“Traffic Lights 2.0.”

These images by photographer Lucas Zimmermann continues his Traffic Lights series which he started two years ago.
The simple concept captures traffic lights at 5–20 second long exposures late at night on a foggy intersection near Weimar, Germany.


Some adjustments were made in post-production to create the bluish tones of the green light in some of the pictures. The possibility that light is visible in fog fascinates me.
The unknown hue of blueish light is like the fog hidden for the human eye, but the photograph shows us things we otherwise overlook such as a simple traffic light on the street—a known object which produces a strong effect in an unnatural situation with a simple photographic setup.


See more of Lucas Zimmermann’s work on Behance or at his website.
Read further via Traffic Lights 2.0: Photos by Lucas Zimmermann

The German Peasant’s War,1524.


German Peasant’s War (1524-1525)
Thomas Muentzer (1489-1525) started as a follower of Martin Luther’s. He may have even heard some of Luther’s lectures. He certainly read Luther.
The message he got from Luther, above all, was “scripture alone”. And when he read scripture alone, he went his own way. For Luther, Thomas Muentzer was the epitome of someone who misunderstood the message. Luther saw this as a spiritual battle. Thomas Muentzer was not willing to make the distinction between spiritual and worldly that Luther was.
So Thomas Muentzer, in reading the Bible and especially the Old Testament, felt that to be a good Christian you had to change society in various ways, and that just like the prophets had used force to convert the infidels in the Old Testament, that Muentzer and his followers had the right to use force to deal with those people who opposed the gospel.
Luther did not believe in that. For Luther, that was Satan at work. And he called Thomas Muentzer the Satan at Allstadt (that’s where Muentzer was preaching).
Thomas Muentzer had a role in part of the Peasants’ War. The Peasants’ War occurred over large parts of the empire. But in one part in the north-central area, Thomas Muentzer was the leader of a band of peasants.
And for those peasants, he was taking the Old Testament images and bringing them to life, and telling them that just as all Christians were supposed to be free spiritually, they also were all to be equal and free economically and politically.
This was the rallying cry that galvanized his supporters. This was the rallying cry that brought the princes together to oppose it. …
One of the most famous battles in the Peasants’ War occurred at Frankenhausen, where the armies of the princes in the cities met the peasants’ bands led by Thomas Muentzer. The princes, by one report, attempted to find an end to the fight.
The peasants, however, saw a rainbow in the sky, and Muentzer’s flag had a rainbow on it, harkening back to the rainbow that Noah was given, the covenant with God.
And so as the princes load their cannons and the cavalry gets ready to charge, the peasants are singing, “Come, Holy Spirit,” believing that this battle is the final battle of Armageddon, and that God was going to break in and stop it right there.
But instead, the cannons fired. The knights charged. Of about 8,000 peasants, about 5,000 lost their lives.
And Muentzer himself was captured, cowering under a bed; tortured and executed three months later.
That was the end of Muentzer’s apocalyptic vision.
Read more via Apocalypticism Explained | Apocalypse! FRONTLINE | PBS.

“The Bridge at Gablenz.”


Senad Grosic rides his bike over a bridge in Gablenz, Germany.
Photo by Lorenz Holder/Red Bull Illume.
Senad and I were on the way to a different location early in the morning, when we passed this scenic spot. We saw a sign from the street and I had some pictures in mind that I’d seen from this bridge on the internet.
When we got there the sun was just above the trees and it was lighting up the full color-spectrum of the autumn leaves in a very soft way.
One thing that was a little annoying was that the lake was covered with leaves which had fallen from trees, so the reflection of the bridge in the lake was just not there.
But sometimes you just need a bit of luck – I had been on a fishing trip some days before and still had my fishing-boots and a net in the car. So got the stuff and tried to clean the lake by hand. It took a while until it was almost perfectly clean – at least where it was relevant for the picture.
Luckily the sun was still very soft, so we had good light for the shot.I’d chosen a very low camera position to get an almost perfect mirrored scene on the water surface. The bridge looked like a perfect circle and the light was still very good.
When Senad was on the bridge, it took us two or three tries to get the shot. There was also no more time for another try because the wind came up and the perfect reflection on the water was gone.
We jumped back to the car and drove towards our originally planned spot. It was an awesome feeling to have shot this picture with more or less pure luck.
Without the sign next to the road, we would have passed one of the nicest photo scenes.
Source: The Winning Shots From This Action Photography Contest Will Leave You In Awe | Huffington Post

“The Creation of Volapük, a universal Language”.

Johann Schleyer on a harp given to him as a 50th birthday present by his colleagues at Sionsharfe, a magazine devoted mainly to Catholic poetry, which Schleyer edited and in which he first published on Volapük in 1879 –
Johann Schleyer was a German priest whose irrational passion for umlauts may have been his undoing.
During one sleepless night in 1879, he felt a Divine presence telling him to create a universal language.
The result was Volapük. It was designed to be easy to learn, with a system of simple roots derived from European languages, and regular affixes which attached to the roots to make new words.
Volapük was the first invented language to gain widespread success.
By the end of the 1880s there were more than 200 Volapük societies and clubs around the world and 25 Volapük journals.
Over 1500 diplomas in Volapük had been awarded. In 1889, when the third international Volapük congress was held in Paris, the proceedings were entirely in Volapük.
Everyone had at least heard of it. President Grover Cleveland’s wife even named her dog Volapük.
Though Schleyer was German, a large part of the Volapük vocabulary was based on English.
“Volapük” was a compound formed from two roots, vol (from “world”) and pük (from “speak”).
However, it was often hard to spot the source of a Volapük word because of the way Schleyer had set up the sound system of the language.
“Paper” was pöp, “beer” bil, “proof” blöf and “love” löf. He had rational reasons for most of the phonological choices he made. For simplicity, he tried to limit all word roots to one syllable.
He avoided the ‘r’ sound, “for the sake of children and old people, also for some Asiatic nations.” The umlauts, however, were there for löf.
The International Logo of the Organisation.
Read on further via Trüth, Beaüty, and Volapük | The Public Domain Review.

“Grey Matter(s) by Tom Jacobi'”

Image Credit: Photographs by Tom Jacobi.
German photographer Tom Jacobi captures mystical, archaic landscapes in the grey world from dusk to dawn.
The photos look otherworldly—free from any color distractions in order to convey the calm, contemplative, and meditative qualities of these timeless locations.
For Grey Matter(s), Jacobi traveled over two years to six continents searching for archaic landscapes—North America, South America, Europe, Africa, Australia, and Antarctica—capturing indelible images of their distinct natural beauty and shaped over thousands of years by nature.
In art, there is a technique known as grisaille and Jacobi’s work could be described as photographic grisailles: tranquil scenes composed entirely of landscapes that are devoid of color.


To capture this desaturated world, Jacobi photographed the landscapes as light shifted between day and night.
As twilight fell, he writes that the landscapes seemed “like mystical enactments from some other world.” Colors simply are reflected light, individually put together in our brain, a place also called “Grey Matter.” No light, no colors.


By photographing our colorful world at times and places, where there is no color, the illusion of a colorful reality is being unmasked.
A coffee table book of this series is available through Amazon.

See more of Tom’s work via Grey Matter(s): Photos by Tom Jacobi

“In a Tangle.”

Germany Daily Life
Red deer fighting during the rutting season at a wildlife park on a fall day in Bonn, Western Germany.
The rut is the mating season of ruminant animals such as deer, sheep, camels, goats, pronghorns, bison and Asian and African antelopes.
During the rut (also known as the rutting period males often rub their antlers or horns on trees or shrubs, fight with each other, wallow in mud or dust, self-anoint and herd in season females together.
Photograph taken on Thursday, 27 October, 2016.
Image Credit: AP Photo/Markus Schreiber
Source: Photos of the day — AP Images Spotlight