18 December 2009

Chimes Of Freedom

Greetings from cold northern Germany! It's much colder than in London at the moment. The thermometer in my car said it was minus ten degrees centigrade, or "Celsius" as the Germans say, today. Yesterday was my last day at university in 2009. I went there again today though to research a few things at the library.

Hopefully I'll be completing the homepage with Marc soon... after all, it took us long enough to give birth to that baby! 

Here's a long exposure taken earlier today in a nice little town called Bardowick, near Lüneburg, Germany.

Have a splendid weekend, and drive safely!

- Dom

06 December 2009

Ballad Of Easy Rider

Ballad Of Easy Rider, one of the great two minute songs by The Byrds.

Picture taken yesterday at "Hamburger Dom", a huge local fair in Hamburg. I don't like being in places like that for too long at a time (too many people around), but despite that and even though it rained it was an interesting opportunity for photos.

I've just finished talking on the phone to my web designer friend. We think we can get this website up and running - FINALLY!!! - tomorrow or on Tuesday. Tuesday, the 8th of December, that is. Not next year!

Furthermore a note to my friends and everyone else who read this blog: If you don't have an account on blogspot or google or something, please create one, it'd be nice to have more followers showing up on my list - this would increase popularity. Go tell your friends too! Thanks so much all of you, and have a great week!

- Dom

20 November 2009

Dream Fields

Lüneburg, Germany. November 2009.

You can talk the tongue of angels
You can walk the thin white line
Raid your hearts imaginations
Let your thoughts live and run wild

("Dreamfields", C. & R. MacDonald, Runrig)

Such brilliant lyrics...

The sleep schedule I had before I became a full time student was contrary to the one I've had since university started. It's still hard to adjust to my new one, because I used to stay up late until at least 1 or 2 o'clock in the morning; now my alarm is set for 6 o'clock sharp. Four hours of sleep are four to little though. 
Long story short, I will most likely not have any new long exposures coming up on here, at least not before I'm done with presentations about the palace and settlement of Tell el-Dab'a, the ship burial of Valsgärde, the Temple of Zeus at Olympia, and the Alexander Mosaic respectively.

Have a nice weekend everyone!

- Dom

09 November 2009

Who'll Stop The Rain

Hey there! 

I don't know who or what stops the rain, but just in time for my Berlin trip, the sun came out, and soon after I came back home, the rain came pouring down again on Penny Lane. Okay, enough with the pop culture references.

Here are two more pictures taken in Berlin this past weekend. The light of the setting sun was particularly beautiful...

Last but not least, me and my awesome web designer Marc spent more than an hour talking on the phone yesterday getting all the latest (and hopefully last) corrections to the website done or discussing what needs to be changed. Another challenging task is deciding in what order the pictures are to appear. Finally, the website should be up and running later this week. No kidding.

Have a great week!

- Dom

30 October 2009

Darkness On The Edge Of Town

In the southern part of Hamburg, a city which is divided into two halves by the river Elbe, there's an old engine shed that's no longer being used. I went there twice this year (once in the winter, once in the summer), so I wanted to come back in autumn too. The fall foliage is particularly beautiful this year.
Upon my arrival, I noticed that demolition work had already begun some time ago. It might not be false to say that I may have been the last photographer to visit the place.

Apart from today's photographic trip (Friday is my day off of university), everything is fine. The professors and tutors & the other guys and girls are all great, and among the latter is the most lovely young lady you could possibly imagine.
In addition, I got a lot of books to read, a total of nine, that is. Some in German, some in English; fortunately there were no foreign language books on the list of books we were supposed to buy. I can only speak two languages. I've had five years of Latin back in school though. But who writes books in Latin? I don't even want to contemplate that question.

Have a nice weekend!

- Dom

24 October 2009

If I Should Fall Behind

So whatever I did write in my last blog post - which I have since deleted - forget about it!
No 15-blog-posts-per-month routine. I am too busy to keep up with that. I've already fallen behind that schedule in the very same month I thought about starting it.
Before the Christmas break, I got three presentations coming up that need to be well-prepared, and probably some more stuff. University isn't exactly like a Sunday picnic, it's hard work, at least if you wanna do well, and that is my intention. 

I have recently heard from my web designer, and I gotta call him soon, so we can finally put that homepage online. I had asked him to make some minor changes, and I still gotta resize and upload pictures, which I will do A.S.A.P.!

I'm gonna drop all the portraits taken with my first DSLR since they just can't keep up with the quality of my new 5D Mark II.
Long story short, I might as well drop all landscape photos taken with the old one from my portfolio as well.
Therefore, I'd like to - for one last time - show you some photos from my "Desolation Row" - series taken between autumn 2006 and spring 2008. They're the only old ones I still enjoy looking at.



Photos taken in Kingston, Richmond, and Surbiton, respectively. London, United Kingdom. 
2006 / 2007 / 2008.

Have a great weekend everyone!

- Dom

14 October 2009

No Surrender

Asbury Park, New Jersey. June 2009.

Hello there, everyone! 

It's been a few days since my last blog post. Today was the third day at uni and me and two fellow students successfully swapped our major and minor - not without a lot of convincing and substantial amount of trouble though! All three of us had Classic Archaeology as major, and Prehistoric and Protohistoric Archaeology (P.a.P.A.) as minor. Upon learning that the latter is supposed to be much more of an applied science than Classic Archaeology, which is all about the art and architecture of ancient Greece and the Roman empire, we decided to respond to this issue quickly. 

If you got P.a.P.A. as a major, you can visit lectures about the Celts and the Germanic and Nordic tribes, in addition, you're going to work in the field, and upon graduating with a Bachelor of Arts, you've got lots of different options to choose from, no matter if you want to continue studying until you get a master degree and later a doctor degree which would allow you to lead archaeological excavatios, or if you want to find out more about other fields of science, such as Forensic Archaeology or Forensic Anthropology. At the moment, I'm interested in all those possible careers, and I'll definitely continue studying in one way or another and decide what I'm gonna do.

Apart from this trouble that we had there, everything is great. There are some really nice people among my fellow students and even though it's gonna involve a lot of hard work, I'm sure this whole university thing will be one hell of a cool time. 

Have a great week everyone!

- Dom

11 October 2009

Long Road Out Of Eden

Joshua Tree, in the national park of the same name.
California. June 2009.

The picture you see here is a combination of the original colour photograph and a sepia version of the same photo; by doing this you get the kind of reduced, desaturated colours we know from movies like "O Brother, Where Art Thou?"... it's a great way to illustrate what it feels like to actually be there in that place, out in the desert. In addition, it's the first square photograph to appear on this blog. I'm not shooting with a fancy, super expensive camera like the Hasselblad, but the huge image size of the 5D Mark II allows me to crop pictures into a square format without them becoming too small.

It's my 21st birthday, so I gotta go and eat some of my favourite apple pie now.

Have a nice weekend / week!

- Dom

09 October 2009

This Hard Land


Taken a short time after crossing the Arizona-Utah border. June 2009.

Sometimes, a telephone cable and a highway are the only things that connect you to the rest of the world...

Have a nice weekend!

- Dom

07 October 2009


Somewhere along the road, west of Winslow, Arizona. June 2009.

Crushed by a million suns 
Here the heart of you lies
(excerpt from "Proterra", by C. & R. MacDonald)

If you have not yet found a good book to read while you're wrapped in a blanket, enjoying a cup of tea and listening to the cracking logs in the fireplace, I'd recommend the following two books. They're set in the kind of places that I passed through to take the pictures you see on this blog, and places I'm gonna visit on my next American road trip...

Cormac McCarthy: "All The Pretty Horses"
One of the greatest American novels of all time.

Annie Proulx: "Close Range: Wyoming Stories"
A collection of short stories covering a broad spectrum of different moods ranging from happy to sad and from satirical to cynical, and last but not least the tale of an unconventional romance that has been dubbed the greatest American love story ever told.

Goodnight everyone!

- Dom

05 October 2009

Big Songs Of Hope And Cheer

The chapel and the sign of Roy's Motel & Café respectively, Amboy, California. June 2009.

For some reason it only occured to me today to try and find out how some of my photographs from this summer's road trip looked in sepia. And I'm quite happy with them. You may wonder why I'm posting pictures now that I took a few months ago... well, that's what I always do, reviewing the pictures, and occasionally I'll crop a picture differently or retouch a few things.

Next monday (October 12th, the day after my 21st birthday) marks the beginning of the university period in my life. This might consume something between three and seven years... but I'll always be taking pictures... archaeology is a field of interest, photography though is my greatest passion, even if I'm just browsing through someone else's photographs if they're good enough.

Those who are familiar with the kind of music I listen to most of the time might may have noticed that almost every blog post so far has been given, and future ones will be given, the title of a song either by Bruce Springsteen, Creedence Clearwater Revival, the Eagles, Runrig, or Ryan Adams. They're some of the artists that inspire me most while editing pictures, and their songs always cheer me up or make me feel even better. Just in case one of you has ever wondered where I get the titles from.
Have a great week everyone!

- Dom

03 October 2009

Glory Days

It's in the heartland of the American West where you find places that don't look much different than they did 30, 40, 50, even 60 years ago. When you're passing through small-town America, you feel like a character out of a novel written by Cormac McCarthy or John Steinbeck, or the protagonist of one of Annie Proulx' short stories. 

Driving along historic Route 66 through California's Mojave Desert, the hot and barren Arizona, or the badlands and canyonlands of southern Utah, you might not come across another traveller for several hours, but there's still lots of things to see. 

Driving through the American West at nighttime though means driving through hours of darkness. There are no lights except for your own dimmed headlights or the ones of some faraway truck. Distances seem to become greater and time seems to pass by slower, but all of a sudden you drive down a slope and the shining town lies below you, with all the yellow-ish street lights, stretching out vast across the valley like a lot of those western towns do. 

It's a great view, and the first thing you do is refuel your car at the next gas station and get an ice-cold bottle of Coke, and maybe three pancakes with maple syrup if there's some diner that's still open.

What I love most about this small-town America are the signs. Here are five of them, remainders of the glory days of Route 66...

All pictures taken in California & Arizona in June 2009.

Have a nice weekend everyone!

- Dom

29 September 2009

Who'll Stop The Rain

Manhattan as seen from Hoboken, New Jersey, USA. Taken on the 4th of July this year, just a few minutes before the fireworks display.

It's been raining for most of today and yesterday wasn't much better, so I'm still waiting for the kind of weather conditions which would allow me to take pretty long exposures. In northern Germany, autumn is coming early, and soon the leaves will be falling down and it'll be raining even more. Most Germans think the weather in Britain is worse, but that's not true. 

I always loved to take the train from Richmond to Waterloo Station and walk along the River Thames on autumn weekends, visit an exhibition at Tate Modern, and have pizza or pasta at Al Rollo's upon my arrival back home in Richmond.

Now that I mentioned my beloved Richmond: If you ever visit London, make sure to find a couple hours to make a trip to Richmond. It's worth the visit if only because of William Curley's shop - which might very well be chocolate heaven!

Goodnight, and have a great week everyone!

- Dom 

27 September 2009

Running To The Light

Hello there, folks!

You may have noticed that since today, this blog has a name; it's named after a great song by a great band. This name might only be a temporary solution until I can think of something cooler, but for a while, this blog will be called "Running To The Light" - a very fitting title for everybody who hopes to achieve his or her goals in life, don't you think?

Finally, it's safe to say that my website will be online soon - my web designer Marc will be working on it over the next week. I can't wait until then.

I've got no new material at the moment, so here are two pictures taken two months ago...

The wall of a building in Kreuzberg and the Spree river respectively, Berlin, Germany. July 2009.

Have a great week everybody!

- Dom

23 September 2009

The River

Amsterdam, the Netherlands. September 2009.

Today is Bruce Springsteen's 60th birthday... the title of this blog post was taken from one of my favourite songs by the Boss.

22 September 2009

When The Stars Go Blue

Magere Brug ("Skinny Bridge"), Amsterdam, the Netherlands. September 2009.

This lovely bascule bridge connects the banks of the river Amstel, or rather the Binnenamstel, according to the map that I bought at the central station. The Keizersgracht and Prinsengracht canals are nearby. The Magere Brug is illuminated at night time (when we were there, after 8 o'clock in the evening), though a lot of the light bulbs weren't working or were not switched on - hence, the dark right section of the bridge. I already posted one blog post including pictures of my recent trip and there'll be more to come.

Have a great evening.

- Dom

21 September 2009

The Last Resort

Wind mills in Kinderdijk, the Netherlands. September 2009.

I'm back from the Netherlands. Me and my travel buddy Freddy visited Rotterdam on Friday, Amsterdam on Saturday, and yesterday we made another trip to Den Haag and its seaside suburb Scheveningen. More pictures coming over the next few days...

Have a great week!

- Dom

11 September 2009

Spirit In The Night

First picture: Sony Center, Berlin, Germany.

Second & third picture: Speicherstadt and Central Station respectively, Hamburg, Germany.

September 2009.

If you ask me, nighttime is the best time to take pictures in the city. A year ago, I didn't think that way, mainly because I was too lazy to stay out late. Picture 2 is the un-retouched version; I'm gonna have to work on that because I had to shoot at ISO 800 because it was too windy to do a 10 or 20 minute exposure.

Have a nice weekend!

- Dom