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Mittwoch, 2. November 2016

Cold

I saw a friend suffer terribly today. It was hard to bare. Made me realize, that maybe I'm not just shooting for myself... 





Dienstag, 26. Mai 2015

Exposition on Sunday

To say "it's been a while" would be an understatement... Yes, I've been active... and no, I didn't feel like writing a post. I have seven frames on the upcoming PHOS exposition. The opening is on Sunday at noon at the second floor of the WBZ, VHS Düsseldorf, Bertha von Suttnerplatz 1 in Düsseldorf.

 
To me this was a very personal project. The project working title is "moving pictures".  I intend my pictures to move you - the viewer.  I soon found out that in order to move someone else, I first had to find out what moves me. This meant leaving the comfort zone, exploring my personal fears and letting my dark side run free. Here is one frame, six frames more will be on display at the exhibition.
 

I'll also try to have some polaroid originals on display, but I have to check that with the group.
I would be delighted to see a few of you folks at the opening on Sunday.




Dienstag, 12. November 2013

Pump

I had a second round of ablation last tuesday. Everything went fine. No more worries about the pump I hope.

I'm stuck at home for the moment, so I have plenty of time to scan some negatives. Sure hope to shoot some portraits within a week or two.

In the meantime...

Enjoy, and live your life with passion!

Sven

Sonntag, 27. Oktober 2013

Wasteland

Gotham City. Always brings a smile to my face.


I guess I'll be offline for a couple of weeks. Have to leave my office vacant, so to say.

In the meantime...

Enjoy, and live your life with passion!

Sven

Sonntag, 20. Oktober 2013

Flatliner

A few seconds after the injection, my heart stopped beating and a strange kind of tranquility came over me. Strangely, I felt no panic, no fear. There was a tinkling sensation in my legs. A few moments later - darkness came, but consciousness remained.


Black, the ultimate color. You can cover everything with black. If there's one color to rule them all, it's black. When I started printing, I always thought that my images were not white enough. Silly, black never let me down. Maybe that is how it came that all of my images contain a patch of solid black. If I don't like the background, black is my friend. Black always works. Deep solid black.


Anyway, my buddies from the "Gruppe PHOS" are doing an art show in Düsseldorf next month and, although I won't make it to the opening, I do recommend you go there.

On the Tunes: Tower of Power - To say the least you're the most

Enjoy, and live your Life with passion!

Sven

Montag, 4. Juli 2011

Freedom

May I scare you?

Isn't that the beauty of life? I was takeing pictures with Manfred and Peter yesterday at the CSD-parade in Cologne. I saw freedom and tolerance to a degree I haven't witnessed before. Awesome!

Cheers!

Enjoy, and live your life with passion, whatever yours may be.

Sven

Donnerstag, 16. Juni 2011

Picking up pace

Anna lend me a hand for developing and (index-) scanning my backlog of about 1000 negatives. Big big thank you, Anna! We hit quite some gems and I've seen some incredible color-results on Kodak Porta VC, a film Janusz Kawa warmly recommended to me last year in August. It'll take a while for me to do the high-res scans and the post-processing, but I'm very happy with how far we got.

I've spent the evening packing gear, as tomorrow and the day after, I'll be shooting the cover, artwork and some press-material for the upcomming CD of my old friends of REV22:21 (http://www.rev22-21.nl/boekingen.php). Some of the frames on their website where shot by me at an open-air gig last year. I'm looking forward shooting these fabulous musicians again. I'm also happy that this is one of the few paid shootings where I have the opportunity of fully expressing my own creativety. I'll keep you posted.



In the mean time, here's a frame of Anna - titled liquid Anna -  I've shot two weeks ago. Hope you like it, I certainly do.

On the tunes: Brian Culbertson - You've got to Funkifize

Enjoy, and live your Life with passion!

Sven

Freitag, 6. Mai 2011

180

Lewis Floyd Henry again. I made a montage of the frames I posted previously. They come out very beautifull on print.


I made some 180 degree turns over the last couple of weeks and I'm still not sure I'm done. Anyway, I have a little bit more spare time now to do the things I like. By the way, this is post 180 and counting. I'm still going strong.

Cheers

Sven

Samstag, 16. April 2011

In mid air

Some things went pretty Fubar this week business wise and so I slammed the emergency break in mid air. As those of you who visit here on a regular basis know, this had to trigger a bout of unbridled creativety. May I present to you Lewis Floyd Henry live at La Favela Chic in London as shot on February the 4th of this year.
 



I'm still having a love-affair with beautiful Kodak 400-TX film. I'm on holiday 'till the end of the month, so don't expect too much.


Enjoy, and live your life with passion!

Sven



Freitag, 28. Januar 2011

Lo and behold

I'm starting to materialize my new year's resolutions for 2011. Kind of picked up an old theme here.


I'm interested in your opinions, so let me know. Big thank you to my PHOS-Buddy Manfred who was kind enough to provide these mervelous gloves!

I'll be shooting in London next week at a place called Favela chic if all goes according to plan. I'm pretty excited and have high expectations for the forthcoming frames.

on The Tunes: Nickelback - Next Contestant

Hang on, hang tough

Sven

Sonntag, 9. Januar 2011

Resolutions

Resolute resolutions for 2011:

  • Organize life better to get more things done
  • Starting a project on Marble & Grain
  • Shoot only on film
  • Make a book
Everything else is written in the stars.

Enjoy, hang tough and stay on top!

Sven

Dienstag, 28. Dezember 2010

and a happy new year!

To all of you. Thanx for all your christmas wishes. All the best to you and a happy new year!

Here is a Frame of Victoria I shot some weeks ago for a portfolio for five beautiful students of the "Modeschule Mönchengladbach"

Got to go, I'm on the roll.

Enjoy your christmas days!

Sven

Montag, 20. Dezember 2010

on the roll

Just a quick post with some reults from last Stunday...


Both quite different, both - in my oppinion - beautiful on their own.

On the Tunes: Break On Trough - The Who

Enjoy, and live your life with passion

Sven

Freitag, 17. Dezember 2010

Autumn once again

I was working on one of the Frames I shot in NYC this January and thought I'd share it with you.



I posted an earlier version in February this year, just as I got the Flextight Scanner. I'm interested in your opinion.

On the Tunes:
My Head's in Missisippi - ZZ Top

Enjoy, and live your life with passion


Sven

Holy Cow!

The printer arrived today. It was delivered on a forklift palette weighing in at a whopping 75 Kg, packaging included. I have currently some problems with loading my beloved Hahnemühle fine art baryta paper. It seems like the printer-driver on OS X does not yet support manual sheet loading and the baryta is too thick to go through the main paper tray. I made some test-prints on crappy HP paper and I'm stunned to see that the printer output looks better than what I see on my calibrated Apple cinema display. That had not happend before...

Cheers, enjoy your weekend

Sven

Montag, 13. Dezember 2010

Hello.....

slowly, very very slowly I'm starting to get some time to shoot and write again. The IT-business has been eating away all of my time since summer. It (pun intended) is big fun and I'm not complaining, but something startet to itch a couple of weeks ago.

So.... Here is a shot of Anna and David I took at Olga's portrait classes. I hope you like it, I certainly do.

I think it really starts off where I left in Paris. I've become quite confident with my lighting skills and found that I can get the light I want from basic "household" gear. Soft-Boxes and fancy studio-flash have become somewhat obsolete. The frame was shot with the 85mm f/1.2 hand held and wide open. Hmmm... gorgeous 85 :-)

My crappy HP B9180 printer broke down for the second time in two years some time ago. As much as I like it's black and white output, from a build-quality point of view It's a worthless piece of garbage and the most disappointing HP product I ever owned. Since the IT-business is in need of a large format printer for printing software-diagrams, I decided to go mainstream and ordered a Epson Stylus Pro 4900 printer to replace it. It's sceduled to arrive tomorrow...


Keep up the good times and live your life with pasion!

Cheers, it's good to be back.

Sven

Montag, 20. September 2010

Still alive...

I'm awfully busy with my business (pun intended :-). Still every now and then I find the time to shoot a few frames.


This was shot with Anna and Ben two weeks ago. Suny, a very talented photographer whom I got to know at the ICP in New York was helping me on the set. Thanx everyone, I like it!

Cheers!

Sven

Mittwoch, 8. September 2010

Short

Short on time, most of the time...


Here's a frame I shot at peter o. mahler yesterday.

Enjoy, I'm in a hurry...

Sven

Mittwoch, 11. August 2010

Quick Hello

I'm currently hiking in Austria with my girlfriend. I'm having a really good time here! I'll be back on Monday and I've got a huge cache of film to develop.

Cheers!

Sven

Freitag, 30. Juli 2010

Insomniac

I woke up early and have been editing for the last two and a half hours. We were shooting on a bridge near the Bir Hakaim subway station yesterday.

I'm very much into the cinema look right now. The 70's color and the whole atmosphere. I also think that for the first time I shot a fashion photo that I'm rally happy with.


Today we have the final critique and the farewell party. I think that the 8 days in Paris brought my photograpy again one step further. Janusz Kawa is a great photographer and a very talented teacher. I've learned a great deal about exposure, found out some things about color and had lots of chances to get really carried away by my own creativety. Thanx Janusz, I had a great time!

Cheers from Paris!

Sven

Donnerstag, 29. Juli 2010

My Kitchen

Day 5

... well, not exactly my kitchen, but it's my frame. I gained access to a french restaurant kitchen for a few shots. So we put the model behind some pots and pans and started shooting. The kitchen was tiny and got crowded fast with a fellow student holding the reflector, me shooting, the model, the kitchen staff around and all the waiters looking over our shoulders.

Everything worked out fine until someone shouted "basta" and we had to go. I got a few frames and I'm happy with the result. I think Audrey Hepburn would be jealous :-)

Cheers!

Sven

Edit in response to Mattie's comment:
The Picture was intended surrealistic. The intent is to show a "sophisticated" houswife wearing Chanel and clearly not being up to everyday's tasks in the kitchen. So you made the right observation!
Cheers from Paris

Dienstag, 27. Juli 2010

Palais Royal

Day 3

We have been shooting all morning in the courtyard and the garden of the Palais Royal. After that I spent the afternoon selecting frames and had an hour of Photoshop coaching in the early evening. It's much shooting, much walking, much editing and tons of fun. It's also a lot of hard work and I'm pretty much worn out :-)




Until now we focussed on Portraits. We used speedlights, scrims and (mainly) reflectors. Starting tomorrow we will focus on fashion and shoot with portable studio flash on location.

A big "thank you" to both of the Models. You both where great today!

Please leave a comment, I'm interested in your opinions!

I'll keep in touch.

Cheers!

Sven

Montag, 26. Juli 2010

Paris

I'm a bit of an Insomniac somehow today. Probably ate too much couscous yesterday evening. Anyway, I think I'm making progress in Paris. We had this assignment to shoot portraits with a speedlite. I have to admit I did only the absolutely necessary frames and got rid of the flash as soon as possible...



These two frames I shot of Adam, one of my fellow students on this workshop. I must say I'm quite happy with the result! Here's a link to Adam's blog.

We used the California Sunbounce Sun-Mover reflector for these shots. I think it's a very usefull tool.

I'm very happy for haveing Janusz Kawa as a teacher. He is a tremendously experienced photographer and I learned quite a few things.


Cheers, talk to you soon!

Sven

Samstag, 24. Juli 2010

Detroit Baby!

Hotel Jaques de Molay, Room 103, 94 Rue des Archives, Paris

Tourists seem to be willing to queue forever to visit an attraction. One of the reasons I've never been in the Tower of London nor have I visited Notre Dame in Paris. The city is crowded. Not exactly what I like, but then again it is saturday, maybe things will improve during the week.


At least you get free hugs in Paris, but I don't remember ever paying for one before ;-)

on the Tunes: The iPod is still in my Suitcase...

Enjoy and live your life with passion!

Sven

Freitag, 23. Juli 2010

Yeah yeah

It's friday. The gear is packed and tomorrow I'm off to Paris for the ICP classes with Janusz Kawa. I'm telling you man, I'm stuck. If there is something like a writer's block, I've got the photographers block. Well, sort of. I haven't been posting a lot recently. Buisiness is booming with most interesting projects. My girlfriend is in Kroatia. I don't know, I'm just not in the mood to shoot frames. I think Paris will cure it.


I shot these three frames with radically different exposures on two weddings earlier this year. The last two where post-processed by Michaela. Hope you like 'em.

I'm off to Paris now.

Cheers!

Sven

Mittwoch, 14. Juli 2010

Back in Mai last year Olga Kaloussi shot my portrait. I am a big admirer of Olga and learned most of what I know about photography from her. I'm not talking about tedious technical details, I'm talking about what really matters: crop, composition, black and white photography and what makes a frame "work". A couple of weeks ago I was able to shoot Olga's portrait.

Olga Kaloussi. Published with her kind permission.

I'm currently preparing for the Paris trip. It's my second turn to the city of lights this year and I'm really looking forward to eight days of photo classes with New York fashion photographer Janusz Kawa.

Life is good, I'm happy, I'm in love. I hope to post more when I'm in Paris.

on the Tunes: José Feliciano - Light My Fire

Enjoy, let your life be bombastic!

Sven

PS: I'm currently drowning in work and I've got a huge backlog on emails. Sorry for that!

Montag, 28. Juni 2010

Manic Moday

It's Monday morning and I'm in an awfully foul mood. Bad Karma all around. The big picture is OK, but somehow a lot of details turn fubar at the moment...

Anyway, love to all of you

Sven

Samstag, 26. Juni 2010

Droplets

Peter published a whole bunch of pictures from this event already here.


I've got only one to add. Hope you like it.

Got to catch some sleep now...

Cheers!

Sven

Freitag, 18. Juni 2010

Still alive...

Ping... The software-project is taking it's toll. No time to spare at all. I did manage to shoot some pictures in recent days, but I haven't even found the time to download them from the camera.

My old car had seen more of the repair shop than of me in the last couple of weeks. All the repairs consumed a small fortune and so it had to go. I traded her in for one of those german sports cars. It's black, it's beautiful, it's addictive and it's awfully fast.

I'll be shooting with Manfred and Peter tomorrow at the german wakeboard championship.

Talk to you soon

Sven

Freitag, 4. Juni 2010

We're up!

Ok, I have to admit, I'm somewhat proud of it... I've got my own page on the Hasselblad-Site.


I'm a big fan of their analog equipment and two of the frames where actually shot and or processed using Hasselblad gear (bottom row 2nd and 3rd image). The page is not yet finished entirely, because one of the frames is not quite on par and needs to be replaced by another frame from the same shooting.

on the Tunes: Guns 'n Roses - Nighttrain

Enjoy, now go and shoot some great pictures

Sven

Samstag, 29. Mai 2010

Oh yeah...

... and loose that tripod if you start doing fireworks. It's boring. It's been done ten million times before...


I hope you like 'em and I hope that you agree. Anyway, got to take a nap now...

on the Tunes: Prince - F.U.N.K

Enjoy, and live your life with passion!

Sven

Baby, here I am

...in the morning and backed by popular demand! It's Saturday morning, the sun is shining, I had some nice breakfast, the Black Crowes are screaming from the speakers and I'm in a splendid mood. Life... is good!

The software-project is running extremely well and me and the guys are crunching code in overdrive. I'm one happy camper! On the downside, I didn't have much time to shoot and post. But guess what? Here is a frame that will probably knock you straight off your feet!

Now stop drooling and start breathing again! This beauty is Christina and we did a shooting some time ago and had a wonderful time. The fabulous dress Christina is wearing is by stre' low, one of Düsseldorf's leading fashion designers. It somehow wound up in my studio very unexpected... Big thank you to both Marion and Christina!

on The Tunes: The Black Crowes - Hard to Handle

Enjoy, and live your life with passion!

Sven

Montag, 10. Mai 2010

Hot tub

This is a short one, I'm tired, and a hot tub is waiting for me :-)

Summary: I'm one very lucky guy and I'm truly happy, I've shot some amazing pictures with Olga yesterday (she's fantastic, her classes are too!), Michaela got married this week and I shot her wedding, I ordered a tonne of lab-equipment today to speed up the processing of all undeveloped film, I haven't got the time to read all of your blogs, I have a huge huge backlog, my sister and I are working on a relaunch of the site, I'm enroled for eight days of classes with New York fashion photographer Janusz Kawa in Paris in July (ICP) etc. etc. etc.

Here's some output, more to come:



















About the Model: Tina, 22, becoming an architect. I haven't shot with someone so versatile since shooting with Tomo in New York. Thanx Tina, you did a great job!

Cheers, enjoy and live your life with passion!

on the Tunes: whatever... go play your own music :-)

Sven

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