Die Hängebrücke über die Theiß

Components - Hängebücke über die TheißEine Buchrezension von Dagmar Martin 

Wer, wie ich in den siebziger Jahren in Westdeutschland Kind war und in den Achzigern Jugendliche hatte eigentlich nicht viel zu ertragen. Kinderarbeit war weitgehend verpönt, kleinere Geschwister gab es aufgrund des Trends zur Ein-Kind-Familie selten zu betreuen und die allermeisten Familien erfreuten sich eines recht angenehmen Lebensstandard. Nicht ganz so rosig verlief die Kinder- und Jugendzeit der Protagonistin aus Marija Popadinets Roman ” Die Hängebrücke über die Theiß”. (more…)

A little Story about Photography

Photography is meditation

Simone Naumann Fotografie - Eis This picture was taken on a remote Norwegian mountain area. My Norwegian friend and I were going skiing. Well she was anyway, I, like any complete beginner, kept clumsily falling down behind her.
It was a beautiful day, glazing sunshine, a clear blue sky, glittering snow covering everything everywhere and temperatures well under zero degree Celsius. After skiing we sat in front of our little hut with a steaming mug of coffee in our hands and I was secretly proud of the fact that I had managed to not break my neck.
The silence around us was overwhelming. No cars, no people, no shops, nor bars. Nothing. Just trees, ice and snow grouse; every now and then you could hear the creaky hut door closing and one’s own seemingly loud noises. Have you ever heard your own footsteps in the crunchy icy snow? In the mountains you can find yourself. It’s a wonderful place to come in contact with your inner self. We enjoyed the solitude and tranquility in silence, still clutching our coffee mugs. Then this little icicle over my head began to melt and drip in my coffee. I looked up and watched how the icicle became rounder in the lower middle, forming a pearl shaped drop, headed towards the ground everytime it became too heavy for the icicle to bear. Our coffee break was over. At least for me it was. I quickly snatched my camera and began observing the icicle drop through the lens, studying the process intrinsically, not caring about the time. I observed how the tip of the icicle started to dissolve in many beautiful water drops. I tried to capture the speed with which the drops hit the ground. For a split second the water drop reflected an image of the landscape around it and after two hours and countless shots later I caught that moment in the picture, shown above.

This, to me, is real meditation, thanks to photography.

Simone Naumann

Next week Marija writes about encounters on “Components”.

AKIA – Unreal Exhibition

“Unreal Exhibition” 

AKIA

Everything is unreal. We live our very own reality. Seeing the world how it isn’t. 

A virtual exhibition
by Andrea Neumann and Alexander Mikula (Akia)
open from Nov. 16th to Dec. 16th 2012 –
only online: www.unreal-exhibition.at

Opening Event with literature performance by Wortwerft 
Thursday, Nov. 15th, 19:00h
Q-Pro, Schellhammergasse 24, 1160 Wien

Unreal Exhibition is
 a discussion in photographic terms,
following the development of any individual’s perception,
projected onto Vienna’s Kärnterstrasse.

Unreal Exhibition is part of eyes on – Month of Photography Vienna.

independent photojournalism by Benjamin Hiller

An interesting project by  Benjamin Hiller 

Hi everybody,
Since 2008 I work as a freelance photojournalist. I focus on the Kurdish conflict in the states Iraq, Iran, Turkey and Syria. Currently my crowdfunding project is “running” (in cooperation with the 2nd International Browse Festival of Photography in Berlin as well as the platform startnext) for my upcoming trip to Syria.

PJAK Guerrillas near the Iraqi-Iranian border

March 23, 2012- Qandil Mountains, Province Erbil, Iraq: Hemin and Ciwan discuss politics during a pause on their way to an PJAK hideout. Since 2004 the Iranian-Kurdish Guerrilla PJAK fights against the regime of Tehran.(Benjamin Hiller / Polaris).

The aim of the photo reportage is to report on the Kurds in Syria and their opposition to Assad. The Kurds in Syria are a huge power factor – but still reports on the Kurds can barely be seen in the western media.
An interview with me about the background to the project, my work on “Kurdistan” and further information can be found here:
http://www.startnext.de/Blog/Blog-Detailseite/b/Fotojournalisten-entdecken-das-Crowdfunding-zur-Fi-392

[vimeo http://vimeo.com/41444767]

The crowdfunding project (with the possibility to support the project with money and getting a customized thank-you), with further background information, photographs and a short video can be found here: http://www.startnext.de/syrien-kurden-krieg

I would be grateful for your support (also please forward the link/message)!

As nowadays independent photojournalism needs the support from as many people as possible.

Sincerely, Benjamin Hiller

http://www.benjamin-hiller.com

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Hallo alle zusammen,
ich bin ein freiberuflicher Fotojournalist und konzentriere mich seit 2008 auf den kurdischen Konflikt im Vier Länder Eck Irak, Iran, Türkei und Syrien. Momentan läuft mein Crowdfunding Projekt (in Kooperation mit dem 2. Internationalen Browse-Fotofestival Berlin sowie der Plattform startnext) für meine geplante Reise nach Syrien. Ziel ist es eine Fotoreportage über die Kurden in Syrien und deren Opposition zu Assad zu verwirklichen. Denn die Kurden stellen in Syrien einen enormen Machtfaktor da – und dennoch wird darüber in den hiesigen Medien kaum berichtet.  Ein Interview mit mir über die Hintergründe zu dem Projekt, meine Arbeit zum Thema „Kurdistan“ und mehr findet sich hier: http://www.startnext.de/Blog/Blog-Detailseite/b/Fotojournalisten-entdecken-das-Crowdfunding-zur-Fi-392

Das Crowdfunding Projekt (mit der Möglichkeit das Projekt mit Geld zu unterstützen und dafür ein individuelles Dankeschön zu erhalten), mit weiteren Hintergrundinformationen, Fotografien und einem kurzen Video findet sich hier:

http://www.startnext.de/syrien-kurden-krieg

Über eine Unterstützung ( und Weiterleitung der Links/Nachricht) wäre ich Euch sehr dankbar!
Denn unabhängiger Fotojournalismus braucht die Unterstützung von so vielen Menschen wie möglich.

Mit freundlichen Grüßen, Benjamin Hiller

http://www.benjamin-hiller.com