How To Change Your Mind

Recommended reading: How To Change Your Mind – The New Science of Psychedelics by Michael Pollan.

Michael Pollan explores the history of psychedelics and shares recent research.

It’s a really interesting read and covers perspectives on psychedelics from different angles like history, politics, society, psychology, neurology, etc. mixed with personal insights and experiences. My guess is you’ll most likely learn a few things about psychedelics you don’t know yet.

As far as I know, there is no German translation yet.

Another recommendation is Michael Pollan’s Netflix documentary ‘Cooked’, where he looks at food and cooking. Every episode nurtured the nerd in me (for everyone who knows me – yes, there’s also a part about fermentation).

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What is School for?

I’m a subscriber of Seth Godin’s blog, so this is how I came across this video. I ask you to watch it. I think Seth Godin raises important questions and explains things about schools that are worth knowing. Answering that question, what school is for, is important to understand where school comes from, and even more important when it comes to change school into what it needs to be.

My Digital Commonplace Book

After my last post I decided to let the idea of changing the purpose of my blog simmer, until I would feel a hunch to post or share something. Creating a structure or planning what this blog was going to be didn’t really work, trying to force it didn’t really work (let me tell you a secret – trying to force it hardly ever works), so I relied on what has always served me well – listening to my gut. Being observant enough to notice the hunch and listening to what the hunch would tell me.

A few days ago the hunch did speak to me. I found something I wanted to share. And with the urge I also knew what my blog was goingt to be about. Sharing bits and bobs I find, things I am curious about, things I am passionate about, weird stuff that makes me smile. Anything. Creating my commonplace book here.

I’ve always liked the idea of a commonplace book since I read about it for the first time in one of Austin Kleon’s tweets, that directed me to Ryan Holiday’s guide on “How and Why to Keep a Commonplace Book”.

I’ve since kept my analogue commonplace book, and now this place is going to be my digital one. A kind of a scrap book, if you will. Just so you’re not suprised, if the topics might seem random. I like randomness. A lot. It’s how my brain works. I hope you’ll stay for a bit.

Let me know what you think!

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Ch-ch-ch-ch-changes…

I decided to change some things and use this space differently than I used to. Originally I had set up this blog mainly for my photography. Over the last years my (creative) focus shifted and expanded, so I stopped posting regularly on here, as in my head this place was only about photography.

Lately I got rid of some of my social media accounts, generally decreased the time I’m spending on social media, and thought about how I wanted to use my time online. The thought of having my own place where I share my thoughts and things I work on/spend my time with started to feel right and I realized I already have the space, I just had stopped using it.

Strangely enough end of summer always feels like a time of new beginnings for me, so why not start changing on here too, and make it a new beginning of some sorts.

I don’t really have a concept for this place yet, I just know I want to use it for different things I’m interested in, and have a wider definition for myself of the things that can go on here. There will still be images, and I have a feeling there will be more words than there used to be. So, let’s see where this goes…

 

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Sunset, Donauinsel, Vienna. Summer is not over yet, but the light has already changed…

Power III

I’m pretty sure you all have realized by now it’s been too quiet around here. While I haven’t been shooting forever, I can still post some of my backlog, just to keep this blog at least going at a slow pace. Slow is better than nothing at all, right?

So, from the depths of my archive, another power plant. I’ll not bother about the technical stuff too much, as my selection isn’t really about the technical side, rather my favourite shots which include some sort of human side, or human traces, if you wish. My personal selection of pictures which gave me joy in one or the other way, and things I noticed along the way I found amusing, or beautiful, or human, or stunning.

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Thanks for watching!

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While digging through my archives I found these photos I took about two and a half years ago at my great uncle’s 90th birthday. I still like the series so I thought I’d put them up here. It was a lovely day with my extended family and some regional quirks.

IMG_1011blogMy sister and her partner’s daughter having fun with the camera.

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IMG_1019blogMy great uncle is very fond of music and helped founding the first music school in the area. He also always was very involved in the local brass band. I don’t know about your area, but where I come from every village has their own brass band. So the local brass band dropped by for a birthday serenade. My great uncle discussing the set with the bandmaster.

IMG_1021blogMy sister being cheeky, my great uncle listening to the music. Still can’t get over the fact that he’s 90 years old, he looks so much younger.

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IMG_1035blogIf you make it to 90 years, you get to conduct the brass band.

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IMG_1046blogListening to the speech. Not easy to impress.

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IMG_1051blogMy great uncle believes in the importance of kids getting in contact with music, so he was very happy about all the kids in the brass band.

IMG_1054blogMy dad discussing a piece of music with one of the brass band girls.

IMG_1057blogHaving done their duty, time for food, drinks and party. Typical brass band.

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IMG_1065blogOne last speech (it was a very short one), and then food.

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Lovely memories of meeting my extended family. And wishing my great uncle many more happy years to come.

Hotels IV

2014 wasn’t my best year photographically speaking. I didn’t shoot much, and hadn’t it been for two assignments I would have ended up with almost no photos at all. What I did a lot though was travelling, almost exclusively for work. So my hotel series grew quite massively. Here’s a new selection, edited down aggressively. Again – it’s not about aesthetics, just about how those rooms made me feel. Mostly work stays, mostly alone, luckily not all the time though! A bit of holidays made it in as well.

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Remnants of War

Even though this doesn’t exactly look like a holiday post, these are pictures I took during my holidays in Noderney. Norderney is one of the German islands in the North Sea, just across the border to Holland.

Right behind one of the dunes at the beach I found some bunker structures dating back to the Second World War.

During the First World War the island was used as a fortress and large amounts of construction material were transported there. Beginning from 1935 the island was developed into a Luftwaffe and Kriegsmarine base as part of the Atlantic Wall. More then 60 gun and anti aircraft emplacements and so called Regelbaus (a standardized bunker built by the Germans along the Atlantic Wall) were built in the dunes.

After the end of the Second World War most of the bunkers have been blown up, but some of them resisted and are still strewn across the dunes.

It’s eerie to stumble upon such a remnant of war amidst holiday joy, but they are important reminders of history, and that’s why they should be preserved, even if those memories are painful ones.

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Also make sure to check out Marc Wilson’s project The Last Stand, he documented many of those remaining bunkers across several countries in beautifully done large format photographs, currently being worked into a book.

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