my long wait for Cabo Verde …

May 2019 – … was rewarded with amazing five days on the island of Sal. After almost a decade of longing to go, I finally made it to this beautiful African country, that has so much more to offer than just miles of golden, sandy beaches and warm, turquoise water. With Sal being the most touristic island of Cape Verde, it has a great variety of restaurants, nightlife and sportive adventures waiting to be discovered. Though, what I will remember above all are the kind people I met here and who made this a truly special week.

But there is more to Cape Verde and I cannot wait to discover the islands of Santiago and Fogo. I hope it’s not going to be another decade before I return.

 

finding yourself on Minorca

April 2019 – Minorca’s breathtaking landscapes make this Balearic island my favourite of them all. It definitely took me too long to go there. In early spring, you will hardly meet any people. You can soak up the beautiful views of forests, beaches, farmland and architecture in solitude. Your body will get a great workout on the hiking trails around the island, your mind will find restfulness while staring into the lush greens or the many shades of blue of the ocean, and your taste buds will be treated to stunning meals and amazing wines from local vineyards. The perfect little place to take care of yourself for once.  

Street photography in Lisbon – from the archives

June 2014 – Lisbon is a calm, relaxed city with beautiful people and it was hard for me to take my eye away from the view finder. On this trip, I realised how much I love to photograph real people. Being a rookie back then, I lost my camera on this trip and most of the photos I took. The lesson I learned? Always save your photos at the end of the day. Because you cannot replace these moments. Here is a selection of what I was able to retrieve.

living the moment in Sardegna

August 2018 – The South-East coast of Sardinia with its beautiful sandy beaches and incredible turquoise waters, rocky white cliffs and radiant green flora leaves you with an unknown gratitude of Nature’s beauty. In the last week of summer’s break, you can find spots buzzing with people, but even more places of solitude on the coastline or in the countryside. Be prepared to enjoy amazing homemade dishes with local produce in small family run restaurants, get reservations at one of the local ‘Agriturismo’ farms, that serve a majestic six course dinner with endless carafes of wine – you will feel like a Roman Emperor after a victorious battle.

 

 

 

defending free and independent communities

April 2018 – The Z.A.D. near Notre Dame des Landes in France is a self-sufficient, antiauthoritarian community for sustainable farming, off the grid living and a safe heaven for people from all over the world. Z.A.D. means ‘Zone à défendre’, a place to defend, which thousands of residents and supporters have been doing since the 1960s, when the French government planned to expropriate farms to build just another airport. The community has successfully resisted several violent attempts by police forces and built an example of society and solidarity. In February 2018, the government dropped the plan for the airport, but ecological and social activists are still fighting for their right to stay in their homes, which they have built and been living in since 2009, where they have created an equal, free spirited community beyond governmental control and limitations. During the latest eviction, the French police deployed a horrific amount of tear gas, stun grenades and other military weaponry with questionable, longterm effects on nature, farmlands and wildlife. Personally, this community has really inspired me and I am thankful for having the chance to meet people like these through my job.

buzzing metropole and quiet country life – that’s Toronto

May 2018 – I have done a lot of walking and driving through Toronto and its countryside during my one week stay but still I have just seen a glimpse of this picturesque country. I gotta say – the stereotype that Canadians are always friendly and helpful is true. I didn’t come across a moose or beaver, so I guess I have to come back for a longer road trip.

 

 

Snapshots from Sicily

March 2018 – Nature, history, culture and four seasons – Sicilys East coast has it all.

 

finding serenity in Nepal

February until March 2018  – Nepal is a country of great varieties, lots of colours, great people and the perfect place to find serenity. And a perfect place to dive into photographic mania.

Helsinki attitude

January 2018 – What to do with a 4 hour layover in Helsinki? Fighting rain and wind to get at least some snap shots.

waiting for the arctic lights in Inari

December 2017 until January 2018 – I spent one amazing week in Ivalo, Finland but wasn’t lucky enough to see the Northern Lights. Maybe next time…

Photo courtesy: Tim Sieck and Dee Ree