The Jockey

There is little to say about this one - to me this is the essence about a jockey, with the concentration, the tension of the horse before the race, the assistant minding the environment and the onlookers in the background. 

Lüttich / Liege

Liege is very well known for is Guillemins station, designed by Santiago Calatrava and completed 2009, with its light and dynamic architecture. Only just an hour away from Cologne it presents a great photographic opportunity.

Liege itself has much more to offer than its famous station, and is certainly full of contracts and challenges. The city dates back to the 8th century and has ever served as a major political, economic and cultural center. Probably all building styles are present and many beautiful details can be found; from the number and age of official and residential places one can derive long periods times of prosperity. 

The city has often been at the forefront of developments, for instance the industrial revolution, and it has suffered from its demise. Nothing we today consider ugly has been spared during growth phases of the 60ies and 70ies.  At many corners these contrasts show and present a rather ambient picture. Liege appears a rough and battered place quite often. 

Yet the sense for art seems to have not vaned  and new developments happen. Finally, traditions are well honored (and there is the food). A city certainly worth another visit.  

 
 

Bäckerei Backfreund

Recently, I had the opportunity to look behind the scenes at a bakery, where everything remains hand-crafted. Torsten Burkhardt allowed me to join for one night to be with him when preparing dough, forming bread and running the oven.  I have to say I am deeply impressed by the skill and experience and it tought me a lesson on real hand-made bread. Some more photos from the night are here and there is also a small book published. Torsten's bakery "Backfreund" is located in Willroth and it is certainly worth a visit, my personal favourite is any of the baguettes.

The Pilot

In Bonn, an elderly gentleman recently caught my attention with the small aircraft pin at his jacket, glistering in the light. He explained, he was a fighter pilot in the 70ies and agreed to have his photo taken. 

I forgot to ask for his name to share the result.

Tag des offenen Denkmals

Across Germany, many cities opened memorials for a behind the scene view at the last weekend.  Being in Cologne, two locations drew my attention, the is the Funkhaus Wallrafplatz, the location where the regional WDR radio station started back in 1948. The building is still in use and features some interesting architecture and history of radio in Germany and operates one of the last "Paternoster" type of escalator, only for use of employees, unfortunately.

Second on the list came a visit to Kölner Großmarkt, the main trading place for fresh produce. The building features a very clean design from the early 1930's and has since 1940 been in use. Lighting was not ideal for ISO 400....