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

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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

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

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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…)

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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.

Tipp No. 70: Water Colour Wildlife & Landscape Paintings by The Artist Ben Woodhams (Denmark / Bornholm Island)

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I totally fell in love with Ben`s work…I would like to share a few of his wonderful water colour paintings.

As you might have noticed from visiting my tiny blog, I am at home in Northern Germany. Northern Germans are often teased by calling them: “fish heads, shell pushers and dike tramplers”.  I suppose, I am touched by Ben`s art because on one hand I know his themes well and because ….I can feel the weather looking at his paintings, on the other hand I seem to share his perspectives and perception of moods, colours, surface structures etc…Besides, the picture composition and other details of Ben`s aquarelles reminds me on Japanese paintings. 

However, I am very glad that I stumbled upon his wordpress blog linked to his website:

 https://benwoodhams.com/

ABOUT BEN WOODHAMS

Ben Woodhams is an English artist and illustrator currently living and working on the Danish island of Bornholm in the Baltic Sea.

After beginning a career in museums and art galleries as an exhibition curator and designer, Ben and his family moved to Bornholm in 2008, where he works as an artist, illustrator and educator.

Ben’s practice is founded in direct observation and specialises in birds, working primarily in watercolour. Studies of living birds are made in the field, while dead birds are taken to the studio. Moments in time, and the relationship between the process of observation and depiction, are the engines that drive Ben’s work – the tension between the ‘need’ to capture the moment or the vision, and the desire to let the medium speak its own language.

Recently Ben has been studying changes in the landscape through space and time. The patterns made by a passing flock of cranes, the rising tide within a rock pool, shadows moving over a rock during a day, an oilseed rape field blooming over a period of weeks, changes through the seasons and over years.

Of course, Ben is offering original paintings as well as limited printed editions for purchase.

Interestingly, he is teaching aquarell painting  & drawing (in English and Danish language) for private and public groups (all age classes) additionally.  
He focus on observation-based drawing, watercolour painting and relief printing techniques and put emphasis on outdoor drawing and painting.

Just a few impressions of BORNHOLM – as a teaser that I don`t need anymore….Maybe, we will see each other on Bornholm island in 2019?

Tipp No. 112: ECOSIA – The Search Engine That Plants Trees (Awarded German Social Business)

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About 51.000.00 have been already planted

LETS`S PLANT TREES!

Greening the Desert

ECOSIA is a German social business that was founded in 2009 after a trip around the world and the discovery of the high impact on all kinds of life by deforestation. Ecosia won several awards for its clever concept and speedy growth in Europe and beyond. In April 2014, ECOSIA was the first German company to become a B Corporation thanks to its social business model.

ECOSIA uses the profit made from your searches to plant trees where they are needed most. Get the free browser extension and plant trees with every search.

ECOSIA knows that trust has to be earned

That is why ECOSIA publish his monthly financial reports and tree planting receipts online. This way the user can hold ECOSIA accountable.

ECOSIA is planting all around the world

Trees mean a happy environment, healthy people, and a strong economy. Their awesome projects in cooperation with notable local organizations:

  • Restoring watersheds in Brazil
  • Restoring coastal forrests and natural corridors in Madagaskar
  • Trees for healthier forrests and people in Indonesia
  • Empowering women in Kenya – as part of the “Green Movement” against deforestation, land grabbing and corruption.
  • Coffee For Peace in Colombia
  • Protecting the home of the Orang-Utans in Indonesia
  • Regreening the Sahel in Burkina Faso
  • Restoring key watersheds in Ghana in coop. with “TreeAid”
  • Supporting Europe`s biodiversity in Spain
  • From Cocaine to cacao in Peru in coop. with the PUR project
  • Restoring the Atlantic rainforrest in Brazil in coop. with PACTO
  • Food security through tree planting on Haiti
  • Alternatives for Palm Oil in Indonesia
  • Reforesting vulcano slopes in Nicaragua in coop. with Dia
  • and more important projects with a focus on tree planting.

“We plant native acacia trees, because they make the soil more fertile. With our earnings we started a communal savings account for women to borrow and start their own businesses.”
Sara, 42 Mechisho, Ethiopia
From Cocaine To Cocoa, Peru

ECOSIA RESPECTS YOUR PRIVACY

It doesn`t save data about your searches. ECOSIA doesn’t create personal profiles of his users based on their search history. ECOSIA actually anonymizes all searches within one week.

Follow ECOSIAs journey to one billion trees

ADD ECOSIA TO YOUR CHROME BROWSER + DOWNLOAD THE APP FREE OF CHARGE!

For further details, just visit their website: https://www.ecosia.org/

By the way, ECOSIA is also offering a tiny Online Shop….

The headquarters of ECOSIA is located in Berlin.

Tipp No. 120: Simple but Good – German Potato Salad (Recipe)

Food, Tipps
Warm Potato Salad – Basic Westerwälder Recipe
Westerwald in Germany – Old Holy Celtic Druid Stone (repurposed by Christians)

Ingredients for about 12 servings

  • 3 pounds small, waxy potatoes, unpeeled (about 10)
  • 2 celery ribs, chopped
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup white vinegar
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 pound bacon strips, cooked and crumbled
  • Optional: 4 packages field salad (Rapunzel lettuce) like the people of Palatine like it

Directions

  • Place potatoes in a large saucepan; add water to cover. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, just until tender, 12-15 minutes. Add celery and onion; continue cooking until vegetables are tender, about 5 minutes longer. Drain; set aside.
  • Meanwhile, in a small saucepan, whisk together next six ingredients. Bring to a boil; cook until thickened, about 2 minutes.
  • When cool enough to handle, slice potatoes; return to large saucepan with celery and onions. Add vinegar mixture, tossing to combine. Add bacon. Simmer mixture until heated through, 10-12 minutes.
  • Serve warm.
  • Optional: Add cleaned field salad (mix it with warm potato salad)

Guten Appetit!

Shared No. 82: “Deutsches Steuersystem” – Funny, Cool Cartoons by KPLX (For Sales in the Etsy-Store)

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Diese und weitere Originalzeichnungen gibt es jetzt im Kplx-Etsy-Store! Für Patronen gibt es jeweils Etsy-Codes mit bis zu 50% Rabatt!

Etsy-Store — KPLX

Poem Nr. 1: “Portrait eines Vogels” (To Paint The Portrait of a Bird) von Jaques Prevert, English & Deutsche Übersetzung

Gedichte, poems, Psychologie, psychology, Tipps

260px-A_single_white_feather_closeupDas Portrait eines Vogels
(Jaques Prevert)

Male zuerst einen Käfig mit offener Tür.
Dann male etwas, was hübsch ist,
und einfach schön und nützlich,
für den Vogel.

Male dann einen Baum
In einem Garten, in einem Gehölz, in einem Wald. Verbirg dich hinter dem Baum, sprich nicht und halte still…

Manchmal kommt der Vogel geschwind,
doch mag es auch Jahre dauern, bis das geschieht.
Laß den Mut nicht sinken
Und warte.
Viele Jahr`, wenn der Vogel so will.

Ob er geschwind kommt oder zögernd,
der Wert des Bildes wird davon nicht berührt. Kommt er dann, falls er kommt,
übe tiefes Schweigen, bis er im Käfig ist.

Verschließe die Tür mit einem sanften Pinselstrich. Dann Lösche alle Gitterstäbe aus,
einen nach dem anderen
und hüte dich,
die Federn des Vogels zu berühren.

Male dann das Bild eines Baumes
Und wähle den schönsten seiner Zweige
Für den Vogel

Warte auf sein Singen.
Singt er nicht, ist es ein schlechtes Omen,
und ein schlechtes Bild.
Singt er, ist es ein gutes Omen,
du kannst ein gutes Bild mit deinem Namen zeichnen.

Mit sanften Händen
reiß‘ dem Vogel eine Feder aus dem Gefieder,
und schreibe deinen Namen an den Rand.

Translation into English:

To Paint a Portrait of a Bird

First paint a cage
With an open door
Then paint
Something pretty
Something simple
Something beautiful
Something useful
For the bird

Then place the canvas against a tree
In a garden
In a wood
Or in a forest
Hide yourself behind the tree
Without speaking
Without moving…

Sometimes the bird will arrive soon
But it could also easily take many years
For it to decide
Wait
Wait if necessary for years

The rapidity or slowness of the arrival of the bird
Has no connection with the success of the painting
When the bird arrives
If it arrives

Observe the most profound silence
Wait until the bird enters the cage
And when it has entered
Gently close the door with the brush
Then
Erase one by one all of the bars
While being careful not to touch any of the feathers of the bird

Then make a portrait of the tree
Choosing the most beautiful of its branches
For the bird
Paint also the green foliage and the freshness of the wind
The dust of the sun
And the noise of the creatures of the grass in the heat of summer

And then wait for the bird to decide to sing
If the bird does not sing
It’s a bad sign
A sign that the painting is no good
But if it does sing it’s a good sign
A sign that you can sign.

Then you gently pull out
One of the feathers of the bird
And you sign your name in a corner of the painting.

Shared No. 80: “Chicken Parmesan Recipe — The Farmhouse Eclectic” by Lindsay

Food, Tipps

I’ve mentioned before that, while I love all types and varieties of cuisines, Italian is my favorite. Hands down. I think I owe that to the DiBuduo family, who is basically my second family. We lived across the street from the DiBuduos for the entirety of my growing up. Their daughter was my best friend, […]

Chicken Parmesan — The Farmhouse Eclectic