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POINT BLANK: POLINA

Me and Polina met in August in Tver / Russia and we decide to do a photo shooting the next time when I’ll be around. And so we did.

I was impressed by her talented und versatile way to act in a portrait shooting. Some things just like happen like that. You don’t need to plan. You don’t need to talk…  …you just let things happen.

A delightful day with this wonderful person. Thank you, Polina!  …and I hope we will meet again.

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Dear Polina,

this is for you. We believe in you! You will make your way!  …just pure believe in yourself!

FAITH, HOPE, LOVE

Victoria & Markus

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POINT BLANK: PARIS

 

POINT BLANK: OYSTER FARM

Oyster farming in Cancale / Brittany

From it’s small spat’s size to its harvest, a Cancale oyster needs minimum 3 years of work in the bay of Le Mont Saint Michel.

Many handelings are necessary to grow an oyster lapped by the fastest tides in Europe. At low tide part of the vast oyster beds can visited.

Cancale calls himself the “oyster capital” of Brittany. Oysters are bred here in the intertidal zone, namely the Pacific Oyster (5,000 t, as of: 2000) and the rarer European Oyster (1,000 t, as of: 2000). Both varieties enjoy a good reputation among connoisseurs.

(source: Ferme Marine, wikipedia)

POINT BLANK: DRY BRIDGE BAZAAR / TBLISSI

Dry Bridge Bazaar / მშრალი ხიდი

If you looking for paintings, books, jewelery, spark plugs, condensers, records, cameras, lenses, sunglasses, vases, tools, dishes, ball bearings then you are in very good hands on the Dry Bridge Bazaar in Tblissi/Georgia.

But even if you just like to stroll around and like to chat with these nice people at the market, you get well entertained for hours by the beautiful sight of the merchandize and all that interesting stories you get told. Just enjoy.

 

POINT BLANK: MONKS

 

POINT BLANK: A SHORT ENCOUNTER

I asked people I met in public…  …on the street, in bars, hotels, restaurants…  …if I could take a potrait of them. Most of those short encounters were just for few seconds. One even ended in a really nice long chat.

There is this question of ‘How good you should know a person to do an authentic portrait?’  …and I asked myself ‘…and what will happen if you do a protrait of someone that you absolutely do not know?’ Will he/she put up a face the he/she want to show to the world?  …I will never know. But what I mean to see is, that there is something really personal in their features which raise the thrilling question of who these people could be like.

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POINT BLANK: ST. MALO/BRITANNY/FRANCE

POINT BLANK: FLOATING VILLAGE II

If you want to reach these floating villages, you just have to follow the Tonle Sap River from Phnom Penh upstream… .. no .. ..downstream … ..okay it really depends on dry and rainy season …

A special feature of the Tonle Sap River is that it changes its direction of flow during the rainy season.

Not only on the Tonle Sap Lake, but also on its tributaries you will find the floating villages.

During the rainy season, the water level can rise up to 6 meters in these rivers and flooding the large floodplain areas. Many villages on these rivers are then no longer accessible by land. But for that brings the flood nutrient mud on the rice fields and offers many species of fish a breeding ground.

 

Find here the first part of the Floating Village Story

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POINT BLANK: TVER CITY FESTIVAL

POINT BLANK: “SHOW ME THE WAY TO THE NEXT WHISKEY BAR”

“..the way to the bar? …upstream…  …just follow the river… you can’t miss it! Enjoy!” was the advice of the nice guy on the first image.  …and we did! We followed the Suoi Tien river in Mui Ne (Vietnam) and get rewarded by the beautiful landscape of the Red Canyon and a cold beer in this unique bar. Wow, what an unusual way to reach a bar…  …walking through a river as the only way to get there!

POINT BLANK: YULIYA & NASTYA

You want a fun day? Just call the two sisters Yuliya and Nastya…   …and start a photoshoot….

…press the button and enjoy. That’s all! 🙂 🙂 🙂

POINT BLANK: TA PROHM TEMPLE

Ta Prohm is the modern name of the temple at Angkor, Siem Reap Province, Cambodia, built in the Bayon style largely in the late 12th and early 13th centuries and originally called Rajavihara. It was founded by the Khmer King Jayavarman VII as a Mahayana Buddhist monastery and university. Unlike most Angkorian temples, Ta Prohm is in much the same condition in which it was found.

The temple of Ta Prohm was used as a location in the film Tomb Raider.

But for me, the mystic and the spell of that place, is precise the spot where the story The Jungle Book took place. These temples, the jungle, the light, the temperature, the humidity…  …and if you are really, really quite and listen really carefully, I’m sure you can hear that gentle echo of Mowgli and Baloo singing about the bare necessities. Promised. 🙂

 

POINT BLANK: AUENLAND / THE SHIRE

I passed by this place at the M10 motorway in Moskshino (Tverskaja Region/Russia) for a hundred times without seen it…  …and after I suddenly caught a glimpse of this spot through the trees in the evening sun, I was fascinated and I needed to now what it is.

THE SHIRE (Auenland) from ‘Lord of the Rings’ was my first thought!  …but no Hobbits around…  …so I dared to sneak around a little bit.

It turned out that this cubbyholes are used as a storage room. Covered all over with soil and overgrown by plants this storages offer a well tempered place for even storing groceries. Smart idea!

The original use in former times for this chambers was for charcoal burning. This is achieved by carbonising wood in a charcoal pile. And now, while I’m standing here, the round and organic shapes of this piles offers a picturesque landscape in this wonderful evening sun…   …but still no Hobbits 😀 😀  …wait.. (and now for the most used questions in horror movies)  ..what’s that noise?..  🙂

POINT BLANK: MOSAIC

St. Petersburg / Russia

For more than 10 years the WOWMOSAIC school have been engaged in mosaics and train this craft for all students and participants.

The school is based on the basis of the largest creative association of TAVR which joins the methods of teaching mosaic at the Academy of Arts ‘Repin’ and the Industrial Art Academy
‘Baron Stieglitz’ with real experience of a mosaic workshop.

The students participate in exhibitions, make their own mosaic projects, work in the best mosaic workshops of St. Petersburg and Moscow, and some open their own mosaic studios.

 

 

THE MARKUS MASTERCLASS

Thank you Arina from WOWMOSAIC for you endless patience and the fun we had, for not getting mad about the mess we left and for letting me jump around with my camera in front of your nose the whole day. I hope you not shocked anymore, that I (as a boy) choose the ice-cone-shaped form instead of the plane-shaped one for the markus-mosiac.  🙂 🙂 🙂

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