The circus was in town

Cover image: Lily Paul Roncalli performing a stunning dance number on top of a pool table. It has been a long while, since before Covid-19 struck, since I have been to the circus. I like very little better than photography of stage performances, and the circus is especially magical, with its great lights and colours.Continue reading “The circus was in town”

Back to analogue – Part 4: Streets of Linz on Kodak Ektar 100

I may have found a film that works for me. Although it remains to be seen whether it worked out for the indoor shots I took the other day. I have not quite finished that roll. But I did take a complete roll of 36 during my photo school weekend (I am currently studying forContinue reading “Back to analogue – Part 4: Streets of Linz on Kodak Ektar 100”

Back to analogue – Part 3: Vienna views on Kodak Ultramax 400

My heart starts beating faster these days when the download link with scans of my latest analogue photos arrives from the photo lab. Will it have worked out? Getting a transfer is in itself a good sign – at least now I know that the film was transported and exposed! This time I tried outContinue reading “Back to analogue – Part 3: Vienna views on Kodak Ultramax 400”

Back to analogue – Part 2: Vienna Classic Days with Yashica Electro 35

One week ago my camera collecting friend, photographer Reinhard Prenn (the one who passed on his analogue bug, which by now has seriously infected me), brought me a new old camera to try out: The Yashica Electro 35. This was not the camera I was initially supposed to shoot with for this project, but thereContinue reading “Back to analogue – Part 2: Vienna Classic Days with Yashica Electro 35”

Back to analogue – Part 1: Venice, lomified

I grew up with analogue photography, but after I started using a digital camera some 20 years ago I never looked back. Until now, that is. There has of course been a trend, especially among young people but also among seasoned photographers, to go back to analog. It seems to have acquired a certain coolnessContinue reading “Back to analogue – Part 1: Venice, lomified”

The State on Trial: Asylum Tribunal

All things are well with asylum processes and rights in my home country, are they not? This, at any rate, is often the official government line. Of course it all depends whose side you are on. The current performances by Theaterkollektiv Hybrid on Vienna´s Judenplatz in cooperation with Werk X-Petersplatz, pitch the side of theContinue reading “The State on Trial: Asylum Tribunal”

Heavy metal fashion

Imagine being weighed down by a suit made of iron or steel. Actually, as I was told during a tour of the current exhibition at Vienna´s Kunsthistorisches Museum, KHM, men wearing these metal carapaces were able to walk, run and jump in it. That must have taken some muscle power, in addition to agility, butContinue reading “Heavy metal fashion”

Majolica Magic

Yesterday was International Museum Day, so I am one day late with a museum post, but actually, every day is museum day, right? On Monday the MAK – Museum of Applied Arts in Vienna had a very special evening: Notte della Maiolica Italiana – Night of Italian Majolica. Why Italian? Because for one, the ItalianContinue reading “Majolica Magic”

Broken-hearted boogie: Trümmerherz

A play that moves. At first glance, a simple story, yet after a while, I realised, not so simple after all. The themes of Bernhard Bilek’s play “Trümmerherz” are age-old: love, jealousy, friendship, heartache, and also: sexual attraction, longing, deception, violence, gender, the spoils of war, society. There are so many layers in this storyContinue reading “Broken-hearted boogie: Trümmerherz”

Improv at Das Vindobona

This week I discovered a (for me) new, but actually quite old, performance and supper venue in Vienna´s 20th district. The Vindobona on Wallensteinplatz near U4 Friedensbrücke is a multifunctional theater hall that offers a wide range of both in-house productions and guest theatre or musical performances, concerts, readings, varieté, burlesque and travesty shows, cabaret,Continue reading “Improv at Das Vindobona”