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Revisiting Japan

Recently I have been working my way through my archives and in doing so I’ve been rediscovering photographs I had let collect digital dust on my hard drives over the years. Through these images I’ve been revisiting experiences as each photograph unveils its previously forgotten story and reminds of some electricity in a moment which conjured the sound of a click.

This time this trip down memory lane has taken me to Japan which I visited in April 2016 but never properly looked at the Digital images I had shot till now, over a year later. Looking back at these image, I’m reminded of the unique eccentricities, the surprises, the beauty, the warm people I met along the way, the sakura (I’ll be posting a whole other post devoted to the sakura), the public nappers and the time I got to spend alone exploring, observing and just being present in a country which truly intrigued me on so many levels.

Here are some of those impressions and self-portraits taken in both Tokyo and Kyoto during spring, my favourite season. ❤ Expect another post soon with images from Japan which I took on film.

 

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A day in Tai O

In July, I embarked on a sweltering weekend excursion to the beautiful Tai O fishing village in Hong Kong. The day was spent in wonderful company (picture of us at the end when we probably were somewhat delirious from the day in the sun), devouring seafood, drinking any liquids we could get our hands on, observing visitors and residents go about their daily routines and trying to make friends with the local cats and dogs.

Dreamscape

I’m trying to rid myself of form. Of blurring the lines of our perception of what is and what may be. I want to see without association and augment daily images to a new truth. One that is open and not limited by form, as in dreams. For no matter how much we may separate dreams from truth, it is in dreams, that the submerged truth sometimes comes to the top.

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It all started with a mouse

“I only hope that we don’t lose sight of one thing – that it all started with a mouse.” – Walt Disney

On the 19th of December, 2015, I let my inner child free. I went to Hong Kong, Disneyland. My very good friend Jasmine and I finally decided to set aside a Saturday to venture to Sunny Bay and hop on the Disney train to “leave today and enter the land of yesterday, tomorrow and fantasy.”

From the minute I woke up, till twinkling lights painted darkness and man-made snowflakes fell from the sky and decorated my coat and hat,  I experienced a child-like excitement I hadn’t experienced in a long time.

Jasmine and I spent our day as giddy girls frolicking from one ride to another, getting high on sugary treats , going on our favourite rides twice, dancing and singing along to the classic Disney melodies and by the end of the day we released tiny tears of nostalgic joy, while watching the fireworks light up the night sky. It was a magical day which was not only thanks to Disney but to the company and of course our mutual ability to just be big kids.

Photographs of Disney Land, December, Hong Kong 2015

Disneyland: where even fairies have to wait in line.

Photographs of Disney Land, December, Hong Kong 2015

Mini-Mickey

Photographs of Disney Land, December, Hong Kong 2015

Spacemen

Photographs of Disney Land, December, Hong Kong 2015

Where princess’ dwell

Photographs of Disney Land, December, Hong Kong 2015

It’s a small world after all

Photographs of Disney Land, December, Hong Kong 2015

Parking lot

Photographs of Disney Land, December, Hong Kong 2015

Celebrities

Photographs of Disney Land, December, Hong Kong 2015

Mother and son

Photographs of Disney Land, December, Hong Kong 2015

Entering new worlds

Photographs of Disney Land, December, Hong Kong 2015

Suspense

Photographs of Disney Land, December, Hong Kong 2015

Control

Photographs of Disney Land, December, Hong Kong 2015

Smile and wave

Photographs of Disney Land, December, Hong Kong 2015

Nap time

Photographs of Disney Land, December, Hong Kong 2015

On duty

Photographs of Disney Land, December, Hong Kong 2015

Is this thing on?

Photographs of Disney Land, December, Hong Kong 2015

Where next?

Photographs of Disney Land, December, Hong Kong 2015

Cotton candy

Photographs of Disney Land, December, Hong Kong 2015

Even Mini needs a break

Photographs of Disney Land, December, Hong Kong 2015

Beauty

Photographs of Disney Land, December, Hong Kong 2015

Rest

Photographs of Disney Land, December, Hong Kong 2015

Ears

Photographs of Disney Land, December, Hong Kong 2015

The snowman

Photographs of Disney Land, December, Hong Kong 2015

Fantasy

Photographs of Disney Land, December, Hong Kong 2015

Happy face

Photographs of Disney Land, December, Hong Kong 2015

Trying it on for size

Photographs of Disney Land, December, Hong Kong 2015

Picture spot

Photographs of Disney Land, December, Hong Kong 2015

Moo cow

Photographs of Disney Land, December, Hong Kong 2015

Dusk over Disney

Photographs of Disney Land, December, Hong Kong 2015

Magic

Photographs of Disney Land, December, Hong Kong 2015

Spinning selfie

Photographs of Disney Land, December, Hong Kong 2015

The girls

Photographs of Disney Land, December, Hong Kong 2015

It’s been a long day

Photographs of Disney Land, December, Hong Kong 2015

Happy

Photographs of Disney Land, December, Hong Kong 2015

Darkness falls across the land

Photographs of Disney Land, December, Hong Kong 2015

Carousel

Photographs of Disney Land, December, Hong Kong 2015

The parade

Photographs of Disney Land, December, Hong Kong 2015

Crowds

Photographs of Disney Land, December, Hong Kong 2015

Jasmine

Photographs of Disney Land, December, Hong Kong 2015

Presenting: The Little Mermaid

Photographs of Disney Land, December, Hong Kong 2015

9 p.m.

Photographs of Disney Land, December, Hong Kong 2015

‘Adults are only kids grown up, anyway’ – Walt Disney

Eternal Spark

Eternal Spark

by Gero Miceli

Darkness is gone
from the night
and light returns
in the early morning
after Winter
Spring begins.

Everything dies
to be reborn.

Children generate children
and if life passes as
a gust of wind
man in remembrance
remains
eternal spark.

FAIDDA ETERNA

Passa lu scuru
di la nuttata e
torna lu lustru
a prima matina,
doppu lu Mmernu
accumencia Primavera.

Ogni cosa mori
pi rinasciri.

Figli figlianu figli
e siddu la vita passa
comu ‘n sciusciuni di ventu,

l’omu nni lu ricordu
resta,
faidda eterna.

The following images were taken on medium format film and are all of a very short but incredibly sweet few days I spent in Bra, Italy chasing the hypnotising Italian light and bathing in the warmth of old and new friends at my close friend Rosie’s beautiful wedding. 

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Vaterland

For this post, I’ve decided to do something a little different. Rather than accompanying my photos with my own text, I’ve decided to include my father’s response to my pictures. Originally I had asked him to have a look at them and recommend any German authors, poets, texts they made him think of..instead, I got a self-written poem from my father himself. I have never read a poem by my father and quite frankly, never even knew he wrote them so his response came as somewhat of a surprise. A pleasant one.

I have scattered his text between the photos so you can read them as you scroll down.

I will however add that the following images are from a time spent in my so called “home country”, Germany, back in mid-2013. They were all taken during a transitory period in my life in Berlin and Leipzig.

Metaphoric Response of a Denglishman

Juergen Keil

You asked me for some text

Company for Your pictures

Here are my mixtures

Dunno what´s next


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Tree

and Embassy

subordinate

Eisenmann´s stones

and the Muslim scarf

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Aliens and Thrones

On Pariser Platz

Recycle hammer and sichle

Wind from Downunder

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Tree traces on bluewhite

Harbour of light

and green Zweisamkeit

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Geometric front

and the Animal

There are the Humans

Clad in C and A

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Shadow and blunder

Dog from Behind

Sucks the sacks

Never mind

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Elegance rotten Boucher

Was the Boss

In the Vanishing Yellow

Nine and nineteen prevail

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Rebuilding Spray

Parliament tired

No Energy

Blows up

Birthday balloons

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Birds of Vision

Fahrt mit mir

Durchs Labyrinth

der Äste im Wasser

Crows

Werben Sie hier

In your cocoons

Ohne Fleiß

Me and my former Self

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For there you have been and there you will long to return

Has it really been 5 months since my last post? Where time goes these days is beyond me. I don’t know if it is the city I live in, my lifestyle, my age or just the general fast paced nature of today’s everyday. Whatever it may be, life is passing by all too quickly and I find myself saying “I don’t have time” or “I’m so busy lately”, a little too often for my liking.

With this in mind, as well as the growing desire to finally dig through and (eventually) organise my catalogs of photographic files, I’ve decided to start. Now, often when you attempt to tackle what seems like a mountain, you don’t really know where to start and you just end up clicking on a few files, reminiscing in the moment and then deciding you’re tired and going to bed. This almost happened tonight but instead of clicking away and giving in to my heavy eyelids, my mouse immediately gravitated towards images I took in Mongolia, a brief trip I made last August.

Perhaps it’s the urge for adventure that has been scratching at my skin, perhaps it’s something more that got me to uncover these photographs.. whatever it was, I’m finally letting them breathe a little. This brings me back to time. There is a therapy in going back through images taken in a past moment. Time has a magical way of revealing things to you, you never would have seen before.

When I look back at these photographs I took, I don’t just see Mongolia, I see childhood. I see wonder. I see generations and a certain lightness.  I see myself and my thinking reflected in these images, which I suppose might seem obvious since I took them in reaction to instinct, but their meaning changes the moment you, yourself realise why you took them..and this realisation, as with many things in life, takes time.

“For once you have tasted flight, you will walk the earth with your eyes turned skywards, for there you have been and there you will long to return.” – Leonardo da Vinci

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