If you once have the chance to visit France it will be advisable to visit the famous Valley of the Loire with its diverse castles from past times for instance Villandry castle with a big Renaissance garden. In a modern sense Renaissance means to be born again every day like a butterfly escaping the cocoon for lifting off to the first flight in the sky.
Here at Villandry the constructor is imitating nature because the geometrical structures look more like gigantic snow crystals in their diverse shapes. You can dive into these structures like in an ocean of mathematical symbols which are altogether a great labyrinth.
So take care that you do not get lost in these mazes and simply just miss the way to the next exit because the epoch of Enlightenment has still a lot of work to be done and accomplished in the outer daily world where black and angry clouds have already gathered at the horizon.
I made this photograph long time ago with analog technique in the Sahara of Southern-Tunisia during an oasis trip from Tozeur to Tamerza – still one of my favourite travel remembrances showing a single bush in an area of burst soil most likely due to more heavy rainfalls some time ago. When ever I watch this photograph again, the quite bizarre scenery reminds me of the power and resilience in life and nature against all the odds.
Sometimes reality and magic build a fruitful symbiosis in daily life – unusual situations arising from random collisions of open minds. These more time-limited incidents can tell us true stories – tangible modern mysteries of past and present times.
Royalistic ghostrider on Charlottenburg castle facade
Communal snake (concept: Mathilde ter Hejne)
Such sudden surprises loose their real attraction when looking for a sense or necessity in each and everything. Just following the flow of happenings, more often leads to fascinating objects when we simply stumble over the diverse silhouetted fans of reality.
A welcome bench for contemporary meetings
Tree emoticon at a very busy through street
Just follow the bursting walls
These visualized dreams are hiding at unexpected places or may also be not visible by first view, visionary connections such as these here picked up at diverse locations in the city of Berlin.
The impenetrable layers of snow acting as white shadows make this forgotten place in the dark forest the perfect place for hide and seek.
At sunrise somewhere in cool woods
The air is surely these angels’ element of freedom,
as they are to become one flesh with the birds
amid the ebb and flow of fugitive infinity.
To be away from home and yet to feel
oneself everywhere at home,
to be at the centre of the world,
and yet to remain hidden from the world,
erratic aliens finally hooked on fatal trips.
The vast poetry of empty streets and colorful houses leaves a lot of space for imagination and dreaming, because it is siesta time at Santa Cruz de la Palma and most shops have now really closed till 5 p.m. This kind of antique deceleration during noon seems today a bit bizarre in a time of multiple tasking and emerging velocities of all thinkable sorts but it just follows irrevocably these very old ambitions and cycles. Also the sun now moves slowly around the next corner where the shadows shrink to minimalistic images of black, white, blue and red.
All is slowing down irresistible, and time stands still for a while allowing us immediately to pay attention to the real being instead of automatically performed doing. Such idea(l)s are the vivid motor of Cittaslow – the movement for Slow Cities worldwide. Fired by the success and support for Slow Food the Cittaslow movement was founded in Italy 1999 and comprises today 228 city members in over 20 different countries. In order to become a member city a lot of criteria have to be fulfilled, so these cities stand up against the fast-lane and homogenized urban nightmares. But today the respective overwhelming desiring is also present in very big cities and metropoles, just have a look and then you can surely discover it everywhere.
“When I touch that flower I am touching infinity. It existed long before there were human beings on this earth and will continue to exist for million of years to come. Through the flower, I talk to the Infinite which is only a silent force. This is not a physical contact. It is not in the earthquake, wind or fire. It is in the invisible world.”
George Washington Carver, early 20th century