May 262015
 

This is a special kind of train used for repairing train tracks. It moves along very slowly and it seems to do something to the gravel between the rails. I have not asked, I just made a few images and tried to protect my contact lens-wearing eyes from the dust 🙂

The Song of the Day is “Work Upon The Railway” by The Weavers. Hear it on YouTube.

2765 – Machines R Us

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May 132014
 

This image was taken with the cheap 40-150 with the plastic mount. I really wish I had had the upcoming 40-150/2.8 available, because the background is distracting. On the other hand, shallow DOF would not only have blurred the background but also the machines in the back, and actually for the machines I have not enough DOF as it is.

OK, in Photoshop I could have invested a lot of time to get rid of the grass, or I could have gone B&W, but that would have defeated the purpose completely. What remains is an image lacking. Sometimes I just accept it 🙂

The Song of the Day is “Machines R Us” from the Faithless album “Outrospective”. Hear it on YouTube.

2727 – Casino Boogie

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Apr 052014
 

Yesterday’s cafĂ© is opposite Velden’s casino, an establishment that I’ve visited exactly once in my life, almost 30 years ago. Roulette is not my game 🙂

Obviously some time has passed and the casino is being renovated at the moment. I was already on my way back to the car when I saw the tent at the entrance, and I didn’t have to wait for long until I got a couple in the right position.

The Song of the Day is “Casino Boogie” from the classic Rolling Stones album “Exile On Main Street”. Hear it on YouTube.

2588 – The Tubes Of Salvador DalĂ­

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Nov 172013
 

What’s that, you ask? I have no idea, I say. I just saw these tubes in front of a shop in Villach. Obviously some kind of construction was going on, but then, these tubes look in a way irregular, that the building blocks of our industrial age almost never look. Made me tilt my head, shrug my shoulders and go on 🙂

The Song of the Day is “`Eungenio´ Salvador DalĂ­” from the classic Mecano album “Descanso Dominical”. Hear it on YouTube.

2586 – Caught Between

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Nov 152013
 

This metal framework was recently built at a construction site near my home in Vienna. It is obviously meant to hold the floor of an overhanging part of the building while it is being built.

The Song of the Day is “Caught Between” from Brian Eno’s 2005 album “Another Day on Earth”. Hear it on YouTube.

Aug 012013
 

I see this construction site behind the Underground station (well, forget about the “under” part out here in the outskirts of Vienna) every time I head for the train to Carinthia. Somehow the portal-like view impresses me.

It’s not a classically beautiful place, but it breathes a certain power. And it’s one of those non-places that are so much part of our everyday life and that we tend to disregard anyway. It’s only somewhere in between, but that doesn’t make it less interesting for me.

The Song of the Day is again “Somewhere In Between” from Kate Bush’s 2005 album “Aerial”. Hear it on YouTube.