Thursday, March 21, 2013

Approaching Reagan National

It's one the pictures that I always wanted to have, but for quite some time haven't managed to get: an aircraft approaching Reagan National Airport from the North, flying so closely over the commuters at George Washington Parkway that they could almost touch it with their hands:

It's the same situation that has been featured in Gravelly Point, just a few seconds earlier. The scenario is equally impressive, and it's difficult not to be too distracted while driving at 50 mph.

Another GW parkway shot that was difficult to get for similar reasons is showcased in A "Challenging Commute".

Friday, March 8, 2013

SDN March Spotlight

My story of little Liam has been featured in's March Spotlight, a newsletter that is sent to about 6000 people world wide, including photographers, photo editors, photo buyers, publishers, curators, journalists, students, and the general public interested in documentary photography:

I really want to thank these folks for greatly enhancing the visibility of Liam's story! Whoever is interested in Documentary Photography should take a deeper look at, I can highly recommend it.

Note: the original publication of "Family Portrait" was announced here on Feb, 12.

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Good Job

Cats and dogs love to be destructive:

This image shows Mestan after "decomposing" a little paper ball we made from a birthday gift wrap. Doesn't he seem to be very proud? The picture looks like a combination of Emma im Eismeer and Was guckst Du?.

PS. Yes, the "FujiXE1" label below is right ;-) After using Micro Four Thirds cameras for almost five years, the X-E1 now nicely complements my trustworthy E-M5. With the biggest advantage being the better image quality, and the biggest problem being the slower autofocus, I'm really looking forward to see how the Fuji compares to the Olympus. I keep you posted.

Monday, March 4, 2013

The Sirin

"The Sirin" is a piece that Torpedo Factory Artist and silk painter Anya Yakubovskaya crated last fall for a couple's 50th wedding anniversary. The slavic Sirin is based on the Greek legend of the sirens, but unlike them, represents joy and happiness, instead of danger and death.

Over the course of roughly two weeks, I photographed the project and documented the creation of the piece. The images were featured in a Torpedo Factory Weblog Article and finally lead to the creation of a Picture Panel.

The images show the creative process:

They include some stills:

And, of course, they show the piece itself:

Since last November I had planned to create a Picture Panel from the images. It was high on my list, but I never really found the time to do it. Last week, however, I managed to work on it and finally created the "Sirin" picture panel:

The panel has a simple and straightforward design and is 16" by 12" in size. It shows the creative process and some details of the piece. It is on display in Studio 306 of the Torpedo Factory. The panel is for sale.