Street Photography

Capturing the Moment

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The Fountain of Enlightenment (2013). (photo credit: Daniel Comte)

Daniel Comte from Zürich has dedicated his life work as a photographer to street photography. At the age of 50, he received the diagnosis “Alzheimer” – a State in which the entire life seems to exist of Moments, because the memories become more and more difficult to access. Daniel has tried, with the help of his son Anatole, to talk about that experience in a Swiss TV interview (in German).

Yesterday, I had to opportunity to wait at one of the Locations of one of Daniel Compte’s well-known shots. I took the chance to capture the moment. Of course, I have used the camera on my smartphone to recapture the scene at the fountain. Daniel Comte, of course, always carries professional camera equipment.

In honour of Daniel and his work, I have edited the picture with use of the software on the same phone, to recreate the mood of Daniel Comte’s black and white images

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Street Photography

Das Flüchtige festhalten

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The Fountain of Entlightenment (2013). (photo credit: Daniel Comte)

Daniel Comte aus Zürich hat sein Lebenswerk als Photograph dem Festhalten des Flüchtigen gewidmet. Im Alter von 50 Jahren erhielt er dann die Diagnose “Alzheimer” – ein Zustand, in dem das ganze Leben flüchtig wird, weil die Erinnerungen immer schwieriger abrufbar werden. Daniel hat mit Unterstützung seines Sohnes Anatole versucht, im Fernsehinterview dazu Stellung zu nehmen.

Gestern hatte ich die Gelegenheit, an einem der Standorte einer solchen Street Photography in Zürich zu warten, und den Moment ebenfalls fest zu halten. Natürlich habe ich das Flüchtige am selben Ort mit der Handycamera geknipst. Im Unterschied zu Daniel Comte, der mit professioneller Kameraausrüstung unterwegs ist.

Zu Ehren von Daniel und seinem Werk habe ich das Bild dann mit Hilfe von Software auf dem Mobiltelefon so bearbeitet, dass das Bild an die Stimmung der Bilder von Daniel Comte erinnert.

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Simplicity in the marketplace

As we were gathered in silence this Sunday, it was easy to listen to and to hear the raindrops outside.”

The reference to rain shows that I wrote this account of my thoughts back in October when I was worshipping with the Victoria Friends Meeting – here in the Yukon it is currently -35 degrees and no rain in sight!

I was contemplating on the various ways they follow their journey in their natural cycle. Some of them will fall on the earth, the ground that is receptive to soak them up, to store it for the plants, and to release it in the cycle later. Others will run off and pool in a depression, being available for animals to quench their thirst. Yet others will fall on a roof, go down the gutter, onto the concrete, run off the roadways, into the sewer system and the storm drains. Some of them will need to go through a water treatment plant before they are released back into the wild, allowing them to join the natural cycle again.

Water - the essence of Life
Water – the essence of Life

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