Visual Thoughts

Here you can find some thoughts about everything, expressed in an image or a series of images. These might be little comments about life, time, whatever. Most of the time little etudes about some subject.

A common theme is that guy with the weird goggles and the funny cap. These are needed to make these images no longer self-portraits but: some guy.

Have a look and you will find out what I mean.

If everyone is wrong, who is actually right?

If everyone is wrong, who is actually right?

We all belong to some camp or another. Changing camps on changing topics. None of this is a problem, as long as a few topics do not dominate all other topics. If this is the case, then there is a danger that society will split and find it very difficult to come together again. No one gives in, and ultimately no one listens to the other.

Published: Mon, March 22nd 2021

The Mask Pusher

The Mask Pusher

At the beginning of the pandemic, there were shortages of many goods, mainly masks were hard to get. Governments started to buy masks on a large scale. As it turns out, at least in Germany, there were politicians who more or less creatively took advantage of this situation by brokering masks to the government for high commissions. These machinations came now to light for several members of the Bundestag. Therefore, on current occasion: this picture.

Published: Sun, March 21st 2021

Those We Miss

Those We Miss

Depending on where you live, almost everyone knows someone who died because of Covid. And it is often the case that people died while in intensive care, alone for themselves, without friends or relatives being able to say goodbye.

Published: Sat, March 13th 2021

Total Distancing

Total Distancing

Many people who live without their family or just alone go through hard times since it is not easy to meet many people. Although there is social media, loneliness is a problem in this pandemic times - and maybe also in other times where people isolate themselves.

Published: Mon, March 8th 2021

Country of Last Things

Country of Last Things

When looking at all what is going on, I often think about what does it look like once the pandemic is over. And what I can foresee is that there will be many changes and often not to the best. Due to pandemic restrictions many museums are locked, restaurants, bars and clubs are not allowed to open. Hotels can only open for business travelers but there are only few since whoever can work from home will do so. Smaller shops are also not allowed to open except those which sell good of daily use. More and more people feel marginalized and then feel abandoned by society and eventually turn away.

So once it is over, what we will see is that there will be quite some loss. Will the favorite restaurant open again? Many shops might have closed their doors forever. Also some cultural institutions might just be history.

All that reminds me of a book I read many years ago from one of my favorite authors: In the Country of Last Things from Paul Auster. And the above image is my try to visualize the current situation having all this in mind.

I do not want to give too much technical background on this, as it is not really relevant. But these images (all of the visual thoughts series) are all captures on film. Also the multi-exposures are done in camera and not in post-processing. This often requires a bit of planning ahead and careful operation of the camera to make sure not to move it from exposure to exposure. Because of sloppy operation, Country of Last Things shows the fifth attempt to get it right. And (as of March 2021) the third attempt still sits in the development tank undeveloped. And might only get developed to find out how Ilford FP4+ behaves when underexposed by two stops. Note to self: Always check the light meter and do not just be happy because the exposure times are so short.
Published: Sat, March 6th 2021