Adventslesung

Reading Christmas short stories, drinking Glühwein (hot vine) and having good company – is there any better combination? All of this and more was to be had last night at an “Adventslesung” (loosely translated a “Christmas book reading”) in Dresden. Three young authors from Dresden – Frank Goldammer, Willi Hetze and Francis Mohr – were reading from their own short stories most of which had a Christmas theme or were at least set in Winter.

Most of the stories were really tongue in cheek albeit gave you something to chew on and think about as well. So it wasn’t necessarily light literature, and I thought that really fitted Christmas which is or at least should be a time of reflection and contemplation as well.

All three authors publish their books at “Dresdner Buchverlag“.

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Christopher Street Day (aka Gay Pride)

Shooting something as colorful as a Christopher Street Day parade in black-and-white film sounds crazy? Yes, it certainly does. Nevertheless I thought stepping out of the boundaries of conventional thinking and photographing couldn’t hurt when making photos of an unconventional parade :).

All photos are taken with a Leica MP,  Leica Summicron-M 35mm f/2 ASPH., Agfa APX 100 and hand-developed in A49.

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Klangteppich

“Klangteppich” is a local band from Dresden which happened to have a gig at the same TV show where writer Willi Hetze was interviewed. So I took the occasion and tried capturing some of their performance as well. It’s a pity that I couldn’t capture the music though :).

All pictures taken with a Leica M Monochrom | Leica Summicron-M 35mm f/2 or Leica Summilux-M 50mm f/1.4 ASPH.

The Interview

Accompanying the rise of a star is kind of fun – you get dragged to premiers and interviews – all that glamorous stuff us normals usually get spared. And so it happened last week that young author Willi Hetze whom I had already reported about gave a TV interview to a local Dresden TV station about his new and upcoming short-story book “Das Unbegreifliche der Katzenwege”, Taschenbuch, 190 Seiten, Verlag zwiebook, Deutsch, € 12,90

The backdrop of the interview was sort of fun too: a small fast-food kiosk/pub “Curry & Co.”. And no, that is no Indian place… they serve “Currywurst” (a sausage with hot, spicy sauce) in all kinds of flavours.

But ’nuff said, enjoy the pictures :).

Book Premiere: “Das Unbegreifliche der Katzenwege”

Me being a cat owner I know that cats are incomprehensible. Last night young writer Willi Hetze took this fact to a completely new level when he presented his debut book “Das Unbegreifliche der Katzenwege” (The Incomprehensible of Cats’ Paths) – a collection of short stories. The main story is a surreal, socially twisted plot about a young man who just arrives at a big city from his home village to go to college. Unnerved and confused as he is – he gets advice from an ever changing cat how to navigate through the so unfamiliar metropolis.

“Das Unbegreifliche der Katzenwege”, Taschenbuch, 190 Seiten, Verlag zwiebook, Deutsch, € 12,90

Here are some of the photos I took at last night’s book reading at the Literaturhaus Villa Augustin (Erich-Kästner Museum) in Dresden. And here you can find a first review of Hetze’s book (in German).