Ancient Tradition and Pretty Lanterns~ Shanghai

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lantern-festival-shanghai-6lantern-festival-shanghai-3lantern-festival-shanghai-23d2524ff-2db2-4a3c-b38f-9be696ad0c23Lanterns adorned with ancient poems, lights in the sky, colorful decorations, bright smiles, ever-growing crowds; this is the lantern festival in Shanghai’s Yu Gardens. Every year I keep going back simply to be with the joy of this special happening, celebrating the start of Chinese spring under a big full moon. How dull would life be without ceremony…

Warm Wishes to you all Along the Way

We are a few hours away from the onset of the New Year here in Germany. It has been a testing year, a learning experience and a good platform for what is to come next. I feel a strong sense of hope thinking of 2016 and a renewed feeling of inspiration. Thank you for having been there, my family, my friends, my fellow photographers, my much admired artist community, and everyone who has taken part in this journey here with me. You make my world brighter!

A lot of exciting things planned for 2016 artistically. More soon…

call of the wild~ Germany

Call to the wild~ Germany

travelers~ Germany

Travelers~ Germany

the magician~ Germany

The magician~ Germany

to touch a star~ Germany

The magic of Christmas~ Germany

German understatedness~_

German delicate gradation

byblos lights~ Lebanon

A few steps away~ Byblos

To Long For Belonging

She longs for the place~ Germany

She longs for Germany

a walk in the forest~ Germany

A walk in the forest with cousins

Land has this mysterious way of pulling at your soul, of beckoning you home, and for our young daughter, this land is Germany.

The longer we expatriate in China, the mightier that tug. She dreams of the family, the colors, the fresh air, the sounds and smells of a land she feels a strong belonging to despite the fact that she only lived there the first 2 years of her life. But our planet is strange that way, isn’t it?

Her dream will come true, at least for a few weeks starting tomorrow as we head west and our lungs rejoice!

when the imagination runs free~ we love Halloween

Every year our little family waits for Halloween to step out of the ordinary into a little something extraordinary; because life is just that; extraordinary; until we forget. I find so much joy in planning events since my daughter was born 9 years ago and together we plot and plan and create. Last year we had the idea to create Halloween characters with her and her friends making studio portraits with them in costume and this year we will do that again. Here are a few of our favorite portraits from last year.

clarissa

clarissa

cora

cora

the blue vampire

the blue vampire

ginger

ginger

hans

hans

lady tamiko

lady tamiko

ralph

ralph

raya

raya

sybill

sybill

sybill

sybill

tara

tara

jora

jora

waia

waia

ginger

ginger

Day 17~ August 17th~ Boracay

driven

If you had to fly almost all day to reach your holiday destination, then drive in a bus for more than 2 hours, followed by a rough ferry ride and finally climb in a rickshaw to reach your hotel, what would be the first thing you think of doing upon arrival?

Normally adults would want to check in, shower, have a drink, sit by the pool, relax…

Not children. Children drop everything and just run to the sea ignoring the tiredness, the late hour and the complaints of adults. They discard their shoes, dig their heels and hands in the sand and splash in the water giggling joyfully. The funny thing is that we build so many things as adults upon ourselves that forbid us from being so naturally responsive and free. Children are just doing the most appropriate thing in response to meeting the sea after such a long journey.

Day Three Hundred Thirty Eight, December 26, 2011

arrived in winter wonderland

La Chapelle d-Abondance, a tiny village, population 700 something, located in the region of Rhône-Alpes in France was our home for 4 cozy nights. Nothing like a snow covered small village to bring all dreams of winter wonderland into reality. The soft snow, the smell of burning wood and roasting marshmallows, the powder sugar covered trees, and the glowing of lights at dusk after a day on the glorious slopes. And on top of that add great company of family and friends to contemplate the coming of a new year… a lot to be thankful for.

Happy New Year my friends!

Day Three Hundred Thirty Six, December 24, 2011

cousins

For Lea, Christmas is all about cousins. The highlight of her whole holiday time away from China is spending time with her cousins (and she has quite a few!). It is about being silly, naughty, conspiring, playing games, sleepovers, trips to the forest, eating chocolate and simply enjoying every second of that time. It is delightful to watch this state of overwhelming joy take over her little world, and to realize that happiness is so simple to attain when all what you want is as simple as being in the proximity of loved ones.

Day Three Hundred Thirty Two, December 20, 2011

the shortest of days

The longest of nights, the shortest of days, the herald of rebirth, the winter solstice is upon us. Our planet is reaching its maximum axial tilt to our star, the sun and after this day it begins to reverse its course towards longer days and shorter nights. This time of year is so auspicious when we think about it, when we pull ourselves away from thoughts of the man in the red suit and what he has in his bag for us, or what damage we have done to your credit cards because someone said we had to. It is a time of magic, of rebirth, of new beginnings and of witnessing a greater power at work, a power that is in the business of creating and engineering planets, suns and stars…

have a wonderful winter solstice my friends.