Central Europe is particulary rich of famous landmarks. Two of my favourite structures in this region are the Parliamentary building in Budapest, capital of Hungary and the TV Tower at Alexanderplatz in Berlin. From an architectural perspective these two buildings don’t have much in common. While the Hungarian Parliament is a neo-gothic administrative building, grandeur in size and very unusual for a gothic building equipped with a beautiful red coppola, the TV Tower in Berlin was meant to be a show case for socialist architecture and technology and was easily seen from Western Berlin. As different as these buildings are they both were planned as and turned in fact out to be landmarks of their respective home towns – though in a different way than the architects envisioned. Germany today is reunited again, many structures from socialist times were torn down, the TV tower though became a signature building of the reunited city and a piece of historic futurism. The parliamentary building in Budapest on the other hand is the legislative building of the independent republic of Hungary today, which emerged from the Austro-Hungarian empire after World War I.
This is the second part of a series shot in January 2019. You’ll find more information and pictures in the first part right here. The very talented violinist seen in the shots is the lovely Cynthia Bihary, please check her out!
In New York City clouds and skies are a mere reflection on the glasses of modernity built by men. Geometric structures seem to triumph over nature, there is little space for green. Sure there is central park, the lung of New York, but even from there a background of glass and steel arises over the horizon and the skyscraper seem to compete for the clouds.
Photographed in March and April of 2018.
In January of 2019 I had the pleasure to photograph the lovely and talented violinist Cynthia Bihary (sinoki) and her tool – that is of course the violin. The location we chose set the tone for the shoot; a beautiful old graveyard in Vienna. By coincidence this graveyard was also the original burying ground of one of the most famous musicians, Wolfang Amadeus Mozart. We channelled the old spirits and the particular mood of the place for the shooting, which lasted a couple of hours. I will present shots from this session in two parts. Following is the first part.
Shot in New York City in April 2018.
The art déco style can be seen as a continuation of the art nouveau style or Jugentstil style which increased in popularity in the Western World around WW I. Art deco formalises the language of Jugentstil, gets more structured and formalised but retains some playful elements of art nouveau. The style was popular in New York in the beginning of the 1930s and can be seen in Manhattan – if one looks close enough.