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284 – Walking Alone

This is an image from yesterday. I’ve spent the whole day in bed, well, at least those times that I could stay off of the toilet. It must be something that I’ve eaten yesterday. I hate it, but don’t worry, it will go away.

This is Worms’ “Festplatz” or festival place. This is not where the festival, that I’m here for, takes place, it seems to be more of a circus ground or place for occasional Rock concerts. The funny thing is this fountain, that seems so completely out of place.

The Song of the Day is from Sophie B. Hawkins’ 2001 album “Timbre” and is called “I Walk Alone“.

283 – Rainy Day

We are the second day here in Worms. Mondays are quiet days here, and we decided to just drive around a little and get an impression of the landscape. Well, we had rather bad luck, it was a little bit rainy most of the day, and that changed to solid rain in the afternoon.

This image was taken in a small village, to be honest, I can’t remember its name right now. I used the Sigma 10-20 at 10mm. Post-processing was done in Photoshop, using the original, two layers treated with Photomatix tone mapping, different blending modes, masks, Lab manipulations and who-knows-what 🙂

The Song of the Day is John Lee Hooker’s “Rainy Day” from the 1997 release “Don’t Look Back“. Sorry, I found no lyrics.

282 – Before the Storm

I am in Germany. Worms, to be precise. The city called “Worms” I mean. We arrived yesterday evening, and we will stay at least until Thursday, because for that evening we have tickets for the “Nibelungen” festival. No, it’s not opera, it’s not Wagner (that would be Bayreuth in Bavaria), it’s theater, a modern play performed in front of the facade of Worms’ medieval cathedral. It is a festival that is now in its fifth year and seems to do well.

I shot this image yesterday, somewhere on a rest area at the highway in Bavaria. We were not affected by the severe thunderstorms there, but we were not far away either. This lone, brightly red hanger in front of the storm sky fascinated me, and after some surgery, removing a waste basket, a traffic sign and some other minor distractions, color correction, bumping saturation, increasing contrast in the clouds, etc, it looks exactly as I wanted it to. Somehow surreal.

Nikon 18-200 VR at 50mm, f4.8 and 1/125s, post-processing in Photoshop.

I have only part of my music collection with me, but the word “storm” makes no problem. The Song of the Day is Harold Arlen’s “Stormy Weather“, one of my most beloved Jazz standards since the first time I heard it sung in Derek Jarman’s movie adaption of Shakespeare’s “The Tempest“.

But it is neither this nor any other of the popular interpretations that we hear today. We are in Germany, and the Song of the Day is a French version, “Quand II Pleut”, sung by the famous German 1930s a-capella band “The Comedian Harmonists”. I have it on part one of a “Greatest Hits” album.