Repost: One Portrait a Day


Parklife
"It’s got nothing to do with vorsprung durch technic you know 

And it’s not about you joggers who go round and round and round” (Blur)
Today it was full winter activity in the Hasenheide park, Berlin. Happy new year to you all!
First blogged 31st December 2009

Parklife

And it’s not about you joggers who go round and round and round” (Blur)

Today it was full winter activity in the Hasenheide park, Berlin. Happy new year to you all!

First blogged 31st December 2009


After the (cold) war who should I be sanding for

Hussein is from Palestine but has lived in Berlin for the past 30 years. He used to refurbish wooden furniture for the American forces when they were based in Berlin until the mid 90s. When they left so did all his business, meaning he had to look for alternative work. He didn’t have the standard German letter saying that you are a qualified craftsman so no one can employ him to do what he loves doing the most. Now he is a janitor for a building on Urbanstrasse, Berlin, and he claims he is a hard working guy.
First blogged 30th December 2009

After the (cold) war who should I be sanding for

Hussein is from Palestine but has lived in Berlin for the past 30 years. He used to refurbish wooden furniture for the American forces when they were based in Berlin until the mid 90s. When they left so did all his business, meaning he had to look for alternative work. He didn’t have the standard German letter saying that you are a qualified craftsman so no one can employ him to do what he loves doing the most. Now he is a janitor for a building on Urbanstrasse, Berlin, and he claims he is a hard working guy.
First blogged 30th December 2009

Power to the flower

Now that we’re approaching the new decade I wonder when it will be unfashionable to buy flowers as presents for political reasons… Many flowers are spending a lot of hours on planes just to die in someone’s home a few days after. But then again flowers make certain people very happy and they can even get you laid. Okan Yildirim in the photograph is doing good business by having late opening ours on busy Oranienstrasse in Berlin, which makes him smile all the way to the bank. Last year I photographed a CEO at the Lehman Brothers Bank in London. I had a chat with the woman decorating all the (100s of) room with flowers while I was waiting for the banker I was shooting. She explained they had to cut the flower budget in half due to lower budgets. All the flowers were flown in from Amsterdam she said when I asked where they come from. The day after I was there the Lehman Brothers collapsed and the bank is now nothing but history.
First blogged 29th December 2009

Power to the flower

Now that we’re approaching the new decade I wonder when it will be unfashionable to buy flowers as presents for political reasons… Many flowers are spending a lot of hours on planes just to die in someone’s home a few days after. But then again flowers make certain people very happy and they can even get you laid. Okan Yildirim in the photograph is doing good business by having late opening ours on busy Oranienstrasse in Berlin, which makes him smile all the way to the bank. Last year I photographed a CEO at the Lehman Brothers Bank in London. I had a chat with the woman decorating all the (100s of) room with flowers while I was waiting for the banker I was shooting. She explained they had to cut the flower budget in half due to lower budgets. All the flowers were flown in from Amsterdam she said when I asked where they come from. The day after I was there the Lehman Brothers collapsed and the bank is now nothing but history.
First blogged 29th December 2009

Keep it simple
Prisma Pavillon by the canal in Kreuzberg, Berlin, is a great place for pizza and to start a conversation with strangers. Alexandra from Turkey has lived in Berlin for 20 years and his favourite pizza is Margherita with mozzarella cheese and tiny bit of Gorgonzola. Keep it simple - those are the words of the day.

First blogged 21st December 2009

Keep it simple

First blogged 21st December 2009

Tax return


I’ve been stuck with paperwork this weekend and used my brain for a bit of maths; I  quite like numbers I have to admit. Then I walked around my block to clear my head in the cold weather and walked past Stani who was happily pose for a couple of frames despite the cold breeze.
First blogged 20th December 2009

Tax return

I’ve been stuck with paperwork this weekend and used my brain for a bit of maths; I  quite like numbers I have to admit. Then I walked around my block to clear my head in the cold weather and walked past Stani who was happily pose for a couple of frames despite the cold breeze.
First blogged 20th December 2009

Portrait of me
My wife had someone over for tea and her daughter, Susan, drew my face. It really resembles me I have to admit. The boy, Nadim, asked if I had chess which I don’t. Instead I taught him backgammon and then he won. Hmm.


First blogged 18th December 2009

Portrait of me

First blogged 18th December 2009


Christmas Love
December 16 2009, 5:28 AM  by Jørn Tomter

Nilsun (left) and Turan in front of their shop in Neukölln, Berlin. I cycled past it on my way to buy a christmas tree today; saw the heart on the door and wished I could photograph two people in front of the homemade deco. I don’t know why I wanted it, but then again it is only photography and I like it!
First blogged 16th December 2009

Christmas Love

Nilsun (left) and Turan in front of their shop in Neukölln, Berlin. I cycled past it on my way to buy a christmas tree today; saw the heart on the door and wished I could photograph two people in front of the homemade deco. I don’t know why I wanted it, but then again it is only photography and I like it!
First blogged 16th December 2009

Wiltons
 


I did a daytrip to London today to do a portait job that lasted 10 minutes. Which meant I had time to quickly see my friends, pick up mail from my old studio, go to the bank and cash cheques (we are approaching the year 2010 and English clients still send cheques!!!??? Have they missed the last 30 years of technical evolution?), eat an english breakfast (delicious) and pop London’s new great coffee bar, Wiltons, in Hackney. Liz (Australian) and Alicia (Kiwi) brews excellent coffee and makes yummy grub. Is it a reason why all coffee bars in London now employ people from New Zealand and Australia?
First blogged 15th December 2009

Wiltons

I did a daytrip to London today to do a portait job that lasted 10 minutes. Which meant I had time to quickly see my friends, pick up mail from my old studio, go to the bank and cash cheques (we are approaching the year 2010 and English clients still send cheques!!!??? Have they missed the last 30 years of technical evolution?), eat an english breakfast (delicious) and pop London’s new great coffee bar, Wiltons, in Hackney. Liz (Australian) and Alicia (Kiwi) brews excellent coffee and makes yummy grub. Is it a reason why all coffee bars in London now employ people from New Zealand and Australia?

First blogged 15th December 2009


O tannenbaum
 

The Christmas tradition can be traced back to Northern Germany in the 16th century. No wonder the Germans are so spirited this time of year. Olaf here liked selling trees. A nice job which makes children happy!
First blogged 14th December 2009

O tannenbaum

The Christmas tradition can be traced back to Northern Germany in the 16th century. No wonder the Germans are so spirited this time of year. Olaf here liked selling trees. A nice job which makes children happy!
First blogged 14th December 2009

Hermannplatz


Often when I mention to a German that I live in Kreuzberg, they usually mention that it is a dangerous place in the same sentence that lots of Turkish people live there. Yes, there are a lot of Turkish people, but no it is not dangerous at all here. I feel more safe walking home at three in the morning here than in Oslo. Sadly the Turkish community is not very well integrated in to the German life, but I don’t think there is only one party to blame. Sercon portrayed today said most Turkish people don’t like being photographed since it often ends up being in a negative context. He was very polite and seemed to only want to enjoy life like the rest of us.
Originally blogged 13th December 2009
 

Hermannplatz

Often when I mention to a German that I live in Kreuzberg, they usually mention that it is a dangerous place in the same sentence that lots of Turkish people live there. Yes, there are a lot of Turkish people, but no it is not dangerous at all here. I feel more safe walking home at three in the morning here than in Oslo. Sadly the Turkish community is not very well integrated in to the German life, but I don’t think there is only one party to blame. Sercon portrayed today said most Turkish people don’t like being photographed since it often ends up being in a negative context. He was very polite and seemed to only want to enjoy life like the rest of us.

Originally blogged 13th December 2009