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Downright Me

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Change is coming!

Dear friends, I have decided to change my blogging format.

In the future my photography related blog will now be found here:

Simulacrum – out in left field. Click on the name to get redirected.

On Simulacrum I will share my newest pictures as well as ideas, tipps and tricks regarding photography.

I will also continue downright me, but only for my crafts related topics. Here I will share my latest sewing, knitting and crocheting projects, the development and results.

This will make it easier for you to find the topics you are interested in.

I would be happy if you would continue following either one or both of my blogs.

Thank you!

 

 

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Turn new into old

Last month I took some pictures at the Sechseläuten in Zürich. It is a parade of the guilds in historical costumes. I liked the colorful clothes but in the end I wanted to do something different with the pictures. I thought it would be fun to give them a historic look.

 

Hear it roar

Have you ever been to the Rhine Falls? It is Europe’s largest waterfall and therefore a mayor tourist attraction. Two weeks ago we decided to pay them a visit.

We walked all the way down to the river. Mai is a good month because the snow melting in the mountains has already started so the amount of water that is running through is incredible. It makes you realize how grand nature is and that it is our duty to protect it. I always like to take the time to get a feeling for the place.

In this case it was quite difficult because of all the people.  I found myself pushed into a corner, closing my eyes. I did not see the water, but I could feel it and hear it.

 

Twilight Zone

Off all the places in Zurich one keeps fascinating me so much that I find myself stopping by there on a regular basis. It is the Escher Wyss Platz. There is a bridge that crosses the river with tram tracks underneath, running in every direction. Stairs and elevators connect the tram station down on the street with the bus station on top of the bridge. The tram station is very busy, people are running to catch their connecting rides. Other than that the space feels empty.

The lighting underneath is so captivating that more than once I have left the tram just to walk around and soak the atmosphere in, watching the people pass by. No one ever stops, everybody is always on the move except when waiting for the elevator to the bus station.

I seem to be the only person who sees this place as something that is more than just a place to switch trams. Me, I keep coming back. This place makes me feel strangely connected and disconnected to the world at the same time, it’s my personal twilight zone.

The Language Barrier

We’ve been living in Zurich/ Switzerland for quite a while now, so my husband and I decided that it might be time to give Swiss German a try, to be able to connect better with the people here. We both are German so one might think that it would not be too difficult for us since it the languages must be similar, right?

Ok, in some ways it is easy and I am already quite good at understanding, but speaking Swiss German is a whole other story. The pronunciation and accentuation of words as well as the Grammar is very distinct from German. In our first class we learned some enlightening facts. For example the people that live in different regions of the country all speak a different version of the language. Sometimes even so diverse that people from various cantons can’t understand each other. I think that is excellent news for me – the foreigner. Learning this language will be a piece of cake then. Continue reading “The Language Barrier”

Step up to a new challenge

Photography is one of my mayor interests and I am always interested in learning new thing so I started my third photography related online course. This time I enrolled in the Coursera Course about Photography Basics and Beyond: From Smartphone to DSLR on Feb 8th created by Michigan State University. It is a spezialization class consisting of five modules. The teachers are photographer Peter Glendinning and Mark Sullivan  (music composer and photographer). The videos are very informative although the sound is not allways great, sometimes it’s a little hard to understand the teacher’s voices.

I have successfully finished the first three modules and although I am not totally inexperienced I have learned a couple of new things. It is not just about technique and equipment. I like the fact that the emphasis is on the individual approach to photography, about emotion, purpose and personal interest. The assignments are very different each time and the peer review is very helpful in understanding how a viewer might interpret my work. I gained some new ideas about how to convey my goals. We also have to review the work of fellow students, to see their particular point of view and their way of how to approach a subject.

I am eager to continue my classes and start my Capstone project (last module).  I will have to use the knowledge I have gained to develop a meaningful project of 10 well composed photographs based on my special interests. So far I think the money for this course was well spent.

Confession of a Lake Lover

Knitted Knockers

I just finished my first pair of knitted knockers and I want to continue knitting more in all sizes. How did I get this idea? Since we moved to Zürich I am looking for ways to keep myself busy. So I checked out the charity options in my area and this group called Knitted Knockers ZH (Zürich) caught my eyes. Being a breast cancer survivor myself, I was immediately intrigued by the idea. This is a way to put my knitting skills to good use.

In short Knitted Knockers are people who knit soft cotton breast prosthetics for women that have undergone mastectomy. They are a great alternative to the heavy, expensive and often uncomfortable traditional breast prosthetics. Something I can relate to all too well.

The Zürich group has just started. Hopefully we will be successful, so that the organisation will grow and provide help to many women.

The organisation was founded by Barbara Demorest who is a breast cancer survivor and wants to make life a little bit easier for women during their difficult times. So she came up with the idea of  an organisation to provide women with these soft knitted prosthesis right after their surgery  in the clinic.

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knockers with the stuffing
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size can be adjusted

 

If you like to learn more about the organisation or Barbara’s background story go to knittedknockers.org . With the provided patterns you can join the cause or you can request a knocker for yourself.

 

 

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