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14/2015 image of the week

April 4th, 2015 by sophie · atlantic, france, image of the week, ocean, photography

took this picture during some days i stayed in arcachon, france.
i love this beach, hanging with the nature, exploring the beach life.
what this picture made special for me is showing the sea without actually showing it.
the light was incredibly beautiful.
© sophie daum 03/2015 @ Arcachon, France

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12/2015 Image of the Week: german woods

March 20th, 2015 by sophie · forest, germany, image of the week, nature, new zealand, photography

A while ago I went location scouting for a shooting in the woods. It made me think about german woods. As you know, I spent some time in New Zealand and most of the woods over there are extremely different to the german ones. They are like a natural wall, you can’t just walk in there, like you can do it in Germany. Its like the nature says: No humans please! Private party!
© Sophie Daum // February 2015

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traveling pages: why reading?

March 16th, 2015 by nina · books, review

Working at a school I often hear things like “i hate reading” or “books are boring”. My whole time working I try to talk the children into reading. Because I think reading is important. Researches of the last years showed that not only do children who read have more phantasy and know different ways to solve a problem but also that reading ability is a key competence for life. If you are not able to understand and reflect what you are reading you will have a hard time getting settled in the work world and it is nearly impossible to get on higher educational qualification level.
These are just the obvious reasons. The reasons why grown ups say things like “You have to read more, it is important.” But who ever have worked with children will know that they don’t do things because a grown up tells them that it is important. They mostly don’t care about important, they simply want to have fun. The really important thing is to make children recognize how much fun a book can be.
A book is not only an item for education. It is a door-opener to different worlds, different point of views, different lifestyles. Within a book you can travel where ever you want and you can be whom ever you want. You can be a well educated young lady in the 18th century in Britain, or a magician going to Hogwarts. You can travel to Egypt, France or even Narnia. You can be a superhero, a witch, a hobbit or just a normal teenager facing life. Books give you so much opportunities. More than life can ever give you. It can show you how different life is somewhere else. It can make you realize how blessed you are with the life you have or make you stand up and change things. It can change who you are, who you want to be.
A book is not only something you read because you have to, it is a place where you can go when you don’t know what to do and it can be a friend when you have no one else to turn to.

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Nepal memories part 2

March 10th, 2015 by Addy · nepal, reportage

Photography by Julia Dreier/ Text Adeline Mallmann

I already mentioned that it would not be easy to win the children’s heart in a breath. A foreign women, who does not even speak their language first had to prove herself. But slowly the faith in me started to develop. I taught them english in a playful way for instance by using the pothitting game, ping pong or theater play. For every lost point in ping pong they had to spell a word. I don’t know whether this was effective though, as they played ping pong really well. Their English was still in an early state of development. But how the author Paulo Coelho once said the simple desire to share something leads into the world without language, where everything is clear and there is not a tiny risk to misunderstand each other.

With the owner of the hostel I got along very well. One evening he told me that he was a former monk and when the Hippies came to Kathmandu he joined them. They drove with a bus through plenty of Asian countries to Munich, where he did everything which was not possible for him as a monk. I loved to listen to his adventures and found it a shame to not have lived within the Hippie time.

I want to tell you about another oasis of tranquility, which attracted me after work: The buddhist stupa in Bodnath, Kathmadu, which was 5 minutes from my hostel. It was as well located behind a big iron door. Many people were walking around the stupa, praying or meditating. (Info: The stupa in Bodnath is one of the most important sanctums in Nepal. The backgrounds and datas of it’s history are disputed. One suspects, that at the location of the stupa, there was a trade way to Tibet. Probably the travelers used the stupa for a last pray, to be protected on their way. The stupa in its current form is not the original but was built in the 14th century. The original form was destroyed by muslims.)  The stupa was surrounded by coffee bars and souvenir shops. When I sat on the roof terrace oft the saturday cafe I felt liked I looked directly into Buddhas eyes.


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11/2015 Image of the Week: Spring. We need you. Immediately.

March 9th, 2015 by Julia · image of the week, photography

Schwäbische Alb, Schömberg, 2014.
Image © by Julia Dreier

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10/2015 Image of the Week: Jazz

March 6th, 2015 by sophie · animals, image of the week

I guess my dog Jazz is the creature I spend most of my time with.
She keeps me company on my trips, sleeps under my bed at night (I don’t make her do it, she loves it, I guess she likes lying in the dark and being close to me. I got a strict ‘no dogs in bed’ policy…).
Jazz makes me laugh even if I don’t feel like I have something to laugh about. She makes me go outside, getting fresh air, even if it is triste and rainy.
There are so many things I want to thank her for! So this post is dedicated to my beautiful Jazz, I am looking forward to have her around for many many years!

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BROKEN FINGAZ prints are out now!

March 1st, 2015 by sophie · art, exhibition, germany, illustration, israel, print

If you were at the Broken Fingaz Bottleneck show at Urban Spree in Berlin (2013) you might remember these silkscreen editions…
During a 3 week residency all 4 artists hand printed this series. They just received the last few and release them now on their online shop.

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9/2015 Image of the week: Red is the color in Bilbao

February 24th, 2015 by Evangelia · architecture, image of the week, life, people, photography

Bilbao, february 2015

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8/2015 Image of the week: old culture carnival uff de alb.

February 16th, 2015 by Julia · image of the week

Schwäbische Alb, Schömberg, 2015.
Image © by Julia Dreier

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7/2015 Image of the week: Blue and red in february

February 9th, 2015 by Evangelia · image of the week, life, people, photography, sightseeing, spain

Bilbao, February 2015

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