Week 42 – Simply Mario
This is the man ….. always good for a surprise!
(even if in this case it just happened to be his wife’s wooly hat!)
f/4 1/1000 ISO 200 @176mm
Week 40 – She’s always a woman
There’s a song by a man called Billy Joel which I’d like to dedicate to my accomplice in life. It is she around whom my world has turned for the last nineteen years.
It’s called “She’s always a woman” and goes like this:
She can kill with a smile
She can wound with her eyes
She can ruin your faith with her casual lies
And she only reveals what she wants you to see
She hides like a child
But she’s always a woman to me
She can lead you to live
She can take you or leave you
She can ask for the truth
But she’ll never believe you
And she’ll take what you give her as long as it’s free
She steals like a thief
But she’s always a woman to me
Oh, she takes care of herself
She can wait if she wants
She’s ahead of her time
Oh, and she never gives out
And she never gives in
She just changes her mind
She will promise you more
Than the Garden of Eden
Then she’ll carelessly cut you
And laugh while you’re bleedin’
But she’ll bring out the best
And the worst you can be
Blame it all on yourself
Cause she’s always a woman to me
She is frequently kind
And she’s suddenly cruel
She can do as she pleases
She’s nobody’s fool
But she can’t be convicted
She’s earned her degree
And the most she will do
Is throw shadows at you
But she’s always a woman to me
The words “thank you” are inadequate, but they’re all I have!
f/10 1/50 ISO 400 @33mmLyrics Source: http://www.billyjoel.com/us/music/stranger-30th-anniversary-legacy-edition/shes-always-woman
Week 32 – Sanssouci Rose
Week 31 – Polperro and Stonehenge
These are the last two taken on holiday.
The first one shows the lovely fishing village of Polperro which was just down the road from Looe (Cornwall) where we spent the second week of our England and Wales round-trip.
The second picture was shot on the way back to Harwich at Stonehenge.
f/14 1/125 ISO 400 @17mm
f/14 1/250 ISO 400 @30mm Pol. Filter
Week 29 – Coming Home
Some of you might have guessed that the project has not died, moreover everybody is entitled to a bit of a holiday sometime.
After driving back through Germany and the Netherlands this was the view that greeted us on the Stena ferry taking us home.
There will be more to come over the next few days to catch up.
f/16 1/60 ISO 400 @17mm
Week 19 – The Schleizer Triangle
Schleiz’s claim to fame is one of the oldest “natural” race tracks in Germany.
The first ever race took place on the 10th of June 1923, with the aim being to race as far as possible and as quickly as possible on five litres of fuel. The winner of the car race was Mr. Huldreich Heußer with a total distance of 87.3 km and an average of 41.4 km/h (which quite incidentally is similar to what I get out of my Dutch “sit up and beg” style bicycle when going downhill fully laden). Mr. Horst Raebel on his motorcycle managed six laps with an average speed of 64.2 km/h (which is something to aim for on that bicycle).
I’ve really no idea who won this particular race, but today the top speeds average 160 km/h per lap……I think I’ll get my coat!
f10 1/250 ISO 200 @35mm Pol. Filter
Week 18 – The Lady by the Lake
…… on a sunny May afternoon in Neuruppin (1923).
f4 1/800 ISO 200 @19mm
Week 17 – The Pleasure Garden
….. or in German the “Lustgarten” which somehow has a more appealing ring to it ……..
f14 1/200 ISO 200 @30mm
Week 16 – Have a break….
have a, well it’s not a KitKat that’s for sure but I think she’s enjoying it anyway.
It’s been a long time coming but spring has well and truly arrived in the capital.
f5.6 1/50 ISO 200 @25 mm
Week 14 – The Class of 2011
It’s 21 years ago this Spring since I sat my A-levels and these ladies 20 years my junior will be studying hard as I write to make sure they get the grade for Uni. I certainly don’t envy them in the slightest.
Without wanting to sound like the pompous “old git” that I really am, I’d like to say to them “make the most of it all and above all enjoy it!”, I know I did (and do).
The picture below gives an idea how the scene my have looked in the late 1980’s or early 1990’s.
My special thanks go to:
The Music Class of 2011 at the Goethe Gymnasium Nauen, Germany
They are: Nora, Anika, Carolin, Susi, Anne, Deborah, Sophia, Fine, Anne, Jenny, Isabell, Alena, Kristina, Miriam, Franzi and Antje.
f5 1/25 ISO 320 @19mm (for both shots)
Week 13 – Beer Benches to You!
And lots of them!
Apparently the official translation is “Ale-Bench” although I’ve never heard of this expression and I find the literal translation of “Bierbank” somehow more pleasing, even if it isn’t correct.
Sunday evening and the very last minute, with the inspiration once again coming from elsewhere (the usual source). All rather hurried in every respect as well, sorry for that and I hope you like it anyway.
f 8 1/5 ISO 200 -1 ev 26mm
Week 12 – Katharinenholz
Thanks to Antje for this week’s entry, I was definitely in need of some inspiration for one reason or another.
Spring hasn’t quite made it yet, even if the clocks have gone forward this last weekend. It is however “in the air” as they say.
This was taken at Katharinenholz in Bornim (Potsdam)
f10 1/160 ISO 400 30mm
Week 11 – Park Babelsberg
Here we are back in not so exotic territories but home nonetheless.
Many thanks to Tom for this week’s suggestion and of course to the unknown cyclist who rounded off the picture nicely. It was taken from Park Babelsberg overlooking the Havel River to the city of Potsdam.
Thanks also, to those readers who pointed out that I have been living abroad for too long and that my blog should be named “53 Weeks on a bench” rather than “53 weeks on a bank”. Although both are of questionable heritage with regard to the English language and everything else for that matter, (one being a Geordie and the other a Yorkshireman), I will none the less adapt my “Germisch” or “Dinglisch” title to the correct “Bench”.
It would have been kind if someone would have let me know a little earlier, to which my better half will undoubtedly say “I told you so!” and she is German…… nuff said!
f1.4 1/8000 ISO 200 @30mm
Week 8 – Zum Zipfelteich
Here’s a picture of the little people and their mother on a rather curious looking bank. It was taken during one of those now so very familiar winter walks in the south-east of the country.
This is a place I will undoubtedly be visiting again this year albeit, in a somewhat tempered climate. I might even use this location as a changing of the seasons project within this project because it really is ever so pretty here.
f8 1/25 ISO 250 17mm
P.S. Sorry about the blown out sky but sometimes you just can’t choose when you get the opportunity to shoot, and I really didn’t want to “Photoshop” it.
Week 2 Potsdam – “The-Bread-Roll-Run”
I think you may have to get used to a number of these banks being within the boundaries of the city of Potsdam, as well as being taken at the last possible moment during the week.
The more observant of you will have noticed that this was taken on a Sunday, hence it was taken on the first day of the new week. This is correct, unless you live in Germany, where the first day of the week is a Monday. Although I always mutter that this custom is incorrect and probably goes against some international (most probably European Union) law, it certainly worked to my advantage this week.
To those readers used to my rants on this subject and the mixing up of commas and full stops in the German numerical system I have this to say:
“Was interessiert mich mein Geschwätz von gestern.” Konrad Adenauer (First German Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany)
This roughly translates as:
“Who cares what twaddle I have spoken in the past” A rather novel admittance for a politician I think.
That does not go to say that I will in future condone either of the above errors.
The image was taken on my Sunday “Bread-Roll-Run” with the kids, whilst their mother idled, well deserved I might add, in her warm and cosy bed.
We’ve had mild weather with rain over the past few days, which has brought the remnants of the New Year’s celebrations to the surface as well as preserving patches of dirty snow.
A picture fitting for the time of year I think.
Week 1 Dallgow Döberitzer Heide
“It takes a lot of imagination to be a good photographer. You need less imagination to be a painter, because you can invent things. But in photography everything is so ordinary; it takes a lot of looking before you learn to see the extraordinary.” – David Bailey – In “Face,” (London), Dec 1984.
It is with this in mind that we set off on our 53 week photographic journey. There are few things more ordinary than a bank, so in the hope that not all the images presented are just ordinary, let’s get started.
It was one of the those wonderful Winter afternoons that you get when the easterly winds blow across the North German plains making the air dry, crisp and very cold. We were out with the kids to see how the wild bison, horses and reindeer fared in the conditions. As the winter sun started to set I came across this makeshift bench.
It was my first bank of the year.