love is love… Hamburg Pride 2019

Hamburg Pride – Once again a very special experience and different than last year, maybe because it just was the first time on the CSD parade in 2018, and last year I didn’t know what to expect. This time I felt more confident to get closer to the crowd and to make contact to the people. Also I think due to my temporary tattoos stickers in rainbow color I felt more involved in the event, what appearance can do!

Anyway, I had the impression that many more people took part, and I was in time meeting a good friend, Ernst Wilhelm in the Langen Reihe in the district of St. Georg, where the demonstration started with some delay. Luckily a sunny and warm summer day and a good and boisterous mood among the participants and spectators, somehow also a lot of alcohol of course… I suspect that’s rather normal on such a day.

“basically equal – for a better constitution”

love is love

strong signals

march for a better world

Bus der Generationen

solidarity

But then suddenly an incident that dulled the mood for a short time, the Queer Refugees Support truck smoked and flames blazed inside, but by the circumspection of the bystanders who came running with fire extinguishers could be prevented worse, and after the arrival of the fire department the fire was quickly cleared, the demonstration could go on.

In the swirl of the event Ernst Wilhelm and I lost each other quickly, which was to be expected, since we both apparently had a different perspective and probably saw other interesting things, but met him later again.

loud and colorful

colorful details

dragqueen… think pink

Then my memory card was getting full quickly and since I knew the other card I had with me had very little space, I went to the city center to find a photo shop, first with little success, later with the help of Ernst Wilhelm I then bought a new one. In between, I had a short break with a snack and always plenty of drinking.

Unluckily a second supposed glitch happened, panic… it seemed the Fuji did not focus properly, it confused me and I first made a few photos with my cellphone until some minutes later I came to the fact that I had mistakenly adjusted the wheel of the viewfinder so I saw everything blurred. I hate when this kind of things happen, but was happy nothing serious was with my camera.

Here are two photos taken with my cellphone, funny and very cool when people enjoy the water jet of the fire brigade as a cooling off including me.

For photography, this time I had chosen some topics… like faces, gestures, unusual perspectives, exceptional characters to give the photos more depth and to make some kind of mini-series, which did not work out all the time, but hey no matter, I had fun.

Here is a small selection of faces… in color

and in black & white

The motto of this year’s Pride Week was: Basically equal – for a better constitution (Grundsätzlich gleich – für eine bessere Verfassung). I can only support this demand…

Ernst Wilhelm with the rainbow tattoo

love who ever you want

kiss whoever the fuck you want

the pink series…

pink gang… gay men chorus

pink glasses and a smile

you are who you are

… and this year it’s the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots, that day in June 1969 that changed everything for the LGBTIQ community, but unfortunately lately we face more discrimination, hate and racism in the world, so it’s good to see so many people celebrate the Christopher Street Day to show they’re not invisible 🏳️‍🌈

https://www.smithsonianchannel.com/videos/the-day-the-stonewall-riots-shook-america/68035

and it’s so important to state our solidarity and respect, we are all equal no matter who you love, which gender or sexual orientation you have… love is love

in the crowd

the big players… Google

last but not least… let’s party! Cheers!

Hope you enjoyed the read and the attached images… till next time 🙂

Chris

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beach moments

the sun is a blazing beast, the wind tousle my hairs, the sand sticks on my feet, the smell of salt in the air, the sound of the waves crashing in seduce my senses, in the water I feel the power yet the freedom, to clear my thoughts and to leave everything far behind for just a moment…

here’s a collection of my favorite beach images

dogs love the beach

beaching woman

do you still love me?

wait… what’s going on?

how’s the water?

summer fun

seeking for shade

just relax

kitesurfers

thanks for visiting my blog 🙂

Life is colorful… Stadtfest Sankt Georg Hamburg

In my last post I’ve already wrote something about the Stadtfest Sankt Georg and my journey for the 24 hour project https://chrisbichler.wordpress.com/2019/05/31/24-hour-project/

but I feel I have to tell more about it.
The Stadtfest Sankt Georg is a popular street festival in Hamburg with a long tradition, nowadays it shows the diversity of the culture of the neighborhood with quite a lot of actions…. life music, culinary, game attractions for kids and much more, and it’s all about having fun.
It was the first time I visited this quarter and lively event together with a friend, and he has a another story https://ernst-wilhelm-grueter.de/soziale-fotografie/stadtfest-st-georg/.

I only new a bit about this place, it’s a neighborhood with designer stores and hip coffee shops, and it’s a gay quarter, so I was a bit curious.
I liked the ambience and loved to watch the different and diverse people which you probably don’t see on normal days… shoot eat drink look and feel good listen to the music…feeling kind of freedom and you know it’s been a welcome getaway of my nornal rural life.

The downside of this kind of events is if you’re a photographer it’s not always easy to get decent images without too much distractions in the background, cause there are a too many people… so many of my shots went directly into the trash. Then another thing I was shooting with my smartphone for the 24 hour project and at the same time with the Fuji-xt10, that got a bit complicated at some points.
One interesting thing about the LGBTQ community and especially a gay couple I passed, there’s something about it, I felt sort of intimacy, togetherness or closeness filled with joy and real love. Love is love and life is colorful and diverse…. and that’s good!

Anyway it was one of this precious moments that will stay in my mind.. but for the next time I wish and I’ll pretend I would dare more to talk to people.

life is colorful
street story
girls
2ERSITZ
faces
hungry
buddies
drinks
Martini Fiero
bartender
ballons
water roller
taking selfies
Ildiko Virag
2ERSITZ
dancing
on stage… Purple Sheets
Purple Sheets

24 hour project

Last weekend I’ve joined the 24 hour project https://www.24hourproject.org/ documenting humanity with focus on women’s story. Despite documenting your city for 24 hour on this day the goal of the organization is to raise awareness about global issues and empowering NOG’s. If you want to know more visit their website. 

Every hour you shoot edit and share one image. Since I don’t live in a big city I couldn’t do the whole 24 hours, but at least I managed to shoot for 13 hours.

on the way

I was very excited and since I was heading to Hamburg by train my first images were about traveling, and for this series I decided to shoot with my phone and using a bw filter called impact and really fell into in love with it.

traveling
still traveling

When arrived in Hamburg I’ve met a good friend and as always first we go for a coffee at Coffee Balzac. 

hands

Continuing with my subway stories… there’s always something interesting going on.

subway stories

Then we’ve attended Stadtfest Sankt Georg, kind of street festival with a lot of activities.

just music

Some bands played on two different stages, all kind of food is offered, a flea market and much more.

Here are some more images of the event.

Stadtfest Sankt Georg
life is music
Hamlet
Falafel

So much was going on so one hour felt time was flying and I continuously had to post another photo on Instagram.

Anyway it was a great experience and I really enjoyed it, it was a cool event and I loved the atmosphere with all the diversity and all kind of people… and then too quickly it was time to go back home catching up my train for an almost 3 hour trip.

subway stories
street food
traveling home

Thanks for reading so far…untill next time.

preview… life is colorful

street festival at a small town

Occasionally I shoot with my mobile phone, especially in small towns. Though I had the Fuji with me for some reason I only took some images with the phone. Usually there are not so interesting things to shoot, this was at the annual street festival named Hauptstrassenvergnügen two weeks ago, local bands are playing, delicious street food are offered on every corner, a small flea market is going on and there are some fun actions for kids.

It’s aways great to spend some time there and it lasts from 10 am in the morning to midnight…but then I’m already at home.

At home I thought I would try to merge three of the images in Snapseed to make them more interesting and I liked the result. Some kind of summary of the event.

Thanks for reading so far… and here’s one more image of the event

streetphotography street streetfestival multiple exposure blackandwhite snapseed