Tipp No. 104: “Below The Surface” – Spectacular Underwater Photography by Tobias Friedrich

arts, Creatures, Film, Insights, Nature, Reisen, Sports, Technology, Tipps, Travel

When I was a child, I dreamt of becoming a crew member of spaceship “Enterprise” in order to discover new worlds, unknown life forms and different cultures. Actually, I`ve lived this dream by chosing jobs that
allowed myself to travel a lot, to visit exotic places and which is even
more important to meet interesting people of in many aspects different cultures.

Scuba diving has been on my bucket list since childhood because I was
aware of the fact that the oceans are still “terra icognita” although about
71% of the earth`s surface (2/3) is covered with water of which 97,4% is salt-water.
From the very beginning, I had the idea that scuba diving could be the
unique opportunity to experience a kind of “space traveling” without the
need to meet NASA qualification requirements.

Of course, I was also inspired by the reports about Jaques-Yves Cousteau
and his adventureous expeditions when I finally took action and passed my scuba diving PADI open water exam in the Red Sea / Egypt many years ago.
It turned out that my phantasy of “space traveling” underwater was not completely absurd. As a scuba diver rookie, who is dependent on his
equipment and the goodwill of the sea dweller, I felt actually very vulne-rable. There was no doubt, it was me who was the intruder… the alien in this outlandish – almost surreal – water world! 

The spectacular underwater photography of Tobias Friedrichs brought
pre cious memories back…
Back on board after a beautiful dive, I was completely overwhelmed by
all the impressions and my emotions…Secretly and unnoticed a few tears
dropped into the Red Sea.
I didn`t recognize myself anymore because I was convinced to be quite
top-heavy and introverted. 
All this fragile beauty underwater was simply breaking my heart.
I learnt that beauty can be painful. In particular, if it is endangered by
pollution, mass tourism (I was a part of too) and climate change.   
Maybe, it was also a dash of desparation why I experienced this sudden
“crisis of joy”. 

Tobias Friedrich`s touching underwater photography allows us to sneek
a peak  cit.: “Below The Surface”. This motto might be ambiguous in
my case.

However, I` d like to share my fascination with you and invite you to
descent into The 50 Shades of Deep Blue….Enjoy the weightlessness, the flow, hushed sound level and not to forget the encounters with still quite unknown creatures who are often as curious as the human visitor!

Friendly encounter with a brown fur seal (South Africa)
Humpback Whale (Oman)
2 purple eye dwarf gobies, sitting on top of a hard coral near Marsa Alam (Egypt, Red Sea).
Face to face with a shark

ABOUT THE ARTIST

"From birth, man carries the weight of gravity on his shoulders. He is 
bolted to earth. But man has only to sink beneath the surface and he
is free."
Jacques-Yves Cousteau (1910 - 1997)

In his childhood Tobias Friedrich loved to watch the adventures of the Calypso with Jacques-Yves Cousteau as its captain and the beauty of the world that is below the ocean’s surface. It’s still an overwhelming feeling for him when he has the chance to dive. He loves the elegancy and calmness of the world under water standing in contrast to the hectic atmosphere above.

Tobias Friedrich lives in Germany and started taking pictures with a DSLR underwater in the year 2007. Since then his images have been published in prestigious scuba diving magazines and newspapers around the world.

Several underwater photographic competitions, have honoured his work, resulting in over 50 awards with nearly 30 1st places.

Lately, he has been named “Underwater Photographer of the Year 2018” in the prestigious UPY London competition.


The UPY 2018 awarded photo: A panoramic view of the cargo deck inside the SS Thistlegorm with the motorcycles in the middle and light to lighten the trucks on the side of the cargo deck, near Sharm el Sheikh, Northern Red Sea, Egypt.

All waters, from zero to 30° Celsius, are attractive for him, at least there is something to photograph.

Tobias`fine arts photography is not staged. His photography is rather a result of stamina, patience and opportunity. He is not working with photomontages. The panorama view – combining a view above and under the ocean surface – is achieved by utilizing a dome camera.
He is SEACAM equipment for his Canon EOS 1DX Mark II and 5D Mark II DSLR.

He is leading expeditions and workshops around the world, where everybody can join.

Please, feel free to visit his website that shows further amazing underwater photo galleries, panorama views, beautiful aerial views (highly recommended!) and a few offerings like:

  • Underwater photography BOOKS in German and English language,
  • His calendar “BELOW SURFACE 2019″
  • A collection of high-quality POSTCARDS with unique motifs
  • His schedule of awesome PHOTOWORKSHOPS 2019 (Destinations: Egypt, Bali, Philippines, Brother Islands) – simply click on “JOIN”.

web: http://www.below-surface.com

The Calendar 2019 by Tobias Friedrichs

Strong Women No. 1: “Lise Meitner – Discoverer of Nuclear Fission”

Insights, Technology

Lise Meitner (born in Vienna, 1878 – 1968) was an Austrian-Swedish physicist, who worked on radioactivity and nuclear physics.

Lise Meitner, Otto Hahn and Otto Robert Frisch led the small group of scientists who first discovered nuclear fission of uranium when it absorbed an extra neutron; the results were published in early 1939. Meitner, Hahn and Frisch understood that the fission process, which splits the atomic nucleus of uranium into two smaller nuclei, must be accompanied by an enormous release of energy.

Nuclear fission is the process exploited by nuclear reactors to generate heat and, subsequently, electricity.This process is also one of the basics of nuclear weapons that were developed in the U.S. during World War II and used against Japan in 1945.

Meitner spent most of her scientific career in Berlin, Germany, where she was a physics professor and a department head at the Kaiser Wilhelm Institute; she was the first woman to become a full professor of physics in Germany. She lost these positions in the 1930s because of the anti-Jewish Nuremberg Laws of Nazi Germany, and in 1938 she fled to Sweden, where she lived for many years, ultimately becoming a Swedish citizen.

Meitner received many awards and honors late in her life, but she did not share in the 1944 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for nuclear fission that was awarded exclusively to her long-time collaborator Otto Hahn. In the 1990s, the records of the committee that decided on that prize were opened. Based on this information, several scientists and journalists have called her exclusion “unjust”, and Meitner has received many posthumous honors, including naming chemical element 109 Meitnerium in 1992. Despite not having been awarded the Nobel Prize, Lise Meitner was invited to attend the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting in 1962.

Lise Meitner in 1946

Tipp No. 10: “It is more than just about a bird…” – Anthony Theakston (British Sculptor and Ceramic Designer)

arts, Creatures, Kunst, Tipps
DSC00571
PelicanBox-1
TheakstonAno2

Bird Jug

anthony_theakston_large_sideways_barn_owl_bronze_ed_of_12_41x52cm_5500
anthony_theakston_stalking_heron_bronze_28x36x10cms_3900
anthony_theakston_stealth_bronze_ed_of_12_h40cm_4600_large
anthony_theakston_large_sleeping_barn_owl_bronze_h55cm_5500
anthony_theakston_night_owl_bronze_28h_4200
The Artist Anthony Theakston

BIOGRAPHY

Anthony Theakston studied Ceramic Design at Bristol and Cardiff. He has lectured at Camberwell College of Arts and Crafts as well as many other institutions. Anthony captures a bird’s essential traits with minimal detail, using a special ‘speckle’ glaze that he has created. He sprays colour into the glaze, building up areas that he wishes to emphasise.
His work has received many awards and can be found in numerous collections including the British Council, Ashmolean Museum, Oxford and Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge.
It also features in several books including ‘Time for Tea’ and ‘Ceramic Sculpture’ and is considered to be highly collectable. Anthony exhibits throughout the UK. He lives in Lincolnshire with his family.

Please, visit his website that includes wonderful art pieces offered for sales…

Website: https://www.anthonytheakstonceramics.co.uk/

Haiku No. 18: “How to lose your life” (Wie man sein Leben verliert…)

arts, Gedichte, Kunst, poems, Psychologie, psychology, Tipps

corporate-identity-1

Early Haiku exercises (beyond 5-7-5 rules)…

Adaptation beyond recognition,
Constant self-marketing and -optimization;
Fake Life.

Anpassung bis zur Unkenntlichkeit,
Ständige Selbstvermarktung und -optimierung;
Scheinleben.

Haiku / Poem No. 26: Fearless (Furchtlos)

arts, Gedichte, Kunst, poems, Psychologie, psychology

Fallschirm

A possibly interesting question: What would YOU do if you weren`t afraid?

Eine möglicherweise interessante Frage: Was würdest DU tun, wenn Du keine Angst hättest?

FEARLESS
Face truth
Take responsibility
Feel sad
Let go
Cut Distance
Allow A Hug
Restart dreaming
Take action
Change.

Furchtlos
Der Wahrheit ins Auge blicken
Verantwortung übernehmen
Traurig fühlen
Loslassen
Distanz verkürzen
Eine Umarmung gestatten
Wieder beginnen, zu träumen

zur Tat schreiten
Verändern.