Did it, my first moonshot…

Dear friend,

I’m quite excited, I got my first exhibition. The first set of pictures is already up and showing. I plan to change over middle of February.

But let’s start at the beginning. We have a small ice cream parlor in my home town, the owner shows local artist in regular intervals. So I approached her last summer and asked her for the rules of engagement…

She was happy to agree but told me all slots are filled for the rest of the year. I said that’s no problem I have to select and print anyway. So we agreed on February and March this year.

Next I’d like to share what I learned during this step. I sat down with my wife to select, and narrow down to the following pictures. You may ask why ask my wife? That’s easy, she doesn’t know the story behind the photo, so she has no emotional connection to the pictures. She just looks and says I like this better or that better. Eric Kim calls the process “killing your babies”. And for you as an artist with all the emotional connection it is better to get someone’s support. Best a person who has no connection, no benefit from taking the one or the other picture.
Next I want to give you a bit background of the pictures, so you get a deeper connection.

The first one I made in Shanghai Taikang Road, which is an area with lots of small businesses and dinners. The guy was preparing some kind of dough wearing his spit mask, standing right before his kitchen. I think that’s why there is this glass blocking his bowl from the crowd. I took a series of pictures just to be sure. He looks bored at first, his attitude changing to curious. One of my pictures gives you the moment of the change, which I like a lot.

Back home I did the selection and post production, during which I changed to Black and White. All the pictures in this first selection are black and white. I think usually this give way more dramatic results.

The second one I took in Fuxing Park. I always visit this park during my stays in Shanghai because the Chinese tend to practices their hobbies in parks. The guy was a little show off, well aware that I was making photos he danced and danced. I still can see the joy in his grin.

Next picture I made in Berlin. I planned a series like this one quite some time. I know the location the entrance to the Sony centre and I already knew that some times the sun shines right through. So I took lots of pictures, different people, groups. If you find a location like this take your time, be patient and take your chances. I do love the harsh contrast, silluettes.

This one was take in Bremen on a warm summer evening. I was taking a photo walk like I always do on my business trips.

The guy was blowing bubbles, but not the kids play. He used a rope and a bucket and made really huge ones, usually real swarms. So I took aim right in front of him down wind and waited for the bubbles to hit me 😉. Look close at the top and bottom of the picture you notice the blurry area, this is the bubbles next to my lens. It took me quite some time to clean the soap from my filter… But it was worth the effort.

I took the final picture in my home town. To take it I really lay low, literally. My camera was on the floor. Lots of people don’t get that this is the bus station in their home town. I’d say mission accomplished, getting an everyday motive with an different angle. So look for the beauty in the mondaine. Sure the hard contrast supports the different point of view.

So as I told you this is the first series, means stay tuned….

Keep on shooting

Frank