A short introduction to the series
In September 2013 friends and me backpacked trough Greece and discovered a beautiful and amazing country torn between its ancient history and struggles of the present. I shot a ton of pictures in these three weeks and it took me months to sort them out. But my plan was right from the beginning to publish them on this blog. I just didn’t know how exactly. So after some brainstorming I decided to organize them thematically and post them in separate collections and not in a chronological order, which didn’t seem like a good fit for this blog. So anyway this is the first part of a long series of pictures which will continue through the winter. Occasionally there may be some postings with wintery shots from Vienna but apart of that it will get sunny, at least over here (well, maybe not right from the beginning) 🙂
In full awareness of the ancient history of Greece and their stunning remains I want to hold the old stones back for now and show you some impressions of urban life in Athens as I saw it.
Largely unnoticed the new university campus of the Economic University of Vienna (Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien) was build in a rather remote part of the city. So most of us knew about the construction plans but little did we know about the futuristic character and the sheer extent of the sight. What a surprise! The campus consists of about 6 to 8 buildings constructed by different architects in different styles. In common they have a modern and environmental friendly approach. They are centered around a student plaza effectively creating a public space for its “citizens”. There are also a couple of cafés and shops there. One of them being the “Campus” (shot 4) with a mixed approach of modernism and natural elements consisting of wood and plants. The centerpiece of the campus is the library (as it should be). It was designed by an architect from Hamburg and is simply astonishing (shots 2 – 3 exterior, shots 7 – 9 interior).
As it turned out the day I was in London on the 10th of November also was the day before Remembrance Day and Westminster was in full preparations for the big event. Remembrance Day basically evolved out of the mourning for the death of World War I and became a kind of Veterans Day with a lot of military parades and symbolism. Interestingly already the day before there were a lot of veterans on White Hall and I had the chance to photograph some of them.
Shot during one afternoon on the 10th of November. More information about the series in the last post.
Being on a conference trip in London the past weekend I didn’t have much spare time to enjoy the city be itself. So there was just one sunday afternoon to dive into the urban jungle of the British capital. Equipped with my camera I wandered around Westminster, Trafalgar up to Paddington where I had to catch my train. So the picture reflect these time constraints I had. There was no time to adjust and to wait for the perfect moment. I just captured the street life as it happened around me.
The so called Prater is a huge park in the 2nd district of Vienna and just a rather small part of it is actually an amusement area. As a kid I loved going there, it was our small version of Disneyland without Micky. Interestingly the Prater didn’t change much since back in the 90s (still a lot of Spice Girls and bad techno music is played at the attractions astoundingly) and kids continue to love it. My first roller coaster ride was on the “Wilde Maus” (picture 2) and I will never forget how my father and me went lost within a house of horror, using a lighter to find the way out. Or how we used to got there on the 1st of May with friends. Always somewhere in the background was a construction of steel spinning around its axis with small red wagons attached to the outer frame. The beating heart of the park the so called “Riesenrad”. One of the oldest ferris wheels in Europe still standing and also one of the defining landmarks of Vienna (picture 5).