16 February 2012

Free Fallin'

Gonna free fall, out into nothin'
Gonna leave this world for a while

Now I'm free, free fallin'
Yeah I'm free, free fallin'

(Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers - Free Fallin')

Hamburg, Germany.
February 2012.

I went on a nocturnal tour around the city with my friend Michal, who's just recently found out how much fun taking long exposures is. Fortunately, he brought some beer along. I wasn't really happy with most of the pictures I'd taken, but apart from the great time we had, I finally got to take a photograph I'm happy with when we came across this spider, which is located near central station. It's a sculpture called "Maman", by artist Louise Bourgeois. I instantly recognised the spider because there's another one in front of Tate Modern (my second-favourite museum in London - the British Museum has always been my favourite); there's another famous specimen located outside the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao (Bilbao and nearby San Sebastián have long been on my list of places I'd like to visit).

Speaking of my travel plans, the current political situation in the Near East, especially the conflict between Iran and Israel, has lead to me making the decision that at the moment it's not safe enough to visit Israel, which, as I had mentioned in a previous blog post, was my alternative in case my best friend would be unable to join me on a road trip to Scandinavia this coming summer. Now I'm inclined to go on another American road trip instead. There's still so much I haven't seen on my previous trips... and there are also two gorgeous ladies waiting for me to come back to Los Angeles. 

I'm going to meet my friend Rachel tomorrow... took the day off from work... for some reason, she never visits me in the summer, but the weather's been good lately, so I hope it's going to be a great day.


- Dom


Emm said...

I went through a huge Tom Petty phase in 1990. It was the year I finished school (Matric, we call it in SA) and I was listening to all my parent's LPs that year too (Eagles, John Lennon, Vangelis). Good memories.

Sad to hear about your plans for Israel but still hoping you go to Scandanavia so I can see the photos. I'm in Munich next month and planning trips to Serbia and Italy too.

DeeBee L. said...

I love contemporary art in general but i am not i am attracted to this on. i find it a bit scary to be honest but i like the way you shot it! The photo is great! :)

Dominic Doherty said...

I love Vangelis! I love "Chariots Of Fire"... it's such a beautiful soundtrack.
Yeah, it is. But I'm worried about the situation down there, and I can still go next year or whenever I believe it's safe to visit the region. To be honest, I'd rather visit Scandinavia too! :-)

I'm more into classic sculptures - I love Rodin - but I kind of like this one... Anyway, thanks for the compliments!

joo said...

Somehow I managed to miss this sculpture! Definitely will have to re visit Hamburg! Superb photo, by the way.
American trip sounds great. If only I didn't need visa to US!
Anyway, have a nice weekend:)

Dominic Doherty said...

Yeah, you need to visit Hamburg again! :-)