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Rosmaries Schmetterling

Rosmarie wachte eines Morgens auf. Noch ganz verwirrt vom letzten Traum. Wer bin ich? Was mache ich hier? Sie schaute in den Spiegel und sah eine junge Frau. Ganz passabel anzusehen. Doch sie fühlte sich nicht so. Sie fühlte sich eingeengt in ihrer Welt, die durch ihre Eltern, Lehrer, Familie und Freunde erschaffen wurde und die geprägt ist durch die erfahrende Erziehung, die Kultur und die Religion … – Elisabetha S. Muri – 2017

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camera obscura to kharamana

documentation : 26.3.2017 – this simple documentary format attempts to convey more of the dancer’s personality. Functionally, the video was made for other purposes and for dancers who know. A brief departure from the otherwise common full-height capture offers its own unique rewards, making it all more about the person and less about space and props. Finally rendered in old style, the normal viewer gets a chance to enjoy the gift of imagination.

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Flora-Flora & AL

this still unfolding preoccupation has developed whereas, now not only do I find myself more receptive to light and movement, but also enjoying the almost cathartic experience of albeit light conversations on the histories that inspire these arts.

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intent

reflections on shooting stage – it’s almost impossible to document without bias, as everything presentational is to varying degrees influenced by idiosyncrasy – i tend to believe therefore that trusting in the medium could very well be about as wise as trusting in the inherent truthfulness of the written word.

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artifice

If creating an artifice though interesting brings no particular value and is essentially unimportant, and documentation is a truthful depiction or accurate copy of a place, then where exactly does whose artistic interpretation begin, with choice of a pencil over a pen or a brush over an iPhone? How to strike balance between the truthful objectivity of documentation and the inherently biased orchestration of art in imagery? Is all photography fiction – death of a moment in that it captures one that no longer exists?

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balance

one shooter’s experience of dance photography in berlin – portrait still unstill – i think it’s always better to know a person or character before one can reasonably expect them, as subject, to really show something of their souls, or at least that of ‘what’ they seek to articulate. what less than collective meaning making will do?

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for the highest

I get asked from time to time why I do this – imagery, and find myself crafting different answers at different times, based on what I think different people are willing and able to digest. Wasted a lot of energy seeking to sense and manage the fears, values, prejudices, agendas and assumptions of others. This…

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dragon shoot – first retrospective

Everything ran relatively smoothly – generally as planned, however the “artful perfectionist” in me wonders how I will truly document the event that was. All things considered, I shall call it what it is and write it off as a relatively successful first attempt. What Went Right As mentioned in the first post both characters…

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dragon shoot

Dragon Shoot Done: it took place on August 21, 2016. First and foremost I’d like to extend a world of gratitude to everyone who helped to make it happen. Approach: Instead of simply asking dancers to put on their best face for the shoot, each was assigned a character to portray.

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EMA Project 003 – spring 2016

Finally the second has arrived “EMA X-phase 2” as I like to call it, and the selected images are on the wall to show for it. Many people have asked why I go through the trouble, but it is still a kind of volunteered slavery – a term I picked up from this guy’s jazz,…

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mokkabar berlin – any given sunday

  There’s not much more to it, the jam is jazzy and I’m royal blue. At least I got a spot close to the music. Oh joy silver traps in the house tonight, two saxes a vibraphone and a base – and look the congas in cream just walked in. 20-3-16. >> featured image –…

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a bitter sweet thing – part 1

most everything a dancer does is beautiful. a more interesting challenge i find, is in choosing the best frames for the meaning the dancer attempts to convey – in quick sequence and moody lights – and in balancing that with being true to the scene as i see it. a final image works for me…

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türkisch flavoured 1 & 2

I’m still not sure which machine I prefer, Pentax K5 or Pentax 645Z. All of these images were captured at two separate shows of the same name, same location, performers and lighting conditions. Great show too – with enough variety, also in light, colour and word play to keep me coming back for more.  …

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EMA Project 003 – EXHIBITION 1

  Deutsche Fassung Die hier gezeigten Bilder repräsentieren die ersten Ergebnisse einer Teamarbeit: verschiedene Individuen zusammenarbeitend innerhalb eines einzigen kreativen Raumes. Die Geschichte versucht einen lebendigen Prozess zusammenzufassen, zu dokumentieren, zu beschreiben und bietet einen Einblick wie eine Denkschule des prächtigen Ausdrucks sich entwickelt und entfaltet. Es wird auf die unmaskierten Persönlichkeiten verwiesen, auf Beziehungen – und zelebriert liebevoll die Unterschiede der verschiedenen Ansätze des künstlerischen Ausdrucks. Es unterstützt den Gedanken, dass Lernen auch in einem wenig strengen, dynamischen Prozess möglich ist und zu konkreten Resultaten mit kollektiver Bedeutung führen kann. Dieser Versuch stellt weder einen neuen Leitgedanken, eine neue Methodik oder eine neue Technik dar, noch sollte „irgendetwas“ ausgeschlossen…

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three fears

i have three fears. the first is of political non-participation, an apathy which grows on its own lack and prevalence gleans, even within a just society of clear and present democratic means. i fear the ignorant mass – the horde of would be non-affected, afflicted grave in emperor’s garbs that the piper man freely gave.…

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to the ashes

do we compete for the deeper depression weil we sense a certain great safety in just being, – an ever smaller bit of ash? or do we really truly pursue the bigger better braver stronger, blazing phoenix in two weeks? when will you turn around? still how long can feathered bird though phoenix, only rise flee, onward upward from the heat of its own being? why fight it? to the ashes…

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like night is day

image – a park in europe’s capital refugee crisis Sad that brothers in faith might not be seen enough to be helping said brothers in crisis. Sad that it took the image of that little boy on the beach to open able hands and hearts and minds. Sad that the land of the free’s all…

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let *art be free

The Hatter’s farts were arts in parts where farts were arts to them. Then the proud farts became loud farts and were just farts again. My brother’s masterful response to “like anxiety” and the rather fun question on art vs. kitsch. Smashingly Brilliant!

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big love!

To all my dancer friends fine, who let me help them show their shine, with hop skip smile and ‘ highsolation’ rock the nation good vibration, and give-a-little room, for arts to bloom, too – ‘ maximum respek !’ to my belly-vibes-crew…

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Tribal Noir – 4/15

featured image – Josefine Wandel I thoroughly enjoyed the rich variety of performances presented at this event. I was also impressed by the organization and team spirit fostered by Ms Josefine Wandel. Feel free to have a look at a small pre-selection of some impressions I liked. >> back to dance and stage

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EMA 003 for the Show

Good Luck for the Show! I’d like to also take this opportunity to extend my gratitude to all the participants, for helping to make the recent photo-shoot project a success. It was tiny in comparison to this, “Alice in Wonderland”, but I look forward to catching some moments there too. And I’m sure I speak…

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EMA Project 003 – FRAMEWORK

TEILNEHMER – Aktuelle und / oder ehemalige Business-English-Kursteilnehmer, die auch geübte Enthusiasten der Fotografie sind (Projekt-Team) – Hintergrund. Künstler des orientalischen Tanzes (Subjekte) – Hayalina Dance Ensemble, HAYAL – OrientalMoves | Zentrum für orientalischen Tanz. PARTICIPANTS – Past or present Business-English class participants, who are practiced enthusiasts of photography (project-team) – background here. Performing artists of Oriental-dance (subjects) – Hayalina Dance Ensemble, in association with HAYAL – OrientalMoves | Zentrum für orientalischen Tanz. DELIVERABLES – 10 usable images for each subject for personal-promotion. Active enthusiastic exchange of pre- and post-processing techniques among the project-team in ALE. OTHER DESIRED OUTCOMES – Task-based language practice in collaboration and creation of ‘objects of shared value’. Vocabulary building and activation through strong positive and memorable associations. Sustainable language acquisition through expressed common interests, and relationship building. Pre and Post-processing dialogue – Prior to the shoot, the photo-team was introduced to well-established photography related theory / concepts published in English. The concepts were summarized into two page excerpts and were meant to function merely as an introductory guide. The material explored notions of: Gestalt perception, Balance, Dynamic Tension, Motion, Rhythm, Moment, Anticipation, Key, and Colour, and the intention was / is to enter into conversation with these ideas, before and after the shoot. They should enrich the ensuing dialog, and help to justify decisions made at pre and post-processing stages. Additional Final-images – each photographer pursues capturing and being able to articulate his or her choices within the contexts of: Drama | Movement | Moment | Anticipation | Ambiguity | Tension | Performers’-expressed needs, In: (1) Black & White, (2) Low-key, (3) High-key (4) Neutral / clean, (6) “Action-portrait” (7) With a creative edit with a signature effect.

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EMA Project 003 – UNFOLDS

Who knows how much I’m still being influenced by the idea of dynamic-stability put to me at Lancaster, the constructivist paradigm, notions of a certain democratic ideal; a fascination with relationships that define whole systems from within, wastes and values, art and kitsch – my flower-fetish, words and expression, or plain and simple, down and…

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EMA Project 003 – INTRO

EMA-Project-003 is a photography project, where non-native speakers – past and present Business-English class participants; get to practice through collaboration in English. We attempt interpret and apply a set of art and other photography related theory to the images we produce.

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for who could deny?

ian is wondering how nature know which colours match; and if that only seems to be true, and if everything really goes with natural green, sky and deep ocean blue; less divine order than we think and intervention from above, just that sad unsightly colours never did find enough love.

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many splendoured thing

also the pride of man is a many-splendoured thing – thus it is never my place to cast close judgement, but only to essentially learn about myself through relationships, through listening and reflecting, working with feedback, and by continuing to be the realistic optimist that i’ve chosen to be, by attempting through action and choice…

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black and whites 2014

the first time I had reason to try to explain why I liked black & white, in an attempt to come across as ‘artsy-fartsy-cool and evolved’, my response was – “with black & white one is not distracted by colour” – still holds true today, but there’s more, like detail in the shadows, separation; strong…

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plethora

plethora” the unruly glut – is dedicated to being a beginner. these images; my first attempts with my lowly pentax k5, were all pulled from flickr because I think it more fitting to tell my own story in my own space even if there isn’t one. BigRespek! to all the people who share their knowledge of photography on the net.

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real imaginary friend of mine

A very good imaginary friend of mine recently asked me not to cause her to feel guilty of the past, for things she’s had nothing to do with. I was perturbed, and again for her sake, moved to check my narrative and apologise in a way, for something that I myself knew nothing about. Specific…

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the good foot

A simple shot is non-binding – like a fleeting thought with no purpose in particular – other than attempting to encapsulate a moment in its fullest – a reminder to the one sense that if well done calls all the others forth. An old friend of mine tactfully interrupted my monolog over dinner four hours…

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street Catalonia

I put this together partially because a friend of mine was a bit unhappy with what I did with Catalonia’s deservedly bright happy image in a previous post. Understandable – still a friend, so I truly hope this visual arrangement is more pleasing. That wasn’t about Barcelona at all, which made for a great weekend…

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thieves of person

Who owns your digital identity? If memories are what we are made of, the stuff that makes us who we are and gives meaning to the all the things we hold dear – as our digital selves emerge and find legs and hands and wings, where will we wake up to find ourselves after we’ve given so much of it to Facebook, Google, Telecom providers, and all the cool connected gadgets and click-services that never forget? Google is what it is but it is not the internet Who would seek to [own] our digital-selves before we even recognise our own ‘click-footprint’, as that which fundamentally shapes to our digital-identity? This is neither a call…

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Yalla Dance 9/14

Moody Lights The story of this encounter starts with an invitation from a couple to a rare performance. It promised to be a first for me; filled with music, lights and laughter, shimmering trinkets and glee. And as most such evenings it began with a tall beer, white wine and seeking out the best available…

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pity the perfect

The only good get-out of politics gotta be by saying goodbye when the going is good, or in glorious death. Democracy involves the freedom to exercise the right to change a leader – and ideally no elected leader should be immune. There is a paper in Germany called “Bild”, not the best for depth through…

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