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Category: travel

Woodwork medieval-style

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Doberan Minster, Bad Doberan. Sep 2014.

Doberan Minster, Bad Doberan. Sep 2014.

Detail of the choir stalls. Ornamental work dating back to ca. 1380.
I cannot shake off the feeling, that there is an owl in hiding.

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Swedish pick-up shoes

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Artillerigatan 49, Östermalm, Stockholm. Jun 2014.

Artillerigatan 49, Östermalm, Stockholm. Jun 2014.

While I spent a few days in Sweden’s capital in early June, the city languishing in the sun, I noticed quite a number of abandoned shoes in Stockholm’s streets, some of them neatly arranged in pairs, more often though a single one on its own, some of them in the most unlikely places, tied to a window grate or footwear slung into a tree top swinging high, some in plain view,

some seemingly set aside just for a bare moment, some having turned over time into a token or rather a faded landmark, a single kid’s green sneaker here, a svelte sandal airing its heel there, each one an unfolding tale or witness to such. It made me wonder about the many reasons to leave behind a shoe or two in the public space…

For measurement, as manifest lagom? Are they to be picked-up eventually? Are they kind gifts for a stranger, charity, or just cheerfully redundant and spotty? A postmodernist wink and nod to contemporary whims? Is the typical Stockholmer a perpetual traveller on the move, his resolve a steadfastness on the go, is he a city slacker? Jag vet inte. – Thanks for your visit!

Wanderlust

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Ratskeller im Neuen Rathaus (cellar of New town hall), Untermarkt, Görlitz. Apr 2014.

Ratskeller im Neuen Rathaus (New town hall), Untermarkt, Görlitz. Apr 2014.

Wand’rer / bist hie willkomm / mach hie zum Trunk / Dein Armbein krumb.
(Traveller / be welcome here / & bend your arm / here for a drink.)

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Off with their heads!

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Woodlawn Cemetery, Bronx, NYC. Sep 2012.

Woodlawn Cemetery, Bronx, NYC. Sep 2012.

What a hilarious instance of sepulchral humour.
Chiselling lettrism in the literal sense: Phonetics à la concrète.

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Forever y(o)ung

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Woodlawn Cemetery, Bronx, NYC. Sep 2012.

Woodlawn Cemetery, Bronx, NYC. Sep 2012.

In floriography, Allium (‘Gladiator’) represents unity, humility, and patience. In Byron’s words: The flower in ripen’d bloom unmatch’d / Must fall the earliest prey.

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La dolce vita (Soho edition)

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110 Shaftesbury Ave, Soho, London. Dec 2013.

110 Shaftesbury Ave, Soho, London. Dec 2013.

Cakes on display at Golden Gate Dessert House. Vibrant and colourful on the edge of Chinatown. Thanks for your visit!

Bernese b/w

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Railway arch near Reitschule, Neubrückstraße, Bern. Oct 2013.

Railway arch near Reitschule, Neubrückstraße, Bern. Oct 2013.

Les trois Bernoises. Portrait shot. Thanks for your visit!

Re-imagine

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Halléngården, Thorvald Meyers gate 59, Grünerløkka, Oslo. Nov 2012.

Halléngården, Thorvald Meyers gate 59, Grünerløkka, Oslo. Nov 2012.

Artists: C215 (Christian Guémy), TMNK aka Nobody; Stencil in original state.

No hell below us / Above us only sky. – John Lennon. Thanks for your visit!

Condition: poor

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Kildare St., Southside (Taobh Ó Dheas), Dublin. Jul 2013.

Kildare St., Southside (Taobh Ó Dheas), Dublin. Jul 2013.

A beautiful façade does not guarantee a nice interior, even when prettied up. Thanks for your visit!

Viennese gauze

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Donaukanal, Leopoldstadt, Vienna. Mar 2010.

Donaukanal, Leopoldstadt, Vienna. Mar 2010.

The former Jewish quarter in Vienna’s 2nd district (up until 1938) has become a flourishing neighbourhood again in recent years. Thanks for your visit!