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“ as well as Bono the toy sheep aka „Bono das Schaf“. I like Indian food and masala tea, Apple computer, Islay malt whisky, Guinness & red wine. I‘ve been writing a lot in my younger days and try to update this site now and then. But I can‘t guarantee anything.

Literature

I read devouringly since early childhood. The focus may change now and then, from David Grossmann to J.R.R. Tolkien, from Arno Schmidt to Thomas Mann, James Joyce, Hans Wollschläger or Lessing. At the moment my interests are focussed on Jewish culture, history, art, music and literature. 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. Other favourites are Bob Dylan, U2, and my current favourite band The Flower Kings. I love late 19th & early 20th century composers like Richard Wagner, Gustav Mahler, Edward Elgar, Debussy, Stravinsky and Arnold Schönberg. During the last few years I’m digging into the life and works of Gustav Mahler again, whose music and personality has been a constant source of inspiration since I discovered him almost 30 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, followed by two or three different models during the next 20 years. In those days I was mostly into b/w photography and had my own small hobby laboratory. I lost immediate interest in all that during the 1990s. But lately, wandering about with my camera on the lookout for nice motives, colours, structures has become a new source of pleasure.

My first foray into digital potography was the purchase of a „Canon Powershot“ which I took to Scotland and Ireland in 2006. My latest acquisition is the „Olympus E-410“, my first DSLR camera, which I‘ve used extensively during our 2008 trip to India and ever since. But I still have the Canon and use it occasionally (when small size matters). Please feel free to have a look at the photo galleries on this site.