Contrary to popular arguments, factory farming is not a cheap, efficient solution to world hunger. Feeding huge numbers of confined animals actually uses more food, in the form of grains that could feed humans, than it produces. For every 100 food calories of edible crops fed to livestock, we get back just 30 calories in the form of meat and dairy. That’s a 70-percent loss. With the earth’s population predicted to reach nine billion by mid-century, the planet can no longer afford this reckless, unhealthy and environmentally disastrous farming system.
Last weekend I took part in an aerial hoop workshop. First time - would describe it like this: fun, but painful. In between trainings I photographed the trainer, i.e. my sister (https://aerial-hoop-kattendorf.weebly.com/), and the above is what came of it.
Between 2014 and 2018 I lived in 12 different apartments. I moved around a lot for university and internships, and so having a balcony garden wasn't really an option (especially as I didn't often have access to a balcony of garden). So now that that has changed, this has become a very wonderful new part of my life. I'm learning as I go and not all my plants have been able to live out their lives in good health, I am still enjoying the process.
The end of March saw us drive to Sweden, Lulu in tow. The skies were gloomy that first day when we arrived in Lund to spend the night at a friend's after a five-hour drive. There were a few things that became obvious to us that first day: Swedish streets are extremely well-kept and comfortable to drive on, you cannot park for free anywhere (and there aren't many parking spots to begin with), the Swedish like to have red houses, and Dogs are not welcome in most eat-ins. The lack of cars parked in city centres was wonderful (you can actually take pictures of the city without having shiny cars covering doorways and pavements in every picture!) but the no-Lulu policy wasn't as impressive and meant we split up to have lunch in Lund. Note: the True Food Café allows dogs, has some truly amazing food, high-spirited staff and is very comfortable.
After visiting Lund's city centre we headed out to Lomma to go to the beach. It was windy and cold, but to Lulu's delight we found a little ball on the beach. Then we found a nearby café to warm up in (gosh, it was so cold!) but had to leave Lulu in the car (surprise, surprise...). We spent the rest of the afternoon driving around exploring the surrounding villages (definitely check out Jakriborg if you're in the area!) and other landmarks.
In the evening we left Lund and drove to Helsingborg, which is around a 45-minute drive from Lund.
On the third day we drove from Helsingborg to Linköping, stopping in all sorts of places to explore the surroundings. I had had a pretty bad fever during the night we spent in Helsingborg and so I was struggling with the cold, but it was well worth it for all of the beautiful sights! We had coffee and tea at a convent (not knowing it was a convent) in Jönköping - that was a pretty cool experience - and then went to see the town of Gränna which is famous for being the birthplace of polkagris (candy cane). Everything was covered in snow.
Sweden's second biggest Lake, Vättern, was largely frozen shut (see below) and probably ended up being the most exciting thing we saw during the entire trip. It was a sea of ice and we seemed to be the only ones fascinated by it for miles around. Is this an excerpt from the Arctic Circle?
We arrived in Linköping in the evening, where we had homemade pizza with family and friends. I was still so tired from the fever that I went for a little nap straight after dinner, and then got up again to greet a new arrival two hours later.
The next morning we were awakened by the arrival of a Swedish Lapphund who was dropped off at 7:30 for dogsitting. That is one crazy fluffy dog! Lulu didn't like him much the first day, but slowly warmed to him. All 9 of us went for a walk by the canal (partly frozen. lots of ducks, blue sky) and then Gustave and I spent the day exploring Linköping. Huge disappointment - the city centre is very industrial and doesn't contain many old-style buildings.
We later learned that the old part of the city centre had been moved further out and went to visit it the next day. It was beautiful! We had coffee and pastries in a sweet, vintage café with mismatched furniture and a charming waitress (there are a good deal of plant-based Swedish pastries available in Sweden, by the way). Much appreciated after a four-hour hike through a nature reserve. Oh, and we saw deer! No moose, but at least some deer. Of course I had forgotten to take my 200mm lens, and my 50mm did little for me (they were around 150m away from us).
The next day we left for Göteborg. Much to Lulu's dismay, who had been loving all the cuddles and the attention she had been getting in Linköping. The traffic in Göteborg was tough (amplified by the fact that it was the afternoon before Easter Friday, and parking wasn't easy either - but we had come to expect and accept that by then. We had dinner and then went for a long evening stroll through night-lit Göteborg, the second biggest city in Sweden.
Then came the drive to Malmö, which ended up being our favourite city in Sweden (it's the third biggest). Had a great dinner at Kao's and were impressed by the architecture (particularly by the city's main square).
And finally the drive home. We had lunch in Odense in Denmark (at Venchi - highly recommend the burgers!) and reached Germany in the afternoon on the final day of our road trip, feeling pretty satisfied and tired.
After yesterday's portrait shoot I felt inclined to photograph still life. It's been a while, but it didn't take me long to come up with a theme. Since moving to Berlin I've become more conscious of the impact my lifestyle has on the environment, because this city offers you all the resources to live a zero waste life. So by frequenting farmer's markets (here they'll fill hummus and dips into my own jars and offer produce sticker-free) and bulk shops, it's become almost second nature. In addition, I've gotten a library membership that allows me to borrow books on zero waste recipes for cosmetics and cleaning products, and tips on how to make fresh foods last longer (for example by making apple chips out of fresh apples, or making jam out of fresh berries). So above you can find a selection of goods from my pantry, ranging from powdered detergent and zero waste shampoo (which I've been using and loving for years now), to sugar-free cocoa powder and hemp seeds, photographed in my new apartment without any lighting aides.
My studio background system finally arrived today! I set it up in the living room of my parent's home (much to the disappointment of my dog, who doesn't like change) and felt immediately inspired to try it out. I mean, that was to be expected, right?
With 2017 coming to an end I've finally graduated with a Master of Arts! I still can't quite believe it! Writing my thesis came with so much stress, and I slowly feel all of that tension and sense of obligation leaving my mind free to focus on the things that I was previously unable to. And with that comes the newly added free time!
Yesterday I had the chance to photograph a newborn baby - my first time photographing a baby.
In the summer the Mauerpark in Berlin is crowded with people every Sunday. People eat, play music, play sports and games, chat, visit the flea market, and watch performances of all sorts. You'll find people from all over the world here, as well as the Berlin regulars.
Today I went to photograph a polo match between Schleswig-Holstein and Buenos Aires. Buenos Aires won 4-0, and the game was fantastic! It was raining so hard in the morning, but the skies cleared up by midday and we had quite a bit of sun. This was my first polo match and I absolutely loved it! Sport photogaphy is so different to portrait photography, particularly because the subjects in sport photography are oblivious to the camera and the photographer is the one who needs to be ready for any situation. With portrait photography, the subject moves to suit the photographer.
Since I got back from France at the end of December last year, alot has happened in my life. First of all, I was finally done with all of my lectures and exams for my Master's degree. So I moved to Frankfurt in January, where I spent six months with Miles & More. At the same time (and somewhat unintentionally) I gave up on eating animal products, which was triggered by a 15-page essay on climate change that I had to write for a Corporate Social Responsibility seminar in La Rochelle. That affected several parts of my everyday life, but it was absolutely worth it, and I feel so much happier and healthier now! Then I ran my first halfmarathon in March (ran the whole thing without stopping once - wasn't sure how difficult that would be, but it worked and I finished in a really good time). I also had to choose a topic for my Master's thesis and get started on writing it... Finding a topic was fairly easy. but the signing up dragged on and on because there were so many other issues, and it was hard for me to go to university to see my professor, as I was working full-time. To date I still have not signed up, but this is for a different reason: I'm going to start working as a working student for SAP in Berlin in July, which requires me to remain a student until the end of 2017. I'm happy about this and will be signing up at the beginning of July (the thesis takes 5 months + the colloquium). I've already completed the research, so there's no stress whatsoever involved for me. In 2018 I will be doing some lectures on my topic, once the thesis has been published - the lecture request came as a total surprise, but I think it's something I'd love to do. Alongside all of this I've still been doing shoots, and am always looking for more. In Berlin I'll only be working for 20hrs a week, and so I definitely plan on going hard on my photography - I can't wait! I'm so glad things are finally moving along. :) So that's my update for 2017. My goals now are to write an exceptional Master's thesis, do as many shoots as possible, and maybe run another halfmarathon in September, before trying out a marathon in 2018.
y sister photographs, too, and. I'm fairly certain that my photography wouldn't have advanced at the pace it did, had it not been for her. While on holiday in April, I did a gymnastics shoot of her and she did a yoga shoot of me, and of course I loved both sets of results. :)) I like the constant that yoga represents no matter where I go and it felt good to have it visualized. On that note: I'll be leaving Frankfurt for Berlin at the beginning of July: can't wait to see what both the Berlin yoga and photography scene have to offer!
Her page: http://equine-moments.weebly.com/
It's been a while since I last had a shoot as 'pure' as this one - minimal editing, minimal use of props, accessories, or make up, and about as natural as it can get, set in front of a bleak, thick sky and endlessly sandy landscape. The movements, stretches, and poses involved in this shoot were impressive, and I loved every minute of it, regardless of the icy winds that were whipping sand along the ground without let-up. Since beginning to practice yoga in January I've developed a new appreciation for photography of this sort - I now understand the feelings that stand behind the progress that you make in each stretch, pose or movement over time, which requires ample dedication, and the motivation to carry each out accurately.
It's hard to find and/or reach backgrounds like this, so I am very grateful to have been given the opportunity to do this shoot at this specific location, with a model with such a well-honed skillset, and certainly plan on doing more of these types of shoots.
I moved to Frankfurt on the 1st of January, to do an internship and write my master's thesis with the company. I've been living here for two full months now, and things have been fairly hectic. Now that I've settled in I'm ready to ease my way back into photography and am excited to see what collaborations 2017 has in store. The shoots I've had thus far have been fantastic - I hope they're suggestive of what is still to come! I definitely want to delve deeper into urban people photography, but also try to get more indoor shoots in.
Juggling work, photography, my master's thesis, taking care of my dog, training for my first half-marathon, preparing all of my own food, and dealing with a long-distance relationship certainly isn't the "piece of cake" I had initially pictured it to be, but I'm slowly finding my way around all of these important parts of my life. I've been putting most of my effort into my thesis and training - neither of which have much fun - and now I'm going to try to prioritize the one activity that I've been constistently passionate about over the past few years. Can't wait to see what my portfolio will look like at the end of 2017! For now, I'm looking forward to flying to Barcelona the day after tomorrow, and running the half-marathon in 1.5 weeks. After that I'll be taking shoot requests for Frankfurt and Hamburg/Schleswig-Holstein again. :)
It's been almost four months since I moved to La Rochelle for my semester abroad. The city is absolutely beautiful, and I'm more than ashamed to say that my camera has only seen the light of day on two occasions. Now exams are rapidly approaching and I'll be home for Christmas before I know it (can't wait to run through the fields with my dog!!!). On Saturday I will be attending my last class ever (in my Master's degree)! It's been quite the ride! I'm feeling a little apprehensive about leaving my official status of 'student' behind, but luckily I have a whole master's thesis to get through, before I'm thrown out into the "real world".
Later on today I'll be taking a break from studying for a shoot by the port (pictured above), and I'm glad to see that the sun is shining - not a drop of rain in sight - and the temperatures are rising (after some unexpectedly cold weather over the last few days). I expect to be dipping back into photography fully after Christmas, so feel free to contact me for shoots in Germany!
Here is an off-topic photo of some jellyfish, taken at La Rochelle's auquarium, which I loved!
On Wednesday I packed up my things into two suitcases. Initially I wasn't planning on packing my camera - along with the charger it would just take up much too much space, and I wouldn't be taking my PC, meaning I wouldn't have access to Photoshop anyway. But in the end I just couldn't leave it behind, so I made space and now it's beside me in Gustave's room in Barcelona. I'm spending my birthday here, then I'm going to be flying up to Cologne for some quality time, before taking the train to Paris for a few nights, and eventually taking another to train to La Rochelle, so I can finally move into my new apartment and start the semester.
Until then I'll be taking little snaps and trying to get back into photographing inanimate objects and the like.
Gustave's flatmate seems to be quite the coffee-pro, and so I documented the coffee-making process with my camera - all of the tools and machines are so shiny and slick. It was very satisfying and came with a nice carefree 'aftertaste', as the photography was purely for my own benefit, and I didn't need to follow anyone else's preferences or suggestions (not that I mind, but it certainly gave the entire experience a more independent and creative feel).