Travelogues, reports and essays
On foot, by bike or train ....
Only by seeing the world for ourselves can we get an honest, direct and immediate picture of it. I am open-minded and curious and like to travel, alone and together with others. Following in the footsteps of British authors in France or on a one-day hike up one of the beautiful mountains in the Alps or the Lake District - the world is beautiful and there are (still) places where nature reveals its glory of silence and solitude. Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote in his diary in April 1824 that it
is only in the depths of the forest, where noon enters like a twilight; or where the mirth of man & the sorrow of man are never heard, where the squirrel dwells and the voice of the bird echoes, that one can leave behind the rigid parentheses and deafening tumult of the world and only here
attain to a sweeter, more desirable creation.
Through Wallonia IV
The white fields - on the road in Champagne
Beneath the surface of the sea of vines, the stories float around like wrecks in the oceans, waiting to be discovered. They make Champagne more than a superficial sparkling wine landscape, an adventure to be discovered.
Through Wallonia III
From the Sambre to the Vesle
Our trip went from the Abbaye d'Aulne on the Sambre across the northern Ardennes down to Reims in the French Champagne region.
Through Wallonia II
Watch out, Spirou!
Wallonia is a varied place. A country where the fates of the miners meet directly at the local level with the biggest comic talent factory in Europe. From Brussels we went to the Abbaye d'Aulne on the Sambre.
Through Wallonia I - Brussels
The undiscovered beautiful country
A journey from Brussels through Wallonia, across the northern foothills of the Ardennes to Reims. Our route took us via Waterloo to Charleroi, to Thuin and across the Ardennes to Reims in France, where our tour ended.
Late summer delights by bike
A cycle tour from Paderborn along the Alme, Diemel, Weser, Werre to Detmold
In September 2021, my wife and I cycled along the Alme, Diemel, Weser and Werre rivers on a tour lasting several days. The goal was a leisurely, relaxed tour with few metres of altitude, but beautiful views and lots of water. That's exactly what this tour turned out to be. It was pure enjoyment.
The castle garden of Arcen
Modern gardens at historical place
The castle garden of Kastel Arcen is a destination worth seeing north of Venlo and is situated not far from the Meuse and the former fortified town of Arcen itself.
Trawler fallen dry
Is a boat still a boat when it has fallen dry? Is a fisherman a fisherman when he is not fishing? What sense do objects make when they are no longer what they are supposed to be? The 6 x 12 cm analogue black and white picture shows a dry fishing cutter in the harbour of the French coastal town of Port Blanc in Brittany.
The Abbey of Beauport
On the goose meadow at the Correc river
The extraordinary black-and-white photographs in 6 x 12 cm and 6 x 9 cm format show the Breton abbey of Beauport near the town of Paimpol in the department of Côtes-d'Armor. The atmospheric pictures were created with the then new Lomo Belair X 6-12 Jetsetter and were developed on site with a Caffenol film developer who mixed them himself.
The Cathedral of Amiens
God's ship is a mountain of stone
The first photos with the new Belair X 6-12 Jetsetter were taken in Amiens, France.
The perfect analog summer
Lomo Belair X 6-12 Jetsetter
An analogue summer in French Brittany - on the way on the Île Grande with the Lomo Belair and various colour films. The Lomo Belair X 6-12 Jetsetter was on offer and I couldn't say no in the Lomo Shop. So all electrical equipment stayed at home.
The Old Man of Coniston
Always hidden in the fog
The Old Man of Coniston is an 803 m high mountain west of the town of Coniston and Lake Coniston Water in the English National Park and UNESCO World Heritage Lake District.