Funny & Weird
Let’s face it. We, the people. are not always chic & shiny as we’d wish. And what’s better than an everlasting picture to freeze that awkward moment you didn’t even know you had. So here’s a small gallery of weird and funny moments I was able to capture for eternity…
Karneval der Kulturen / Berlin
Karneval der Kulturen (en: Carnival of Cultures) is as crazy as it gets in Berlin. Four days of partying, cultural events and the weirdest people Berlin can offer (and if you know Berlin you know it can host some pretty colorful people).
Roma of Romania
On my way through Romania I stopped at a tiny village in the middle of nowhere. What started with a step into horse shit ended in a terrific photo session with the Romas living there – friendly and fun people who might not care for our luxury standards but surely care for a smile and a homey welcome.
In 2012 I was invited to a wedding, by chance, in the small village of Bukit Lawang, northern Indonesia. It was a wonderful moment of love, tradition and friendliness. I was welcomed as a friend although no-one really knew me, although I am not religious and although I come from a privileged life. It was one of those moments where you want the whole world to be there to show why traveling is so important.
Orangutan Trekking / Indonesia
While we enjoy our KitKat or other palm-oil soaking treats, Indonesian forests are lumbered by the minute. Only few Orangutans remain in the wild, and the species is short of extinction. In Bukit Lawang, a small village north of Medan, some of the last Orang Utans can be found.
The Cows of Northern India
Cows in India play an important role, not just for religious believes. They roam the streets and pick up rubbish, with their craw processing left overs no other animal can eat, and therefore act as a natural waste disposal in a country where public garbage collection doesn’t exist. Buffaloes and cattles are used for plowing, their dung is used as fertilizer, or dried and used to burn. It is estimated that Indians would have to mine and somehow set up distribution facilities for about 35 million tons of coal a year for fuel if dung were not available. Milk is an important protein source for children, and leather is used for clothing. So here’s a little photo story about cows and buffaloes in northern india. Here’s to KAMADHENU, symbolic cow of supreme abundance.
Los Coches de Cuba (2008)
Cuba is a country of colors and cars – old cars, long forgotten and left behind by glorious days. After the victory of the Revolution on July 26, 1953, an embargo kept Cuba from importing any “western” world cars or parts. What seems to be a big tourist attraction is a contemporary witness of sixty years of internal and external oppression on Cuban people.
New York vs Sodapix (2007)
For the Swiss picture agency Sodapix we ran around New York and scattered printed images from their portfolio, trying to set a contrast between reality and stock photography.
Oregon Football / analog
Football plays a big role in college sports. The University of Oregon boosts a 59.000 seat stadium (Autzen Stadium), sold out every game. Phil Knight, Nike-Founder and former UofO student, has donated over $300 million to the UO and to the athletic department over the past 20 years helping the Oregon Football team to compete among the best in the country.
Bull Racing / analog
Once a year in Jávea, close to Alicante, bulls are chased down the street into an arena to be a part of a game for young, “brave” men. The “goal” is to touch the bulls horn – luckily none of the animals get seriously hurt like in other parts of spain. Still it’s a cruel tradition and I cannot help, but getting the feeling that the animals in these images have more grace than the people around…