kon·tem·p·la·ti̱v

wörtlich: beschaulich, besinnlich, konzentrierte Betrachtung, versunken Konzentriertes Betrachten ist eine Übersetzung, die mir liegt. Sich vertiefen und dabei – zumindest ein wenig – das Denken vergessen. Es ist eine sinnliche Erfahrung, mich mit dem zu beschäftigen, was gerade ist. Mich versenken und – vielleicht – am…

Do stuff

Do stuff. Be clenched, curious. Not waiting for inspiration’s shove or society’s kiss on your forehead. Pay attention. It’s all about paying attention. Attention is vitality. It connects you with others. It makes you eager. Stay eager.” Susan Sontag

Curiosity over Fear

Being on the move in Paris feels like going from one security checkpoint to the next at an airport. Open your photo pocket, empty your jacket and trouser pockets. You go through the barrier, past the security, and know exactly that everything can be completely…

Langeweile

Ich bin unruhig. Nichts greift so richtig, ich weiß nichts mit mir anzufangen. Die Hektik der letzten Tage klingt noch in mir nach. Ich bin wie rausgeschleudert und mir fehlt das Gefühl für das langsamere Tempo, für das Unterlassen von Aktivität. Als ersten Ausweg aus dieser…

Taking up the Melody

“In Japanese cultural traditions, the act of emulating works of great predecessors is called honka-dori, “taking up the melody.” Not scathed as mere copying, it is regarded as a praiseworthy effort.” Hiroshi Sugimoto When I saw the seascapes taken by Hiroshi Sugimoto years ago, they…

Mozzarella

“Do you drink tomato juice when you’re not flying?”, I ask my elegant seat neighbor on the plane. We have been sitting in friendly silence since our take-off from Cologne. My question opens a conversation that continues well past our landing at Napoli airport. She…

Our moon nature

A haiku is not a poem, it is not literature; it is a hand becoming, a door half-opend, a mirror wiped clean. It is a way of returning to nature, to our moon nature, our cherry blossom nature, our falling leaf nature, in short, to…

Click Into the Sense of Delight

“The phenomenal world is self-existing. You can see it, you can look at it, you can appreciate your survey, and you can present your view to others. It is possible to discover the inherent state of things. It is possible to perceive how the world…

Funfair

The broad river beneath me, an office workday behind me. When I closed the door, I decided not to go home yet, but to the fairground. I have been watching them putting up the fun rides for a while now from a distance. The skyline…