. I am lucky to come around quite a bit, but I haven’t made it across to pond until now. The Big Apple was definitely high on my bucket list and it was as amazing as I hoped it to be. NYC is just a city like no other. I did a lot of photography there of course, but I won’t publish most of it until fall probably. This is more like a sneak peak, some of my favourite shots which I have edited on the go (mostly VSCO cam).
Although I engage in photography for several years now I haven’t done a lot of portrait photography (besides of snapshots). An exception was when I photographed Elisabeth in Cracow in 2014. Until .. I travelled to New York recently with my friend Lukas. The streets of this amazing city are definitely inspiring and some of the shots turned out quite well I think and so I decided to do a portrait series again after so many years.
About a year ago I published a series about famous Viennese communal apartment blocks called “Gemeindebau”. The last time around I photographed the “Rabenhof”, i.e. raven court, in the 3rd district. Today I want to introduce to you one of the most famous “Gemeindebauten”; the Karl-Marx-Hof in the north of Vienna, named after the father of communism himself. The large building complex was constructed in the 1930s when Vienna was known as a red city, due to the leftwing government in the town hall. The Karl-Marx-Hof was designed and built by a student of the famous Austrian architect Otto Wagner, Karl Ehn, and stretches over a length of more than 1 km. Along the way there are four tramway stations. The building has a kindergarten, parks and community centres. In the short civil war in 1934 many socialists barricaded themselves in the large fortress-like building and fought against the right wing troops. Luckily there were no deaths. Today life is rather quite here and the Karl-Marx-Hof is a peaceful fortress of the working class.
Amsterdam is a special place with a very unique urban landscape and incredibly open and warm people. The canals or Grachten, how they are called there, flow through the city like veins, giving natural vitality to a otherwise very urban place.
Spring is a special time in the Netherlands. It is the season of the tulips and the whole country seems to be in bloom. I always wanted to do a biking trip in Holland around this time of the year and I finally managed to do it in April of 2017. It all started where it always starts – in the awesome city of Amsterdam, right exactly at the time when the place was waking up from it’s winter sleep.
The carnival in Nizza has a long standing tradition reaching back many decades. Alongside the carnivals in Venice and Rio de Janeiro it is one of the most famous parades of this kind (Mardi Gras would be another example). A festival of lights and flowers, kitschy music and many weird creatures roaming the streets. There is a lot of dance and fun and it ends with the burning of a figure resembling a king – the famous burning of the king. Very french. Also every year there is another overreaching theme, this time it was space an sci fi.