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

Poem No. 97: “A Dream Within a Dream” by Edgar Allan Poe (1809 – 1849)

Film, Gedichte, Movie, poems, Psychologie, psychology
Is it all just a dream?
(Reality Check à la “INCEPTION”)

Take this kiss upon the brow!
And, in parting from you now,
Thus much let me avow:
You are not wrong who deem
That my days have been a dream;

Yet if hope has flown away
In a night, or in a day,
In a vision, or in none,
Is it therefore the less gone?
All that we see or seem
Is but a dream within a dream.

I stand amid the roar
Of a surf-tormented shore,
And I hold within my hand
Grains of the golden sand–
How few! yet how they creep
Through my fingers to the deep,
While I weep–while I weep!

O God! can I not grasp
Them with a tighter clasp?
O God! can I not save One from the pitiless wave?
Is all that we see or seem But a dream within a dream?

My recommendation – an exciting, multilayered movie about “dreams within dreams” with a powerful visual language: “INCEPTION” (2010)

Sound of Music No. 1: “Der Hölle Rache” (Hell`s Revenge) by Florence Foster Jenkins

arts, Film, humor, Movie, Musik, Psychologie, psychology, Tipps

Queen of The Night by Florence Foster Jenkins – known as the Worst Singer in The World Ever.

True passion and devotion doesn´t need to strike the right note.

The Artist

florence-ff1
Florence played by Meryl Streep

Florence Foster Jenkins (born Narcissa Florence Foster; July 19, 1868 – November 26, 1944) was an American socialite and amateur soprano who was known and mocked for her flamboyant performance costumes and notably poor singing ability. The historian Stephen Pile ranked her “the world’s worst opera singer … No one, before or since, has succeeded in liberating themselves quite so completely from the shackles of musical notation.”

Her TOP Hit…

A Recommenation:

The sweet-bitter movie about Mrs Florence – with some very good laughs and an excellent performance of Meryl Streep, singing the aria in person!!!

Amazing to be able to intentionally miss the notes – just by less than an inch.

In my opinion Hugh Grant is the perfect match for the role of Mrs Florences husband – great!

“Without dreaming big, drive, courage & loyalty, there is nothing.” 

Queen of the Night by Meryl Streep alias Madame Florence

The touching movie based on a true story….a lesson on courage.

Tipp No. 99: “Perfect Darkness & Haunting Landscapes” – Cinematic Photography by Henri Prestes (Portugal)

arts, Film, Kunst

I was fascinated from HENRI PRESTES`impressive but also expressive cinematic photography from the very first second, I came across it incidentally.

His photos don`t convey only atmosphere, but invite the viewer to create an entire narrative using his individual imagination.
Maybe, this effect is exactly the reason why Henri` s photography is so alarming. It is your very own phantasy based on your personal emotions, assumptions and experiences that will finally create the story, you will see in these mystical scenes.

CAPTURING THE TURNING POINT OF FATE

What did happen and what will happen any moment? This uncertainty and the imposed role as a witness – without having any option to intervene – is disturbing in my view. In his photography, Henri seem to capture the turning point of somebodies fate. The motifs are perfect cliffhangers in my opinion.

Being especially vulnerable, women are supposingly able to dive even deeper into Henri`s haunting scenarios due to their sensitive instincts for dangerous situations.

I guess, all ladies know the feeling “it`s not okay – not really” and the inner alert when e.g. entering an empty parking house with flickering neo lights during night… Well, I think, we should embrace our fears. In any case, they are a helpful early warning system.

ONLY ONE IMAGE TELLS AN ENTIRE THRILLER

However, please enjoy the selection of Henri`s (sur)realistic thrillers below…

ABOUT HENRI PRESTES

Henri Prestes is a photographer and cinematographer from Portugal. His portfolio is full of stunning cinematic pictures are taken in the small, isolated villages in Portugal. Henri takes pictures when the weather is suitable for the kind of mood or atmosphere, usually at night or early morning. His work aims to capture “the melancholy mood of dark eeriness that is often present in isolated places”. Prestes has spent many long nights over the last 2 years creating the work near isolated villages in the most secluded parts of his home country that are often surrounded by dense fog and heavy rain. He only produces the work when the conditions are right as “even the most boring place can look haunting and mysterious with the right weather and light”.

“I seek to create these cinematic moments that are mostly grounded in reality except some detail that doesn’t look quite right, like when you’re having a bad dream, and that hopefully makes the viewer uncomfortable and feeling like something is about to happen.”

Henri Prestes

For further details, please feel free to visit his website: https://henriprestesp.com/

Enquiries: henriprestesp@gmail.com

Exhibitions

2018 Narrative Photography Exhibition, at Downtown Arts Collective Gallery – Orlando, FL /US

2018 Solo Exhibition ‘Perfect Darkness’ at The Printspace gallery – London /UK

2017    Lenz International Photography Festival – Manchester /UK 

Selected features & publications

Featured by Adobe Lightroom

Featured by COLOSSAL

Featured by Lenscratch Fine Art Magazine

Featured by PLAIN Magazine

Featured by Aesthetica Magazine

Featured by Paard Verzameld

Portbox Editorials Interview

Blackbox Magazine Interview (Turkish)

Featured by Ímpresión Revista Magazine

Photogrist

Open Doors

Take Magazine

Feature Shoot

Poem No. 94: “I Do Not Love You Except Because I Love You” by Pablo Neruda

Film, Gedichte, poems
Tango Dancers

I do not love you except because I love you; 
I go from loving to not loving you,
From waiting to not waiting for you
My heart moves from cold to fire.

I love you only because it’s you the one I love; 
I hate you deeply, and hating you
Bend to you, and the measure of my changing love for you
Is that I do not see you but love you blindly.

Maybe January light will consume
My heart with its cruel
Ray, stealing my key to true calm.

In this part of the story I am the one who
Dies, the only one, and I will die of love because I love you,
Because I love you, Love, in fire and blood.

I cannot resist – and add the following “Santa Maria” Tango compilation for you…

Move your body and dance!

Tipp No. 94: “Bokeh” – Icelandic Si-Fi Drama Movie (2017)

Film, Tipps

BOKEH Trailer (2017) | Drama, Sci-Fi Movie

PLOT: After a flash of light shoots across the sky, a couple (Maika Monroe, Matt O’Leary) on vacation in Iceland wake up to discover that everyone in the world is missing. Now, they must fight for survival while trying to make sense out of what happened.

What is “Bokeh”?

In photography, bokeh  is the aesthetic quality of the blur produced in the out-of-focusparts of an image produced by a lens. Bokeh has been defined as “the way the lens renders out-of-focus points of light”. Examples…

Bildergebnis für bokah
Driving Bokeh
Bildergebnis für bokeh effekt
Bokeh as background effect / element

Postcard No. 25: “Grindavik – Iceland” Heavy Sea – Heading for a Save Harbor

Film, Insights, Psychologie, psychology, Reisen, Travel
Icelandic Fisher Boat in Heavy Sea
Fisher Boat “Asta B” (= the small 2 light points)
Hard working “Asta B”
Great job at Grindavik / Iceland!

Rough seas at the shores of Iceland – heading for a save harbor. Incredible these forces of nature – and the skills of the fisher boat crews!

I love storms and in particular thunderstorms. It`s actually my favorite weather. Maybe, I am simply a little drama queen sometimes. I don` t know means. Up and down, on or off…there is nothing in between.

Another reason for my fascination might be the fact that I am shipping through heavy seas for 2 years now. There are periods, in which it feels like shipping with a broken mast, canvas in tatters, defect engines, lost orientation…and non-stop fighting in order not to drown completely.

The more impressing are the fisher boats scenes. They also remind us that there might be something bigger in life….

Serenity, letting loose, focus, trust in your own skills, stamina and acceptance of the things you cannot control or change might finally bring you into a save harbor…

In Iceland there are many kinds of storms. Ice, snow, rain, sand, ash, solar, magnetic, and more. Storms are agents of change. While often destructive and unpredictable, they also demonstrate the unyielding power of nature. They reveal nature’s beauty and its hand in creating the landscapes we see today.