Archiv für den Monat: September 2012

Hands

It has been a while ago since I worked in the city of Oświȩcim/Auschwitz. Once my director Tomek told me there will be a photographer here to see the city, the cemetery and the synagogue. Afterwards he’s going to make a workshop.

During this time I was the official photographer of the Auschwitz Jewish Center and so it was a pleasure for me to meet this guy.

His name was Saul Robbins.

I looked up his homepage and was shocked. “THIS is a photographer??” I thought – “which kind of pictures does he take?” There were several random pictures of hotel rooms and his wife. Some blurred ones and other stuff.

I closed the website asking myself what strange guy Tomek brought to here. During the whole day and night I thought about his pictures and why he was more successful than me.

On the next day I gave him another chance.

Pictures of gloves. Lying around in the streets.

Chairs and some equipment of psychologists.

“Stop that” – I almost got nuts seeing his pictures. The next two days I didn’t open the page to see more of this whatever he took pictures of.

After those two days I was just one day ahead of meeting him and opened the page again. I wanted to understand him.

Then the pictures of gestures. I really liked that ones.

Suddenly I recognized something.

This guy was the first (and until now only) photographer who made me think about his pictures for more than one day!

Not only for that – almost a whole week I was thinking about what he pictured. Nobody could accomplish that before. From this moment on I got an understanding for his work.

And liked it.

From that moment the idea was born to travel through the world to take pictures of people who are doing something with their hands.

So – this series will continue.

Series #1 – Halleluja Paul:

The hands of a priest who became very famous for his happiness and his songs. He lives very close to my hometown in the alps of Eastern Tyrol. His name is Halelluja Paul. When I met him the last time, he inspired me to take these pictures. Strange… some religious people have a strong ability for inspiring me…

Series #2 – Siem Reap Old Market:

These pictureswere taken during my day at Siem Reap Old Market. Although there is already a series about this market I tried to separate between these two series… Sometimes are the borders blurred but this is what makes it interesting…

 Series #3 – Other nice Stuff:

Some random pictures I took…

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Siem Reap: Old Market

Das hier ist wie es aussieht der erste richtige Artikel in diesem Blog. Mögen noch viele folgen.

Ich bin mittlerweile gut in Kambodscha angekommen und lebe mich langsam aber sicher ein. Die Stadt Siem Reap, in der ich mich befinde zeigt recht stark was passiert, wenn Touristen in eine Provinzstadt strömen.

Darauf gehe ich in den nächsten Artikeln noch genauer ein, hier möchte ich ein Bild davon zeichnen… oder fotografieren… wie sich der Alte Markt entwickelt hat.

Auf der einen Seite zeigt er sich extrem touristisch. Die Verhandlungsbasis liegt bei manchen Gegenständen beim 6-Fachen Wert und wie nicht anders zu erwarten verkaufen die meisten Läden den gleichen Tand an (ahnungslose) Touristen.

In der Mitte zeigt sich dann, was noch von früher übrig geblieben ist. Eine große Markthalle baut sich auf, daneben gibt es Schuhverkäufer und eine Frisörpassage. Hier war also der „richtige“ Alte Markt. Alles, was Mutter Erde hervorbringt und was der Mensch daraus macht kann man hier zu Einheimischenpreisen ergattern. Gemüse, Fleisch, Fisch und deren Produkte. Die Leute können von einen Meter auf den anderen kaum noch Englisch und die Stimmung wirkt dunkler… und alltäglicher. Ich bin mir sicher, dass eine große Anzahl der Gäste diese Hallen noch nie betreten hat.

Am Ende finden sich schließlich eine Reihe von Haushaltswarengeschäften und Straßenlokalen, die für etwa 1$ Essen anbieten.

Ich möchte hier in erster Line die Kontraste zeichnen, die sich ergeben und andererseits einen gewissen Beitrag dazu leisten, das alte Siem Reap nicht sterben zu lassen.

– Mario J. Schwaiger, 21. September 2012, Siem Reap