Commissioned Work — Halls of the Chamber of Crafts

Commissioned Work — Halls of the Chamber of Crafts

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During the last weeks I had several appointments in the Hamburg Chamber of Crafts to photograph their halls and foyers. The Chamber of Crafts will provide several websites with uniform picture material in order to improve its offer. So far, the room shots were rather snapshots, which all had different color temperatures and perspectives. I started to bring a »natural« perspective and coloring into my shots.

For me, the cooperation with the event service of the Chamber of Crafts was special. The rooms were prepared for me and the photographs, as was the case with the Great Hall above. For example, I’ve never seen the Great Hall empty before, but at the beginning of January I even got it freshly beveled in front of my lenses.

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Slaughter festival at Kiekeberg

Slaughter festival at Kiekeberg

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At the end of January, a slaughter festival is celebrated in the museum village at Kiekeberg, just like in the old days. During the slaughter of a pig on a farm you can get to know how a whole pig is used — and here the good pieces of meat are processed into sausages as was customary in the past.

But as always, I was drawn to the back of the museum, to the Pringens Hof, where the actors of the Living History bring the time 200 years ago back to life. Here they still worked without a mincer and cut the meat so small with simple knives or weighing knives that a black pudding could be made from it. It was great to be able to observe the conversations between the maidservants and the farmer’s family at work. Then once the bowl with the slaughter broth went around and everyone drank a little sip. read more and write a comment …

International Maritime Museum

International Maritime Museum

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In the early morning hours, the sun slowly rises and colors the clouds brightly. In the background you can see the new buildings at Magdeburger Hafen, with the rotors on the roof the Greenpeace headquarters. In the middle is the International Maritime Museum in the old Kaispeicher B. I had gone into Hamburg to photograph in the modern subway stations of the Hafencity and in contrast to that the old office buildings of the city. When I came out of the underground car park in Hafencity to daylight, I was surprised by the atmosphere of the rising sun.

The water level was quite high after the stormy days before and I saw how the water continued to flow into the harbor basins. Therefore I chose a long exposure to give the water peace and quiet and to show the lights of the buildings on a large area. Nevertheless you can still see the flow patterns on the water surface.

Downtown Hamburg — Altes Klöpperhaus

Downtown Hamburg — Altes Klöpperhaus

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Alters Klöpperhaus is a beautifully renovated Art Nouveau office building. The website of the Art‐Invest project of the building writes about it:

At the turn of the century, cotton dealer Wilhelm Klöpper built a prestigious address for his cotton company directly on Hamburg’s Rödingsmarkt — and at the same time created a completely new type of building for Hamburg: The Kontorhaus. Modern furnishings transform the loft‐like floors into future‐oriented working environments.

Today the company Mindspace has moved in there over many floors as a provider for coworking spaces. From the staircase you can see the specially furnished rooms. I’m amazed at how the office working world has changed and ask myself every time how you can concentrate on your work. Different sofa corners, a bar on one floor to get together.

The staircase around a light shaft animated me to do some photographic experiments. What about this strict diagonal? read more and write a comment …

Ellernstorsbrücke at dawn

Ellernstorsbrücke at dawn

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On two days over the turn of the year we had sunshine and not grey clouds together with drizzle. Photographically it was almost as boring because there weren’t any clouds in the sky that evening. But I was drawn to Hamburg just because of the dryness. After photographing the Heiligengeist Bridge over the Alsterfleet a few days before, I discovered the Herrengrabenfleet that runs west of the Alsterfleet. There is Hamburg second oldest bridge the Ellernstorsbrücke from the year 1668.

I have decided for this strongly condensed view, so the bridge comes into focus. Around it there are many modern buildings that can push the bridge into the background. In addition, the pure blue sky would have contributed little to the picture.

Underground station Hafencity Universität

Underground station Hafencity Universität

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For a long time, the Hafencity Universität stop was the terminus of the U4 underground line in Hamburg. With the opening of the new station Elbbrücken, the trains only pass through here. But what has remained is the wonderful light installation. The light cubes on the ceiling illuminate the platform in white, but the ceiling and the side walls of the subway station alternate regularly in bright colors. Blue, green, red, violet…

I also like to think back to the Westfriedhof subway station in Munich, which I photographed once in 2015. But the light installation there is different. Blue fluorescent tubes illuminate the side walls and in three different areas the lampshades are in yellow, red and blue. But this is best seen in my pictures in my Munich portfolio. read more and write a comment …

Alsterfleet with Heiligengeist Bridge

Alsterfleet with Heiligengeist Bridge

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The Alsterfleet with a view of the Heiligengeist Bridge. On the left is an old finance building (Oberfinanzdirektion), which has been converted into a luxury hotel and will be opened in 2019 as Fraser Suites. On the right is the Hotel Steigenberger, which was built directly over the western bridgehead.

It’s always interesting to see what’s new in Hamburg when you walk through the city with your eyes open. I noticed the building of the historical Oberfinanzdirektion from the subway station Rödingsmarkt, because the facade is set in scene with many accent lights. You can also see it from this side. The brick facade as well as the individual window reveals are accentuated with spotlights.

Today the Alsterfleet is the only navigable canal that connects the Alster with the Elbe. It runs from the Alster lock at the town hall to the Baumwall at the river Elve.

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