With the new year came the first lasting snow and in my mail arrived five little cat’s eye cabochons… I have been asked to do a runic incense for Isa and began gathering corresponding ingredients:
The rune Isa is written with a single straight vertical line. Its meaning is “ice”. Its associated tree and herb is the black alder and henbane, color black and stone is the cats eye (cymophane). Cats eye cabochons break the light in such manner that a single bright line appears across the stone. One could say the rune Isa is literally marked on it. (The effect is stronger under a light bulb or other single light source.) In Asia it is considered a magical stone that shows the direction to hidden and forgotten treasures. The stone comes in colors ranging from honey yellow to green to a dirty blue or gray. A special form is the Alexandrite, which changes color from blueish green to a deep blood red. I like the blueish gray versions best in this context, as these are also the colors of ice and winter.
Isa seemingly represents stillstand. It marks a time when to formulate dreams and vision and choose a direction. It calls for patience and contemplation, but not laziness. Now have to be done preparations and laid down the foundation for a future harvest.
The first evening of the year 2017 gave a magical sight: the sharp sickle of the waxing moon’s crescent aligned with Venus and Mars at around 7 pm. In addition one could see structures on the dark side of the moon, which are usually merge with the dark night sky and are not visible. Perhaps the sky was brighter tonight due to light being reflected by dust particles in the air from last night’s fireworks. The photos were taken at around 7 pm in Dresden Dölzschen.
Tree Lights/Way Home, Dresden, 31st of December 2014
The photo series shows impressions captured during New Year’s Eve, December 31st, 2014. They are taken on the way back home, after attending a concert at the church in Dresden Plauen. I was weakened by a cold. The resulting photographs reflect the way I felt and perceived my surroundings: a blurred smokey vision, the floating and flickering lights of street lamps, objects like trees and details of bark and textures are focused only in parts. In this state, it was important to me to also photograph the chestnut tree, where I had been doing rituals and giving food offerings to crossroad spirits.
Forest Land/Lachten, Dresdner Heide, 13th of October 2013/15th of October 2016
This series addresses the condition of the forests and the interaction between man and the sylvan realm. The extraction of resin from live trees is a central motif in this series. In the past the trees were cut in order to collect their resin. The cuts in the bark of the trees are called “Lachten” in German. They form a symmetrical pattern on the stems of the trees. Several such trees create a surreal and bizarre looking scenery, in which the wounded trees occur almost extra-terrestrial. Besides this, the forest is a place that we visit to find peace and clarity. A walk in the woods is proven to strengthen the immune system. I enjoy searching for resin and other treasures among the trees and gather strength when spending time in the woods. The photos in this series are meant to capture the fascination and the alien as well as familiar feeling that I connect with the forest theme.
Date: November 4th
Location: The Londoner – English Pub, Gotha
Opening: 6 pm
The exhibition opening coincides with the “Samhain Celebration – a night of extreme avant-garde music”.
MOSAIC – Gotha | Germany
Grift – Kinnekulle | Sweden
Farsot – Gotha | Germany
Vivus Humare – Gotha | Germany
Entrance: 6 pm
Begin: 8 pm
VVK: 15€, AK: 18€
Update: Photographic exhibition Tree Lights | Way Home and Forestland | Lachten is still on display at the Londoner English Pub in Gotha.
Visiting a sunflower field, before venturing on to gather wild herbs and rowan berries. I recharge and absorb the warmth of the evening sun. The temps have dropped to a chilling 12 °C. Going deeper into the sunflower field, a bee, stiffened from the cold, is stuck to a huge sunflower head. I wonder if it will make it through the night. It would wake up to plenty of food though. A few seconds later the sun has vanished and the sky is ablaze…
Every year, dozens of bees and bumblebees are collecting nectar and pollen on our white lavender. Now is that time again. The above photo was a lucky shot. My lens is not really suited for macro photography. But in this image all the details of the insect are clearly visible, whereas the surrounding has a nice bokeh effect, created by motion blur and depth of field. So here we go, another bee joins the “flower devils” photo series.
Flowers photographed in the dim evening light, May ’16
Male Fern Frond Unfurling, April ’16
Another take on the so-called male fern “hand”, April ’16
A common carder bee (Bombus pascuorum), on the green flower of stinking hellebore (Helleborus foetidus), photographed one evening in April ’14