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POINT BLANK: TENGIZ

Above the roofs of Tbilisi / Georgia…   …a sort of homecoming.

Tengiz Rzgo, wrestler, georgian champion, member of the national georgian wrestler squad, georgian coach, coach for the russian wrestling team…  …businessman …

…on his way back to the place he grew up. In the hills of Tblissi.

 

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POINT BLANK: RIGHT HERE / RIGHT NOW

Although we already knew each other by blogging, Andrea (JETAMELE), Heidi (NAHAUFNAHME) and Markus (KUHNOGRAPH) wanted to find out what is behind the silhouettes of us that we know from our images and comments.

So we met in Bochum.    …and because the city of Bochum offers a lot of ambitioned, talented and nice people..   …we also invited Jan (JUNGE GEDANKEN, author, photographer and model) and Eileen (model, influencer on Instagram) for their home game in this wonderful and lovely town deep in the west.

Like we have this saying here: Big events are casting their shadows !!!

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So, what more do you need than sunshine, nice locations and a bunch of wonderful people.

If you got all this ingredients….  …you will get that here, fun all day:

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POINT BLANK: JERUSALEM / CHRISTIAN QUARTER

Via Dolorosa or the Stations of the Cross.

It’s the route that many Christians believe was taken by the condemned Jesus as he carried his cross to Calvary. Plaques mark each of the nine ‘stations’ ; the final five stations are inside the…

Church of the Holy Sepulchre

Four magnificent arches, their lintels richly decorated with Crusader crosses, herald the entrance to one of Christianity’s most sacred sites. The church is believed by many Christians to be built over the biblical Calvary, or Golgotha, where Jesus was nailed to the cross, died and rose from the dead. For the past 16 centuries pilgrims have travelled far to worship here.

(source: lonelyplanet)


POINT BLANK: 3rd ANNIVERSARY / WEBSIDE

Just in time for the 3rd anniversary of POINT BLANK on the 31st of March, I splashed out a website for me. 🙂

www.markus-mehring.com

The reason was that I could never provide an overview of my portfolio on requests. Voila … … problem solved!

At this point I would like to thank everyone for the great time, the fun we had, all the inspiration and the wonderful exchange.

..so, but now I’m going to party that!  😀

cheers, xoxo, Markus

 


POINT BLANK: VIETNAM / OUT IN THE STREETS

‘When that whistle blows
Girl, I’m down the street
I’m home, I’m out of my work clothes
When I’m out in the street
I walk the way I want to walk
When I’m out in the street
I talk the way I want to talk
When I’m out in the street…’

(Bruce Springsteen)


POINT BLANK: TEA HOUSE / ჩაიხანა

Tblissi / Georgia   თბილისი / საქართველო

The tea house (‘chaykhana’). A man’s world. Meeting, encounters, gambling, domino, backgammon, talking, telling, listening, tea, cha cha (spirit), cigarettes, biscuits, business talk …


POINT BLANK: CAUKASUS II

A few impressions from the North Caucasus (Russia) with the cities of Stavropol and Kislovodsk.

Rough landscapes, sulfur springs, rustic people, hospitality and good food in large quantities.

 


POINT BLANK: WINTERSCHLAF

Machen wir uns nichts vor. Der Sommer ist vorbei. Trotzdem ist es schön die Sonnenstrahlen zu geniessen und in den Winterschlaf von Tver/Russland einzutauchen.

Hibernation is a covert preparation for a more overt action.
Ralph Ellison

Der Winterschlaf ist eine verdeckte Vorbereitung für eine weit offenere Aktion.
Ralph Ellison

…so I enjoyed my stroll through the wintry sleepy city of Tver, to look forward for all the surprises the city will keep ready for me.


POINT BLANK: MINE PIT / GLÜCKAUF

—  A JETAMELE/POINT BLANK POJECT  —

The last mine here in Bochum were closed down decades ago. This here is not to complain and struggle with history and changes. People here are used to changes and cope with it in a very positive way. This is about that people here in Bochum and the whole Ruhr Area keep the legacy of mining and steel factories precious, because this era shaped the mentality of people living here or moved to that place from all over Europe.

At elementary school we sang every friday the traditional of the “Steigerlied”, which described in a proud way the all days life of a miner. If we behaved well that week, our teacher Mrs Kutscher allowed us to sing even the third verse of that song, that include the words “..and he wear the leather on his ass..”  ….sure, giggling and smiling all over the class room.

I never worked at the mine pit. From the age of 16 to 20 I worked at the steel factory… …but there were always this proud solidarity with the miners. Even during my study at the mining school of applied science the professors greeted every morning with the miners salute ‘Glückauf’ (means something like to have a lucky way up to daylight).

In this sense

GLÜCKAUF

Please see as well Andrea’s impressions about the mine pit in Bochum at JETAMELE !!!


POINT BLANK: JAFFA

Jaffa (also known as Yafo) is the ancient port city out of which Tel Aviv has now grown. Jaffa has, in recent years, like much of South Tel Aviv, been regenerated with the old narrow streets and courtyards becoming another highly desirable part of Tel Aviv’s urban tapestry.

The history of Jaffa is a long one. As of the world’s oldest ports, Jaffa is thought to have been the port from which Jonah left in the story of the Whale! Its long and fascinating history as  strategic port in the Eastern Mediterranean continued until only recently when new ports were built south of Tel Aviv in Ashdod and north in Haifa, to cater for modern-day shipping methods.

Jaffa is a real melting pot of Jewish and Arab populations living and breathing the same closely-packed air. It always feels like Jaffa is in a constant state of flux as people rush about on their daily business.   (source: www.touristisrael.com)


POINT BLANK: FAMILY BUSINESS

In 1986, Vietnam launched a political and economic renewal campaign (Đổi Mới) that introduced reforms to facilitate the transition from a centralized economy to a “socialist-oriented market economy”. Đổi Mới combined government planning with free-market incentives and encouraged the establishment of private businesses and foreign investment… …by the late 1990s, the success of the business and agricultural reforms ushered in under Đổi Mới was evident. More than 30,000 private businesses had been created, the economy was growing at an annual rate of more than 7%, and poverty was nearly halved.  (source: wikipedia)

 


POINT BLANK: A MEN’S PLAYGROUND

“Nagging and dissatisfied men are the biggest obstacle to successful shopping.”

… so, best you keep them busy and park them on the men’s playground.


POINT BLANK: REMMIDEMMI

…LET IT ALL OUT !!!    …LOUD!


POINT BLANK: KRISTINA

This is Kristina from Moscow. Smart, intelligent and charming. A really nice person. Purser at AEROFLOT airlines.