Silhouettes of People bathing in splashing Ocean Waves

Black and White Photographs on a sunny summer day at the Fort Tilden Beach on New York City´s Rockaway Peninsula.

The wind was stronger that day and so where the waves! Many people, including me enjoyed to play in the waves, to surf them without a board, just jumping into an incoming one and letting the power of the wave do the rest. Body surfing needs a lot of energy! After 30 minutes i went out of the water and started to capture some of the action.  The long beach setting is the perfect opportunity for a tele-lens! Using my trusty Pentax K-5 with the cheap and sharp Tamron 70-300mm lens i crouched down into the surge and here are the results:

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Boy jumping into ocean waves.

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Jumping with joy into the waves.

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Inside out legs sticking in the ocean ground.

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Ocean wave crushing high above blurred silhouettes figures standing on the beach.

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Boy trying to jump over a crushing wave

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Man enjoying his bath in the splashing water drops

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People silhouettes walking along the beach and standing in splashing ocean waves

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Woman thinking in-front of ocean waves

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Faraway handstand silhouette on the beach

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Thousands of water droplets crushing on the beach.

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Mobile People in the Age of Distraction

Mobile People are preoccupied with devices, constantly multitasking between here and there.

I started Mobile People as my first long time photo documentation project after moving to New York City in mid 2015. In this blog post I was inspired by the free E-Book “Focus – A simplicity manifesto in the Age of Distraction” by Leo Babauta to use some of my mobile people photographs to illustrate important findings made by the author. The following text (except photo captions/descriptions) are quotes from the E-Book:

It´s a new Lifestyle!

“Being connected, getting information all the time, having constant distractions… it has all become a part of our lives.”

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It´s an Addiction!

“When we check email and get a new message, it´s a little bit of validation that we´re worthy of someone else´s attention, and so we check again, and again, until we´re addicted”

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It´s an Expectation

“Some people are expected to be available all the time […] and respond immediately – or they´re out of touch, or not so good business people.”

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“Others are expected to be available for instant messaging…

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or [long distance] Skype chats,…

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…or be on social forums or social networks such as Facebook or Twitter.”

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“And going against that expectation is immensely difficult for many people…

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…it requires courage, or a willingness to be an arrogant prima donna.”

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Candid Portraits in Window Frames

Every public street parade has spectators. While a lot of people take part shouting, drinking and dancing on the streets a few choose to stay inside and enjoy party with the comfort and safety of their own private homes. While standing in their windows they are always surrounded by a specific window frame. I thought this would be a nice opportunity to shoot some candid portraits. I grabbed my 70-300mm zoom lens and went out to shoot a couple of distinctively framed candid portraits during the Rosenmontags Carnival Parade in Aachen, Germany.

While looking at my collection of candid portraits in window frames i have noticed three distinctive groups among the participants:

1 – Those who are costumed participate with open windows

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Boy shouting “Alaaff” for sweets in a hungry looking window

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Captain and crew in the outlook window

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Muscleman and friends squeezing in the window frame

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Greetings from above

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Skepic look behind the bricks

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Costumed or regular wear each have its corner

2 – A minority of people without costumes open their windows too

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Bored looking overheated couple looking from the distance

2 – The majority of people without costumes are likely to stay behind closed windows.

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Curious kids watching with interest behind the window

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Woman with headscarf observing the Carnival safely behind glass and bricks

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Side glancing behind the curtain

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Young woman contemplating behind their window

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