Personal Portraits

I posted a new set of photos to my web site, consisting of a series of portraits which I made of friends and acquaintances over the last year, entitled ‘Up Close & Personal 3′. It joins two earlier sets of the same name, the first one of which features analog portraits, while the second one consists mainly of photos taken with the iPhone. This time around, the set features mostly photos taken with Fujifilm X-Series cameras, but also some Leica and a couple of iPhone ones.

More of my people photography can be found [here].


Kool Kasai M U S I K

My friend Kool Kasai finally had his gig yesterday, at the last of a series of concerts called Fujiama Nightclub Urban Music, at Berlin’s Hermannplatz. Contrary to what he was planning originally, he didn’t perform with other musicians, but performed solo with his beatbox. Here he is doing his latest song, M U S I K.

Jam Session

One of the perks of being friends with street musicians: you’re often treated to impromptu concerts and jam sessions. Here three members of the Illegal Boys, a Polish group performing around Berlin, rapper Kool Kasai and Malte on accordion got together for a little fun. Being utterly devoid of any musical talent, I’m always amazed how fast and without much of a prologue these guys manage to fuse their different styles into a coherent, convincing whole that makes people stop and listen. 

Camera: Fujifilm X-T10 with 35mm f1.4 lens.

Creatures of the Night

One of the facets I enjoy hugely with the Fujifilm X-T10 camera is shooting at night. Pairing the older 35mm f1.4 lens with the camera’s high, relatively noise-free ISO setting makes it possible to get great results at low light settings.

Here we are again at Berlin’s Südstern. The weather in Berlin has recently once again been very summery, considering it’s already September, which means that we are able to enjoy a few more balmy nights before the onset of the long grey season that once used to be called Autumn and Winter.

Wearing Enigmas…

I have a distinct fondness for tattoos and when I saw this lady sitting in the doorstep of a tatto parlour in Berlin-Kreuzberg, I just had to ask if I could take her photo….

Wearing Enigmas. Camera: Fujifilm X-E2

Südstern continued…

As I keep hanging out around this particular subway station in Berlin, here are a couple more shots of the people who enjoy hanging out there as well….

Olga and Creed
Riscy (photo by Chris)

Kool Kasai Solo (Music Video)

This is the new video I made of Berlin’s subway rapper Kool Kasai, this time doing a solo performance at Berlin’s subway station. We filmed this video on an iPhone. 

See also the first video of Kool Kasai jamming with some friends….

Meanwhile back at Südstern

Several of the musicians that ply their trade in Berlin’s subway system tend to hang out at the Südstern subway station, including rapper Chris aka Kool Kasai and didgeridoo player/ drummer Oliver aka QuasiMono of whom I posted a video the other day. Here are a few more pics from Saturday night.

Christina from Lithuania and Antonio from Italy, a couple who recently moved from London to Berlin and are currently caught in Germany’s intractable bureaucracy while trying to get registered, find a flat and find a job – all at the same time. Antonio is a chef and sings and plays the guitar in a gothic metal band. Christina used to run a gothic shop in Camden.

Oliver and his didgeridoo

Chris and a member of the Polish band Illegal Boys. On Saturday they were performing together on the U7 line, to great acclaim.

Oliver and Friedrich. Friedrich doesn’t play an instrument per say, but he keeps trying out the various instruments of the other performers, and it sounds promising…

Camera: Fujifilm X-E2 with 35mm1.4 lens.

Kool Kasai and Friends

Chris, who goes under the handle Kool Kasai, usually does freestyle rapping in Berlin’s subway trains. Sometimes he teams up with friends in order to jam. He had asked me to film him perform with Eleonora from Venezuela, who sings and plays the Quarto, and Oliver a.k.a QuasiMono, on drum. Here is the video:

I have seen Chris performing in the subway for something like 7 of 8 years, I think. He’s been hanging out close to where I live, and we got talking a few weeks ago, and been having a beer or two together every so often around one of the subway stations. He is one of the most interesting people you can meet around Berlin, talented and smart and with a life experience that belies his relative youth. He’s hoping to move on from subway rapping to more substantial gigs, hence this tryout with Eleonora and Oliver. His goal is to get a spot on a concert series that takes place in Berlin’s Hermannplatz every Thursday during the summer.

Oliver can usually be seen around Berlin playing the didgeridoo. He has produced and published a few tracks that mix the didgeridoo with electronics to great effect. Here they are on Soundcloud: .

I used the Fujifilm X-T10 to film the video; this is the first time I used the camera to shoot video and it shows in a couple of places….