Last year me and my friend Chef Reuven Schockner went on a roadtrip to Malaga, Spain for an Event with Mercedes-Benz. We took the opportunity to film the whole trip and also show the dish Reuven had come up with for this trip. Inspired by everything that a trip like this lets you experience.
From Düsseldorf to Paris to Bordeaux to Bilbao to Madrid to Malaga and back.
A couple of weeks ago Ben Hammer and I decided on doing a series of Instameets/photowalks leading up to this years Photokina. Photokina is in Cologne after all and hanging out together shooting a little bit and showing our city to whoever is interested seems like a good plan. Long story short we had our first one today and it was quite a lot of fun. the weather was colder than I hoped for, but at least it did not rain.
Great as always with things like these, meeting all the new and old faces. Not all where sure what to do, we lost a couple along the way and found some at our final point. Pizzeria Scugnizzo provided us with some delicious Pizzas after a good march and some nice talks.
We will continue these as a series each month until and including September for Photokina 2016.
I had the idea for this the second I saw the location. I wasn’t sure how far I wanted to take the editing, but I found a good measure for my first step away from Lightroom only editing after a long long time. Obviously apart from skin retouching every now and then.
Really a direction I feel very good about. I will keep exploring. get back to telling more stories, even small made up ones.
more to come soon.
So i have written about my expectations before I got to Tokyo, I have written about my experience in Tokyo and what I took away from it. That leaves me with what I am looking for next time I get to
Tokyo/Japan, because I really really need to get back there. If you haven’t guessed yet, I have really become a huge Tokyo fan.
Number one on my list is for sure the Studio Ghibli Museum. A shame I missed it the first time around, hopefully I wont next time. Then the two most important point for me will be to see more of Japan. Kyoto for sure and as much as possible from around the country. Thirdly I want to meet and interact with more Japanese people living in Japan. Get their side of experiencing life in Tokyo and Japan. I want to soak in as much as possible and this time I would be more organised about my photography. This time I deliberately wanted to go easy on the photography side of things. I knew I wanted to do a few timelapses etc, but the rest I just wanted to let happen. Now I know what I want to see and see more of.
Last year, just by chance I stumbled over a few photo sets of Olga and knew that I wanted to work with here at some point. As luck seemed to be on my side Olga was going to be kind of close by for a photo workshop and we were able to arrange a shoot together. I am very happy with the results and I hope you will be too. Here the first set we shot.
I want to talk more about photography with you guys and anyone who is interested. Communicate my process, talk about the technical side, gear, post processing and what ever comes to mind. I want to use Snapchat (teymur17) for most of it. Youtube at some point, but let me start slowly. So hit me up with your questions, ideas, comments…
If you missed the first part of this Tokyo series of three you should check it out here —> Travel Photography – Tokyo (Part 1).
As I was saying before, Japan really surprised me. And some of the things people normally would say are cliches hit the nail right on the head. Probably true with quite some of cliches, for so many other things too.
Interestingly enough Tokyo is the cleanest Metropolis I have seen so far and I am not too sure how they pull it off. Especially when you compare it to cities like Berlin, Paris and New York, but also to a lot smaller cities. A second very interesting observation was that Tokyo felt very very safe at all times. Which, when you travel a lot mostly comes through your behaviour, but there was not one corner, street or anything that would have had a weird vibe. We might have missed those maybe, but you normally stumble upon them here and there. Ah well. Not complaining, not at all.
Last year we went on a wonderful drive down Monaco for a photo production for and with Mercedes-Benz. I was on the production team and helped out as good as possible and shot some BTS footage along the way. The photographers Lisa Linke and Nate Hassler were given two Mercedes-AMG SL63s in the Championship Edition. One white, one black.
Also along the ride Stellan Stephenson who was Lisa and Nate’s photo assistant on this trip.
Not sure where to start. This trip was very special in more than one way. Tokyo, as is Hong Kong, has been on my bucket list for a long long time. And when we started looking into where to go for a vacation it was between Tokyo and Hong Kong. We decided on Tokyo in the end because of a couple of reasons. All of them gut decisions of course. As so many other people I got interested in, specifically, Chinese and Japanese culture through movies. From classic Hong Kong films to early Anime films and TV series. My first real memories of the first things I watched are Goldorak aka Goldrake aka UFO Grendizer, some Bruce Lee Movie ( I really can’t remember which one), Jackie Chans Drunken Master and a beautiful Martial Arts film called Ninja Commando. From there I probably went the regular route via Ninja movies to more Anime to Hong Kong films and Japanese and Asian cinema. Going down that rabbit hole you certainly get interested in more than just the films and episodes themselves. I remember when Starbucks was still not know in Germany and you kept seeing it popping up more and more in Films and Episodes in US Films and series’s. You really got the urge to go there and drink yourself to death with coffee. Luckily unlike Starbucks, experiencing Japanese and Asian culture in general have not been a disappointment. I know I know, this is not a very sophisticated or highly cultural background, but what can I say… It’s what got me into it more and more over all these years. Also over the years Japanese and asian food has become more and more important for me.
So we made it all up in one piece. An amazing trip, exhausting, beautiful and lots of great opportunities to shoot some amazing photos, but when I first heard of the idea for the trip, I thought it would make so much sense to not fly back, but to drive back down all the way through Norway this time. Luckily I was able to convince the fine people at Mercedes-Benz and even get the Hasselblad with me on board for this part of the trip. I got a H5D-40 and a couple of beautiful lenses with and I was ready to gogo. I had a very rough idea of what route to take back down to Germany, but nothing specific booked written down. And normally it is not a real problem, the only thing was, is, the only road that goes all the way down from the North-cape through Norway is just that, a road. not a Highway, or an Autobahn. It’s curvy, stunningly beautiful, has quite some traffic and sometimes just ends up at a ferry.
This is one of those trips. Probably a once in a lifetime thing. Especially in this shape and form. Mercedes-Benz organized another fantastic roadtrip and this one went a little beyond everything we have done so far. What I have done so far for sure. The main trip was planned to promote the the GLE and take a group of around 22 Journalists, Bloggers, Instagramers from Kitzbühel in Austria to the North-cape. an at least 4000km Journey. The group was a fantastic mix of people from all over the world. Russia to South Africa, Italy, France and so on.
It has been some time and you are about to get hit hard! Leila Lowfire is back and we’re going to rock your world. There is a lot of stuff coming up in the next few weeks, too. I was home for a while now and had time to work through a lot of stuff that fell somewhat behind. From a lot more model work to road trips, travel work, Hasselblads and so on. You are in for a ride, but for now enjoy the photos I took of Leila last year. Set three of five that I have posted here. Check out ONE and TWO if you haven’t already!
See you later and have a fantastic week!
Back when I was in NYC for the MBRT15 Roadtrip I wanted to at least do one model shoot and was very lucky to have VerjinyaLee recommended to me. What a fun shoot and I think it shows. I am very happy with the results, especially as we only shot for quite a short amount of time. Always so much fun to create beautiful work with great people. Check out her portfolio over at http://verjinyalee.tumblr.com and let me know what you think.