1986 was the year when i got my first record and that was BON JOVI´s single "you give love a bad name".
impressive that 27 years later they still tour and sell out huge venues like the KRIEAU in vienna last week.
from the minute they started their show rain drenched the place and thinking of it,
it poured rain at every single BON JOVI show i have seen so far.
the show itself is professionally staged and you get what you pay for, no surprises.
13/05/1 SINEAD O'CONNOR
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"2000 lightyears" ago, to me the word "digital" had to do with a compact disc
and by no means with a photograph. a few things have changed since then.
but when i went to photography school i spent countless hours in the darkroom processing negatives
and enlarged them to prints afterwards.
occasionally we had our differences, but both of my teachers taught me a lot, and i wouldn´t want to miss that time.
a few years back a good friend and cat-lover presented me with a film- camera
and ever since, that one travels with me and frames the the places i visit in 6x6 !
i love the whole excitement when i get the negatives back from the lab,
when you first get a look at the grainy pictures and so
i added a "6X6" section to the menue on my site to share them as well.
here is the first run.. enjoy !
13/03/13 RELIX MAGAZIN - Dave Matthews Band
NY- based music magazin RELIX just released a 13 page special of the DAVE MATTHWES BAND in their current
march issue. the article features a variety of my images from the summer/winter tour 2012.
the cover photo i believe was done by the great DANNY CLINCH.. gotta love his works !
13/02/25 AMY MACDONALD
just a few shots of the rescheduled AMY MACDONALD show in vienna.
13/02/19 CUBAN CIGARS
besides fidel, che, rum and old cars cuba is well known for their cigars.
cohiba, montecristo and romeo y julieta are the most popular brands and sell for quiet some money,
but still for a lot less than everywhere else in the world.
except in the united states of course, that is the one place where it's prohibited to sell them.
the reason for that is the now 50 year old U.S. embargo against cuba.
little story on the side, before former president kennedy passed the bill he ordered himself 1200 cuban cigars
and once he got news the next morning that they were bought for him,
he signed the embargo, made cuban cigars illegal in the states and isolated the communist state.
true story !!
the countryside of "vinales" has the largest tobacco-plantages in cuba and you find the plants all over the place.
by the time we got there it was harvest, the farmers had already begun to rip off the leaves
starting with the smallest ones (used for mini cigars) and working their way up to the big leaves.
the farmers are forced to sell most of their harvest to the government where the tobacco will be further processed
sorted by color and quality and then labled for the market.
cuban cigar boxes always have a few indicators to identify them as real but like everything else on this planet
it's possible to buy fakes as well on the street -
that way you might pay less but still too much for banana-leaves ;-)
another way of gettin a cheap smoke.. grow your own tobacco like one of my friends did.
read about karin´s tobacco experience
much love to my spanish speaking girl for all the translation on this trip !!
13/02/07 DAVE MATTHEWS BAND - PRINTS
just to let you all know, the DAVE MATTHEWS BAND added 2 of my art prints to their webstore.
ones a silhouette of boyd and the other one shows dave while soundchecking.
signed and numbered and ready to be shipped.
this LINK will take you to the prints section on their site.
grab one while they are available.
13/01/20 PHISH - NYE @ MSG - PART II
initially i intented to put up the second part a bit sooner, that was when i still thought
that nowadays internet is accessible from almost everywhere.
well since i am travelling through cuba right now i found one of the few places where there is no internet.
maybe once a week we find a place where we can check emails via a 56k modem and that´s only if we are lucky.
anyway, back to the phish show ;-)
3 awesome nights of music had past and for the fourth sold out performance at the madison square garden,
everybody was in for a real treat. overnight the crew changed the stage outfit and transformed it into one
giant garden, including the general admission area in front of the stage. green lawn and plants everywhere.
when the audience entered the venue, a performance group held a big garden party with badminton,
chess and minigolf games. everybody could participate.. pretty funny.
the band split the night into 3 sets and the last one started about 20 minutes to midnight.
the four of them drove back onto the stage driving in golfcarts and tee´d off before the continued playing.
about 10 minutes to new year it got crazy.. aprox. 10 golfcarts drove around the stage, back an forth, from right to left and backwards.
actors hit golfballs into the audience and for the big finally they formed a giant pyramid
made out of humans and golfcarts and a midget actress counted from 10 to 1. surreal.
then they released toooons of balloons from the ceiling and to be honest i had no idea where to point my camera.
so many things going on and i got hit by plenty of golfballs (soft ones of course) while focusing for a picture.
it was insane and lots of fun.
a few more songs and the PHISH´s annual new years run was history and i am so glad i could be part of it.
back on the road to see more of sunny cuba.
13/01/11 PHISH - NYE @ MSG
legendary band on a 4 day run in one of the most legendary venues - the madison square garden.
PHISH started their new years eve run on the 28th and played 4 sold out shows until the clock turned midnight on the 31st.
each night a different setlist and i believe its around 250 songs that they can choose from :-)
so everybody was in for a real treat.. espacially me.
until then i had never seen them live, only met TREY for a portrait session past summer.
needless to say i was excited to experience what will happen on their annual run.
everybody within the band and crew gave me a warm welcome and had been very supportive for my work...big thank you to all of them !
each night they played to sets with a short break inbetween.. both sets were packed with extended jams with kept
the crowd extremely encouraging. balloons and lightsticks were thrown all over the place and along with the
incredible tunes from the band, the lightdirectors blew everybodys mind with an amazing lightdesign.
unlike a rock-show there is not a whole lot of posing, its more about the music, well unless they play "you enjoy myself"
where mike and trey go on a trampoline for some syncro-jumping :-)
i thought thats a pretty unique thing to do at a concert.
however there were more one of a kind things coming up the closer we got to midnight on the 31st.
part II coming soon.
13/01/05 POLAR BEAR CLUB - CONEY ISLAND
i spent the holidays overseas shooting a few great concerts in NY.
had a real good time and will surely post some of the images soon.
on january first, myself and two of my friends drove out to coney island to see the crazy POLAR BEAR CLUB people,
jumping in the cold atlantic ocean.
i had no idea that is such a spectacle. there were thousands of visitors and many hundred swimmers.
the POLAR BEARS celebrated their 110th anniversary... so that swim has some tradition and many tv-stations and newspapers
covered the event that day. one of the reporters even went for a swim herself.
i made sure to not touch the water and got hugged from the weird red-haired dude with the tweety umbrella instead. you´ll see him in the images.
he whispered in my ear that "i would be very tasty", guess he really must have liked me ;-)
it was real fun watching that happening even though i am not a big fan of the cold at all
and so i will do some more travelling to escape the winter. cuba is next, very excited to go there.
stay warm my friends and happy new year !