• Landscape,  Texture,  Travel

    Getting into Death Valley

    We had a whole day available to drive from Mojave to Furnace Creek. The morning began hazily and with scattered dust devils. At the Pinnacles we go a real sandstorm.

    The long straight streets with poles often make me dream of an infinite world.

    Poles © Julian Köpke

     A sandstorm lets you stop all thoughts about infinity. Suddenly the safety of the equipment becomes much more important.

    Sandstorm near Pinnacles © Julian Köpke

    This train is on a siding for decades. The diffusion effect of the sandstorm showed the abandonment nicely.

    Train on a siding © Julian Köpke
    Sandstorm at pinnacles © Julian Köpke
    Pinnacles © Julian Köpke

    After check-in in our incredibly expensive, but the only hotel in the area we immediately headed for Zabriskie Point. These structures show no scale at all and allow the imagination to run wild.

    Zabriskie Point at sunset © Julian Köpke
    Zabriskies Point at sunset © Julian Köpke

    Personally I liked most a wild boar at the south end.

    Sleeping wild boar at Zabriskie Point © Julian Köpke
  • Texture,  X-Ray

    Pile of oranges X-ray photo

    This Monday arrived my new oranges from Valencia, Spain. They are sweet, juicy and just delicious. I shared half of the delivery with my employees who had also been waiting for it for a long time. We eat or drink them. Some were x-rayed for artistic reasons.

    There is already a routine in doing these X-rays with food. But sometimes an X-ray machine has a life of its own. The first images are taken to check the exposure before we venture into a composition. The aperture of the X-ray tube may become narrower and unwanted images like the following may be produced.

    Oranges in a frame X-ray photo © Julian Köpke

    This image was created by playing with textures and colours:

    You can easily imagine a stack of oranges with the fruit lying on top of each other. The perspective of this X-ray image is from above, so that the effect of translucency is created. Because of the triangular arrangement of the oranges, one would think that the apex of the triangle would indicate at the top. In fact, the center of the triangle is at the top.

  • Travel

    A rose is a rose is a rose

    Recovering from a strenuous afternoon where I was exposed to an increasingly deep dementia I sat in my hotel to have a light meal. Nerve-racking music all over the room. A beautiful sunset with warm colors and flattering light after a grey and rainy day.

    A rose is a rose is a rose © Julian Köpke

    Dementia shows a person deprived of many intellectual capabilities. There is still the capability of a relation left, weak and vulnerable. There is no understanding left for us. Speechlessness counts the most.