Aug 312008
 

Photographically, Fridays are always thrilling. These are the days when I have no time to spare, the days when I travel from Vienna to Carinthia, and on most Fridays I have trouble to come up with something usable. When I’m lucky, I manage to find it in the morning, when I’m not, I leave work for the Underground, knowing that I have about 500 meters with no time to stop, and by then I have to have an image. This was such a Friday.

Weather was less than optimal, it did just not rain, and when I looked across the street, I saw this angel watching over two windows with reddish curtains. That was it, in my hurry I could not find anything more.

Esther Emma Jongste, blogger and creator of one of my most favorite SoFoBoMo contributions, “Colorful Daily Details“, recently asked me if I always have a plan how to process an image. My answer was, that I normally just play around, have some techniques ready, try things and simply go along in the direction where it looks good. It is a bit like having a big block of marble, and instead of exactly knowing how the statue will look like, you chip a little here, a little there, and while you take stone away, a form emerges.

Well, this image was different. In this case I exactly knew what I wanted and how I wanted to get there. The steps were quite similar to those in “683 – Welcome To The Republic“. Nice, popping red, huh??

The Song of the Day is “Guardian Angel” from Lou Reed’s 2003 album “The Raven“. See him perform live on YouTube.

Apr 172008
 

After the vivid spring colors of the last days, let’s get a little more muted, shall we? I have been on St. Marx Cemetery today. It was a gray, windy day, with only traces of sunshine very late in the afternoon. This cemetery is out of use since 1874, but it is open to the public and it boasts the grave of none lesser than Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. In reality, only 17 years after his death nobody knew where he was buried any more, and I guess the place marked today is as authentic as the average Saint’s relic, but as with Saints, this has never stopped people believing.

I was rather late, only three quarters of an hour before closing time at 5pm, thus I didn’t even bother looking for Mozart. I was looking for the angels.

Angels? Yes, angels. Statues of angels are very common on old graves in Vienna. Of course they get much photographed and therefore this image is hardly original, but actually I don’t care. If I did, I would have to stop photographing in Vienna at all, and not only in Vienna, actually in every place where people photograph, which probably comprises 150% of the beautiful places in this world 🙂

The Song of the Day is the “Recordare” from Mozart’s “Requiem”. Of the six or seven versions that I have, I have chosen Jordi Savall and his orchestra “Le Concert des Nations”, but I guess this does not matter as much as it matters with baroque or earlier music. On YouTube you may hear (among others) the Symphony Orchestra of Ljubljana under Vladislav Tchernushenko, and they do it quite as well.