Monthly Archives: March 2014

Looking at my hometown with fresh eyes

It is by far not the first time for me to do a photowalk in downtown Aachen, and this morning I didn’t even change much of my usual paths but yet there were new impressions to be caught with the camera or different angles …

Some looked best in sepia and some in colour. Let me take you on a visual walk through the city which is only a few minutes from two other countries, namely the Netherlands and Belgium.

This redbrick building is a theatre, it offers mostly alternative plays, or at least very alternative Adaption for the 20-30somethings

This redbrick building is a theatre, it offers mostly alternative plays, or at least very alternative Adaption for the 20-30somethings

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at the theatre window.

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…on my way to the cathedral and Muensterplatz (~ cathedral square)

 

Looking up does pay off from time to time

Looking up does pay off from time to time

 

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love the colour combination

love the colour combination

 

You have to know the quarter to find this passageway. Love it. So much charme there....

You have to know the quarter to find this passageway. Love it. So much charme there….

 

 

swirly

swirly

 

a shop selling wool. Yes, it's Aachen. Quite unusual for the City though...

a shop selling wool. Yes, it’s Aachen. Quite unusual for the City though…

 

A violin builder

A violin builder

 

Italian Food and such an artsy sign. Note to self: Make a sign series. :)

Italian Food and such an artsy sign. Note to self: Make a sign series. ūüôā

 

 

cathedral...

cathedral…

Magnolia and Saints

Magnolia and Saints

 

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Don't those angels get dizzy? Actually I have never paid Attention to those sculptures...might have been distracted by the magnolia tree

Don’t those angels get dizzy? Actually I have never paid Attention to those sculptures…might have been distracted by the magnolia tree

 

Mr Duck Swimming in a small fountain. He looked a bit lost there... and attracted lots of children

Mr Duck Swimming in a small fountain. He looked a bit lost there… and attracted lots of children

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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song lyrics

This guitar is 25 years old. My dear grandpa gave it to me. Love to play it, and playing it means touching it...of course.

This guitar is 25 years old. My dear grandpa gave it to me. Love to play it, and playing it means touching it…of course.

As I am planning a series of smaller paintings bringing visuals to Songs I feel inspired by I had a closer listen to my all-time favourite Songs.

Jack Johnson has quite a few to offer… and “Symbol in my driveway” is one which got stuck with me. the past few¬†days…¬†

If it turns into a painting or Collage I will post it here. For now listen to the song and find the lyrics underneath.

Would love to read about your favourite song lyrics, dear reader, if you feel like sharing them in the comments.

 

“I’ve got a symbol in my driveway

I’ve got a hundred million¬† dollar friends

I’ve got you a brand new weapon

Lets see how destructive  we can be

I’ve got a brand new set of stencils

I’ve been connecting¬† all the dots

Got my plans in a zip lock bag

Lets see how unproductive we  can be

I’ve got a light bulb full of anger

And I can switch it on  and off I

n situations it can be so bright

I can’t believe, how pathetic¬† we can be

I’ve got a perfect set of blueprints

I’m gonna build¬† somebody else

Might cost a little more than money

But what’s man without¬† his wealth?

I’ve got a phosphorescent secret

But don’t you tell nobody¬† else

Next thing you know, the whole world

Will be talking about all the  clues they got

They just ain’t no use, they’ve got us fooled”

Jack Johnson – from the Album “On and On”

 

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Morning (de-)light …or …how the simple things in life contribute to my happiness

Brush bouquet

Brush Bouquet

The good thing about being an early bird is to being able to walk around the flat when it’s still so quiet outside,

when the light is very Special and therefore my camera is silently begging to be picked up.

The photos are taken at home with a mindful attitude and a thankful heart.

Inspired by Susannah Conway, Tara Leaver and the amazing Project you find on www.3191milesapart.com

Coffee scent in the kitchen, a heart in the milk foam almost too nice to make me drink the coffee...

Coffee scent in the kitchen, a heart in the milk foam almost too nice to make me drink the coffee…

 

Tulips ... reminding me that the next spring is just around the corner

Tulips … reminding me that the next spring is just around the corner

Fairy lights warming the atmosphere

Fairy lights warming the atmosphere

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closeup of the other “yarnball-style” fairy lights – I love the light spreading through the holes, reflecting on the wall.

friendly and charming roommates ;)

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The reason why I love taking photos of my beloved everyday simplicity, the things I refuse to take for granted although they happen to be around me seemingly “all the time” is that I am making sure to have a Little “vacation mindset” during the week.

I do not want to wait for the next ‘real’ vacation to feel happy and grateful, nor do I think that waiting for a vacation of 5 days could release work stress of 5 weeks for example.

driftwood and circles i

driftwood and circles

star shaped tree bark (can it get any better?) and circles on my old table which probably would have a few stories to tell. How I love this kitchen table. It came to me as a gift and I do not want to take it for granted.So much Beauty in its imperfection!

star shaped tree bark (can it get any better?) and circles on my old table which probably would have a few stories to tell. How I love this kitchen table. It came to me as a gift and I do not want to take it for granted.So much Beauty in its imperfection!

If you haven’t done this (in a while) I invite you to take your camera and look around your house:

-take photos of things which have accompanied you for a long time, which have a story to tell (and maybe write down the story for them if you feel inspired to do so)

-take photos of how the morning/noon/afternoon or evening light makes parts of your place so special

-take photos of little treats which can¬†help to press the pause button during your day…. like a cup of tea or coffee you are enjoying

-take photos of things you once purchased or got as a gift, which mean a lot to you, but which sit at the same place for a while already and might be taken for granted a little ¬†…

And just as important:

  • What do you do with your photos?

  • When do you take time to print them?

  • Do you want to put them into a Journal or Album?

  • Do you feel like making a Collage? Craft a postcard to a dear friend with the help of these photos?

  • Do you feel like posting them in a blog – for example – and possibly inspire others?

  • Maybe even put them into a Special file to go make a photobook with them at a photostore, as a reminder of lots of things to be happy about?

My experience is that it’s of course very nice and precious to first of all take photos with the mindset I have described in here.

But, you know…¬†these days, yeah, sure, you can take zillions of photos with your digital camera, store them in files and even give them captions and names. If you give These photos a Special “presentation”, honour them with your time and Attention, they might serve you as a reminder of reasons to be happy about “the simple things in life”.

"The art of being happy lies in the power of extracting happiness from common things." - Henry Ward Beecher

“The art of being happy lies in the power of extracting happiness from common things.” – Henry Ward Beecher

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