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SENT CARD #29: Without A Warning

(#29) DE-1278202 to Karin (THE NETHERLANDS) who studies meteorology in the UK. The postcard traveled 359 miles (577 km) in 10 days.

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Oblivious and careless I keep on chattering, my mind far away from the immediate danger I’m in.

My driver tightens her grip on the steering wheel and forces the car to stay on track. Strong winds threaten to push it of the road. I don’t notice.

It rains and a thick sheet of water runs down the side windows like a rivulet smoothing the pebbles in its bed. The wipers aren’t making a lick of difference with their frantic back and forth across the windshield. I don’t spare it more than the occasional glance and keep rambling on about trivialities. They may be matters of more importance but right now they mean nothing.

My driver’s eyes dart to the thermometer inserted in the dashboard. The temperature dropped rapidly. Within less than a mile it had dropped by almost ten degrees. My questions are misfit; her answers monosyllabic.

Seemingly thick lightning bolts keep striking the earth around us: I’m still marveling at their beauty while the thunder’s already booming in my ears. I turn around to my driver, finally shutting my stupid mouth. Even my blind eyes are noticing the quiver of fear in the air around her. But even now I still only offer to check the radio stations for any news on this – to me absolutely fascinating and to my driver most worrisome – weather situation.

Hail joined the thick drops of rain. A storm’s raging mere inches from my face while I enjoy the calm of oblivion. There are no news on it. But it doesn’t matter anymore as we can already see the end of it all.

Beyond the edge of the storm’s dark clouds, smiles a friendly bright blue sky. It could’ve been a tornado. It could’ve cost us our lives. It could’ve been our end. And still: I don’t care. Always wrapped up in the blanket of ignorance. An ignorance born out of inexperience.

I feel safe.

Too safe?

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(Just to make sure: The depiction of the situation I was in when I took the picture is slightly exaggerated. It was still pretty freaky and rather dangerous though.)

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Liberate Your Art Postcard Swap 2012: Recap and Blog Hop

The “Liberate Your Art Postcard Swap 2012”: I’ve never participated in anything quite like it. It’s been an amazing experience and I’m definitely game for next year’s swap 🙂 So, before I go on I want to thank Kat Sloma for organizing all of it: THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!!!

In the form of five postcards I’ve liberated my art into the world…

…in return I received six postcards from other artists doing the same.

During the weeks of the swap I could feel how my inspirational batteries were being recharged with each card I found in my mailbox. I got to look through other artists eyes – and through the viewfinder on Pam Bowers’, Kara Monroe’s and Kat Sloma’s camera.  Seeing other people’s works always shows me new ways of look at the world around me, leads me to disscover new paths of creativity and points out other ways of expressing oneself. For instance: If it hadn’t been for Cris’s card from Ohio I’d have never known what zentangles are and would’ve never tried it myself. I ordered a little booklet on it from amazon and am now tangling like crazy; it’s so much fun!

Well, I can’t thank everyone enough, especially Jan, Kate, Pam, Cris, Kara and Kat; for liberating their wonderful art into the world, for recindling my creative energies and for driving me to tackle new projects! Thank you all!!!

Now, get on hopping 😉 here is the link.

I hope everything works okay.

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Through the pinhole

Today I did something that should probably be forbidden: I bought a “holga” pinhole lens (20 €) for my Canon 20D and went outside taking pictures of random things trying to figure everything out. Working with a pinhole lens is definitely point-and-shoot- and long-time-exposure-photography at its finest. Here are my first “pinhole pictures”:

ISO 400 – 20 seconds

ISO 400 – 1 second

ISO 400 – 4 seconds

ISO 400 – 8 seconds

Of course, they are all fuzzy, blurry and so on but not too shabby for the first time, don’t you think? Well, there’s always room for improvement. If anyone has any advice for me, please leave me a comment. I’d really appreciate it : )

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P.S. I did use a tripod!

P.P.S. I also know about the dust and will take care of it asap ; )

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Liberate Your Art Postcard Swap 2012: Last two through the finish line…

Hello everyone,

This week I received my last two postcards from Kat’s faboulous art postcard swap.

Original photo by Kara Monroe

A magnificent photograph by Kara Monroe from the US, who’s also *thumbs up* a postcrossing member and mail artist. For this particular swap she decided to stick with photography even though she likes to explore many other fields and forms of art too. Check out her fabolous blog at www.iwannabemewhenigrowup.blogspot.com  🙂

Original photo by Kat Sloma

And this is the sixth and final postcard from Kat Sloma herself. I think the photograph is simply mesmerizing. Here is the link to her site again: www.kateyestudio.com . Maybe you are even able to attend one of her photography courses or workshops. I think she also offers some online too.

The swap has been so much fun! I can’t wait for the upcoming blog-hop and of course next year’s swap 🙂

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Liberate Your Art 2012: Wonderful Photography by Pam Bowers

I received my fourth card from the “Liberate Your Art” postcard swap today. It’s this amazing photo of the San Diego harbor taken by Pam Bowers. She’s an incredibly talented photographer with a great eye! Just visit her blog “Kassies Beach” and see for yourself.

“San Diego Harbor” by Pam Bowers

Can’t wait to see the last two cards from the swap. I’ll keep you posted:)

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SENT CARD # 8 & # 12: The London Olympics and one proud German

Let the games begin… ehmm, sorry, continue…

Unless you live behind the moon or in the pampa without any communication whatsoever you should’ve noticed that the world’s top athletes have gathered for the Olympic Games in London. Since I started my apprenticeship/new job last wednesday I haven’t had too much time to really watch it but I’m following the action on my iPhone. I love the London 2012 Results app. It’s so easy to stay updated on all the sports I’m interested in.

Well, even though you might think I’m a sports fanatic here, I’m really not. On one hand it’s really sad and pathetic because it feels very halfhearted when I cheer for my nation’s athletes during the Olympics but could give – excuse my language – shit about what they are competing in in the four years inbetween the Games. And I want to go as far as to say that the majority of people are the same way.  On the other hand – does it really matter? The Olympics are a huge event and remind people of how important sports are for us all and how it can bring everyone closer together. Isn’t it great that the Olympics can interest people in sports that usually don’t pay much attention to it in their lives?

Okay, so no matter how you think about it all, I’m proud of all the athletes and as a passionate equestrian especially happy about the medals the German riders and their brave horses have won for my home country so far. I wish I could be in London right now to see it all in real life and feel the Olympic spirit. As William Dunbar once said: “London, thou art the flower of cities all!”. I once combined this quote with one of my many photographs of The Clock Tower, now Elizabeth Tower, to create a postcard for postcrossing-member and London fan Ksyusha from the Ukraine:

SENT CARD #12: DE-1074648 to Ksyusha (UKRAINE); Distance traveled: 902 miles (1452 km); Days traveled: 32 days;

Here are a couple more of my London photographs. Besides the fact that all larger cities have their muddy and dark alleys, London is very beautiful and definitely a real “queen” 🙂

But as this postcard to Nastya from Russia proves: My hometown Soltau is a great place to be as well but Home Sweet Home is – generally speaking – always a wonderful place to be 🙂 right?!

SENT CARD #8: DE-1053111 to Nastya (RUSSIA); Distance traveled: 914 miles (1471 km) ;Days traveled: 34 days;

Now, I don’t want to hold you up any longer and let you get back to cheering for your athletes! Have fun following the excitement wether in front of your TV, using the app on your smartphone, reading about it in your newspaper or online, or maybe even live in London… Have fun!

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Reaching the summit


I hiked up a mountain today!!! My travels through the US have lead me to the Green Mountain State and there I went to the summit of Bromley Mountain. It’s not a huge mountain, just 3284 ft. (1001 m), but I am still proud of myself. And I got to take so many beautiful pictures. Here is a small selection. I hope you enjoy 🙂

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Summertime!!!

Solstice! It’s offically summer – in the northern hemisphere that is. YAY! In celebration of this wonderful fact, a beautiful sunset-picture for you guys. I took it a couple weeks ago when having dinner at the Back Bay Seafood Restaurant in Gulfport, Mississippi. Isn’t it pretty?!

Have a great start into your summer!

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German Cowgirls

Spending time with my „American Family“ is always a blast. Just recently we visited a friend of theirs who owns cutting horses. For me and my American family’s current exchange student (a German horse-and-riding-addicted girl like me) it was the first time sitting on a western horse. It was so different from what we are used to. A true thrill ride!

Cutting horse “Woody” and me. Photocourtesy of my amazing American Dad 🙂 Thank you for always taking such great pictures!

And I think the following piece of art goes very well with this very unique experience. It’s my first linocut in about two years: A RODEO-cut.

I’ve sent one of the eleven prints I made to Viviana Cernjul in Argentina. Of course I created a very special envelope for it too. Take a look:

Hopefully I’ll be able to save some more time for blogging in the next couple of weeks: All the exciting things I’m seeing and experiencing during my stay in the US this year have kept me away from the blogosphere quite a lot recently.

P.S. I’ve also acquired a plethora of postcards from five different states already. Finding them is not really easy sometimes. I’ll let you know where I got mine in one of my upcoming posts. Promise : )

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RECEIVED CARD #17: I’m not Rosana

This postcard came all the way from the Spanish island Tenerife off Africa’s west coast. So it traveled 2,154 miles (3,467 km) in 11 days to reach my mailbox and me in Germany.

Noelia – or nosoyrosanna (I’m not Rosanna) as she calls herself on Postcrossing – is very passionate about photography and enjoys old school cameras using film. She owns two lomographic cameras and has her own little website to share her pictures with the world > http://www.lomography.es/homes/deprofundis

The postcard’s design is one of Noelia’s original photographs. It shows her friend’s dog “Bender” (yes, her friend named the dog after the Futurama character – lol). She used an extreme wide angle fisheye lense and redscale film. It’s definitely one of the most interesting cards I’ve ever received; I wish I had a fisheye lens…

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SENT CARD #17: Cats for Kate

Hello, hello, hello everyone 😉

This card featuring a photograph I took of cute little “Ginger” went to Kate in Russia. She loves cats and small things
So I decorated the back of the postcard with various little items: Candy wrappers, cat stickers, a train ticket from the Hamburg Metro, etc. The whole thing almost looks like “trashpo” – mail art to me; and I like it 😀

Have a great Tuesday!

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Hello crocus! Hello spring!

Today I’m just droppin’ in to show you
what I’ve discovered in my front yard this morning.
And I’m telling you:

It’s spring folks.

Do you hear?!

I’ve got the pictures to prove it!

See…

All I’m saying is:

Credit:
Font “flower 1 

Schriftarten

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♫ Endless Red Tape ♫

Another promise, another scene,
Another packaged lie to keep us trapped in greed,
And all the green belts wrapped around our minds,
And endelss red tape to keep the truth confined 

They will not force us,
They will stop degrading us,
They will not control us,
We will be victorious

~ Uprising by MUSE

This is one of my favourite songs by the British band MUSE and especially the line endless red tape to keep the truth confined inspired me to create this piece of mail art:

I took a piece of cardboard and with the help of some superglue I literally wrapped “red tape” around it. The whole thing got so thick I was afraid the postal service would refuse to transport it for the price of a regular postcard. But no, I was lucky, they did accept it! It took over six weeks though before it reached its destination: The mailbox of Kerri Pullo in Tucson, Arizona. In spite of all that it actually didn’t get mangled too badly; I guess it’s just tough like that!

And…
Kerri likes that song by MUSE too!!! I don’t know how big a fan she is but I just love their music. I’ve been to two of their Resistance Tour concerts: The one in Berlin 2009 and the first of the two big gigs at Wembley in London 2010!
Here are some pics from the concerts. Their stage setup and show is just crazy!

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So, what do you listen to?  Does music influence your art sometimes too?

Have a great Tuesday, see ya,

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Would you be my Valentine?

A little something for all Valentines out there : )

Just a photograph I took during a weekend trip to Cologne in October last year. These are so called Love Padlocks or Love Locks.
In Cologne sweetherats affix them to the Hohernzollern Bridge but also in ParisRome and Seoul many choose to symbolize their evelasting love with such a lock.

I wish you a Happy Valentine’s Day!

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In Motion

Dear Friends,

“A horse loves freedom, and the weariest old work horse will roll on the ground or break into a lumbering gallop when he is turned loose into the open.”
~Gerald Raftery (author, poet and journalist)

I spent the day at the barn, mucking out the stall and taking care of “Romanze” (romance), the horse I am leasing. Instead of riding I decided to turn her loose in the covered arena. It’s always a delight to watch her run freely and tonight I tried to take a couple of pictures. Unfortunately it was a little too dark and the photographs obviously didn’t turn out right – out of focus etc. I liked these two shots anyway because they caught the “in-motion” feeling so well : ) and somehow this is exactly what I meant to preserve on film.

Isn’t it great to see someone enjoy their freedom so greatly? Jumping, running, kicking – Bucking of all frustrations accumulated and really dig the time not being bridled by the everyday circus.

I think many in this day and age have forgotten how important it is to do what my horse just did tonight. I am not saying people should go outside, run around and buck like a mad person –  or maybe they should (?) – but just be who they are and forget what other people say, might think or expect of them for at least a little while. There are many people on this planet fighting for the freedom we are already being granted. We shouldn’t waste it by distorting ourselves to please others.

So, what are you waiting for? Take off that stupid bridle for once and run, run, run – the freedom is yours!

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