Category: zen

Celebrating with Marigolds and Hydrangeas

Hydrangeas and Marigolds have been a part of my life for as long as I can remember, and hydrangeas in particular have fascinated me since childhood. Sadly, I somehow always ended up living in countries where it was far too hot to grow them in our own garden, so I admired them in other people’s

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Empowered!

This is literally a labour of love! Empowered originally came out as a series of photographs that celebrated Maike´s 22nd birthday. Ever since she moved in with me in February, having had to escape the #lockdown2020 in Florence, we began our own CORONA photography project here in Berlin, partially for fun, but for the most

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Do you eat breakfast or simply break fast?

As a child, my parents insisted that I sit at the table (rightfully so) and eat whatever was placed in front of me, no questions asked, and I wasn’t allowed to leave the table before anyone else nor leave even a single grain of rice on my plate. Sound familiar to any of you? Both

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In search of self-compassion

The photograph on the left is one of the more experimental images I have produced to date, and all due a lighting fluke. It all began in and with my bootleg studio set-up, where I used one flashlight above and another one from below while the rest of the room was in complete darkness. Did

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Optical (dis)Illusion

The photography above was shot from inside the mosque at Fatehpur Sikri, Agra. The intricate lattice work of the pure marble mosque held me in one spot, oblivious of everyone else around me, but also because of the contrast with the outside world. We are often blinded by the intricate patterns right in front of

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Six Years Ago

“The smile is a very important feature of the human face… I feel that a genuine, affectionate smile is very important in our day-to-day lives. How one creates that smile largely depends on one’s own attitude. It is illogical to expect smiles from others if one does not smile oneself. Therefore, one can see that

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Willow Water and Hope

The thing I love most about living in different countries is learning all the peculiar new quirks that, if you keep an open mind, make life much more interesting. The list of things I have learned ever since moving to Germany for the first time in 1993 will fill up several volumes of an encyclopaedia,

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Seeing Clearly: Floral Explosion

I purchased peach and cherry tree last Spring to keep my lonely apple tree company and they all struggled through the Summer and Fall together. From experience I knew that the apple tree was most unhappy inside the conservatory, so this year I decided to leave it outside with the other two throughout the winter,

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Emergence II

The night terrors are back with a vengeance. It has been a while and I thought I had put it behind me, but for whatever reason, I haven’t been sleeping well lately. The dreams are vivid, far too vivid for my liking and it seems as though I am caught up in one of my

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Emergence

A common feedback that I receive about my photography is that there is a lot of darkness involved, a fact that I will not deny. Yesterday was no exception, after I posted the photograph above on social media. Here’s the thing, the way we perceive things, situations, people and manifest them in our writing or

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