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The Eternal City

Rome is also called the eternal city, as it is withstanding any winds of change for 28 centuries already and is supposed to exist until the end of civilization. Sometimes the city can feel heavy in history and weight though, like the monumental statues decorating it. It can be busy too – especially during tourist season. But there are always places and moments to let it all in and feel the romance and melancholy of Rome.

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Urban Discoveries featuring Brothers’ Barbers

This article is part of the “Urban Discoveries” series, in which we seek and discover interesting and well designed places to eat and drink around Europe and especially in Vienna. This time though we did something else and on the occasion of a bearded friends birthday and the need to buy him a present we visited a barber shop and did a shoot there. The text was written once again by my collaborator in this series Maximilian Martsch with the birthday child and soon to be model (probably) Lukas standing in. Thanks to the nice guys at Brothers Barbers for the warm welcome and the good time.

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When you think about a beauty salon for men, Brothers’ Barbershop is probably pretty close to what you’d imagine. It’s a happy place for the bearded half of the population, well bearded until they leave again. Or a little less bearded. Or bearded in a more nicely way. Anyway you get the point.


Right when you enter you will be completely taken in by the stylish yet relaxed vibe of the place. Wooden shelves full of all kinds of products for your manly hair and beard, exposed brick walls, a nice lounge corner if you have to wait for your appointment, and of course the old fashioned, black leather barber chairs. It’s a mix of modern interior design and good splash of nostalgia which is best displayed by the vintage ads for shaving necessities. While you wait for your appointment you can enjoy a beer, a coffee or even a cocktail if you are up for the extra kick – they definitely want you to feel comfortable.

And yes, of course they also have a traditional barber’s pole spinning happily outside of their shop. A little trivia on the side: the red, blue and white striped pole is the traditional sign for a barber to label his shop. It is said to be in use as a trade sign already since the middle ages. There are several explanations for the use of red, blue, and white. Probably the most ghoulish one refers to the spill of blood (blue represents venous blood) and the use of white bandages which goes back to a time when barbers were also consulted for simple medical procedures, like tooth extractions.

Blood is luckily not an all too frequent sight at Brother’s Barbershop – at least nothing happened during our visit. But joke aside, even though the barber’s use open razors, they are all well trained and know exactly how to handle their equipment so you always feel in safe hands. The barbers are also part of the experience at Brothers. Not only are they the living examples of up-to-date hair and beard styles, but they are constantly cracking jokes with each other and the costumers which definitely contributes to the friendly fraternal feeling in the shop.

The interior, the banter, the clean shape, and hot towel in the end, all of it makes a visit at Brothers’ Barbershop a real treat. It might be not the cheapest option to get a haircut and shave but the quality and overall experience totally compensate for that. If you want to visit Brothers’ Barbershop yourself make sure to get an appointment beforehand, because their waiting list can get pretty plong.

For more information, impressions, and appointments go to http://www.barbershop.wien/.

Discovering Évora

I was lucky to come around quite a bit in Europe’s most southwestern country, but a spot that was blank on my map of Portugal was to the East of Lisboa. The ancient city of Évora, founded by the Romans before Christ. On the day of my visit in early May the opportunities for interesting shots were great, as there was a storm coming with heavy clouds, but the sun was still there refusing to obey and shining on the beautiful buildings of Évora, making for a great and gloomy atmosphere.

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Fast Edit: Streets of NYC in Monochrome

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).

Fortress of the Working Class: Karl-Marx-Hof

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.

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Amsterdam in Spring

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.

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