On Myself

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Born in Lübeck, I’m now living in Wolfenbüttel, Germany, with my wife Christine and two cats „Pippin“ and „Lea“.

Literature

I read devouringly since early childhood. The focus may change now and then, from David Grossmann to Tolkien, Arno Schmidt to Thomas Mann, James Joyce, Hans Wollschläger or Goethe. My reading list would be hard to explain though. I’m no systematic reader, but just follow my instincts.

Music

Music is a big part of my life. I listen to a lot of 70s classic progressive rock like Yes, early Genesis, Peter Gabriel, Jethro Tull, Pink Floyd and 70s hardrock like Deep Purple, Led Zeppelin, et al. Other all-time favourites are Bob Dylan, Steven Wilson and everything Roine Stolt is involved in. I love late 19th & early 20th century composers like Richard Wagner, Gustav Mahler, Edward Elgar. Gustav Mahler’s music and personality has been a constant source of inspiration since I discovered him almost 40 years ago.

Photography

I‘ve been dabbling in photography since my early youth. My first camera was a cheap little plastic thing with no more than three buttons. In my early twenties I bought my first SLR camera, a Minolta XG 2. In those days I was mostly into b/w photography and had my own small hobby laboratory.  My first digital camera was a „Canon Powershot“ which I took to Scotland and Ireland in 2006. Then I bought a „Olympus E-410“, my first DSLR camera, which I‘ve used extensively during our 2008 trip to India. I currently use a Olympus OM-D E-M5 II and a Minolta STR 101 for analogue photography.

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