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Martin Gommel has been shared in 51 public circles

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John Sean11,366This circle contains people who really are interesting and active people on Google Plus.If you would like to be included in the next Circle Share, you only have to do these simple steps:1 - Include me in your circles2 - Share the circle (Publicly)3 - Add +1 to the post.4 - Leave a comment if you like.I will thankful if you plus and share this circle!#publiccircle #circleshare #circlesharing #philadelphia #phoenix #san_antonio #san_diego #san_francisco #san_jose #seattle #tampa #washington #american_samoa #american_samoa #pago_pago #fiji #fiji #nadi #fiji #suva #argentina #argentina #buenos_aires #argentina #cordoba #argentina #iguaza #argentina #mendoza #argentina #rosaio #argentina #san_carlos_de_bariloche #bolivia #bolivia #cochabamba 2015-01-23 06:13:25493000
Brian Harrod10,634Great Circle of Photojournalists, Photographers and Real-Time Sharers (Breaking News) #circle   #circles   #public   #publiccircle   #circleshare   #circlesharing #sharedcircles     #sharedcircle   #morefollowers   #sharingcircles #circleshare   #sharedpubliccircles   #photography   #photographer   #AddCircle   2014-12-28 02:55:44104000
Noah Wesley10,754This is a public circle of Photographers and Photography loversTo increase your chances of inclusion in future circles please leave a comment when sharing the circle. If you received a notification, please reshare to your circlesIf you’d like to be added to the next circle share: • +1 this circle • Share this circle to PUBLIC • Include +ORIGINAL AUTHENTIC PHOTOGRAPHERS  • Comment on this post#circle #publiccircle #Liechtenstein #sharedcircles #sharedcircle #morefollowers #sharingcircles #circleshare #circlesharing2014-11-18 07:17:52411243338
Cristian Teodoridis2,869This is a great circle if you are interested in Street Photography. Enjoy! :)2014-02-19 14:13:00472003
Tracy Sydor661Hey just wanted to share this circle with you guys.2012-12-11 16:13:2250013011
Ben Peter1,453lt is Sunday and a good time for some picture experts and their works. Photographers, Digital Artist and more. Habe fun and share! #sharedcircles  2012-11-11 17:29:01122000
Margaret Tompkins30,121>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>Great Photographers With < 25,000 Followers>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>The photographers here are all in my personal circles.  The choices are mine and mine alone.  No one asked, begged, or pleaded to belong.  No bribes were offered or accepted.  These are the people that I follow because I appreciate their great quality photography and their interaction.  Most I have met as I help curate several of the photography themes.  *There are NO requirements to share this circle*.  I would appreciate the people in this circle plus the post, leave a comment, and share the circle as public.  Each profile has been verified by me.  Each has < 25,000 followers (when they were put into the circle), and most have between 10,000 and 25,000 followers.  They each have high quality original photography content.  You won’t find many animated gifs!  Landscape Photography:  I invite everyone to check out the +Landscape Photography  #LandscapePhotography  theme.  If you want to impress me, that’s the place to do it!!  Post a great landscape that will get my attention.  See the About tab for all the details.I wasn’t included, what do I do?  If you meet the criteria, weren’t included, but think you should be, then leave me a comment.  Maybe I don’t know about you.  There are millions of people on G+ and I don’t know everyone.  However, I’ll be happy to have a look at your work if you will call it to my attention.  Start posting landscapes that get my attention (see above)!!There’s a really great photographer XXX that you didn’t include.  Please feel free to recommend qualified people.  I discover new people every day and would be happy to look at their work.  Please make sure that the recommended person meets the criteria.  If they don’t then that tells me a lot about you! #Circleshare   #Sharedcircles  2012-10-08 18:04:38500337118265
Sergey Bidun1,957Circle of inspiring photographers.Ever since I created a Google+ account, I've had a privilege to see so much amazing images, meet new people and also share my own work! I like to follow great photographers who inspire me and help me be more creative in what I do. Here is a circle that I have put together, and I'm sure that other members of Google+ can learn a lot from!Reshare this circle so more people can see their work!2012-07-13 23:02:45264414
Jamie Furlong12,393Dear all,I'm sharing this Street Photographers From Around the World circle for my new friends in the +Cochin Photowalk and +Viewfinder  group, but I figured I may has well make this a public share too. The Viewfinder group made up the majority of photographers on the Cochin GooglePlus 1st Anniversary photowalk yesterday... we had almost 100 people in the end!Viewfinders - to those who are new to G+, add this circle to your collection of circles and marvel as your stream comes to life with photography from some of the best street photographers from around the world. Don't forget to +1, comment or share their work if you like what you see.Thanks to all who participated yesterday. What a cracking afternoon!2012-07-01 17:26:144903010
Rainer M. Ritz10,614Es ist soweit, inzwischen habe ich etwa 1000 Leute eingekreist die Deutsch verstehen und eine Kamera in der Hand halten können ;-)Dies ist der erste Kreis davon2012-04-21 22:00:4349429716
Andy Q.17,877#streetsaturday +Street Saturday As I don´t have any new photographs to post for my fave daily theme I thought I´d share my circle of street/documentary-photogs with you. I hope you will enjoy their work as much as I do.And here´s an interesting article on Street Photography by Dave Beckerman:http://www.picturecorrect.com/tips/street-photography-tips-and-techniques/As you can see there are many ways to define "street", and many ways to do street photography. Don´t try too hard to follow any rules you may be uncomfortable with, just go out there, open your eyes and have fun.Oh, and as I´ve only said it twice today here´s another HAPPY ST. PADDYS.2012-03-17 09:50:1840512515
Chris Courselle8,800#GermanPhotographer Weekly Update!!!I started this list http://gpc.fm/l/germanphoto and here is a updated circle of it's members. If you would like to join, please leave a comment and share this post.Thanks, ChrisP.s I started a hashtag to go with the list #GermanPhotographer2012-03-11 17:14:193291049
Roman Tripler29,150"the great feedback-circle"198 helping hands and me...with this circle i want to say thank you! for including me in your many circles, for your many many reshares of posts and circles, for the daily visits on my stream, for critical and helpful comments under my posts.if i forgot someone, i am very very sorry, but you will comment this circle, i know ;)2012-03-06 16:06:38100511539
Chris Courselle8,718Weekly Update!!!I started this list http://gpc.fm/l/germanphoto and here is a updated circle of it's members. If you would like to join, please leave a comment and share this post.Thanks, Chris2012-03-04 10:34:55324957
Roman Tripler27,631Time to share circlesI reorganized my Photographer circles and share it now. If someone is missing, don't be sad, I still have a second circle.PHOTOGS 01/02 to add and reshare!2012-02-24 17:39:2449810017
Ralph de Pagter2,948Hi G+ Community! I just want to share 500 of my 5000 ones which I have in my RalphArtPhotoCircle.2012-02-23 19:12:16501316
Joe Vallee5,740*Good morning / good afternoon / good evening where ever you are in the world*TOP +PE PhotogsThis circle is one that is worth having in your circles.(1 of 2) (due to 500 person circle limit)See the info belowIt is a very good one for new people to jump-start their selves if they are fans of good photography and helpful photographers! Re-share it with your own friends.There are some must haves like +Trey Ratcliff +Thomas Hawk +Mike Shaw +Alan Shapiro +Klaus Herrmann +Austin Thomas +Benjamin Chase +Patrick Di Fruscia +Darren White +Joe Azure +Hengki Koentjoro +Jesse Estes +Peter From +Olivier Du Tré +Alvin Ing +Alexander Safonov +Mihailo Radičević +Johan Swanepoel2012-02-21 17:30:184951487
Joe Vallee3,221*Good morning / good afternoon / good evening where ever you are in the world*TOP +PE Photogs*This circle is one that is worth having in your circles.(1 of 2) (due to 500 person circle limit)It is a very good one for new people to jump start their selves if they are fans of good photography and helpful photographers! Re-share it with your own friends.*There are some must haves like +Trey Ratcliff +Thomas Hawk +Mike Shaw +Alan Shapiro +Klaus Herrmann +Scott Jarvie +Benjamin Chase +Patrick Di Fruscia +Darren White +Joe Azure +Hengki Koentjoro +Jesse Estes +Peter From +Olivier Du Tré +Alvin Ing +pats0n +Mihailo Radičević and many other incredible photographers that share their photos and knowledge.If you have not yet experienced the daily dose of what +Jarek Klimek has created with his #PlusPhotoExtra2012-01-17 23:07:35495012
Joe Vallee3,108*Good morning / good afternoon / good evening where ever you are in the world*TOP +PE Photogs*This circle is one that is worth having in your circles.(1 of 2) (due to 500 person circle limit)It is a great one for new people to jump start their selves if they are fans of good photography and helpful photographers! Re-share it with your own friends.*There are some must haves like +Trey Ratcliff +Thomas Hawk +Mike Shaw +Alan Shapiro +Klaus Herrmann +Scott Jarvie +Benjamin Chase +Patrick Di Fruscia +Darren White +Joe Azure +Hengki Koentjoro +Jesse Estes +Peter From +Olivier Du Tré +Alvin Ing +Alexander Safonov +Mihailo Radičević and many other incredible photographers that share their photos and knowledge.If you have not yet experienced the daily dose of what +2012-01-10 15:44:02495021
MAURIZIO PONTINI5,991Worldwide Best Art & Photography III - CIRCLE III* Reviewed and updated *https://plus.google.com/113718775944980638561/about (Information for all Circles)Worldwide Best Art & Photography IV - CIRCLE IV - In progress!Worldwide Best Art & Photography III - CIRCLE III - 500 Members *Worldwide Best Art & Photography II - CIRCLE II - 500 MembersWorldwide Best Art & Photography I - CIRCLE I - 500 Members --------------Look for your name in the 4 circles.If you want, Leave a message in the circle in which you are a memberThanks to these 4 great circles, you can know, learn, discover, travel the world, nature, people and art through beautiful photographs and amazing different works.Feel FREE to Share!Great shots to all of You dear friends!2012-01-08 20:48:22500837
Joe Vallee3,002*Good morning / good afternoon / good evening where ever you are in the world! *TOP +PE Photogs*This circle is worth having in your circles.(1 of 2) (due to 500 person circle limit)It is also a very good one for new people to jump start their selves if they are fans of good photography and helpful photographers! *There are some must haves like +Trey Ratcliff +Thomas Hawk +Mike Shaw +Alan Shapiro +Klaus Herrmann +Scott Jarvie +Benjamin Chase +Patrick Di Fruscia +Darren White +Joe Azure +Hengki Koentjoro +Jesse Estes +Peter From +Olivier Du Tré +Alvin Ing +Alexander Safonov +Mihailo Radičević and many other incredible photographers that share their photos and knowledge.If you have not yet experienced the daily dose of what +2012-01-03 19:06:42495635
Jalaj Jha2,026Here is my selection of 244 Photographers in this shared circle. What makes this circle different is that these photographers are the ones who allow you to download their shared photos. Respect their copyrights and the trust they put in us by allowing download, and watch this circle grow... (stats: they are around 31.8% of all photographers categorized so far, 172 photographers are still pending, so expect the circle to grow)2012-01-01 02:33:11244004
MAURIZIO PONTINI5,163(LAST UPDATE)Worldwide Best Art & Photography III - CIRCLE III Today 1500 members in 3 circles-------------See https://plus.google.com/113718775944980638561/about for the FIRST and SECOND Circle:Worldwide Best Art & Photography II - CIRCLE II - 500 MembersWorldwide Best Art & Photography I - CIRCLE I - 500 Members--------------Thanks to these 3 great circles, you can know, learn, discover, travel the world, nature, people and art through beautiful photographs and amazing different works.Feel FREE to Share!Great shots to all of You dear friends!2011-12-27 00:05:51500017
MAURIZIO PONTINI4,585(9th UPDATE)Worldwide Best Art & Photography III - CIRCLE III First 450 Members Next and last update at 500 MembersToday 1450 members in 3 circles-------------See https://plus.google.com/113718775944980638561/about for the FIRST and SECOND Circle:Worldwide Best Art & Photography II - CIRCLE II - 500 MembersWorldwide Best Art & Photography I - CIRCLE I - 500 Members--------------Thanks to these 3 great circles, you can know, learn, discover, travel the world, nature, people and art through beautiful photographs and amazing different works.Feel FREE to Share!Great shots to all of You dear friends!2011-12-23 22:49:02451203
Joe Vallee2,508*Good morning / good afternoon / good evening where ever you are in the world! *TOP +PE PhotogsThis circle is one that is worth having in your circles.It is also a very good one for new people to jump start their selves if they are fans of good photography and helpful photographers!There are some must haves like +Trey Ratcliff +Thomas Hawk +Mike Shaw +Alan Shapiro +Klaus Herrmann +Scott Jarvie +Benjamin Chase +Patrick Di Fruscia +Darren White +Joe Azure +Hengki Koentjoro +Jesse Estes +Peter From +Olivier Du Tré +Alvin Ing +Alexander Safonov +Mihailo Radičević and many other incredible photographers that share their photos and knowledge.If you have not yet experienced the daily dose of what +Jarek Klimek has created with2011-12-20 16:13:11493241511
MAURIZIO PONTINI4,370(8th UPDATE)Worldwide Best Art & Photography III - CIRCLE III First 400 Members Next update at approx 450 MembersToday 1400 members in 3 circles-------------See https://plus.google.com/113718775944980638561/about for the FIRST and SECOND Circle:Worldwide Best Art & Photography II - CIRCLE II - 500 MembersWorldwide Best Art & Photography I - CIRCLE I - 500 Members--------------Thanks to these 3 great circles, you can know, learn, discover, travel the world, nature, people and art through beautiful photographs and amazing different works.Feel FREE to Share!Great shots to all of You dear friends!2011-12-20 00:57:35401005
Alexander Kensy107I want to share part one of my "photography" circle with you guys. 500 amazing people you really should add to your circles! #photography #circlesharing2011-12-19 08:56:22501001
MAURIZIO PONTINI3,966(7th UPDATE)Worldwide Best Art & Photography III - CIRCLE III First 350 Members Next update at approx 400 MembersToday 1350 members in 3 circles-------------See https://plus.google.com/113718775944980638561/about for the FIRST and SECOND Circle:Worldwide Best Art & Photography II - CIRCLE II - 500 MembersWorldwide Best Art & Photography I - CIRCLE I - 500 Members--------------Thanks to these 3 great circles, you can know, learn, discover, travel the world, nature, people and art through beautiful photographs and amazing different works.Feel FREE to Share!Great shots to all of You dear friends!2011-12-18 19:50:373501325
Stephen Candler14,773Circle of Photographers as shared by +Damien Grillat2011-12-14 14:35:58451815
Joe Vallee2,263*Good morning / good afternoon / good evening where ever you are in the world!*TOP +PE PhotogsIf you have not yet experienced the daily dose of what +Jarek Klimek has created with his #PlusPhotoExtract project, I would highly recommend it. You can get to it here http://www.photoextract.com/plus-extractThis is my current weekly update for pictures “chosen as of 12/10” (the pictures are chosen from two days prior)I will be re-sharing this circle two more times today to cover the time zones.These are the photographers that have had their pictures chosen to be in it.I incorporated it into a circle to share with others, please feel free to share it with your own circles if you wish. If you are a fan of good photography, this is a great group of people to add to your circles.There are some must haves like +Trey Ratcliff +Thomas Hawk +Mike Shaw +Alan Shapiro +Klaus Herrmann +Scott Jarvie +Benjamin Chase +Patrick Di Fruscia and many other incredible photographers that share their photos and knowledge.I update it weekly on Tuesday PST. *Interesting stats for all the selected pictures and photographers can be found in the “About” section here:https://plus.google.com/106294256084866963706/aboutThose stats are usually updated daily on the page.~Enjoy2011-12-13 16:42:37475226
Andy Q.0Hello to all the new folks who were so kind to circle me. For you (and everbody else of course) I´d like to re-share my street/documentary-photographer-circle.Some peeps in this circle are "purely" street, some shoot (many) other things aswell.2011-12-07 01:41:163489111
Daniel Sandstein2,715The Cream of the Crop of November 2011What's this?On +CircleCount everyday some very interesting persons are choosen and recommended. These are persons without hunders of thousands of followers but with a lot interesting content. You won't find silent people leading the rankings like +Mark Zuckerberg here, but interesting people that are worth to be followed.You can find the Cream of the Crop daily here:http://www.circlecount.com/daily/Past Cream of the Crop circles:October 2011: http://goo.gl/2xVn92011-11-30 14:29:07296182111
KM G0Photographers, I wanted to share my photography circle with all of you. Some amazing people in this group, you won't regret adding them!2011-11-12 04:58:18500242
Jus Vun18,706Here is my Street and Documentary photographer circle. Please add to your circles if you like this genre and if I missed you , let me know!Its been a while since I shared this circle. Ive just noticed +Roman Tripler being very passionate about sharing this group so I thought I'd do my bit too.Sharing is caring.www.ontoshiki.comOntoshiki, Photographer based in Tokyo, Japan.2011-11-08 16:46:4136725924
David Cleland4,660My Street Photography CircleDavid Cleland shared a circle with you.2011-10-30 10:34:20163202
Sylvain Besson74I just shared a circle of street photographer, here's another one.Again, some very impressive stuff here.Enjoy and reshare if you wish.Night.Sylvain Besson shared a circle with you.2011-10-29 22:24:1364303
Frank Schillinger159Updated: my Street Photography / Social Documentary circle. Feel free to share.Not all people included in this list are calling themselves a street photographer, but all of them have a portfolio with shots in this genre.Please comment if you think you should be included. Thanks.#ff #FollowFridayFrank Schillinger hat einen Kreis mit Ihnen geteilt.2011-10-28 00:13:393361759
Paul Meriweather1,111Here is my photography circle, feel free to share!Paul Meriweather shared a circle with you.2011-10-26 13:11:25501403
Daniel Harrington0Awesome Nature Photographers CircleDaniel Harrington shared a circle with you.2011-10-19 16:57:26106030
Dirk Poxdoerfer667..dirk poxdoerfer hat einen Kreis mit Ihnen geteilt.2011-10-17 23:11:02149001
Daniel Harrington119Circle Sharing! Great Circle of Photojournalists, Photographers and Real-Time Sharers (Breaking News)Daniel Harrington shared a circle with you.2011-10-17 07:24:43109164
Martin Gindl51fotografenMartin Gindl hat einen Kreis mit Ihnen geteilt.2011-10-16 16:32:46304000
Martin Gindl51Martin Gindl hat einen Kreis mit Ihnen geteilt.2011-10-14 06:41:2686500
Dirk Poxdoerfer549dirk poxdoerfer hat einen Kreis mit Ihnen geteilt.2011-10-11 08:51:12157001
Mario Thiel70Mario Thiel hat einen Kreis mit Ihnen geteilt.2011-10-09 10:29:0966200
Javier Carrete0A circle of photographersJavier Carrete shared a circle with you.2011-10-08 23:22:2391000
Andreas Rades534nice pictures circleAndreas Rades hat einen Kreis mit Ihnen geteilt.2011-10-07 17:55:45253203
Roman Tripler4,994updated again...Roman Tripler hat einen Kreis mit Ihnen geteilt.2011-10-02 20:29:3058302
Roman Tripler4,225UPDATED...Roman Tripler hat einen Kreis mit Ihnen geteilt.2011-09-29 20:49:0256309
Roman Tripler4,120My photography 'must have' circle updated...Roman Tripler hat einen Kreis mit Ihnen geteilt.2011-09-28 08:12:5552403

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2015-01-21 11:35:58 (9 comments, 9 reshares, 19 +1s)Open 

Today I witnessed three things: A refugee from Gambia, a brutal brawl and police aggression. 

At 9 o’clock I met this man, named Lamin from Gambia before a petrol station near the pickup office for refugees (it is called LEA) and we had a little chat.

Lamin told me that out of difficulties with his father and no option to find any work. You may remember what Mnebni from Kosovo so: “No work, no money, no food.” So Lamin came here to us and he misses his mother very badly. 

Lamin had this warmth that I could sense. He was desperate, yes. But also full of hope. And love for his mother. We talked about 5 or 10 minutes and Lamin agreed that I could take some photographs. 

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2015-01-21 11:35:58 (9 comments, 9 reshares, 19 +1s)Open 

Today I witnessed three things: A refugee from Gambia, a brutal brawl and police aggression. 

At 9 o’clock I met this man, named Lamin from Gambia before a petrol station near the pickup office for refugees (it is called LEA) and we had a little chat.

Lamin told me that out of difficulties with his father and no option to find any work. You may remember what Mnebni from Kosovo so: “No work, no money, no food.” So Lamin came here to us and he misses his mother very badly. 

Lamin had this warmth that I could sense. He was desperate, yes. But also full of hope. And love for his mother. We talked about 5 or 10 minutes and Lamin agreed that I could take some photographs. 

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Suddenly, while we were talking a group of about 20 refugees ran to the petrol station you can see in the background. Two of three man chasing the others had big, white clubs intheir ha... more »

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2015-01-27 16:21:03 (2 comments, 5 reshares, 35 +1s)Open 

„Ich werde um mein Leben kämpfen. Bis mir die Kraft ausgeht. Deshalb bin ich hier.“

Das ist Muhammed aus Gambia. Ein Mann wie ein Berg, kräftige Schultern und Arme wie ein Baum. Ein humorvoller Kerl, mit dem ich sofort ins Gespräch kam.

Doch Muhammed ist schüchtern und es braucht eine Weile, bis er mir erzählt, wer er ist. Seine Familie ist immer noch in Gambia und er kam hierher, um für sein Leben zu kämpfen „until my power is finished“.

Dieser Satz kann viel bedeutet, auch seinen Tod. Doch ich bohre nicht weiter nach. Muhammed ist seit 11 Monaten in Deutschland.

Wir sprechen über seine Heimat, Banjul in Gambia. Ich frage ihn, ob er zuhause eine Freundin hatte.
„Nein“, sagt Muhammed. „Niemals.“ Er habe kein Geld gehabt und habe immer noch keines. Wenn man heirate und Kinder habe, dann würde das ohne Geld nicht funktionieren.
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2015-01-27 16:21:03 (2 comments, 5 reshares, 35 +1s)Open 

„Ich werde um mein Leben kämpfen. Bis mir die Kraft ausgeht. Deshalb bin ich hier.“

Das ist Muhammed aus Gambia. Ein Mann wie ein Berg, kräftige Schultern und Arme wie ein Baum. Ein humorvoller Kerl, mit dem ich sofort ins Gespräch kam.

Doch Muhammed ist schüchtern und es braucht eine Weile, bis er mir erzählt, wer er ist. Seine Familie ist immer noch in Gambia und er kam hierher, um für sein Leben zu kämpfen „until my power is finished“.

Dieser Satz kann viel bedeutet, auch seinen Tod. Doch ich bohre nicht weiter nach. Muhammed ist seit 11 Monaten in Deutschland.

Wir sprechen über seine Heimat, Banjul in Gambia. Ich frage ihn, ob er zuhause eine Freundin hatte.
„Nein“, sagt Muhammed. „Niemals.“ Er habe kein Geld gehabt und habe immer noch keines. Wenn man heirate und Kinder habe, dann würde das ohne Geld nicht funktionieren.
Mir wird klar, dass da... more »

„Ich werde um mein Leben kämpfen. Bis mir die Kraft ausgeht. Deshalb bin ich hier.“

Das ist Muhammed aus Gambia. Ein Mann wie ein Berg, kräftige Schultern und Arme wie ein Baum. Ein humorvoller Kerl, mit dem ich sofort ins Gespräch kam.

Doch Muhammed ist schüchtern und es braucht eine Weile, bis er mir erzählt, wer er ist. Seine Familie ist immer noch in Gambia und er kam hierher, um für sein Leben zu kämpfen „until my power is finished“.

Dieser Satz kann viel bedeutet, auch seinen Tod. Doch ich bohre nicht weiter nach. Muhammed ist seit 11 Monaten in Deutschland.

Wir sprechen über seine Heimat, Banjul in Gambia. Ich frage ihn, ob er zuhause eine Freundin hatte.
„Nein“, sagt Muhammed. „Niemals.“ Er habe kein Geld gehabt und habe immer noch keines. Wenn man heirate und Kinder habe, dann würde das ohne Geld nicht funktionieren.

Mir wird klar, dass das Dasein als Flüchtling auch bedeutet, dass ein starker und hübscher Mann wie Muhammed keine Beziehung führen kann. Muhammed hat jedoch damit abgeschlossen.

Des weiteren erzählt er mir, dass er Muslim ist und 5 mal am Tag bete. Muhammed hat keinen Koran, aber einen Teppich, den ich auf seinem Spind entdecke. Er bete auf „koranisch“ und zitiert ein paar Zeilen aus seinem Gebet.

Ich mache Muhammed Komplimente. Doch er streitet alles ab. Und seine Muskeln wären „only water“ - doch dann muss ich einwenig lachen, necke ihn und er kichert mit. Muhammed ist ein toller Mensch.

Doch zum Fotografieren erlaubt mir Muhammed nur ein einiges Mal abzudrücken. Ich also meine Chance nutzen. Das Licht ist denkbar schlecht, doch wenn nicht jetzt, dann nie. So mache ich einen Schritt zur Seite und versuche mein Glück.

Jetzt habe ich Lust auf mehr, doch Muhammed bleibt hart. „One photo“. Und das hat sich gelohnt. Mal sehen, was er sagt, wenn ich ihm den Druck des Bildes vorbeibringe.

Auf diesen Moment freue ich mich, wie ein kleines Kind.

Muhammed, willkommen in Deutschland. Ich wünsche Dir, dass Dir Dein Leben irgendwann erlaubt, eine Frau zu finden und Kinder zu haben. Mögest Du immer die Freiheit haben, Deine Religion auszuüben.___

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2015-01-26 09:23:44 (2 comments, 1 reshares, 18 +1s)Open 

Kurze Begegnungen mit Flüchtlingen erlebe ich selten, denn meistens unterhalte ich mich mindestens 5 bis 10 Minuten mit ihnen.

Nicht so bei diesem Mann aus Serbien, der mir am letzten Tag des Jahres 2014 flüchtig seinen Namen sagte, mit einem Foto einverstanden war, jedoch keine Zeit für ein Gespräch hatte. 

Da mein Projekt von Bildern und dem Text lebt, stellt sich mir die Frage, ob ich ein Foto wie dieses überhaupt veröffentlichen soll. Ich habe mich dafür entschieden.

Denn: Ein Foto wie dieses spiegelt für mich auch das wider, was die meisten „Deutschen“ erleben: Sie sehen einen Flüchtling, der an ihnen vorbeiläuft, doch sie kennen seine Geschichte nicht.

Und das ist eigentlich auch das Schwierige: Es ist leicht zu glauben, dass asylsuchende Leute einfach so zu uns kommen. Dass sie einfach da sind, weil sie grade Lust dazu haben.

Dasist jedoch nic... more »

Kurze Begegnungen mit Flüchtlingen erlebe ich selten, denn meistens unterhalte ich mich mindestens 5 bis 10 Minuten mit ihnen.

Nicht so bei diesem Mann aus Serbien, der mir am letzten Tag des Jahres 2014 flüchtig seinen Namen sagte, mit einem Foto einverstanden war, jedoch keine Zeit für ein Gespräch hatte. 

Da mein Projekt von Bildern und dem Text lebt, stellt sich mir die Frage, ob ich ein Foto wie dieses überhaupt veröffentlichen soll. Ich habe mich dafür entschieden.

Denn: Ein Foto wie dieses spiegelt für mich auch das wider, was die meisten „Deutschen“ erleben: Sie sehen einen Flüchtling, der an ihnen vorbeiläuft, doch sie kennen seine Geschichte nicht.

Und das ist eigentlich auch das Schwierige: Es ist leicht zu glauben, dass asylsuchende Leute einfach so zu uns kommen. Dass sie einfach da sind, weil sie grade Lust dazu haben.

Das ist jedoch nicht wahr. Flüchtlinge fliehen vor etwas. Sie fliehen, weil ihnen der Krieg, die Armut oder heftige Konflikte eine derartige Angst einflößen, dass sie um ihr Leben (davon-) laufen.

Sie wollen so weit weg, wie möglich und nehmen dafür einiges auf sich, da eine Flucht kein Kinderspiel ist und in den meisten Fällen sogar sehr gefährlich.

Iviza, willkommen in Deutschland. Ich hoffe, dass Du hier nicht vor etwas davonlaufen musst und wir als Gesellschaft Dir ein Gefühl des Angekommenseins geben können.___

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2015-01-23 11:27:32 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 23 +1s)Open 

"Je vais bien. Par la grâce de Dieu."

Today I walked to the refugee camp and passed this big German advertisement that says “Morgenmeyer - pays your bill”. 

The irony of ads near the camp sometimes is too obvious. I went on and met David, a refugee from Cameroun. 

David was very open and friendly, but didn’t understand English, let alone any German, because his mother tongue is French.

In order to communicate we used my translation app, which worked… well, not so good. But better than nothing, right? 

I couldn’t really understand, why David fled from his homeland, but after checking out, where Cameroun actually is, I guess that he must have serious reasons. 

David described his route to Germany: The biggest part of his trip was from Cameroun to Morocco, from there he (I do not now how) found his way to Spain, then toFrance and fin... more »

"Je vais bien. Par la grâce de Dieu."

Today I walked to the refugee camp and passed this big German advertisement that says “Morgenmeyer - pays your bill”. 

The irony of ads near the camp sometimes is too obvious. I went on and met David, a refugee from Cameroun. 

David was very open and friendly, but didn’t understand English, let alone any German, because his mother tongue is French.

In order to communicate we used my translation app, which worked… well, not so good. But better than nothing, right? 

I couldn’t really understand, why David fled from his homeland, but after checking out, where Cameroun actually is, I guess that he must have serious reasons. 

David described his route to Germany: The biggest part of his trip was from Cameroun to Morocco, from there he (I do not now how) found his way to Spain, then to France and finally to Germany. 

The 20-year old boy said that he was very happy, thanks to the Grace of God. There was almost no sadness in his eyes, but a huge gratitude for being able to live in Germany. 

David, welcome to Germany. May you be blessed where ever you go and actually, find a way in our society. Thank you, David, for being here.  ___

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2015-01-21 11:35:58 (9 comments, 9 reshares, 19 +1s)Open 

Today I witnessed three things: A refugee from Gambia, a brutal brawl and police aggression. 

At 9 o’clock I met this man, named Lamin from Gambia before a petrol station near the pickup office for refugees (it is called LEA) and we had a little chat.

Lamin told me that out of difficulties with his father and no option to find any work. You may remember what Mnebni from Kosovo so: “No work, no money, no food.” So Lamin came here to us and he misses his mother very badly. 

Lamin had this warmth that I could sense. He was desperate, yes. But also full of hope. And love for his mother. We talked about 5 or 10 minutes and Lamin agreed that I could take some photographs. 

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Suddenly, while we were talking a group of about 20 refugees ran to the petrol station you can see in the background. Two of three man chasing the others had big, white clubs intheir ha... more »

Today I witnessed three things: A refugee from Gambia, a brutal brawl and police aggression. 

At 9 o’clock I met this man, named Lamin from Gambia before a petrol station near the pickup office for refugees (it is called LEA) and we had a little chat.

Lamin told me that out of difficulties with his father and no option to find any work. You may remember what Mnebni from Kosovo so: “No work, no money, no food.” So Lamin came here to us and he misses his mother very badly. 

Lamin had this warmth that I could sense. He was desperate, yes. But also full of hope. And love for his mother. We talked about 5 or 10 minutes and Lamin agreed that I could take some photographs. 

~

Suddenly, while we were talking a group of about 20 refugees ran to the petrol station you can see in the background. Two of three man chasing the others had big, white clubs in their hands hammering down the others. 

I was quite shocked, but Lamin stayed very cool. I didn’t know what to do, because the mob soon disappeared. We ended our conversation, as at least 5 police cars drove by to chase the attackers and 3 stopped at the petrol station.

I wished Lamin the very best and he went on. I packed my camera in my bag.

~

But as I started to walk back to the car, 30 meters away I saw 3 policemen around a refugee and one of the officers yelled at him, while gripping the boy very hard at his jacket and shaking him hard, too. 

I thought I was dreaming. This could not be true. 

I had to look twice to get that it was Lamin they had. Three police officers around the boy I just talked to. And they were in a bad, aggressive state of mind, I could see that.   

I went there as fast as I could and told the policemen that I was with Lamin and that we both witnessed the brawl and that he didn’t have anything to do with it. The officer asked who I was and why I was there in a very unfriendly tone. 

In the meantime, they had let go of him. At least. 

~

So I went to another officer and told him that I was a witness and that I could identify the attackers. And that I was confused about how Lamin was treated. 

This officer noted my information (+ my address and stuff). He said that maybe the aggressive police officer acted out of self-protection.

I managed to talk to Lamin in the meantime. He was confused. I asked him, if he’d be okay. Lamin didn’t have his (three) papers anymore. The police had confiscated them.

I saw those papers earlier and they were everything he had. With his picture, name and status on them. With addresses where he had to go. 

So I asked other police officers (at that time there were at least 10 of them at the petrol station), if Lamin could get his papers back and why he was treated in such a bad manner. 

One of them said that Lemin refused to show is ID card. Of course! Lamin has no ID card!  He is a refugee! Adding to that: Lamin doesn’t speak German and understands English only a little bit. 

The officer continued that “this was a misunderstanding, but not our problem”. 

"So this is his problem?" I asked, pointing toward Lamin. The police officer was getting a bit angry. I asked if someone could apologize to Lamin. The only thing what I heard was again:

“This is not our problem”. 

~

I went to Lamin, asking if he was okay. He was not. He had tears rolling down his cheeks. I looked him in the eyes and said that I was sorry, that I should have protected him and that there was a misunderstanding with the police. And that he surely would get his papers back. 

He nodded, but his eyes were filled with tears. Short after that a police officer came back with the papers. Lamin was still confused about what happened. 

Lamin had to go the pickup office and I wished him the best for his life. I still feel sorry for what happened. 

Lamin, even now, Welcome to Germany. May you be safe and never, ever be treated like this again. May you find people that can protect you and help you grow into the man you want to be. ___

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2015-01-16 22:34:50 (4 comments, 1 reshares, 12 +1s)Open 

No, this empty picture is not a mistake. I uploaded it on purpose. And I will tell you why. 

Half an hour ago I sat in our living room, listening to the humming sounds of a band playing downstairs in our house. My thoughts drifted away and suddenly I remembered a photo I didn’t upload. A photo of a sad refugee.

I couldn’t stop thinking of it, this picture and the commemoration what I saw that day kept bugging me. Some weeks ago I decided not to upload it, because it is to sensitive. Today I decide to write about this encounter. 

Right now I’m sitting here in front of my computer. Already the sadness of what I saw creeps into my soul. But this story is important.

Let’s skip back 3 weeks. 



On a dark, cloudy day of December (it was that dark and cloudy, I’m not making this up for dramatic reasons) I walked to the processingoffice for ref... more »

No, this empty picture is not a mistake. I uploaded it on purpose. And I will tell you why. 

Half an hour ago I sat in our living room, listening to the humming sounds of a band playing downstairs in our house. My thoughts drifted away and suddenly I remembered a photo I didn’t upload. A photo of a sad refugee.

I couldn’t stop thinking of it, this picture and the commemoration what I saw that day kept bugging me. Some weeks ago I decided not to upload it, because it is to sensitive. Today I decide to write about this encounter. 

Right now I’m sitting here in front of my computer. Already the sadness of what I saw creeps into my soul. But this story is important.

Let’s skip back 3 weeks. 



On a dark, cloudy day of December (it was that dark and cloudy, I’m not making this up for dramatic reasons) I walked to the processing office for refugees to meet some stateless people and to take some pictures. As I walked to the building, a German-speaking man runs to me, inviting me to take a photograph of his cousin. 

Of course I agree, unknowing of the next minutes. A few feet away is a man sitting on a wall, his hands crossed before his face. I know that this man is broken. 

I get closer. His cousin tells me, that the sad mans name is Yilmaz. And Yilmaz is from Turkey. He lived at the border to Syria and: lost many relatives on both sides of it.

Yilmaz is weeping.

There is this deep, deep grief and sorrow. 



Yilmaz does not speak. Sadness has eaten him up, and he is in pain. Pain for his lost ones. Maybe his closest ones. 

I tell his cousin, if he could translate something to Yilmaz. I tell Yilmaz that I do not know what happened to him, but that somehow I could relate. That I had very bad times in my life, too. 

There is nothing I can do, besides being there. Sitting. I lay my hand on his shoulder, asking myself, if this is a step too far. But Yilmaz is too deep in his grief and does not respond in any way. 

I let his cousin translate to Yilmaz, that I would make a few photographs. 

And I do. Right beside Yilmaz is this big, smirking clown on an advertisement for the circus in town.

Yilmaz and the clown. To worlds collide. 

But while I take the photographs, I do not feel good about it. Somewhere I know that THIS is a step too far. But I ignore my doubts, because I want to witness and show what Yilmaz is going through. What war and murder is doing to people. 

Then his cousin and a friend of them take Yilmaz to a car. They have to go. I ask them, if it is okay to publish the image, while ignoring the pulsating message in side me that says: “Martin, stop. Stop now. Let them go, the image doesn’t matter right now!” 



Finally they give their “OK” and drive away, bringing Yilmaz to a doctor. 

Somehow I curse my need to photograph. To click. To do what I do. 

I get to my office, push the CF-card in and see what’s there. As always I edit the images, and one of them is Yilmaz sitting beside the clown.

I secure the image and let time do what time does best: Put distance between me and today. 

Then, many days later, I’ve almost forgotten the encounter. And I’ve forgotten the message in me to stop caring about the images. Here and there I ask myself if I should publish the image.

I don’t. And I decide that I will never do it. Because Yilmaz was in such a bad shape and couldn’t decide if he would like me to take a photograph - or not. 



Last week I met the cousin before the processing office. Again he catched Yilmaz to visit a doctor. And he had good news: Yilmaz was doing a little, tiny bit better. I was relieved. There is hope.

After talking for a little while I told him in a few words that I’d not publish the image. He agrees. And I know that this is the right thing to do.

Sometimes not to publish a photograph can be the best thing one can do. 

And next time I will listen to that voice inside me. And not click the shutter. 



Every time I think if Syria’s border to Turkey, I think of Yilmaz. Of his pain. Of his inner wounds. And I hope that he will recover. 

Welcome to Germany, Yilmaz. I hope that in this country you will find peace and healing. Friends to lean on, people to rely on. May you be safe. ___

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2015-01-15 11:30:44 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 18 +1s)Open 

Story of a blind father and his daughter

What you are seeing is a sightless man (72) with the name of Isse and his daughter (32), Luuil. They are from Somalia and live in a small room in a refugee camp. They are Muslims.

I met Juuil in the kitchen of the camp while she was playing with other refugee kids, laughing and having fun with them. As we began to have a little chat, she immediately told me about her father. 

Juuil led me to their room and introduced me to his old man, who didn’t speak very much. Isse is blind. I do not know why. 

This almost breaks my heart. Imagine being in a foreign land, with foreign rules, languages, everything. And THEN you can’t even see a single thing.

Juuil told me that they had to flee because of “boom boom - the Islamists”. That way Juuil lost two of her siblings three years ago. That means that the blindfather lo... more »

Story of a blind father and his daughter

What you are seeing is a sightless man (72) with the name of Isse and his daughter (32), Luuil. They are from Somalia and live in a small room in a refugee camp. They are Muslims.

I met Juuil in the kitchen of the camp while she was playing with other refugee kids, laughing and having fun with them. As we began to have a little chat, she immediately told me about her father. 

Juuil led me to their room and introduced me to his old man, who didn’t speak very much. Isse is blind. I do not know why. 

This almost breaks my heart. Imagine being in a foreign land, with foreign rules, languages, everything. And THEN you can’t even see a single thing.

Juuil told me that they had to flee because of “boom boom - the Islamists”. That way Juuil lost two of her siblings three years ago. That means that the blind father lost two children of his own.

I cannot encompass how hard this must be. As a father myself, a short imagination of losing my two kids through a killing is one of the most hurtful things I can think of. 

For Isse, this is life. It’s a reality that will never go away.

Juuil didn’t seem to be sad or broken by what happened. But while talking to her, she gave me to understand that she is a silent, but very strong woman. A woman that is fighting for a better life. For her and her father.

Juuil and Isse, welcome to Germany. May you always be welcomed in this country. May you - some day - a good life without fear, without death and without wounds.  ___

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2015-01-13 16:37:33 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

„No work, no money, no food.”

No life.

This is Mnebi from Istog in the Republic of Kosovo and he is 36 years old. He walked right to me, mimiking the pose of a photographer, asking, if I’d take a photo of him. He smiled.

Of course I said YES!, smiled back and we started a little chat. Mnebi was very open to answer every question I had.

1997 Mnebi came to Germany, stayed for 15 years - and went back to Kosovo. But he couldn’t find any work there. „It’s very bad. In Kosovo, there is peace. But no work, no money, no food.”

3 weeks ago he had to flee to Germany, again. This time, he brought his wife with him. Mnebi told me, in which refugee camp he lives and maybe I’m going to visit him in the near future.

Mnebi, welcome back to Germany. Keep on fighting, I hope, that our country can give you these three things: work, money, andfood.

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„No work, no money, no food.”

No life.

This is Mnebi from Istog in the Republic of Kosovo and he is 36 years old. He walked right to me, mimiking the pose of a photographer, asking, if I’d take a photo of him. He smiled.

Of course I said YES!, smiled back and we started a little chat. Mnebi was very open to answer every question I had.

1997 Mnebi came to Germany, stayed for 15 years - and went back to Kosovo. But he couldn’t find any work there. „It’s very bad. In Kosovo, there is peace. But no work, no money, no food.”

3 weeks ago he had to flee to Germany, again. This time, he brought his wife with him. Mnebi told me, in which refugee camp he lives and maybe I’m going to visit him in the near future.

Mnebi, welcome back to Germany. Keep on fighting, I hope, that our country can give you these three things: work, money, and food.

And therefore a good life.___

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2015-01-08 13:30:04 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 10 +1s)Open 

"There is war in my country." 

Godstime (which is an awesome name in my opinion) is from Nigeria. He fled his homeland out of security reasons: “There is war in my country”, he says with a firm look into my eyes. 

It is Boko Haram he talks about, and as he names the militant movement, a few things click inside my head. I’ve heard about Bokoh Haram alot, but this is the moment I meet a fellow who actually knows what that means through his life. 

Godstime first fled to Italy overseas, with a boat. Again, a few things click in my head. I’ve heard about that, too. “It’s very dangerous”, Godstime adds. 

After two months in Italy, he found his way to Germany. And he is obviously very glad that he made it.

But with a few words, he explains to me that he has no family anymore. No family. I have to pause. These words pierce their wayinto my heart in ... more »

"There is war in my country." 

Godstime (which is an awesome name in my opinion) is from Nigeria. He fled his homeland out of security reasons: “There is war in my country”, he says with a firm look into my eyes. 

It is Boko Haram he talks about, and as he names the militant movement, a few things click inside my head. I’ve heard about Bokoh Haram alot, but this is the moment I meet a fellow who actually knows what that means through his life. 

Godstime first fled to Italy overseas, with a boat. Again, a few things click in my head. I’ve heard about that, too. “It’s very dangerous”, Godstime adds. 

After two months in Italy, he found his way to Germany. And he is obviously very glad that he made it.

But with a few words, he explains to me that he has no family anymore. No family. I have to pause. These words pierce their way into my heart in seconds. 

Without further needing to explain, I do not ask how that happened. I think I know it. And I do not want to push our conversation too far. But I look into his eyes and respond, that I am very sorry. Godstime nods.

_

Welcome to Germany, Godstime. May you be safe. May you find people in our country, that give you warmth. May you find a home, that feels safe. May we help you, as much as we can.  ___

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2015-01-06 15:01:13 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 11 +1s)Open 

“The area where my family lives is sorrounded by military from the government. They can't get out.“

This is Tamim from Syria. He just arrived the same morning when I met him. Tamim was very kind and open to me, but I saw what the past had done to him. 

But he had no option. Had to leave his country, because either is family could get out of their neighborhood to him, nor could he get back in.

So the very shy boy from Syria he gave up everything he had, to come to us. At least to be secure. No military.

Tamim misses his family very bad.

And how much I would! 

Tamim, welcome to Germany. May this country give you a safe place and a future that can heal your inner wounds. Stay strong. Stay strong.  

“The area where my family lives is sorrounded by military from the government. They can't get out.“

This is Tamim from Syria. He just arrived the same morning when I met him. Tamim was very kind and open to me, but I saw what the past had done to him. 

But he had no option. Had to leave his country, because either is family could get out of their neighborhood to him, nor could he get back in.

So the very shy boy from Syria he gave up everything he had, to come to us. At least to be secure. No military.

Tamim misses his family very bad.

And how much I would! 

Tamim, welcome to Germany. May this country give you a safe place and a future that can heal your inner wounds. Stay strong. Stay strong.  ___

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2015-01-02 18:14:09 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 18 +1s)Open 

"I had nothing. I've come here to survive."

This is Ibrahim, 18 years from Gambia. He has found a place to live, but he shares his room in the refugee camp with 5 others since 10 months. 

Being together with those others is very stressful for Ibrahim, because being so close all the time is too much for him (and conflicts arise on a regular basis).

But the most sad part for him is, that he has no place to work. He came to survive, he says, because he had nothing back in Gambia.

As I look in his eyes again, I hope, that Ibrahim, who is still so young, can find a way into our society. That he may be embraced with open arms, so he can one day have something. 

"I had nothing. I've come here to survive."

This is Ibrahim, 18 years from Gambia. He has found a place to live, but he shares his room in the refugee camp with 5 others since 10 months. 

Being together with those others is very stressful for Ibrahim, because being so close all the time is too much for him (and conflicts arise on a regular basis).

But the most sad part for him is, that he has no place to work. He came to survive, he says, because he had nothing back in Gambia.

As I look in his eyes again, I hope, that Ibrahim, who is still so young, can find a way into our society. That he may be embraced with open arms, so he can one day have something. ___

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2014-12-31 12:00:48 (9 comments, 0 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

May I present to you: The brothers Bujar (12) and Alberto (14) from the country of Montenegro. 

I met these two, very friendly boys today on their way to the super store. Both didn't understand much of what I said, so we used an translation app. So that worked out pretty good.
 
Both boys are here since 30 days and had to flee from their homeland, becaused they and their family suffered racial defamation back there. 

As I know that in these days a great deal of Germans like #Pegida (and many others, that don't go to demonstrations) are against refugees in our country, I hope that Bujar and Alberto won't have to flee again. From here. 

Keep on, guys. You are the best. Stay strong, whatever may come.  

May I present to you: The brothers Bujar (12) and Alberto (14) from the country of Montenegro. 

I met these two, very friendly boys today on their way to the super store. Both didn't understand much of what I said, so we used an translation app. So that worked out pretty good.
 
Both boys are here since 30 days and had to flee from their homeland, becaused they and their family suffered racial defamation back there. 

As I know that in these days a great deal of Germans like #Pegida (and many others, that don't go to demonstrations) are against refugees in our country, I hope that Bujar and Alberto won't have to flee again. From here. 

Keep on, guys. You are the best. Stay strong, whatever may come.  ___

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2014-12-29 15:00:25 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 11 +1s)Open 

"I’m not allowed to work here."

This is Lassanew from Gambia. Lassanew is 21 years old and lives as a refugee in Germany since 9 months. I visited him at the camp, cooking rice for a meal. 

Lassanew tries to learn our language every day, attending a school. He lives with six other men in a room.

And is not allowed to work yet. If he is lucky, he’ll get permission in one month, he told me, smiling a bit.  

When I asked him, what he would like to work if he could, I recognized, that he never thought about it. After a while Nassanew answered, that he would do anything – if he could, he’d work on the assembly line.

He agreed to me taking a picture, but didn’t want to show his face. I agreed, too. And so this photograph came to pass. I’ll print it and bring it back to him. 

Lassanew, I wish you the very best. Keep ongoing, you are... more »

"I’m not allowed to work here."

This is Lassanew from Gambia. Lassanew is 21 years old and lives as a refugee in Germany since 9 months. I visited him at the camp, cooking rice for a meal. 

Lassanew tries to learn our language every day, attending a school. He lives with six other men in a room.

And is not allowed to work yet. If he is lucky, he’ll get permission in one month, he told me, smiling a bit.  

When I asked him, what he would like to work if he could, I recognized, that he never thought about it. After a while Nassanew answered, that he would do anything – if he could, he’d work on the assembly line.

He agreed to me taking a picture, but didn’t want to show his face. I agreed, too. And so this photograph came to pass. I’ll print it and bring it back to him. 

Lassanew, I wish you the very best. Keep on going, you are a great man. ___

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2014-12-27 13:21:38 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 17 +1s)Open 

"If I help other poeple, God will help me." 

This is Yusef, 25 years old, from Togo. I met him on the streets, escorting another refugee to the train station. Yusef was totally okay with me taking a photograph of him, but he was kind of wearily.

Because to him, nothing really mattered in the context of problems. So if as a consquence of the photographs he would become problems, he wouldn't care at all. 

I saw that resigning in his face. But, Yusef had faith in God. "If I help other people, God will help me". He said that over and over, and it was clear to me, that it gave him some strength and resilience. 

I wish Yusef all the strength he needs for the future. Welcome to Germany! 

"If I help other poeple, God will help me." 

This is Yusef, 25 years old, from Togo. I met him on the streets, escorting another refugee to the train station. Yusef was totally okay with me taking a photograph of him, but he was kind of wearily.

Because to him, nothing really mattered in the context of problems. So if as a consquence of the photographs he would become problems, he wouldn't care at all. 

I saw that resigning in his face. But, Yusef had faith in God. "If I help other people, God will help me". He said that over and over, and it was clear to me, that it gave him some strength and resilience. 

I wish Yusef all the strength he needs for the future. Welcome to Germany! ___

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2014-12-23 14:31:48 (1 comments, 2 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

This day started with alot of sunlight that kept me warm and gave a good vibe to this morning. I met people from three different places that are near to each other. 

First, I met Ado with his son and wife, who are from Bosnia and had to travel to Dortmund, where they’ll hopefully find a shelter. 

Second, I talked to a couple, named Ili and Bia from Albania. They were pretty shy, but had no problem being photographed by me. 

Third and last, I talked to a nurse, named Sadie, who is born 1961 in Kosovo. Shad had fled here home country already years ago, stayed in Germany and went back. 

But she told me, why so many people flee from there: It is almost impossible to find work, and if one does, the salary is very low. She and her family had 150€/month - and as health care is not available, to visit a doc ment +-50 € (at least). 

Sadie is mother of3 boys and... more »

This day started with alot of sunlight that kept me warm and gave a good vibe to this morning. I met people from three different places that are near to each other. 

First, I met Ado with his son and wife, who are from Bosnia and had to travel to Dortmund, where they’ll hopefully find a shelter. 

Second, I talked to a couple, named Ili and Bia from Albania. They were pretty shy, but had no problem being photographed by me. 

Third and last, I talked to a nurse, named Sadie, who is born 1961 in Kosovo. Shad had fled here home country already years ago, stayed in Germany and went back. 

But she told me, why so many people flee from there: It is almost impossible to find work, and if one does, the salary is very low. She and her family had 150€/month - and as health care is not available, to visit a doc ment +-50 € (at least). 

Sadie is mother of 3 boys and three girls, who also have children. She is a fighter, that’s for sure. 

To all of them: Welcome to Germany! ___

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2014-12-22 12:21:06 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

This is Suad (21) from the Republic of Macedonia. Back home, Suad worked at building lots, but had more and more problems and was forced to flee.

Hemade it to Germany with his wife and daughter, who is one year old. Suad was very open and friendly to me. He had alot of humor, was very happy to be here and made a strong impression on me. 

To be honest, if I were in his shoes, I’m not sure if I’d have the strength, he has. I envy his calm and strength. 

Welcome to Germany, Suad! 

This is Suad (21) from the Republic of Macedonia. Back home, Suad worked at building lots, but had more and more problems and was forced to flee.

Hemade it to Germany with his wife and daughter, who is one year old. Suad was very open and friendly to me. He had alot of humor, was very happy to be here and made a strong impression on me. 

To be honest, if I were in his shoes, I’m not sure if I’d have the strength, he has. I envy his calm and strength. 

Welcome to Germany, Suad! ___

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2014-12-19 11:40:46 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 16 +1s)Open 

This morning I met Nadia from Togo. She was out on the streets with her mother, her uncle and other refugees from Togo. As I talked to her and her mother, she couldn’t understand me, but one thing striked me right away: 

She never looked away. Even as I took 3-4 photographs of her, she looked straight into the camera. Not for a second she stopped to focus on what I was doing. 

Nadia is 2 years old and I wish her all the best. Welcome! 

This morning I met Nadia from Togo. She was out on the streets with her mother, her uncle and other refugees from Togo. As I talked to her and her mother, she couldn’t understand me, but one thing striked me right away: 

She never looked away. Even as I took 3-4 photographs of her, she looked straight into the camera. Not for a second she stopped to focus on what I was doing. 

Nadia is 2 years old and I wish her all the best. Welcome! ___

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2014-12-16 11:41:37 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

Today I met Muhammed and his younger Brother. Both are Somali and in Germany since a few days. Both looked very glad to be here and that joy  translated without interruption - contrary to the hard exchange of words, if one doesn't understand each other.

We met before this big sign that says "Christmas Market Of Karlsruhe". As I took the photographs I found it somehow funny and a bit strange, but well, it kind of fits that we celebrate love these days, right?

I hope Muhammed and his brother will find a warm and safe place to stay and that they'll feel welcomed in this country.  

#refugeeswelcome  

Today I met Muhammed and his younger Brother. Both are Somali and in Germany since a few days. Both looked very glad to be here and that joy  translated without interruption - contrary to the hard exchange of words, if one doesn't understand each other.

We met before this big sign that says "Christmas Market Of Karlsruhe". As I took the photographs I found it somehow funny and a bit strange, but well, it kind of fits that we celebrate love these days, right?

I hope Muhammed and his brother will find a warm and safe place to stay and that they'll feel welcomed in this country.  

#refugeeswelcome  ___

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2014-12-15 10:56:45 (2 comments, 1 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

Today I left my film cameras at home, grabbed my 5D and went to a refugee camp in my home town. 

I've been chewing on this topic for a long time, but I never had the guts to do it. But today I made a choice. 

I wanted to see the faces to all that stuff that is in the news every day. I wanted to talk to actual people and wasn't any longer satisfied with numbers that are thrown around so very often. 

So went there and met two men very friendly (but also very sad) men from Iraq. Both came to the place to fetch family, which arrived today at the camp.

Kassem and Kheri, both are Yazidis (they didn't know each other) had one thing in common: They said, that they would never, ever go back to Iraq, because of ISIL and the war. 

And: Both are living here for some years, but are having a very hard time. Kassem has three Children and his wife inIra... more »

Today I left my film cameras at home, grabbed my 5D and went to a refugee camp in my home town. 

I've been chewing on this topic for a long time, but I never had the guts to do it. But today I made a choice. 

I wanted to see the faces to all that stuff that is in the news every day. I wanted to talk to actual people and wasn't any longer satisfied with numbers that are thrown around so very often. 

So went there and met two men very friendly (but also very sad) men from Iraq. Both came to the place to fetch family, which arrived today at the camp.

Kassem and Kheri, both are Yazidis (they didn't know each other) had one thing in common: They said, that they would never, ever go back to Iraq, because of ISIL and the war. 

And: Both are living here for some years, but are having a very hard time. Kassem has three Children and his wife in Iraq, who are living on the street. And Kheri was happy to fetch his father, who fled because of the war. 

Kassem showed me his passport, which clearly showed that his deportation has been intermitted, and that he is only tolerated in Germany. Kassem is not allowed to work.

I wish them all the best and hope, that they will be reunited with they beloved ones soon. ___

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2014-12-09 17:35:43 (2 comments, 1 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

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2014-12-08 18:09:05 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

What you see today is one of my first developed photographs from the village project. It is one of the few that my lovely wife approved - and she has a very good sense to divide the keepers from the rest. 

So here you go.

What you see today is one of my first developed photographs from the village project. It is one of the few that my lovely wife approved - and she has a very good sense to divide the keepers from the rest. 

So here you go.___

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2014-12-05 19:34:08 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

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2014-12-03 21:20:13 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

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2014-12-02 17:44:22 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

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2014-12-01 13:26:05 (5 comments, 1 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

New #photography   from the depths of the German #village. 

New #photography   from the depths of the German #village. ___

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2014-11-29 12:50:09 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 10 +1s)Open 

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2014-11-28 10:24:18 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

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2014-11-27 13:13:59 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 11 +1s)Open 

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2014-11-26 14:44:45 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

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2014-11-25 11:31:01 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 13 +1s)Open 

These days I'm realizing that the village project has become more than a project. Villages have turned into my new sujet, and instead of street photography in an urban setting, this has become the realm of where I love to take photographs. And: When I began this thing, I'd never thought that the photographs would end up that dark. But I like it that way. 

These days I'm realizing that the village project has become more than a project. Villages have turned into my new sujet, and instead of street photography in an urban setting, this has become the realm of where I love to take photographs. And: When I began this thing, I'd never thought that the photographs would end up that dark. But I like it that way. ___

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2014-11-24 12:52:21 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 18 +1s)Open 

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2014-11-23 10:20:19 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

Especially on the upper and lower edge of this image one can easily detect what went "wrong" in the deleloping process - until now I do not know where this origins.

As with all images I utilized Adobe Lightroom in order to get the best amount of tones and details, which is way more laborious with harsh irregularities. 

What I like here is the 70's/80's feel, and the cycling woman on the vintage bike helps alot. 

Especially on the upper and lower edge of this image one can easily detect what went "wrong" in the deleloping process - until now I do not know where this origins.

As with all images I utilized Adobe Lightroom in order to get the best amount of tones and details, which is way more laborious with harsh irregularities. 

What I like here is the 70's/80's feel, and the cycling woman on the vintage bike helps alot. ___

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2014-11-22 11:59:03 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 11 +1s)Open 

This week I began to develop my Tri-X films completely on my own. As you can see, it didn't work out that well. I'm in constant pain - and somehow affection - for how these images became. 

I made alot of mistakes. Like too cold water, not washing out and stuff. But I will keep working on this process until I got everything under control. 

Till then, I'll not stop posting the images. Because at least some are well composed and the rancid scribblings on the film seem to work out okay with the overall village theme.  

This week I began to develop my Tri-X films completely on my own. As you can see, it didn't work out that well. I'm in constant pain - and somehow affection - for how these images became. 

I made alot of mistakes. Like too cold water, not washing out and stuff. But I will keep working on this process until I got everything under control. 

Till then, I'll not stop posting the images. Because at least some are well composed and the rancid scribblings on the film seem to work out okay with the overall village theme.  ___

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2014-11-18 18:22:54 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 11 +1s)Open 

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2014-11-17 17:55:05 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 17 +1s)Open 

Bow 

Bow ___

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2014-11-15 15:32:54 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

Happy Helloween

Happy Helloween___

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2014-11-13 10:23:54 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

I still got some photographs left, which do not belong to my villages project. This is one of them.

I still got some photographs left, which do not belong to my villages project. This is one of them.___

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2014-11-12 18:03:15 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

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2014-11-11 15:47:00 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 11 +1s)Open 

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2014-11-10 17:17:27 (7 comments, 1 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

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2014-11-08 17:14:02 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

Most of the time, villages I visit are without any people in public. It is very rare to more than ten people on my hourly route. That translates in photographs with no poeple, which is, as I said before, completely okay with me. 

What is even more rare is that I find two or more people walking together. This loneliness is somehow strange and common to me, because at last I'm out on my own, too - but with my camera I have something "to do". 

Sometimes I use the camera to hide my memories of the past. 

Very often I felt lonely as a kid. As I walked to school and back (I had a long walk), sometimes this feeling of being without a friend almost crushed me. All of that emerges in those dark and sometimes sad black and white images. 

Which leads to the reappearance of what photography is in part to me: Workin on my personality. Kind ofthe... more »

Most of the time, villages I visit are without any people in public. It is very rare to more than ten people on my hourly route. That translates in photographs with no poeple, which is, as I said before, completely okay with me. 

What is even more rare is that I find two or more people walking together. This loneliness is somehow strange and common to me, because at last I'm out on my own, too - but with my camera I have something "to do". 

Sometimes I use the camera to hide my memories of the past. 

Very often I felt lonely as a kid. As I walked to school and back (I had a long walk), sometimes this feeling of being without a friend almost crushed me. All of that emerges in those dark and sometimes sad black and white images. 

Which leads to the reappearance of what photography is in part to me: Workin on my personality. Kind of therapeutic. ___

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2014-11-07 18:00:32 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

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2014-11-06 18:27:10 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 16 +1s)Open 

What I like about villages is, that within 5 minutes, one is in pure nature. As I have a history as a #landscape photographer, the projects keeps me reminding about the early days. 

And everytime, I feel this comfort, this peace that only nature can give. 

What I like about villages is, that within 5 minutes, one is in pure nature. As I have a history as a #landscape photographer, the projects keeps me reminding about the early days. 

And everytime, I feel this comfort, this peace that only nature can give. ___

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2014-11-05 19:05:14 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

With my recent switch to the villages context, I tossed the idea of always having people in my photographs. I feel sincerely drawn to architectures, simple and yet sometimes complex, even there, where I never had thought I'd find it. 

So at the end, photography is a changer of perspective. Mine. 

With my recent switch to the villages context, I tossed the idea of always having people in my photographs. I feel sincerely drawn to architectures, simple and yet sometimes complex, even there, where I never had thought I'd find it. 

So at the end, photography is a changer of perspective. Mine. ___

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2014-11-04 11:22:26 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 12 +1s)Open 

In my village project, I try hardly not to over-romantisize and it seems that I trade that with painting a too dark picture. But as I prefer it this way, the dark-dramatic style resembles my inner conflict with the things that happen in those provincial ares politicalwise (tending to the right side, conservative worldviews). 

So when I'm out with my camera these days, I have all that in my mind and I'm trying to work out something that is meaningful to me. And this image is one of them, because it is so dark and a bit creepy (you may have to look closer). 

In my village project, I try hardly not to over-romantisize and it seems that I trade that with painting a too dark picture. But as I prefer it this way, the dark-dramatic style resembles my inner conflict with the things that happen in those provincial ares politicalwise (tending to the right side, conservative worldviews). 

So when I'm out with my camera these days, I have all that in my mind and I'm trying to work out something that is meaningful to me. And this image is one of them, because it is so dark and a bit creepy (you may have to look closer). ___

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2014-08-25 14:04:09 (5 comments, 1 reshares, 18 +1s)Open 

Bild 

Bild ___

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2014-08-02 15:33:19 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 26 +1s)Open 

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2014-05-23 21:21:05 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

Stunning! 

Stunning! ___

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2014-05-17 09:00:03 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 11 +1s)Open 

Here are my last photos – if you want more regular updates, follow me on tumblr: http://martingommel.de 

Here are my last photos – if you want more regular updates, follow me on tumblr: http://martingommel.de ___

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2014-04-07 10:27:47 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

Dammit, I love this light in the morning. It shines straight into the whole pedestrian area and illuminates everything and everbody. Good for shooting some high contrasty stuff. 

Dammit, I love this light in the morning. It shines straight into the whole pedestrian area and illuminates everything and everbody. Good for shooting some high contrasty stuff. ___

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2014-03-26 12:28:44 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 12 +1s)Open 

Today I was in Karlsruhe-Durlach. The light was very hard, which is good in my terms. So I enjoyed the sun and took some photos. Damn, I love to photographs on the streets. 

Today I was in Karlsruhe-Durlach. The light was very hard, which is good in my terms. So I enjoyed the sun and took some photos. Damn, I love to photographs on the streets. ___

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