Invitation :

Ausstellungseröffnung Socotra in Berlin

Liebe Freunde der Fotografie,

ich lade euch herzlich ein, mit mir auf eine Insel zu kommen: Socotra, zwei Flugstunden vor der Küste des Jemen. Über zwei Monate lang habe ich das karge Eiland mit meiner Kamera erkundet.

Meine Bilder sind eine Reise zu einem Ort im Indischen Ozean, der unter den Sternen des Tropenhimmels abgeschieden in gefährlichen Gewässern liegt. Die Fotografien lassen die Entbehrungen und Bedrohungen auf einer Insel erahnen, die von Seeräubern auf der Suche nach Beuteschiffen heimgesucht wird. Die Bilder erkunden einen fantastischen aber auch mörderischen Ort, eine trockene Wüstenlandschaft voll wunderlicher Pflanzen, zäher Tiere und Menschen, die unter härtesten Bedingungen leben.

Vernissage: Freitag 27.01.2012, ab 19 Uhr
Ausstellungsdauer: 28.01.2012 – 19.02.2012
Öffnungszeiten: Samstag und Sonntag zwischen 14:00 und 17:00 Uhr
Galerie: • Kochhannstraße 14 • 10249 Berlin-Friedrichshain

Zur Vernissage werde ich eine Einführung in die Arbeit geben. Um 20.30 Uhr spielen Damir Bacikin (Trompete) und Julius Heise (Vibraphon) spontan zu den Eindrücken der Bilder eine jazzige Jam Session.

Das Eröffnungsprogramm wird am Samstag, 28.01. ab 15.00 Uhr mit einem High Tea fortgesetzt. Bei englischen Sandwiches und Tee wird Claudius Schulze von seinen Erlebnissen auf der Insel berichten und im Gespräch mit Oskar Piegsa ( die Kulturtraditionen Insel, Abenteuer und “Ohrensessel-Reisen” diskutieren. Anschließend werden die Filme “Esperando el Tsunami” und “An Island” des experimentellen Musikfilmer Vincent Moon gezeigt. Auch sie handeln von Inseln, Küste und Einsamkeit.
Ich freue mich dich zu sehen!


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The Making Of Socotra

I can proudly announce that my book ‘Socotra’ is ready. It was beautifully printed and carefully bound in Istanbul from August 1 till 19. The people at Ofset Yapimevi did a really great job, I am very very pleased with the results!
Expect to receive your personal copy in the coming two weeks – or order quickly if you haven’t yet. Over 25% of the edition is sold already and the book is not even in bookshops yet.

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Allmost there! (Printing the Proofs)

It’s another three days. In three days, I will send my book to the printer. In three days, I will board an aircraft to Istanbul. And in five days an armada of  monstrous offset machines will start printing my book. It’s exciting. It’s nerve wrecking.

The last days (not to say weeks) I was a single-minded nerd, not able to do anything but think about the book, talk about the book, work on the book. As I am writing these lines, I am printing the hard proofs. I am waiting for my proof reader to send me the (hopefully but of course not) errata-free texts.

Today, I will go out with friends and have beers in the sun, the first step in a re-socialization process that hopefully won’t take as long as the production of this book – that is over a year.
At least, the book looks great! (And it does, really.)

let's talk about art :

The Story Behind (the Landing of the Adventurers)

One of the most iconic images of my upcoming ‘Socotra’ book is the Landing of the Adventurers. I summons the whole objective of the project, the character of islands, the idea of travel, and the nature of exploration in one single photograph. I would like to share with you how I took that photograph.

It was during my second stay on Socotra that I met two German travellers. Actually, we first met at the airport in Sana’a already – and then again by chance on the beach of Di Hamri the next day. We got along well and they offered to go along with them for couple of days. One evening I invited them over to my hut and cooked pasta with shrimps for them and I generously shared the little wine I had brought along.

The next day, the next day, they planned to go to the beautiful lagoon of Sho’ab. It is quite remote and only reachable by foot or boat. They asked me along. The currents were strong that day and we were all glad to reach shore after an exhausting hour in the waves. Usually, tourists are brought to the far end of the beach, away from the hamlet of Qabahan. I planned to stay in the village for some days to photograph and to create a genealogy so our boatman directly headed for the settlement. Immediately, all the children gathered on the beach to welcome us. I was the first one to get out of the boat and looked back to take pictures of the others wading through the water. On the spur of a moment, one of the local boys saluted my travel companion. I snapped the photograph.


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Very Last Special Editions for Auction

Most of the 100 numbered, stamped, and signed special edition of my upcoming ‘Socotra’ book is sold already. The very last 25 books will now be auctioned. Lovers of opulent photography, book worms, collectors, and Friends of Socotra have now a last chance to secure one of the few remaining copies of the strictly limited edition.

(The idea is to raise additional funds necessary to make the (very expensive) printing of the book possible.)

The special edition includes a 20*30cm print of one of the photographs in the book, and a numbered and signed copy of my Socotra book. Most importantly, supporters will be named and thanked in the final book. (Please also see the initial blog post on the presale for exact information about what the special edition is like.)

(There are also some very very few books of the all hand made and self bound version, covered in goat leather which is died with resin of the rare Dragon Blood Tree from the island Socotra, available – contact me for exact details.)


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Days at the Magnetic Wall

Step after step, from pixels to book – one of the trickiest things is to get edit right. Which pictures in which order? Carolyn Drake and Andres Gonzalezhelped me greatly the last days. We swapped images around, ‘killed babies’, added new photographs, started all over again, disagreed over single pictures, and agreed that things are improving. I think I am quite close now, the last edit (as in this picture) works quite well already…