I still can’t believe it! We did it!

This trip is something special for me. I was traveling in Asia already. I’ve been to Thailand, Sri Lanka and the Maldives. But this time Anna and I have planned to go crazy spending 6 months abroad. Yes, 6 months, 175 days full of adventures, surprises and spontaneous decisions. Our first stop is Indonesia, then probably Nepal, India and finally Myanmar in January 2019. But who knows where we end up. Hostels are full of people who have interesting stories to tell and for sure will influence our travel path.

We booked a flight to Jakarta, the capital of Indonesia. A megacity that people recommended us to leave as soon as possible. They told us it is crowded, chaotic, full of traffic jams and pollution. And I have to admit, these people were right. BUT what they haven’t mentioned is that this city is full of lovely, charming, happy and smiling people. Of course many of them suffer poverty, but I can just say what emotions I have recieved during the first two days of walking through Jakarta: it was the warmest smiles full of love and joy.

I was really curious how I will handle my huge overloaded Backpack, which should have around 25 Kg in total. So we decided to take the train from the airport of Jakarta and walk from the train station to our hostel to test our weak office bodies. It was just a walk of 45 minutes, but we took every occasion to have a rest in one of the many parks in Jakarta that were on our way. We even went through a rally of a muslim party by accident. „Allahu Akbar!“ was shouted out loudly by the demonstrants. For those who don’t know: it just means God is great. I guess I will write another post about the political situation in Indonesia, and especially the history, which shocked me deeply.

As we arrived in the Capsule Hostel in Old Batavia it was evening already and my legs were pudding. Even better to have had a cozy double room with a comfortable bed and air condition. At first I was wondering why do the little window was a wooden plate, but after I closed it the loud street noise almost disappeared. The rooftop was really cozy to hang out. There was a Pool table, chess games and a bar with cold drinks and tasty food. Lucky as usual we met some great people to talk to. It is a good feeling to sit next to people from so many different continents sharing political views, travel stories or just a cold Bintang beer. Oh yes, our conversations got deep after a few of them. The staff was very charming and helpful, the environment clean. I would definitly recommend this hostel for a short stay.

The next day we started walking around the city without a plan where to go. We landed up in a poor housing area. It was a weird feeling to pass so many living rooms, having an insight of peoples private sphere. But instead of looking angry at us almost everybody has greeted us with a big smile and hello. Some even wanted to take a selfie with us. 

After a while we took a tuk tuk to this big green square on the map, which was the national monument of Jakarta. Would have loved to get on top of the observation platform of the monument to take some pictures from above. But as the cue was endless and the polluted air does not allow you to see further than a few hundred meters anyways we just had a short rest and went on.

The harbour was our next destination. On our way we suddenly saw a huge truck full of flowers and a huge Soundsystem next to it. A band was playing on a stage, a camera crane was filming it. We saw a beautiful decorated booth with a child sitting on a golden throne. I had no idea whats going on there, a wedding maybe? But then someone got in contact with us and asked me to take a picture of the young guy. It turned out that they were celebrating his circumcision, and now we were too. His family invited us to some delicious food, asked us to dance with them and welcomed us like their own family. Especially the little guy who was around 10 years old was almost as happy as we were to share this event.

Still having the harbour in mind we walked along a street to get there, a street that seemed to never end. What looked like a walk of an half an hour on the map took us almost 2 hours. Suddenly I saw the fish market and got reminded of the lovely atmosphere of the fish market I have visited last year in Casablanca. Not only by the really bad smell ^^. Especially the fact, that fisher men are thankful photo motifs who stand tall and proud. I got stopped by almost every second fisher man in the market to take a picture of him and his catch of the day.

A few hundred meters behind the fish market we found a slummy village built on water. It appeared as a chaotic mosaic of corrugated iron, wooden pillars and plastic rubbish. Everything of this ensemble seemed to fall apart, but still it withstands year after year. Later on I talked to a fisher man who told me that he was living there since many years. Life on the fish market seems tough. Work hard – earn little. 

Right next to this place I saw an old man sorting out sun-dried crabs on a jetty. I would love to have just a little of his patience…

After this day I have to say that Jakarta is totally worth a short visit. There is so many hidden corners to discover. So many people sharing their smiles with you. So many interesting ways of life.

6 months of traveling Asia / Heavy nerdy packing list

6 months of traveling Asia! wohooo! A dream is coming true. 

For those who don´t know me, I am a Nerd when it comes to photography and technology. There is nothing more exciting to me than having free time to spend in nature or crowded cities, hunting with my camera what catches my eyes. As you can imagine I got confronted with a dilemma that probably all long term tourists have. Finding a balance between having with you everything you really need while travelling and reducing the weight as much as possible to avoid back ache. 

As you can clearly see I am totally bad at finding this balance ^^ 

I will try to explain to you why all those things are necessary for me to unfold my creativity on site. Lets start with the most important things from the top left:

I-pad pro: 478g – the perfect screen to fly the mavic pro. Also Anna is using it together with the keyboard to write her Blog. And i love to sketch on it with the I-pencil. 

Macbook Pro: 1830g – As I produce tons of photos and also Videos day by day I could not resist to take my Macbook with me to handle all the data. Also I will accept some remote jobs from time to time – f.e. architectural visualisations to keep my wallet bulging. 

DSLR Timer: 150g – one really important tool to take long time exposures and timelapse movies. 

Spare Iphone: 180g – always good to have – I am good at breaking or loosing my phone. 

Actioncam GoPro Hero 6: 118g – I bought it just 2 days before we left. I was sad for not being able to have more than 30 fps with my Canon 5D III, also no 4k and no underwater possibilities. With the Hero6 I got what I wanted with just a bit of weight. 

Powerbank Anker PowerCore+ 20100mAh: 581g – This powerbank is quite heavy, but totally worth carrying it around the world. With the USB-C connection it is possible to load even my Macbook Pro. 

RAVPower 16W Solar charger: 449g – with this helpful and foldable invention I can load up the Powerbank when I am lost on the beach. 

Drone Mavic Pro Platinum: 740g – my favorite toy. Every flight is an adventure, i felt in love with aerial perspectives and smooth tracking shots. Also the remote, 2 spare batteries and 4 packs of spare propellers are packed. 

2x Lumecubes: 748g – This little, quite expensive, waterproofed light sources are a new toy to me. I have a mount for the Mavic, so the plan is to use the 3000 lumen to light up a scene while taking a long time exposure with my camera. So excited to paint with light in my photo composition. 

Camera Canon 5D III: 945g – I carry this thing around for almost 6 years now. I enjoy this camera a lot. 2 extra Batteries are enough. 

Lense Canon 70-200mm 2.8 L: 1450g – This lense is huge and heavy. Not suitable for travellers. But anyway I could never leave this beast at home. It is my favourite lense.

Lense Canon 24-105mm 4.0 L: 670g – This lense is a great allrounder. But I mostly use it for long time exposures during daytime, because I have some nice ND filters which fit on it. 

Lense Sigma 20mm Art 1.4: 945g – This lense is quite heavy for its size. But it is just the perfect lense to take photos in dark environments – especially for taking pictures of the milky way – so much looking forward to! 🙂

Extender Canon EF 2x III: 227g – This one was hard to decide. I use it very rarely, but sometimes its just fun to use it. With the 70-200mm I get 400mm, which I imagine to be very useful in regions like the Himalaya.

Tripod Manfrotto Befree: 1400g – When you are into photography you will know how essential this tool is for taking pictures in the dark. Longtime exposure photography is the supreme discipline! 

Audio Recorder ZOOM H4nPro: 294g – I realised the importance of high quality sound when cutting videos. As I play around with music a lot these days I planned to record sounds of urbanity and nature to create music with it. 

Sensor Leap Motion: 32g – This infrared sensor is a wonder of technology. I already used it in some interactive music and light installations. It lets you control midi signals by hand gestures. I took it with me to program some new synthesizer sounds with it. And maybe… maybe we will find a jungle rave somewhere, where I can spontaneously do a light or music installation. You never know 🙂

Hard drive Samsung SSD T5: 80g – This tiny and robust Solid State Drive is perfect to have enough disk space with you without getting to heavy loaded. 

Portable Backpack Matador up beast28: 558g – I got this backpack recommended by a friend – thanks Berno. I really love this tiny backpack as hand luggage or backpack for day trips. It offers enough space for my 15″ Macbook, the drone, one extra lense and provisions. Highly recommended!

Hammock Ticket to the Moon: 600g – One of the most important things for a relaxing holiday. Since many years I am a big fan of this companies hammocks. Sometimes it even helps you out to have a comfortable train ride when the seats are full. 

Cable Salat: weight unknown – All the listed equipment is useless without power or the possibility to transfer the data to my Laptop. Nowadays there is tons of different cables. USB, mini/micro-USB, USB-C, Adapters and many more. 

Dry bag XXL: 80g – Mostly used to transport dirty, used clothes I bought this bag to be safe when transporting my equipment on little fishing boats. 

Cable Salat: weight unknown – All the listed equipment is useless without power or the possibility to transfer the data to my Laptop. Nowadays there is tons of different cables. USB, mini/micro-USB, USB-C, Adapters and many more. 

Mosquito Net Ticket to the Moon: 450g – To be totally independent when travelling it is obligatory to have a mosquito net for the hammock. When the only hotel in town is not worth the money, just say goodbye and sleep on the beach 🙂 

Of course I know that I am a little crazy to take all this stuff with me. But that´s how I like to travel, packed with everything I need to realise my ideas. Do what you love and the back ache wont hurt too bad. 


FaceOSC – A fascinating free software that tracks your face f.e. with your webcam and generates OSC data (open sound control).

The net you see tracked over your face is divided in parts as eyebrows, eyes, mouth and jaw. Even the position of your face, turning of your head and scale of your face will create a value which you can use in many different ways.

As I’m playing arround with 3d projection mapping a lot these days I had the idea of letting my face gestures control effects in my mapping software. To underline the communication between your movements and the computer i wanted FaceOSC also to control some knobs on my synthesizers in abelton live.

For example: I open my mouth and the mapped boxes slowly turn from green to red while the bassline you hear gets more frequency.

To get things to work you need to communicate the created data from FaceOSC to the 3Dmapping and sound programs. Another software is needed: the so called Osculator. With this helpful tool you can arrange the incoming data and send it to any other application.


I am a big fan of playing and experimenting with time. Arround 2 years ago i bought a HAIDA 10x ND filter, since then I’m enjoying shooting moving objects like clouds, people, cars etc next to architecture. The maximum time I have tried so far was arround 30 minutes using 2 of the x10 ND filters attached to eachother. Pixel errors occured on images taken longer than 20 minutes with my Canon 5D III. But for the most tasks shorter durations let you get the better results anyways. My favourite thing to shoot with ND filters are definitly moving skies, especially when reflected on water. There is a special sky needed to get a good contrast between cloud and sky. Shiny white single clouds that move towards the camera in front of a dark blue sky, this is a good setup to spend some longer time to capture a lot of time in a single image.

Another useful purpose for a ND filter is when you want to get rid of people crossing your picture. Taking a picture of 5 minutes e.g. will only show people who are sitting or standing around. Moving people will just disappear magically.

Another hint for the post work of moving cloud images is to turn down the luminance of the blue color (blue sky). This will higher the contrast a lot and works even better with black and white.

If you would like to try long time exposures at daytime, here is what you need besides your camera: ND filter (neutral density), a tripod, a remote control to set up the time and of course a lot of pacience.


This shooting was a blast of light and joy. Projecting contrasty graphics on a human body, thats what I had in mind for a long time. After getting asked for a photo shoot by a pregnant client, I thought it was the right time to try out. I was searching the web for nice graphic structures for hours, but wasn’t satisfied with not having a composing influence on the picture. As a routined 3D software user I obviously came up with the idea to doodle some funky high contrasted images multiplying long black lines on a white background, which get transformed by magnet- or explosion deformers. I created arround 20-25 trippy renderings, in most of them I kept focusing the movable effect on one circular point of interest to highlight the belly. The task of my assistant Marcin Borysiak was to coordinate the projector later on and set the focal point while i was taking the pictures. We all the time had the playful aim to find the perfect angle of camera and projection. Another goal was to stay in frame with the black background, which wasn’t easy because of limited space. Many ideas popped up during the shooting, e.g. to turn the projector 90° to get a complete different look. I already animated a test video where these line-effects move to music and could be a nice setup for a music video. Especially when adding a second projector to get a fully lined body. Next time we also will need more distance between camera, source of light, the model and the background to get the best possible result. If you would like to be part of my next experiment, write me 🙂

thanks to Anett Mezei for the beautiful make up, Marcin for assisting, Anna for offering her living room, which we turned into a little studio and finally thanks to the beautiful model Leila and her baby.


Inspired by 3D printing clay i wanted to know how this unique and natural material works on bare skin. As the quite thick layer of clay dried it started to crack, which created wonderful details which shows the beauty of coincidence of physics and chemistry. As the material shrinks while drying it pinches the skin which can even hurt a bit. The whole crew involved in the shooting had great fun attaching more and more of the sticky clay. We have learned a lot about the characteristics and behaviour of clay. Looking forward to the next dirty photo shoot!


One day while having a good cake at café „Sugar mama“, the owner, an old neighbour of my childhood, told me that he really likes my photos which i’ve posted on facebook. He asked me to exhibit my pictures in his café. I spontaneously said: YES! of course I would like to, not knowing what huge amount of workload it is to organize an exhibition, especially in just one month of time.

I was wondering about the topic of my first exhibition and finally decided to show my home town frankfurt out of my perspective, so other citizens visiting the gallery could get surprised about frankfurt and get to know their multifaceted city better or even feel connected with what they see. This was also name giving: FRANKFURT UNXPECTED

Another issue I was thinking about a lot was how to sell the pictures. My wish to offer the photos at a payable price seemed to be difficult to achieve, as prints in good quality are quite expensive. Finally I got the idea. My room mate Lisa was creating photo cubes out of wood last christmas with a technology called photo-transfer aka potching. It is quite simple: Just print out your picture with a laser printer, brush it with the potch glue and attach it to any flat surface e.g. wood, metal, glas etc. When the glue is dry just take a wet sponge and rub of the paper and the photo will remain.

After buying some bottles of potch glue I first tested some different materials. I had arround 4-5 plates done, facing the white backsides of the prints. While rubbing off the paper carefully I was enjoying not knowing which image I was holding. Even as the photographer I had to rub away almost half of the paper to really recognize the photo. I felt that this could be an additional value to sell prints to the people without letting them know which photo they’re buying. At the same time this was a great way to be able to offer photos at the exhibition, without having pre-printed every single image in a certain number of pieces.

In total I chose to show and sell 100 selected photos. 50 in black and white showing demonstrations in frankfurt and 50 colored ones picturing illegal underground raves. This made it even more exciting to the buyers to purchase a photo.

As I already mentioned, I wanted to keep the price low. I found wooden plates to print on for about 80 cents per unit at my local DIY market (30x30cm). The A3 prints itself were costing 20 cents or 1 euro, depending if bw or colored. All together this was a really economical solution, eventhough it took a lot of energy and patience to produce each picture. It took days of work to get all the 100 pieces done in time for the opening day of the exhibition (thx to everybody who helped!). Still thinking about the number on the price shield I got the idea to not establish any fixed price. Instead I decided to throw the dices. Trusting stochastics my customers had to throw 5 dices to generate the price with adding all pips. Coincidence decided – 5 to 30 Euro for a hand made print on wood which made the purchase even more playful and affordable. Aim achieved!

Another arty idea I had was to print on both sides – on one side the photo and on the backside the logo of the exhibition with pictograms showing what to do. I loved the fact that you first have to destroy to finally set free the photo. Some people later told me that they did not wanted to rub away all the paper – to show this process of revealing.

We finished to produce the pictures just in time, but how to present them properly? Two days before the vernissage I had the idea to staple them to a spiral tower – and let the tower spin slowly. This was a task for Gyro Gearloose Alexander Scharf, a scientist and friend of mine who has incredible skills in building crazy things. He told me to find a microwave and bring him the spinning motor (thx ben for sacrificing your microwave ^^) and just one day later I got a wonderful white painted spinning foundation for my spiral tower which worked perfectly!

A tricky to-do was also to find a satisfying concept how to hang the pictures on the walls. As the pictures were in a square format I decided to combine them into big squares. But it’s not only about positioning. Even more important is light. And the lighting at the café was so bad that i had to find a solution quickly. Again i had a kind of special idea which i wasn´t able to achieve by myself. The idea was to have a dark atmosphere with just a spot light which highlights certain photos. I asked my friend Nico Dietzel from 802 Networks, who is a genious when it comes to electricity and hardware. He borrowed me a moving head, a light that can be programmed and is capable to move from one photo to another.

Maybe the most important part of having an exhibition – especially if it is your first one – is the marketing. No party without people. Thanks to my good friend Isabella Caldart who wrote an article about my plans people got in touch with the exhibition quite quickly. I also created a facebook group, an instagram account and wrote emails to potential advetisers like my local radio channel radio X. I printed 1000 flyers, made a catchy stopmotion movie with them and soon I got contacted by FAZ and Frankfurt Journal, who also wrote articles in their newspapers and online magazines.

I was really surprised how many people attended the exhibition. The café was so crowded that most of the people were standing outside during cold january. But thanks to the pirate bar everybody could warm theirselves up with some tasty rum. It was a pleasure for me to see all the people using little sponges to rub the paper of the photos. Some exchanged bw to colored ones between eachother, others threw the dices several times. Some guys came to me and told me that they have recognized themselves on a demonstration picture, another one was happy to see photos of raves he enjoyed as well.

The pictures were displayed from january till february 2016. At the end there was a finissage for which I’ve produced another 100 prints. Again almost all of them were gambled.

Looking back this exhibition was a successfull adventure bringing my photography onto walls of a lot of homes.

THX to Lisa and Magda for helping out with the prints, Tarek from TSM-Elektro for the electricity and as well big THX to the talented Nicola Rehbein for taking pictures and filming this special night.


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