My last blog entry was 9 months ago. In the real world, that’s a long time. In the digital age, that‘s an eternity. A digital generation may have come and gone, another digital revolution may have happened. I blinked and I missed it. And yet, the world is still here.
9 months may be long, or 9 months may be short. Time is malleable, it’s also subjective, it’s as much subject to change in the past as it is in the present and the future.
Being gone from social media for 9 months may spell death and disaster, oblivion at the very least. And yet, I am still here.
The world moved on, and I with it. A health-related time-out last summer gave me pause to reflect. About where I was in my life, about what is to come, at an age where I can probably count my remaining years on my fingers and toes.
Much of my life has been a tug-of-war between stability and roaming. Living in the same city, Berlin, for 25+ years, even living in the same flat for nigh on 20 years, and yet, born to run… and to always come back (to quote Bruce Springsteen – I guess there is a reason the website is called Always Arriving). Roaming the world in the short spaces of time that a regular job allows; the dichotomy of having a job that doesn’t give you the time you need for roaming, yet pays the bills to do so.
I resolved to work out some of the issues. Starting September I will be off work, and I’m currently planning for the future, starting with finding NGOs where I can do volunteer work for a while.
Much of my photography has equally been torn between opposite ends. Portrait photography, urban, travel; digital, instant, analog…. Photography-wise, I also decided it is time to focus. I took a good look at what I did over the last few years. What I enjoyed, and where my strengths lie. For almost twenty years I’ve been maintaining my web site, Always Arriving, a testimony to the tug-of-war between the disparate areas of photography I dabbled in over the years. Yet looking at the last few years, it’s also obvious that what I like, and what I think I do best, has steadfastly moved towards the forefront and the center of my work: portraiture. Where once I did street photography and travel photography, the focus shifted to street portraiture, whether at home in Berlin, or in the places I traveled to. Based on the more casual personal portraits I have been shooting since forever, I took an interest in more formal portrait work which I explored over the last couple of years, with several projects lined up for the immediate future.
As a result, I reorganised my web site. It finally includes a portfolio, with a series of galleries that reflect the work of mainly the last three years:
As the title indicates, this set features the formal portraits.
This set showcases the Berlin based street portraits, highlighting an aspect which always intrigues me, which is capturing people who by their looks or their demeanour demonstrate their willingness to live away from the mainstream, to live at the edge of society.
India / World
Street portraits from various trips, with a focus on India where I have been returning to regularly over the last six years; but also Morocco, Italy and other various European destinations.
Portraits (not candid shots) from Berlin’s Gay Pride events.
Portraits of friends and people around me.
In the coming weeks, I will be talking a bit more about the different aspects reflected in the various collections. For now though, please have a look at the new Portfolio, and let me know what you think. All feedback is welcome.