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Welcome to my blog! Here I share my thoughts about photography in general and my pictures in particular, and sometimes also about the world as it is… or could be.

Running, 2015.(…) music heard so deeply
That it is not heard at all,
but you are the music
While the music lasts.”

T. S. Eliot, The Dry Salvages, 1941, V

So much is happening right now that I don’t get around writing about my photography anymore. But I will come back to that, I promise, I already have a few topics on my mind. And I really have to share this with you, my latest addiction. It is music and one singer/songwriter in particular: Aaron Howard. I’ve been listening to his songs almost without pause for the last few days. As I said, addiction. But his music is simply wonderful; songs of life and love. When I listened to Aaron’s songs for the first time, they already seemed so familiar to me. I don’t know if it’s the melodies, the lyrics, his voice—probably the whole package—, but his music goes straight to my heart. Even when I am not actually listening, his music is still with me when a line from his songs suddenly crosses my mind or I catch myself humming one of his melodies. I hope Aaron will continue writing and singing and simply making wonderful music. I believe nobody can sing the way he does without it coming from the depth of their heart.

So, be sure to check Aaron’s music out. You can listen to his latest album “Heart on Fire” on his webpage. And if you like what you hear, and I am sure you will, please spread the word and like/follow him on Facebook and Twitter. Aaron’s songs would also make a great Christmas present for a friend or a loved one; you can download his music or buy a hand-signed CD from his webpage. Go on, listen and enjoy!

Imagine: Pace, 2015.Imagine all the people, living life in peace…
You may say I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one,
I hope someday you’ll join us, and the world will be as one.”

Imagine, John Lennon, 1971, from the album “Imagine”

Naïve I was, dreamer I am. Improving the lives of people where there is need has become just another item on the to-do-lists again. When facing the realities of terror, nations respond with violence, again. The attackers won. Why do we obviously still believe the use of violence would lead to less violence? Why do we think others should follow rules we do not follow ourselves? Don’t get me wrong, I do believe in the right of self-defense. But there is a difference between self-defense and self-justice.

Last summer, a young man killed nine people in a church in Charleston, South Carolina. As different as this shooting was from the recent shootings in Paris, they are all acts of violence and terrorism. What struck me most in the aftermaths of these horrible events was the response of the people. In Paris, Davide Martello set up his piano—adorned with a peace sign—outside of the Bataclan theatre and played John Lennon’s “Imagine”. In Charleston, people showed forgiveness towards the attacker and unity when faced with an attack intended to divide.

Using violence is not a sign of strength, using violence is a sign of weakness. Strong are they who respond with love when facing evil.

Frieden—Hépíng—Mir—Pace—Paix—Pax—Paz—Peace—Salām—Shalom

Before the Storm (1), 2015.All Wars are Follies, very expensive and very mischieveous ones. When will Mankind be convinc’d of this, and agree to settle their Differences by Arbitration? Were they to do it even by the Cast of a Dye, it would be better than by Fighting and destroying each other.”
Benjamin Franklin in an unpublished letter to Mary Stevenson Hewson on January 27, 1783, in: The Papers of Benjamin Franklin

By now you have probably found out that I like quotes. What sometimes drives me mad though, is that very often what troubles us today is nothing new to our generation. Instead generations before us, sometimes even going back well before the current era, have been dealing with the same problems. And even worse, people have made suggestions on how to solve these problems.

What I find most disturbing at the moment are the many wars on this planet; some of which have been going on for quite some time, others for not so long. Especially troubling I find the war in Syria. Everybody willing to take a closer look can see all the ugly sides of wars there. Benjamin Franklin’s words uttered well more than 200 years ago, are unfortunately still up to date.

But I am also hopeful. Still. And in spite of what I have said before. Because something is different now. There is an exodus of people from the war-stricken regions in the mid-east. And they not only look for refuge in nearby countries, no, they are willing to risk their lives to find a safe haven in Europe, where fortunately, most people nowadays know wars only from TV. Countries en route as well as the countries of refuge are facing problems new to them, especially in that scale. And maybe, maybe this will start a process of rethinking war and the price it comes with in the political classes. Hopefully this will eventually result not only in the realization of the truth of Benjamin Franklin’s words, but also in actions to stop this senseless killing of people and the destruction of every possibility for the survivors to make a living, not even talking about making a living in a healthy environment.

Over Russia (1), 2014.“All things move and nothing remains still”
Socrates referring to Heraclitus of Ephesus in Plato, Cratylus, 360 BCE, section 402a

I have been doing some restructuring, here on my website and also on Saatchi Art. I have made a few more prints available on Saatchi Art and will continue to do so in the future. I do not offer fine art or gallery photo paper prints anymore, however, canvas prints are still available for some photographs and I have added original photo prints under acrylic glass and HD metal prints.

Here on my website, you will now find an info-section with a lot of information about the different printing options, the different editions I offer, and much more. I have also added more photographs and arranged them in new collections. And perhaps the biggest change is, that you can now order prints of my photographs here on my website!

If you enjoy my photographs, please like me on Facebook and follow me on Twitter and Saatchi Art. Hope to see you there soon!

Darko's Fire, 2015.It is not that I am so wise that I can predict what will happen next. What I do know is that if one wants to get a boat ride, one must be near the river.
Anchee Min, Becoming Madame Mao, 2000, p. 21

I am very happy to announce that prints of my photographs are now available on Saatchi Art! What now calls itself the world’s leading online art gallery, was started in 2006, then as Saatchi Online, by the famous Saatchi Gallery of London.

The photographs I selected for Saatchi Art especially convey the atmosphere of the moment when the picture was taken. Some of the pictures are vibrant and lively, others show gentle color transitions giving a feeling of peacefulness and serenity. I believe this is best transported by Fine Art Prints. You can also opt for Gallery Photo Paper Prints, both options are of course printed with archival pigmented inks. For some photographs I even offer Canvas Prints coated with a special UV protective layer. I used to think canvas is not the right medium for photographs, even though it has become increasingly popular. But because of the distinctive characteristics of some of the pictures I have chosen for my Saatchi Art Portfolio, I have somewhat changed my mind on that. Take a look for yourself on Saatchi Art!