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17. Oktober 2018 - Keine Kommentare!

Walk around the Block: Georg

This one, I was looking forward to for quite a while. Georg is one of my closest friends, but it's hard to get him in front of the camera. Georg is a content creator and curator. He works for an Austrian TV station and writes for several film related blogs, among them the NY based Short of the Week. Georg has also been a part of my team at DREAMA TV.

He lives in the 6th district, close to Westbahnhof and Mariahilferstraße. We met at 7:30 and didn't have too much time, as we both needed to work after the shoot. So we decided to walk down to Mollardgasse and look for some nice spots. Here's the result.

Georg Csarmann by Manuel Gruber

As I may mentioned before, I dig these grungy backyards that you find around town if you walk with open eyes.

Georg Csarmann by Manuel Gruber

Georg is into american sports, especially baseball and football. May explain this pose.

Georg Csarmann by Manuel Gruber

Georg Csarmann by Manuel Gruber

Georg Csarmann by Manuel Gruber

Georg Csarmann by Manuel Gruber

Georg Csarmann by Manuel Gruber

Georg is a very funny guy. Though he looks quite serious most of the times.

Georg Csarmann by Manuel Gruber

 

Georg Csarmann by Manuel Gruber

Back on Mollardgasse.

Georg Csarmann by Manuel Gruber

Georg Csarmann by Manuel Gruber

Totally love this one.

Georg Csarmann by Manuel Gruber

Georg Csarmann by Manuel Gruber

Georg Csarmann by Manuel Gruber

In the end, we found this beautiful backyard next to a school.

Georg Csarmann by Manuel Gruber

Georg is working on new projects right now. Watch out!

This walk was great fun and gave us the chance for a very deep conversation, which I sometimes struggle to find time for nowadays.

Stay Inspired and let me know what you think about this session in the comments.

M

Equipment: Fuji XT-1, Fuji XF-23 2.0, Fuji XF-35 2.0, Fuji XF-56 1.2

13. Oktober 2018 - Keine Kommentare!

Walk around the Block: Ernst

Ernst is a self-entitled »Pilgrim 2.0«. A few years ago, he decided to quit his job at Red Bull Media and started to become a professional pilgrim. In 2017, he hiked from Vienna to Marrakesh. Just recently, he published his adventures in a book called »Mein Leben ist eine Pilgerreise« (my life is a pilgrimage for you English speaking folks). I just read the first few chapters and it's an inspiring and sometimes pretty funny read.

I got to know Ernst a few years ago at a DreamAcademia event. Since then, our paths crossed from time to time and I tried to help him to improve his photography skills before his recent hike on the Alpe Adria track, from Austria to Italy. I don't know, if I did a good job as a mentor, as he still uses his iPhone to shoot, anyways, visit his Instagram profile to follow his adventures.

Ernst Merkinger by Manuel Gruber

Actually, there was a reason for our shooting. Ernst did a project with the folks from Sonnentor, an Austrian company that produces organic herbs, tea and other great stuff. Ernst needed some photos to document his four day hike from Vienna's Heldentor to Sprögnitz in the Austrian Waldviertel. We were lucky to get beautiful autumn morning light that day.

Ernst Merkinger by Manuel Gruber

We started off with some morning sports.

Ernst Merkinger by Manuel Gruber

Even a pilgrim takes a tram sometimes.

Ernst Merkinger by Manuel Gruber

Some candid morning sun.

Ernst Merkinger by Manuel Gruber

As a pilgrim 2.0, your phone is your most important tool. Besides your feet of course.

I fell in love with this beautiful backyard. Luckily, we found it next to Ernst's first milestone.

There must always be time for a nice black and white portrait.

Ernst Merkinger by Manuel Gruber

By collecting trash along his way, Ernst tries to raise awareness for the planets' growing trash problem.

Ernst Merkinger by Manuel Gruber

Ernst Merkinger by Manuel Gruber

Ernst Merkinger by Manuel Gruber

Ernst Merkinger by Manuel Gruber

Ernst Merkinger by Manuel Gruber

I fell in love with this beautiful backyard. Luckily, we found it next to Ernst's first milestone...

I fell in love with this beautiful backyard. Luckily, we found it next to Ernst's first milestone.

The Sonnentor shop in the 7th district.

All shots captured with a Fuji XT-1.
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25. September 2018 - Keine Kommentare!

Walk around the Block: Saitoti

Saitoti is a Massai from Kenya. A few weeks ago, he visited Vienna on his first ever trip outside of Kenya. He is the founder of an online platform that sells jewellery handcrafted by women in his tribe. In this, he sees the only chance to help women - and by that future generations - earn a living and finance education for their children.

As the Massai, like many tribes around the world, suffer from many different issues, most of all climate change, they move to cities where it is hard to find jobs without formal education.

Saitoti is one of the kindest people I ever met and he always carries a smile on his face. We only got to know each other the evening before the shooting, but it felt as if we'd been friends for a long time. I took the portraits during a walk outside of our office, where we discussed a strategy for a crowdfunding campaign for his project. Though it was midday and the sun was quite harsh, we found some sweet spots. His traditional outfit in an urban setting has its very own quality, of course.

Saitoti by Manuel Gruber

Saitoti by Manuel Gruber

Saitoti seems to never be serious. I thought his new ears fit him well.

Saitoti by Manuel Gruber

Saitoti by Manuel Gruber

Saitoti by Manuel Gruber

During our walk, we met this stranger with the nice steam punk goggles. He was quite surprised when a Massai stood next to him and we asked him to take a photo. I needed to take a portrait of him, too:

Saitoti by Manuel Gruber

Saitoti by Manuel Gruber

Saitoti by Manuel Gruber

We found this garage with the super nice window in the ceiling next to a supermarket. Saitoti did, what Massais often do: jump.

Saitoti by Manuel GruberSaitoti by Manuel Gruber

Somehow, he couldn't stop laughing after this woman passed by with her dog. Saitoti had never seen such a small dog before.

Saitoti by Manuel Gruber

That's the "dog".

Saitoti by Manuel Gruber

Some nice Massai sandals.

Saitoti by Manuel Gruber

People like Saitoti indeed have the power to change the world.

Saitoti by Manuel Gruber

Again, a spontanous shooting turned into some really nice results.

All shots captured with a Fuji XT-1.

21. September 2018 - Keine Kommentare!

Walk around the Block: Henric

I got to know Henric in a job interview. At the time, I helped one of our clients GEA Waldviertler to build up a new marketing department. Henric sent an initiative application, just when we needed it. We then spent three days together where he proofed his talent for crafting communication strategies, as well as his skills as a singer. I think we wrote a song in the second night (after a spontanous trip to "Little Vietnam", a small village right over the czech border).

Since then we have been friends and as such, Henric asked me for a favour to take a portrait of him. We ended up running around Vienna's 15th district to shoot some. After the shooting, Henric told me, that he had never seen himself like on the pictures and that they help him to work on himself to become the person he see's. I take that as a big compliment.

As you can possibly see, Henric has a very photogenic face, actually he plays theatre from time to time and has proper acting skills. Nevertheless, there wasn't much acting included in this shooting.

Henric Wietheger by Manuel Gruber

Henric has piercing eyes that get an extra punch in black and white.

Henric Wietheger by Manuel Gruber

Henric Wietheger by Manuel Gruber

The morning light gave us some beautiful shades.

Henric Wietheger by Manuel Gruber

Henric Wietheger by Manuel Gruber

In the end, we passed by a nice old phone booth. I like how Henric has a Klaus Kinski-ish craziness in his face on this shot.

Henric Wietheger by Manuel Gruber

Henric sometimes loses himself in his thoughts. I tried to capture some of these moments.

Henric Wietheger by Manuel Gruber

In the end, we were both quite happy with the outcome. Sometimes, spontanous shooting can get you to really nice results.