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Women working in a tea factory, Nuwara Eliya

The Life of Sri Lanka - exploring and documenting some daily moment

Travelling and exploring Sri Lanka will let you getting to know lovely people who love their country and daily life. They also want you to love their country – and be an active part of their daily life.

The Laugh and Life of Sri Lanka.

Sri Lanka offers stunning views and amazing landscapes. Also, it offers one of the most warm hearted and generous people I have yet talked to. You really can feel the love for their country, the proud in their life. They often want you to be part of it – interacting, experiencing. Living Sri Lankan life as much as it’s possible for a tourist. In general: Confusing, overwhelming and stunning. Harsh, loud and peaceful. Tons of impressions which might take some time to fully understand. It might surprise how much it really needs to calm down and enjoy life.
Like I said before: Don’t rush and take your time. This life isn’t fast anyway.


Sunset at Ponte Sant'Angelo & Basilica St. Peter, Rome

The Eternal City of Rome, Italy

Rome’s history of thousands of years is simply overwhelming. The city’s cultural heritage and visual explosion keeps you buzy for weeks – and exhausted after a couple of days.

Exploring Rome by foot

To get at least a rough idea about Rome’s development throughout the centuries, you should just start walking. The countless piazzas and tiny roads will lead you to endless masterpieces of art history. Also, you’ll get the best idea about what la dolce vita means: perfect food in tiny restaurants, wonderful wine and coffee all day long. You won’t miss anything anyways – all ways will lead to you somewhere. Sometimes.
As always, beauty comes with another side of the coin: endless masses of people. Enjoying the sights in silence and in gorgeous autumnal light, you might want to get up a bit early. Experiencing a completely empty Ponte Sant’Angelo around sunrise is irreplaceable. So is Bernini’s and Borromini’s Piazza Navona with its churches and fountains. Or Vatican City’s Basilica San Pietro. Or the center of the city: Michelangelo’s Campidoglio. Enjoying sunrise over the ancient ruins of Forum Romanum and the famous Colloseum gives an idea about what’s special about the city. It always will be the caput mundi – and it’s well deserved.


The City Hall of London during sunset

The Light of London, England

London is a truly impressive destination when it comes to photography (and honestly: anything else as well). The iconic buildings and a spectacular skyline around the river Thames makes it one of the most photogenic cities of Europe.

Chase the sunrise, hang on until sunset.

As always, next to the motive itself it is important to find the right time of the day. To be more precise: finding perfect lighting conditions. Lighting, its softness and the shadows it draws constantly changes – therefore, shooting during sunrise or sunset is extremely important to add a special touch to the images. London’s mostly even topography makes it pretty easy to capture excellent images during both golden and blue hour.
The iconic Millenium Bridge with the view towards Sir Christopher Wren’s St. Paul’s Cathedral can be prefectly shot during sunrise. So is anything shot viewing to the East: the (insert random sponsor name) London Eye seen from Westminster Bridge. The City of London with its skyscrapers and Southwalk (incl. the spectacular The Shard) seen from Southwalk Bridge.
Get some sleep and energy though, as sunset offers impressive views towards the West. Wait for those magical minutes where the sky is still illuminated enough by the set sun and the city lights already switched on. Sir Norman Foster’s City Hall. The famous British Parliament in the Palace of Westminster by Charles Barry and Augustus Pugin.
Those few moments makes it worth the effort.


Keizersgracht, Amsterdam

Staring at Amsterdam, Netherlands

The quirky punch of Amsterdam. With canals and thousands of builings from the Dutch Golden Age, the Netherland’s capital city is one of the most popular cities of Europe.

Charming and colorful. Amsterdam’s very own fuzziness.

Although many people may visit the city due to its liberal drug laws, the city is teeming with architectural and cultural beauty. It’s a modern city that offers anything you could look for. Wandering those miles of canals, discovering stunning views throughout the city. Visiting the world-class museums like Van Gogh Museum and Rijksmuseum. Observing people strolling around the buzzing quarters of Jordaan and De Pijp.
Whatever you’re planning to do: Turn Amsterdam into yours. It’s worth the hype.

Zaanse Schans. A unique piece of Dutch history.

Be sure not to ignore this part of the River Zaan. The Zaanse Schans is a unique part of the Netherlands. An open-air museum full of wooden houses, famous windmills and long-forgotten industries. The residential area is a perfect example of life of the 18th/19th century.


Sunrise at Charles Bridge, Prague

Exploring winter in Prague, Czech Republic

You want to get lost in Prague, the capital of Czech Republic. Explore the maze of its endless alleys of the old town around the bends of River Vlatava/Moldau.

Prague whispers its melancholic memories

As a result, you need to listen to those stories on every corner. Roam around its roads, enter those hidden courtyards, waste time in those bars and restaurants. And while wandering, listening and living, your journey will lead you to the crowded and popular Charles Bridge, the beginning and end of every exploration. Only during sunrise you’ll most likely be alone. Those rare moments are priceless. Here, the entire European Tradition emerges. Beautiful baroque churches. The sound of music and literature. Crowned by one of the most beautiful cathedrals of the continent: St Vitus Cathedral located within the walls of Prague Castle (Pražský hrad).

 

The architecture continues to blow you away. Therefore, open the heavy door of the barque churches such as St Nicholas and the famous Libraries of Strahov Monastery. Continue your journey and appreciate one of the most pittoresque cities of Europe with its breathtaking urban life.

 

But wandering makes little tiger tired.

 


Sekumpul Waterfall, Bali

Welcome to the Jungle of Bali, Indonesia

“Mark my trail.” – Rudyard Kipling, The Jungle Book.

The thicket of Bali.

Head towards Ubud, a tiny village in the center of the island. Explore the Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary, an area to achieve a harmonious relationship between humans and its (spiritual) enviroment. The site is pretty popular, so is the city itself. Keep going though, you’ll soon discover mostly silent and confusing corners. A natural mess, only textured by light and shadow. Kept alive by the sound of nature. Ruled by hundreds of monkeys. Just like the city itself.

 

Leave the people behind, follow the roads northbound and discover the waterfalls of Sekumpul. The hike will make you swear at hundreds of stairs, along dirty roads and crossing rivers. However, it is worth all the effort and sweat. You’ll explore a mostly lonely natural habitat with seven stunning waterfalls, rivers and natural pools. And endless silence.

 


People being people - Laugh and Life of Bali

Travelling Bali. Exploring a country. Discovering a soul.

Every now and then, someone opens a door. It’s up to yourself to realize and walk through it. People being themselves in Candidasa, Ubut, Karangasem, Padangbai, Bedoegoel. Anywhere.

 

 


The City of Edinburgh, Scotland

The City of Edinburgh, Scotland

The City of Edinburgh, Scotland – the capital, the center of history and art.

Photographs of the beautiful High Kirk of Scotland: St. Giles’ Cathedral with the beautiful Thistle Chaple. Calton Hill, part of the city’s UNESCO World Heritage Site, offers a stunning view over the city’s New and Old Town including the famous Edinburgh Castle.


The flooding of Piazza San Marco in Venice, Italy

The flooding of Piazza San Marco in Venice, Italy

Photographs of the flooding of Piazza San Marco in Venice, Italy.

The photographs had been taken in September 2014 and the beginning of a flooding of the Italian city.


Cisterna Basilica, Istanbul

The (historic) Architecture of Istanbul, Turkey

A photographic survey of the most popular architecture of Istanbul, Turkey: Hagia Sophia, Sultan Ahmed Mosque (Blue Mosque) and Cisterna Basilica.