May 2012 wallpaper

May 2012 wallpaper

May 2012 wallpaper“Birds over Lake Pichola

To honor the spring with its burst of new life I have chosen a vivid, colorful and burning wallpaper for the month of May.

My photo “Birds over Lake Pichola” is the base of this wallpaper. It has become one of my favorite images from Udaipur in India, capturing Lake Pichola in a serene silence combined with high-flying livelihood as a symbol of the spiritual atmosphere of this wonderful Rajasthani town.

The original photo has been edited with the onOne Software plug-in, Perfect Photo Suite 6, for Adobe Photoshop.

Click on the image above to get the small version (1280x853px).

Click here if you want to get the large version (1920x1200px).

If you would like the wallpaper in another size just drop me a note.

Fishermen of Polkata – Photostory on IGVP

Fishermen of Polkata – Photostory on IGVP

Today my first photo-story has been published on the site of the International Guild of Visual Peacemakers (IGVP).

The photo-story is about the daily life of the fishermen of Polkata at the coastline of the Bay of Bengal in east India. I visited the fishing village during a few days when I was staying for a week in the nearby city of Puri.

The selected black-and-white photos are from the gallery India: Polkata.

From Jodhpur to Havana

Exactly a year ago I was traveling to Jodhpur in India. Although I had looked very much forward to photograph in “the blue city”, not much of that happened unfortunately. We actually enjoyed just one day of sightseeing, which was supposed to be three. My wife and I both fell terribly ill and had to stay in our hotel room for 48 hours before we were allowed to travel onwards from our local doctor. I will spare you the details, but it was not pretty.

Thankfully we stayed in a wonderful hotel, the Ajit Bhawan Palace Resort. This beautiful residence of the family of the late General Maharaj Ajit Singh is turned into a heritage hotel, and I could wish no better place to be ill. I highly recommend this hotel might you be planning to stay in Jodhpur.

The one day we did spent in the city was to view the fort. In the early morning we traveled towards it and first enjoyed the view from a distance. Some local musicians and dancers were entertaining and I managed to make the attached environmental portraits of them.

After the visit to the fort we went literally and figuratively downhill, and had to go to a local pharmacy to pick up some medicine. In the small street in front of the pharmacy I had to hide between two cows to disguise what nobody wanted to see… 30 minutes later I was happy to just be in bed and let Jodhpur for what it was. I would love to go back to Jodhpur and shoot much more of the city, despite the memories I have from this place, but not this year…

Tomorrow I will be off to Cuba for a three week journey. I hope I will stay well and able to shoot some more compelling environmental portraits in a completely different part of the world. It will be quiet for this coming period on my blog, as I do not know how well Cuba nowadays is equipped with internet access, but please come back end of October to read on.

Have some great weeks!