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places – photo collages

April 2nd, 2013 by sophie · berlin, editorial, germany, photography, sightseeing

i did some photo collages of places of interest for a magazine project. here you can have a look at them! enjoy!

 

the ‘altes rathaus’ in bamberg, germany

 

the ‘brandenburger tor’ in berlin, germany

 

the ‘residenz’ in würzburg, germany

 

all collages by sophie daum

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Don’t be that guy

February 3rd, 2013 by volker · article, editorial

Seriously don’t be it. We all know that one guy; at the beach, at the hotel, at the bar and especially at the buffet. What kind of guy I’m talking about is the waving flag of your country, reincarnated as the bloody prototype tourist.

Imagine sitting at a café at 11a.m. ordering a coffee, soaking up the sun and culture. Two tables away a little group of men are ordering their beers. Looking sunburnt like hell and red as a lobster. And you bet, even without seeing the tattoo of a bangin’ british bull dog on their bellies, you would assume that they are straight from England. Or imagine the pool back at the hotel. Spotting a middle aged male storming always onward in his speedo marching to his rightful place – at the sun. And even without this reference to our beloved Kaiser Wilhelm, this case is clear. And speaking of long gone empires – measured by the ridiculous amount of “free food” Russians put on their plate at the all-you-can-eat buffet, communism was really that bad.

Sure, you’ll think in no way I’m gonna be one of those. Yeah, no one thinks he will be one of them until he declares the deck chair as his colony and is sporting socks in some nice sandals. Face it, we all have it in us, waiting until the right time to bloom and take us over

Anyway. The road to hell is paved with good intentions, even in this case. By trying to avoid being that guy, you lean automatically to another threat: immersion. And while I’m at it, don’t be that guy either. Immersion means the sorry attempt to totally immerse into the foreign culture. Guess what copycat, it doesn’t matter how good you think you pronounce it, everyone knows you are a tourist when you shout “pizzas” at the trattoria. And by simply cloning the folklore of the land and its people you are just showing ignorance for their traditions – again.

Reasonable tourism, if you would like to call it that way, is in between of these poles. On the one hand the ignorance and the tank mentality, on the other hand the total lack of self-awareness combined with the submarine mentality (for the pacifists: submarines are sneaky and try to be not seen at all). You are tourist, don’t be ashamed to admit it and don’t be afraid to try something new.

So please the next time in a new country, please do your best to not be a neocolonial idiot, who is overwhelmed how different every little thing is and try to just simply enjoy it. Embrace the possibilities, go with the flow, you won’t regret it.

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