Weihnachten in Landshut Altstadt
A Soundscape The banks of the River Oder on the German/Polish border. To see and hear this click on this link
I´ve had a couple of odd weeks. After working flat out preparing for my exhibition which starts on the 28th of October, I handed my prints over to the framer a couple of weeks ago. It was quite a shock, really – what should I do now? And for a number of days I felt rather flat – but only for a while.
We´ve had a real Indian Summer here, but as the days progressed towards October, so the temperature has started to drop. Most mornings we had a fair amount of mist around. I had a shot in mind that needed this sort of early morning mist. It´s a landing stage on the River Isar, it looks east towards the early morning sun. So I thought that it would be perfect for a misty morning. Last week I went there to check it out – but as is often the way, things in theory don´t match the reality. The landing stage had a rather annoying sign on it – I´d never really taken notice of it before. Maybe it was because I´d often run past it and what with not stopping, just giving it a glance, I´d missed the sign. I guess I could have done it anyway and photoshop it out – but it took me out of my stride. Fortunately just a little further up the path, where the Klein Isar meets the Isar there is a rather photogenic point of land with water on both sides. So I took this shot instead. The observant amongst you will notice that´s it´s actually in colour, not black and white as has been my wont for many months lately. So now I have to prepare a print on demand catalogue for the exhibition, which I´d better get on with.
Returning Snow –
Snow has returned today,
I stand on the balcony
As my mind´s eye
Leaves tracks across the hill.
…. I´m comfortable. And in this case, my living room.
One form of creative work that I really enjoy, and find hugely fulfilling, is working with other artists. The poet Bob Burden has used my photography as a touchstone for his work. The products of this joint work have resulted in the, and here I use the old film developing term,”super-additivity” of “The Keeper´s Cottage” and “Soldier´s Rock“. And now I´ve just finished a project with Mike Stanton. Mike, a Texan who lives in Munich Germany, is not only an excellent mountaineer but also an extremely accomplished composer and musician. A few months ago I listend to his piece, “Alone”, and was immediately captivated by it, and wanted to set the emotions it generated in me to pictures. The result is this video, which I shot with my wife over two evenings, and which I spent the better part of last week editing. For me it had to be black and white and at night. I´ve tried to illustrate not only the feelings of isolation and “aloneness” but also the counterpoint of strength that I felt within this piece. I love this subtle piece of music and have tried to do justice to it with my pictures and edit.