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.
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.
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.
When arrived in Hamburg I’ve met a good friend and as always first we go for a coffee at Coffee Balzac.
Continuing with my subway stories… there’s always something interesting going on.
Then we’ve attended Stadtfest Sankt Georg, kind of street festival with a lot of activities.
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.
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.
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
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This was my last post on Google+ yesterday, I’ve joined 6 years back and I was on this platform almost every day, loved this magic place from the beginning for its diversity and the great community of like-minded people, connected with so many, some became true friends and a few I’ve met irl. I’m grateful I had this time, learned so much from other photographers, so many inspired me and thus I’ve grown as a photographer tremendously over the years. This place was very special and unique, and it never felt like a ghost-town to me. When Google announced it will be shut down Google+ in the past October I was shocked, at least I thought it will last for many years… so yesterday it was that day that Google+ shutted the door forever and I was there to the very end with a bunch of other core users, I don’t regret any minute I was on this platform. A piece of me is missing now, I’m feeling incomplete, social networking won’t be the same without it 🖤