2022 Retrospective

In 2022 I archived1 21,469 photos, 4,846 of which, I marked as favorites. (2021’s numbers for comparison: 22,097 archived, 4,809 favorites. That is pretty consistent, I’d say.)

35 % of images are tagged “home”, which means I took them at and around my home. (46 % in 2021). 45 % of all of my 2022 images have at least one of my daughters in them, which further indicates that documenting my family is by far the most important part of my photographic practice.

Last year I got a new camera, the Fujifilm X-E4, which I used for roughly 34 % of my images. The Leica M is still number one at 49 %, the Q accounts for 13 % of photographs taken in 2022. (The remaining 4 % are various cameras I only used for testing, etc.)

I took the most images in May, 2,948 to be exact.

(See 2021)

Books I created in 2022

The four books I created in 2022
Books I created in 2021
  • Elvan Matilda Lumi 5: Fifth year in the life of my daughter Lumi, 232 pages, March 2022
  • beyond moments Berlin 2022: Event documentation of beyond tellerrand in Berlin, 68 pages, September 2022
  • Türkei 2022: Documents our visit to our family in Turkey, 188 pages, November 2022
  • Zila Erna Suvi 3: Third year in the life of my daughter Suvi, 238 pages, December 2022

(See books I created in 2021 and 2020)

  1. I shoot way more. These are just the ones I am keeping.↩︎

I Am Not a Fan of Consuming Photography Online

I am not a fan of consuming photography online. Which probably sounds weird, coming from someone who just finished 100 days of posting daily to his photoblog. I should probably clarify this a bit:

I do not like looking at photographs in a feed like application like Instagram or Mastodon (as I learned just recently, when I tried to follow some photo related hashtags).

My main issue is with presentation and image size: Photos are way too small to appreciate them really and they are all in the same format and context.

Also I am missing intentionality. I am not looking at photographer X’s work, I am just looking at everything at once – and whatever some algorithm deems right for me at the moment. (Not on Mastodon, but following hashtags feels pretty much the same.)

Don’t get me wrong, I do not have an issue looking at photos on a screen – although nothing – nothing! – beats the printed image – but I would rather go to peoples’ websites, where they present their images in a way that they think fits their work best and that they put a little bit of effort into.

So I guess, what I am trying to say is this: Create a dedicated place for your photography online. Get a website going, start a photoblog and share your images in a format that they deserve.

If you already have a photoblog, please share it with me. I’d love to follow along.

Wrestling @ collective.ruhr

A couple of my wrestling images have been on display at collective.ruhr for almost month now. It is always so nice to see my work printed and framed!

Wrestling images framed and on the wall at collective.ruhr

2021 Retrospektive

A short, statistical review of my photographic output in 2021 and a list of all the books I created during the year.

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I documented the latest Front Conference in Zürich earlier this week. I shared my favorite images on my photo blog. Find the links inside this post.

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picu Update

We just released picu 1.6.0, which adds support for multi-client collections. This was by far the most involved project inside of picu to date, as it required us to touch almost all parts of the plugin.

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Creating a Photo Archive Website From My flickr Data

I am not sure when I finally canceled my flickr Pro account. I always liked flickr for what it was, but for the last couple of years I have only ever used it to upload photographs for events I documented. I was thinking about deleting my account, but it has grown to a substantial archive with loads of images, and it felt wrong to just delete them. I definitely wanted an archive for my self so I requested my data from flickr.

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Zeche Zollverein

I went to photograph at Zeche Zollverein yesterday. I now wonder, why I have not been there before in the five years I have been living in Essen. It is a vast area and the construction is quite impressive. It is also interesting how it was converted to being a recreation area in the last 35 years after it was all shut down. It also become a UNESCO World Heritage site 20 years ago. Now people go out for a walk, do sports or just hang out – right before this impressive backdrop of a bygone era.

I documented another Frontconf in Zurich a couple of weeks ago. Here are my favorite photos from the conference.

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At the beginning of this week, I was back in Düsseldorf to document the 2019 edition of beyond tellerrand.

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