Munich Demonstration gallery is now online

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Munich demonstration for peace and tolerance
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I´ve now put up the gallery on my website so please have a look at it. There´s a lot of black and white there, it seems to fit the dark, snowy scene. It´s even turned into a bit of a tribute to Czech photographer, Koudelka – in my opinion, at least. I´m just not as good as he is though.

Charles Kenwright

Munich demonstration for peace and tolerance
copyright: charles kenwright/ http://www.openmind-images.com

At the time I recorded sound and shot a bit of video footage, which I´ll edit together with the photography in the near future.

Charles Kenwright

Munich demonstration for peace and tolerance
copyright: charles kenwright/ http://www.openmind-images.com

Sister Theresia and Postulantin Mara at the Demonstration, Munich Germany

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Sister Theresia and Postulantin Mara of the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence
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Yesterday evening in Munich, 15000 people turned up in the cold and snow to demonstrate for peace and tolerance. Carrying lit candles they formed a human chain through the centre of Munich for a number of kilometres. There were all sorts of people there, old, young, families and Mara and Theresia from the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence. Thank you both, Theresia and Mara for letting me take your photograph, you looked wonderful on that cold and snowy evening!

Interestingly enough, there was another demonstration at the same time, but they demonstrated against openness, tolerance and peace – they numbered about 200. Not bad that 15000 against 200 – there is more than hope yet!

The Munich in Winter Picture Gallery is now online

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Down by the railway line, Munich Germany
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The “expanding” picture gallery “Munich in Winter” is now online, and can be found here, I hope you enjoy it! Actually I´m off to Munich again, today. I want to photograph a demonstration supporting a multi-ethnic Munich. In case you´ve not heard, there has been a resurgence in Germany of open racism and demonstrations against foreigners and refugees. It´s been orchestrated by a loose group of individuals called Pegida. To compensate for this, in my mind, obnoxious group, counter demos have been organised throughout Germany promoting tolerance and openness to people of all colours, religions and nationalities. So, as I wrote above, I´m off to Munich to photograph it – partly for the story but also because I support the humanist idea behind it.

Hackerbrücke, Munich, Germany

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Hackerbrücke, Munich, Germany
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This bridge and station is just up the line from the central station in Munich. There is a lot of new development on both sides of the railway lines here but the old bridge still looks good. I´ve often looked at this area and thought it would be good to photograph. I still think that, but I did´t really get the right view points this time. I like this shot, but I´ll have to come back and really concentrate on the place. This time I was rather tired after tramping through Munich with all the gear and, to be honest, I´d lost the concentration that is required to really get into an area.

Winter Walk in Munich, Germany

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Mühlbach, Munich, Germany
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Another shot taken yesterday on my walk through Munich. I´m looking down onto a walkway which divides the small River Mühlbach from the much larger Isar. As with the photograph in yesterday´s post, I had to hang around for a while, leaning over the balustrade of the Maximilian Bridge until a walker came by to act as my model. Often, I find, people get in the way when photographing in cities, they choose to stand in exactly the wrong place, walk across the shot at exactly the wrong moment, sometimes, I suspect, with the purpose just to annoy me! But with this short of photograph, I think it needs someone in it to provide balance, to provide tension and a focus for the eye.

Shadow Play, Munich, Germany

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Shadow Play, Munich, Germany
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I was wandering around Munich today, photographing what caught my eye. The plan is to photograph Munich for the website. At one point I was up by the Friedensengel (Angel of Peace) which is a few hundred meters down river from the Bavarian State Parliament, when I noticed the shadows being cast against the wall underneath the statue. I stood around for a while photographing people as they climbed up or down the steps. Eventually a young chap came by and bounded up the step with a fair amount of élan. This is the result.

Waiting for the Night Train, San Lucia, Venice, Italy

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Venice San Lucia Charles Kenwright

Waiting for the night train, San Lucia, Venice, Italy
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It was rather cold sitting in San Lucia waiting for the night train back to Munich, it was, after all, the end of October. This railway station in Venice is much the same as all European stations, but it´s name, “San Lucia”, gives it a romance that lifts it above names like “München Hauptbahnhof”.

Sahara Sunset, Rotwand Summit, Bavaria, Germany

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Rotwand summit Charles Kenwright

Sahara sunset from the Rotwand summit.
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I wrote yesterday that although the Sahara sand effectively ruined the chance of a chocolate box type sunset, mixed with the clouds it did produce an interesting sky. For me it was worth standing around on the summit of the Rotwand!

The Rotwand (1884m) lies in the Mangfall range of mountains which form part of the Eastern Pre-Alps south of Munich. They afford wonderful views, weather and Sahara permitting, of the Stubai, Zillertal and Bavarian Alps. We could see the Grossvernediger, the Zugspitze and the Olperer from there.