Martin Luther King

Our second time in New York together and the first parade in January after we moved to the city at the beginning of the year. What was sheduled for six month at first became an on and off time of two years. We travelled back and forth the ocean with no money on hand only our earnings and the grant Manuel got for his residency in NYC. After some month we could manage to work on the side, him as a web-designer and me as wedding photographer. Living in Greenwich Village with the view on the Twin Towers right out of our window. The rent for the micro-apartment was as high as the rent for our large space at home but it was New York every day. In our early thirties we were not grown up at all and did not realise how lucky this time would turn out to be. What a chance. But instead of making working on a career we woke up with big eyes every day, shy and suspicious as we learned to be back home. Never believe in your own luck, fate is a bitch.

Shanghai Portraits 11

My first time in Shanghai was in 2011 and an adventure by its own. The city was quite rural at this time with street food and some old city’s housing which were demolished some year later. It was a time travel and by no means comparable when I visited again in end of 2016 for my residency. The street portraits became a little challenging as nobody spoke English and the girls were very shy and insecure. The old men on the other hand were pure fun.

Shanghai Street

Urban strolling can be an artform by itself. Without any digital helper we searched the city for some authentic spots which are all gone by now. The fishmarket, the bride market, old city with its street vendors, the public singing gatherings. I write this text and post this pictures ten years later, after a four month stay in Shanghai in 2017 where I looked all this spots again and was surprised how the city changed its shape and attitude.

Tokyo Portraits 10

First time in Tokyo, what a cultural challenge. The place got me immediately hooked which became a love story of its own. I used my analogue equipment to make some street portraits and was lucky enough to meet even some professional models. The biggest challenge for me was to interact with the people who spoke nearly no English but acted very routined in front of the camera. Without any mobile device we navigated around town, learned to know the food and the city .

HongKong 10

It was my first time in Asia, a short week in Hongkong. I made some experiments for LOMO Vienna with one of their panorama cameras, the Horizon. Exploring the city by foot with a huge effort and at the end of the last day we had blisters on our feet. Furthermore it was my first time to shoot strangers in the streets without their knowledge. I was always used to go up to the people and ask their permission. A new experience and a fine way to learn about the city and its people.