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More Clicks More Hands

More hands, more filming …

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One Click One Hand

Winter is coming to an end and I use the last snow spots to film some super 8 black&white film.
Watch this little 25 seconds long making-of movie! Nothing special … just some fun filming …

Here on Youtube

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Bunnies Approaching

Easter is coming soon! Winter, you‘re out!!

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I Cannot Stop …

… taking pinhole photos!
The snow is melting rapidly as March is marching in soon … birds go crazy and I can feel the sun beams on my skin. I love it!
So here we go: one of my last snow photos taken with my beloved Illy coffee camera, FOMA negative film inside, 100 ASA, exposure time just a few seconds.

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Illy On Ice – The Picture

This is the result: the pinhole photo!

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Illy On Ice

Our Landwehrkanal is frozen! Has been below 0 degrees for a long time so the ice is secure. It‘s actually a weird feeling to walk on it. Gives me a new perspective of my neighbourhood!

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Lese Niemals Einen Thriller Von H. C. Schiller!

Ich hab ihm eine Chance gegeben!

Ich liebe Thriller und gute Krimis … In diesem löst die toughe Targa einen fiesen Fall. Targa ist sonderbar und genial, wohnt in einem heruntergekommenen Wohnwagen (ha! Erinnert mich sehr an die ungefähr 64809578356 Mal besseren Bücher von Candice Fox: “Eden”, “Hades” und “Fall”) und wird gerne für aussichtslose Fälle als freie Ermittlerin herangezogen. Targa wurde als Neugeborenes vor einem Krankenhaus ausgesetzt, es war eine sehr kalte Winternacht und seitdem fehlt ihr der kleine Zeh, hat sie eisblaue Augen, ein kaltes, analytisches Herz und keine Empathie. Kann man ja verstehen!

Der sadistische Falk ist Philosophiedozent und wird von seinen blutjungen Studentinnen bewundert. Zwei, Rebecca und Julia, lädt er zum Grillen in seine geräumige Wannseevilla ein – geniale Idee: sie gegeneinander ausspielen! – und sehr schnell (1 Nacht?) sind sie ihm verfallen, bekommen schöne seidene Morgenmäntel und sind süchtig nach seinen Würgespielchen. Die eine nennt die andere, voll street, Fotze, und beim gegenseitig Döppen im Kellerpool kann nur eine gewinnen: die, die die andere näher an den Ertrink-Tod bringt, denn das ist Falkes Thema: nah am Tod wird’s philosophisch, da enthüllen sich die Wunder!

Ja, Baudelaire ist auch dabei. In Form eines Buches, das die junge Nadine im städtischen Aquarium liegenlässt (Die junge Frau nickt und zwirbelt gedankenverloren an einem ihrer Zöpfe. “Das stimmt. Einsamkeit und Tod sind wichtige Themen für ihn.“). Leider hat Falk seltsamerweise den Schlüssel für alle Räume und lockt sie ins Haifischbecken. Noch heute liegt Nadine im Koma.

Ich wollte dem Buch noch eine Chance gebe, Komm, krieg die Kurve!

Targa ist jetzt auch in der Wannseevilla, sieht Rebecca und Julia und ihre Würgemale, sagt kurz hallo und kann sich später leider nicht mehr an ihre Namen erinnern, als sie ihrem Ermittlerkollegen berichtet. “irgendwas mit Bibel” fällt ihr noch ein.

Dann ist Targa bei einer Mutter eines anderen toten Mädchens, die aber selber erschossen rumliegt, getötet von einer durchgedrehten Frau, die dem Sadisten mit der Würgerei hörig ist (“Jetzt beweise ich ihm, wie tief meine Liebe geht.”) und sich mit ihrem Mord ihm wieder ins Gedächtnis und Herz helfen will. Oder so.

Ich geb auf.

Ich mach aus den Buchseiten Briefumschläge.
Bald zu kaufen auf dagiespictures.bigcartel.com … so ab Mitte März wird er aufgemacht, mein Onlineshop!

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Throwing Doves

This golden statue stands on Hermannplatz, a lovely ugly place in Berlin-Neukölln: half hipster, half sleazy.
What does it symbolize? I don’t know … freedom for children? Dance? (it was built in 1985 and the group of figures was originally rotatable but they stopped it 2012).
Doves like to sit on the guy‘s hand and on the ground.

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Snowy Waldemar

Walking along Adalberstrasse direction Kottbusser Tor, from friend K to my home, I cross Waldemarstrasse and I suddenly remember the ancient Berlin winter smell: Kohleheizung! Briketts! Union and Rekord! Coal heating, 30 years ago was pretty common then, briquettes called Union and Rekord, one East one West as far as I remember … which was better? Forgot … I am sure we used the cheaper ones! I’ve lived here for so long, I love my Berlin.

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Tempelhofer Feld Winter Black & White

Oooooh, I guess I made the most beautiful pinhole photo ever! Pure luck!
What is these grey irregularities in the sky? Is it finger prints? Dirt?
I am not sure … the piece of negative was in the Illy cam for some days before I actually exposed it. Maybe a change of warm and cold, maybe dust … I don’t care, it looks fantastic 😉

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Tempelhofer Feld Winter Colours

(Tempelhof Ex-Airfield, giant park open for the public)

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I Love Palm Trees

Found two pinhole photos of palm trees in Los Angeles I took several years ago. I love them! Especially the weird distorted ones 😉

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First Snow – Last Beach

Snow covering my never-tired orange superflower on my balcony, it’s a Ringelblume / Marigold!
I scan a lot of old pinhole negatives today … remember: my bread job is gone, I’m a happy artist now! I have time and space and energy … here’s one of my alltime favourites: Santa Monica Beach with seagulls.

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Chemograms

Whenever I work in my darkroom I have some old expired pieces of photo paper lying around and splash some developer and fixer on them. Light is on. See what happens!!!
(There‘s one with a leaf structure on it! I dumped a leaf in developer for seconds and pressed it on the paper. It‘s a phytogram then!)

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No More Chewing Gums

This used to be a – I love the word – Kaugummiautomat / gumball machine.

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Terminated

Good-bye, Tagesspiegel, you old stinky sock, you hierarchical honk, my worst job ever.
I got my job termination now and I celebrate it.
Click here!

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Tomorrow Is Eternity

That‘s the title of the book I found lying in the window, waiting for somebody to take it and be happy!

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New Perspectives

That‘s what I like: see the world from a different angle! Klemm die Lochkamera ein! Squeeze your camera somewhere!
That‘s what I did and I got this weird photo of a lamp post and some houses at Kotti (Kottbusser Tor, famous ugly spot in Berlin)!

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Lights On

A year’s end pinhole photo: my parents’ living room, Xmas, lights on (do you see the candles on the tree?).
2 hours exposure time.

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A Fresh Year

Slide softly into a fresh new year!!!

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Jingle Balls

Some people hang glitter stuff in their conifer trees for xmas, some have long lasting apples on their apple trees!

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My First Comic Book

It’s here, fresh from the printers, it’s cool, I love to touch it, soft, good, strong paper, it has 138 pages plus cover, it is German from the front and if you turn it round it’s English!
I am deeply satisfied.
What is it all about?
This book has been private for over 20 years and now I think:
it has to go out into the world!
I drew it and gifted it to my brother for his 30th birthday, and of 
course the story somehow coincides with both of us: he is Bero 
the Brave and I am the big sister, La Dague who takes care of him!
That‘s the way it is.

First edition: 40 copies. You can buy it for 20 € / 25 $ directly from me. Only 22 left. I should consider having another 100 printed 😉

Here’s a little film: XX

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A Whole Lot Of Everything

… or nothing of everything … I am still reflecting on the right title for my new super 8 film. Spending some foggy days on the countryside, filming weird and beautiful and grey goats and clouds and beetroots (under cover) and and and …

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I See Beauty Everywhere

… even in a rural installation!

(covered beetroots)

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Reitetier

Reitetier … the same word from forward and backwards. Riding animal.
Found it in the forest, a piece of a giant tree, a root, welcoming you to sit on it and take a ride. It has got handles too!

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Gabionen Des Grauens / Gabions From Hell

A gabion (from Italian gabbione meaning „big cage“) is a cage, cylinder or box filled with rocks.
Its hipness is already fading but these gabion fences used to be the hot thing around German front gardens!

Here is something from a deeper part of hell: A FAKE GABION! It is a photo of gabion rocks, printed large scale on plastic fabric and then woven in a sort of wire fence. I am deeply amazed!!!

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Pippi Stamps

Sweden has definitely the best stamps in the world!!!

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Dalai Dalai

Dalai Dalai is ready to watch! My new super 8 film – 4 minutes long. All about logical lines of reincarnation and if there’s going to be a female Dalai Lama next. Some nice double exposures and a Mähdrescher / harvester.
There are two versions (because I like to talk so much … subtitles would be irritating),

one German

one English

Have fun!

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Unendlichkeitsringelschnur & Streifenstrohhalm

Finding beautiful things and marvellous words!

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I Was Black-Haired Once