Weekly update #3

ZEELAND

I went to Zealand for commissioned work. It is an area of the Netherlands famous for its beauty, it’s untouched landscape and the water surrounding the peninsula.

Nevertheless the Dutch government extends the land there with sand, so it can be used for wind power plants, the growth of fish and sea food, or just to build more space for housing.

The Netherlands suffer from the rising water levels and face a comprehensive flooding in the next centuries. 

 

 

Zeeland, Netherlands, 2016 - Marcel Wogram for de Volkskrant

Weekly update #2

"man shouldn't be able to see his own face. the inventor of the mirror poisoned the human heart." - Fernando Pessoa

 

 

Family Party

The long train ride home a with broken aircon. A barn full with people: speeches, children playing, funny songs, food, wine, to much wine. The local band arrives and figures out where to set up their instruments. The drummer finds his spot and gets ready to roll out the drumming carpet. 

Vendsyssel, 27th of August 2016. Kasper Palsnov

 

 

Pilgrim

Lourdes is a place of pilgrimage located in the foothills of the Pyrenees. The church says that in 1858 a young girl should have had  multiple marian apparitions there. People pilger to the place to get in touch with the „holy water“ and live their faith in god.

France, Lourdes, 2016 by Jens Gyarmaty

 

 

Dietrich Kuhlbrodt

Dietrich Kuhlbrodt is a retired chief prosecutor from Hamburg. He was part of the team of German prosecutor that was tasked with charging former nazis in the sixties. Besides his career in the law he started to write movie reviews for magazines like Tempo and became friends with director Christoph Schlingensief. He took part in almost every movie Schlingensief filmed. Kuhlbrodt, now 84 years of age is sharp as ever. He shaved is head the first time as a young prosecutor as a nod to the punk and oi! movement, which didn’t make him many friends at work. 

Hamburg, 2015, by Felix Schmitt.

 

 

Seasons change

Another summer has passed and although I feel like I’ve enjoyed it to the fullest I can’t shake the feeling of having lost another year. For me, somehow New Years Eve is not the end of the year but the end of summer is. Let’s suppose I’ll live until I’m 90, I still have 61 summers left. Doesn’t sound too bad. Can’t wait for the next one. (Nürtingen, September 2016, Mario Wezel)

 

 

Vlogger

I met Olaf on assignment for de Volkskrant the other day. The Dutch newspaper I’m currently interning at send me to take portraits of the young vlogger (video blogger). He creates videos of his private life and posts them, mainly on youtube.

Olaf vlogs once a week and has already many followers. During our conversation I caught myself becoming more and more fascinated by his sensible understanding for his hobby and the vision how to make money with it. He is twelve years old.

Zutphen, Netherlands, 2016 for deVolkskrant.

Weekly update #1

Day and night. Night and day. In common places and far away. Our pictures of the week.


Lemmy

I met T. on assignment for Süddeutsche Zeitung. He used to do almost every drug there is to do, now he tries to get over his past on a farm that is exclusively run and operated by people struggling with substance abuse. Lemmy Kilmister of the british heavy metal band Motörhead is his idol, he’s been to seven concerts before Lemmy died.

August 2016, Felix Schmitt.


Lunchtime

Fastfood restaurants are becoming open spaces in big cities. They're open  24/7, air conditioned, cleaned and mostly quiet. Every night people sleep on the tables. During the day they're being used for hangouts and work. Nowadays Hong Kong is the most expensive city in the world. Space is rare and for a lot of people hardly affordable. Mc Donald's Hong Kong accepts it with an outwardly corporate concept, defining the shops as open space for everyone. However special interior design is used to keep control about these spaces.

Hong Kong, Kowloon, June 2016, Jens Gyarmaty.


Before the storm

Summer is nearly over and fall knocks at the door. The quietness of the ocean is still out there, but about to change within the next weeks. Storms are coming and the water will soon switch to winter mode. Strong winds, bigger swell and powerful waves are presenting the world’s most precious source of life during the winter.

    Water is my favorite element. It represents me in so many ways. It combines my love for the ocean with my love for human photography. Without water we wouldn’t exist and without humans there won’t be photography. With the help of this medium, I’m able to get closer to this earth and its people. Photography teaches me so many things, so does the ocean. 

Bloemendaal aan Zee, Netherlands, September 2016, Marcel Wogram


Alpenrock

A hot steam punch into my face answered by a flash light, however immediately parried by Sascha’s bavarian angel wings. One not to be despised, but outstanding competition took place between this summers European football championship and Olympia in Rio. The German Sauna Masters. Outtake from an assignment for a secretly new magazine by Gruner & Jahr, coming out early 2017

Bad Mergentheim, Germany, July 2016, Patrick Slesiona


Late at night

We had wondered around the deserted city centre of Oberhausen for about 45 minutes that night before we knocked on a white door, glowing under a sign saying “Natashas Pub”. It seemed like Thursday wasn't the best night to get to know the nightlife of this town that had undergone heavy structural changes in the last 40 years. It went from being one of the industrial engines of Germany to being the city with the highest debt in the country. The barkeeper didn't want to show her face but her hands were just as interesting. In capital letters she had written Love over her left four fingers while different symbols covered the other hand. However the symbol of a famous motorcycle gang was something she didn't want to reveal on the photo. Shot on assignment for Süddeutsche Zeitung.  

Oberhausen, Germany, August 2016, Mario Wezel.