Living in Hamburg also means living by the water. With the Elbe in reach most hanseatic people just love to hang around the beach on hot days, watching the ships go by bringing goods from all over the world. It’s really that “gate to the world” feeling I like and no other city could give me.

So with a long tradition of ships and sailors it’s no wonder that we have a museum for that as well. One very beautiful can be found right on the Veddel in the customs-free area, the Hafenmuseum Hamburg. Sharing its space with some nice old trains and wagons you’ll find a lot of old cranes and ships you can visit. One of them is the MS Bleichen, an old ship from 1958 under permanent restauration. I’ve been there for a commercial shooting one year ago and was amazed by its beauty and possibilities. I asked Merle if she was interested in shooting this location and she instantly agreed.

So we found ourselfs few days ago on a ship. Not a big deal, but a different way of shooting. You don’t have that much space, but a lot of possibillities to interact with your environment. And although it wasn’t Merle’s best day, she did really great. Repeating figures till we got our final shot, offering a hughe variety of poses it was again more pleasure than work for me.

 

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City: Hamburg
Location: Hafenmuseum Hamburg
Dancer: Merle

Merle at Hafenmuseum | Hamburg Living in Hamburg also means living by the water. With the Elbe in reach most hanseatic people just love to hang around the beach on hot days, watching the ships go by bringing goods from all over the world.

It was a long way till I found finally a date for a shooting with Anna-Maria. She was injured, I had no time, but after almost one year we made it. And I was more than happy she agreed to go to my favourite park in Hamburg, the Wohlerspark. Few years ago it was kind of a secret for the real people of Hamburg, but after a newspaper article calling it the most beautiful place in Hamburg it wasn’t any more. Originally it was a real cemetary called Friedhof Norderreihe and has a real interesting history. Used as an active burial place since 1831, from 1897 no more burials were allowed. People used it as a plantation for vegetables and fruits as well as a resource for fire wood after WWII. In 1979, after some cosmetic changes,  it was officially given to public use and is since then one of Hamburgs most famous parks. You still find some old graves and stones, so history is still present.

The park is not that big, so we made a quick round, picked some spots and started pretty quickly. Anna-Maria is a perfectionist as me, so we found the figures fast and then just worked on small details. Interesting to see that she was one of the first dancers really questioning herself about what move would fit the actual environment, not only to show a figure but creating a whole picture. So besides her skills, flexibility and very professional way of working it was really a pleasure to meet a girl so warm-hearted, lovely and openminded.
 

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City: Hamburg
Location: Wohlerspark
Dancer: Anna-Maria

Anna-Maria at Wohlerspark | Hamburg It was a long way till I found finally a date for a shooting with Anna-Maria. She was injured, I had no time, but after almost one year we made it.

There‘s a saying: Third time is a charm. I already had two wonderfull shootings with Lina, but this one wasn‘t really planed at all. Whenever I can I try to involve my dancers or models into my commercial projects as well or giving them some start-up aid, cause everybody has to pay some bills. A urban ballet shooting is in some way a great undercover rehearsel: You get a quick and really good impression of how creative and professional the other person is, teamplayer or not, but all under very relaxed and openminded conditions. And if someone is willing to work really hard for a noncommercial art project just to get great results you can be pretty sure about their commitment at paid jobs.

That’s why I asked some of my dancers if they want to travel with me to Denmark for a job. Some conversations got needlessly complicated, some were faithless, but in Lina I found someone I can rely on a hundred percent. Always. And so we found ourselfs last week in a lovely house next to the beach on the beautiful island Fanø. The weather is changing even more quick than in Hamburg which turned sometimes into a total nightmare for our shooting schedules. But in the end we found a few minutes at the last day for a quick urban ballet session. Unfortunately it started to rain so heavy after just half an hour we had to stop and walked back, wet to the bones. A warm shower and a cup of hot tea later we gave it a second try, but this time it rained even more after only 10 minutes of shooting. As it was our last day on the island we didn’t had the chance of a third try, but the few pictures we made were definitely worth the trials.

By the way: Every year in june is the Fanø International Kite Flyers Meeting taking part on the island. Over 5000 kite flyers and a multiple of visitors, all of them in a very friendly and relaxed mood. Definitely worth a visit!

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Location: Fanø, Denmark
Dancer: Lina

 

Lina at Fanø | Denmark There‘s a saying: Third time is a charm. I already had two wonderfull shootings with Lina, but this one wasn‘t really planed at all.

So this time it had to be the central park. First thing you may notice there is how hughe it is, wide open areas but also secret places you can be for yourself. And don’t forget about one of europe’s most modern planetariums. As an attraction for all kinds of people you’ll find there families as well as sportsmen, chillers and everything in between. Lucky us we managed to cross our shooting with father’s day so, as expected, the park filled very quickly with crowds of men, playing music I haven’t heard for years, singing, broiling and of course: drinking. A lot. Women mostly don’t cross their paths on this special day, but with two beautiful, barely dressed ladies and a camera the attention was all ours.

Following Murphy’s law we met some of my friends, laying drunk by the sea. Everybody made jokes about us and tried to impress the girls. But they came with some canoes which we borrowed for a few minutes. Everybody was kidding about the two girls as they entered the boat alone and tried to reach the middle of the sea struggeling with strong side wind. But as they stood up and balanced some figures for minutes without shaking the boat the guys were pretty impressed and got pretty silent. This round goes to the ladies, fellows.

I would totally understand if a girl would had a problem to perform in front of a few drunken males cheering for more, but Fiona & Jamie seemed not impressed at all and showed their skills on every stage we entered. Honestly, I was not sure what to think of a double shooting. I had it once with Mariana & Marcel, and it was great. But they are a couple and showed figures like one. So I wasn’t sure what to expect, but all doubts were blown away from the very first second. Both did very great, double and single. Both with special and unique skills, combining them perfect to one piece of art. And we sure had a lot of fun!

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City: Hamburg
Location: Stadtpark
Dancer: Fiona & Jamie

Fiona & Jamie at Stadtpark | Hamburg So this time it had to be the central park. First thing you may notice there is how hughe it is, wide open areas but also secret places you can be for yourself.

Some may have noticed that the weather is kind of a big deal for us. Well, if it’s sunny and stable, it’s not, but specially in months like april it’s a real pain in the butt. Sun, clouds, rain, sun again, all in half an hour repeating without rhythm or explanation. So I had to cancel a lot of shootings within the last weeks very shortly because of this fact. None of us is afraid of a little water from the sky, but most dancers have jobs, rehearsels and other important stuff they can’t risk for a shooting in the cold rain with a good chance of getting sick.

So it was like a double jackpot when I met with Svitlana few weeks ago. Sunny day and a wonderfull beauty, motivated and smiling all the time so it was more a pleasure than a shooting. We started our tour at the Laeiszhalle and headed to the church of St. Michaelis making a quick stop at the historical Peterstrasse. Svitlana has the ability to change from a sweet caterpillar into a breathtaking butterfly within seconds. Inconsiderable in normal life you won’t get your eyes off her from the moment she enters the stage. Rarely found so much understatement and breathtaking presence united in one person. Working hard for every picture just to get it right, ambitious till the end, but all in an easy-looking flow that makes everything look so elegant.

And last but not least: Hughe thanks to the public relations team of St. Michaelis for giving us permission not only to shoot but also to use the pictures.

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City: Hamburg
Location: Neustadt
Dancer: Svitlana

Svitlana at Neustadt | Hamburg Some may have noticed that the weather is kind of a big deal for us. Well, if it’s sunny and stable, it’s not, but specially in months like april it’s a real pain in the butt.

Spring is here, whoohoo. Or at least it was for one day. Lucky us we chose the only sunny and warm day within the whole week for our shooting, karma rules!

Generally I don’t shoot a location twice, but the new harbour city is growing and changing so fast I decided to give it a second chance. So it wasn’t that surprising that we’ve found a lot of new spots, all unique and beautiful, down by the river or right in the middle of Hamburg’s new district. Although me personally don’t want to live here I’m impressed every time by its architecture and straight design and forms. A big playground for photographers of all kinds, and we met a lot of them during our tour enjoying the good weather too.

Anncathrin is quite young at age but yet reached a very high level of performing. Offering a lot of figures, varieties and poses we simply rushed through the streets without a need to rest very long at a single spot. Perfect teamwork. To shoot with her was quite a pleasure, so get ready for a new talent dancing its way up to the top.

City: Hamburg
Location: Harbour City
Dancer: Anncathrin

Anncathrin at Harbour City | Hamburg Spring is here, whoohoo. Or at least it was for one day. Lucky us we chose the only sunny and warm day within the whole week for our shooting, karma rules!