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“Der Tod muss ein Wiener sein” Viennese Central Cemetery Part I

Traditionally the Viennese have a somewhat morbid relationship to death. In the second half of the 19th century, when Vienna was an international metropole, a “high culture” of dying emerged. Suddenly it was popular to have big funerals and fancy grave stones. In Vienna we say “A schöne laich”, a beautiful corpse. In this vain 1874 a new cemetery was build in the south of the city, so large indeed that it was going to accommodate the next few generations of Viennese. As a matter of fact it still does its job very well due to the sheer size of the area, which is as large as the whole old town of Vienna (there is even a graveyard bus line). But it is not the scope that makes it so fascinating, but the gloomy atmosphere and the beautiful work of art done here. It is a monument to the past days of Vienna. The imperial town with a special relationship to dying.

Part I was shot at the old jewish part of the cemetery.

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Austrian Alps Pt. I

Travelling trough Austria consists in large parts of wandering trough valleys and lakes framed by endless mountains. And occasionally also of climbing one. That’s exactly what we did two weeks ago when we went up Mt. Schoberstein (something over 1,000 Meters). Not the tallest one by far but one with a marvelous view on the lakes of the Salzkammergut (in particular Lake Attersee and Lake Mondsee). Afterwards I continued by journey to another famous lake, the Traunsee, where I had the opportunity to take part in a boat ride across the lake passing by the equally famous Mt. Traunstein.

The pictures shot these days I want to present you in two posts. No particular order. Hope to sparkle some enthusiasm for the Alps! 🙂

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Road Trip trough Southern Styria

On a rainy day like today when water droplets are smashing against the window I like to sort pictures and take a look back. I was very fortunate to come around a lot this summer due to my work in travel management. My first vacations though I enjoyed a week ago in my home country. Southern Styria is a beautiful piece of land in the far south of Austria close to the Slovene border. It is well known for agriculture and wine production especially. The smooth green hills are perfectly fitted for vinyards, the wines tend to be mild and sweet. Due to the beautiful landscape and the great cuisine Southern Styria became a major tourist destination In the last couple of years. Today you see the growing wealth in a region which was one of the poorest in Austria a few decades ago. I very much recommend a visit.

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Graz: Light and Distance

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These shots are from my visit to the Styrian capital of Graz last week. I played around with light and perspective in analogue as well in digital “postproduction”. The first shot is showcasing the so called love chains on the main bridge above the river Mur. On the right side you see the green city hill “Schlossberg”. The second picture shows the city hall in B&W.

These were taken in the “Rüstkammer”, the largest depot of medieval armory world wide. As I have not planned the visit I was not sure what to expect. But the museums turned out to be pretty interesting and great as subject for photography.

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