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Minimalist 01 – Green

The fifteen shots above are from my recent two visits to the park Planten un Blomen. The idea of shooting minimalist plant photos came to me two years ago, but for some reasons I didn’t get to it until this spring. The weather in Hamburg […]

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Sakura in Hamburg

Thanks to long days of warm and stable weather this spring, there were plenty of chances to go out and enjoy the cherry blossoms – one of the most precious gifts brought by the season. I was in Planten un Blomen, the Alsterpark, and Hohe […]

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Kyoto, Japan

Kyoto is a place like no other. If you ask me, it’s not the main attractions that define this city, it’s rather the things that are easily overlooked if you are there only on a short tour. After Osaka, I spent a total of eight […]

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Osaka, Japan

It’s been two weeks since I got back from my vacation in Japan. I know it’s always better to start writing about a trip right after it ends – memories would still be fresh and your mind would be floating somewhere in a transition zone […]

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Four seasons in review

After coming back from my vacation in Beijing, I finally reserved some time this weekend for a summary of 2018 and a few visions for 2019. For some reason, it felt like time went by particularly fast last year, I will try to recall my […]

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Kleinwalsertal, Austria

Not long after my last vacation in the Alps, I fixed dates for another week-long trip in Kleinwalsertal. The last vacation was wonderful and adventurous with snow, ice, and spring breeze all present at the same time, but there were still paths blocked, heights unreached, […]

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Baad, Austria

I’ve been back home for merely 24 hours. The first day home after a trip is always curious, the transition, the counting back in time – what was I doing at this time two nights ago? I was sitting in the dining room in the […]

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Call me by your name

Update March 17, 2018 If you remember the irresistible conversation and setting next to the piano: (Elio, playing piano) Oliver: That sounds different. Did you change it? Elio: Well, I changed it a little bit. Oliver: Why? Elio: I just played it the way Liszt […]

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Coming home

I came back home from Venice two days ago. Before I can get on working with all the photos I took during the trip, I feel like sharing a few thoughts on what it means for me to come home. A home is not necessarily […]

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End-of-year reflections

  I was picking out photos to go with this post earlier tonight, and I thought, I would like to have one from Hamburg, and another one from Beijing. Beijing is my hometown, I was there from September to October this year. Hamburg is where […]

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Amsterdam, Netherlands

Just before my vacation in the Alps, I had to go to Amsterdam on a short notice. It was my second time there and I decided to take my camera with me to do some shooting after work. I don’t know what triggered the idea, […]

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Retreat into the Alps

I took a few days off in the beginning of August and travelled south to Oberstdorf, a town in the Alps I had visited numerous times when I was living in Ulm. I knew the Alps region in its proximity pretty well, so I figured […]

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Architecture of Hamburg – I –

Here you will find a selection of the photos I took of various architecture in Hamburg. The photos I selected in this post perfectly illustrate the fact that Hamburg, an unconventional city in Germany, is a playground for architects as well as architecture enthusiasts (I […]

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Week in south Italy – Procida

A few days ago I came home from a short vacation in south Italy. For the past few nights I have been going through and editing three or four photos at a time I took during the trip. I was only away for six days, […]

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Overcast days

(A scatterbrained post with trivial thoughts here and there, now and then…) Overcast days don’t have to be as dull as it sounds, I have found them quite enjoyable when I just want to stay at home and relax, especially during the weekend. Usually I’d like […]

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Bremen, Germany

On Saturday I went to Bremen to meet up with a colleague/friend. We spent the day strolling around the city, checking out interesting shops, and eating good food. I pretty much stopped taking weekend trips with a state ticket (Niedersachsen-Ticket, in this case) after moving […]

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A winter reunion

Our family had a reunion this past holiday season in Europe. My parents flew from Beijing, my aunt from New Jersey, and I from Hamburg, with our arrival times all within one hour, we met up at the airport in Munich and started our journey […]

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Hamburger Weihnachtsmarkt

It’s the month of Christmas markets again! While I am enjoying being surrounded by lights and decorations in a metropolitan atmosphere this time in Hamburg, I am missing the much cozy, much more familiar (and fluffy and cute) Christmas market in Ulm and the few […]

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Where did independent thinking go?

A little while back, whenever a topic about the election was raised across lunch table, I often heard the following statements: A: “I don’t want Trump to win.” B: “Who does?!” “Most of Trump’s supporters are uneducated old white men.” “We will be one step […]

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Schnakenbek, Germany

It’s a bliss to be able to enjoy seasonal foods in their best times, bursting with flavor and pleasantness. Last Sunday I went blueberry picking for the first time, not hesitating over the 4 hour round trip or whether a Sunday is better spent with […]

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To beloved Ulm

You will find here a series of photos I took with my phone in 2015 in Ulm, from spring to winter. Today is my last day in Ulm, the place where I’ve stayed the longest since I left home 10 years ago, the place where I could see […]

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Early spring in Ulm

Despite the warm temperature this winter, spring didn’t come any sooner than it did last year here in southern Germany. We are approaching the end of March and there are still  no signs of cherry blossoms… Guess I don’t get to see them this year in […]

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Ulm, Germany

The weather started to get better this week. My friend and I spent a sunny (but cold) afternoon at the Tiergarten in Ulm today. It had been almost one year since I was last there, but merely two weeks since I last visited a zoo. […]

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