City of Images

EXHIBITION REVIEW: For the third year in a row, the small town of Baden near Vienna has become an outdoor photography gallery. Billed as the largest European photography festival, the exhibitions are spread all across downtown Baden´s streets and parks. In times of the Covid-19 pandemic, there could not be a more ideal setting for a “museum visit” than to stroll around in the open air, enjoying the outstanding photography and the greenery, stopping in between for coffee and cake in one of Baden´s many coffee houses. I visited on a warm September afternoon, when people were still lounging about on picnic blankets and in outdoor cafes. The exhibition runs until 26 October 2020.

The pale mountains

As for many of us the global Covid-19 pandemic put a spanner in the travel works, we decided on a trip closer to home than the one originally planned. We spent last week in the South Tyrolian Alps, between Toblach and Dorf Tirol. Here I share some of my impressions and my photography.

Abstractions

I spent the entire last week at a “Fine Art Creative” photography workshop at Stift Goettweig. One of my aims for this workshop, apart from good company among like-minded people, was to expand my photographic horizons towards experimental and abstract photography. Here I show you some of the results, something rather different from my usual documentary work.

Horsing around Vienna

The other day IgersVienna were invited to a behind-the-scenes tour by Marco, co-founder of Riding Dinner Austria, to a behind-the-scenes tour of one of the old established Fiaker enterprises, Fiaker Paul. To me this was very special, as I love horses, but had not been in a stable in quite a while. I really enjoyed watching the morning routine, preparing the horses and coachmen for their working day.

Finally exposed to paintings again

Going to an art museum may not usually seem that exciting, but when I rode my bike to the Belvedere21 yesterday, for the first time in months, since Covid-19 Lockdown measures shut down all of Vienna´s museums, I felt pretty exhilarated. The modern art venue of the venerable Belvedere Museum offered special thematic tours onContinue reading “Finally exposed to paintings again”

Stones that speak

On Friday I showed you bits of my neighbourhood, which was created during the days of working class housing- and food shortages that followed World War I and the breakup of the Habsburg Empire.  But of course this problem extended to all of Vienna, and the cooperative garden settlements that were built in the 1920sContinue reading “Stones that speak”

Close to home

Like many of us, the COVID-19 spread prevention measures for me have meant a lot of time spent at home, where I can fortunately continue to work (in home office), enjoy culture (via innumerable streams from the wonderful world of cultural institutions), exercise (with regular live streams of Pilates, yoga and Zumba classes), and takeContinue reading “Close to home”

Venice in between

Between the floods  (the terrible Acqua Alta of 12 Nov 2019) and the lock-down due to the Covid-19 epidemic in 2020, Venice has not had much luck lately.  La Serenissima Repubblica di San Marco is suffering, and I feel for the inhabitants of this beautiful city (and of course all others affected by it).  UsuallyContinue reading “Venice in between”

Ping Pong for photographers

One of several cultural activities I meant to write about while the exhibition is still open was a visit to the OstLicht Gallery with Instagramers Vienna, an invitation by Female Photographers Vienna.  This was supposed to be on until 28 March, but of course COVID-19 also closed down this space, although from the website IContinue reading “Ping Pong for photographers”

Easy sweeps of sky – down to Key West

During our two week vacation in January, I managed to persuade my initially reluctant husband to take a trip down to Key West. “It´s such a long drive,” he moaned. But what a drive! In glorious sunny weather with clear blue skies, we took off down the famous U.S. Route 1.  That longest of allContinue reading “Easy sweeps of sky – down to Key West”