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I would have started with a witty recount of how the two photographers met – I’ve heard it was in Britain, but that’s as far as I can expound. So I’ll tell you what I do know. World renowned British photographer, Martin Parr, has joined Lithuanian photographer Rimaldas Viksraitis, to produce a splendid collection of hyper-real – teetering on absurd – photographs.

A man and woman in discussion, Viksraitis’ work behind

Titled the Real World, the exhibit is on display at the Anzenberger Gallery, where we attended the vernissage. The composition of the two sets of photographs vis-à-vis one-another forms a remarkable collection; Parr’s photographs appear vibrantly colored next to Viksraitis’ high-contrast black-and-white images.

The exhibit will be showing through May, though for those who didn’t attend the opening night, both photographers have already left town.

Further reading can be found in German in the daily, Der Standard.

Good afternoon friends!

We went a-walkin’ in the sun recently and came upon this magic moment. Throughout Karlsplatz park lively accordion waltz was audible — ringing through the air and bouncing from building to building — and pleasing passers-by.

This little one came running up to the accordionist and stopped, right in front of him, and stood there listening for quite some time. The moment seemed magical as the child’s eyes lit up with intrigue; you could see some of the first musical inspiration entering his mind.

And the accordionist was sure enough quite interesting, too!

Hope you are all having a nice week!

I am loving the Sunday morning feeling of having gotten up early, and having that first cup of joe.

Yesterday afternoon I had coffee with a dear friend at Naschmarkt, who pointed out this political statement hanging over our heads, literally. It must so often go unnoticed, perhaps a lot like the continuing movements in Northern Africa. Or are they?

from Naschmarkt, Vienna, Austria

I like the composition of this photograph, the depth and story, with the two men standing in the foreground – illuminated by the sun – in discussion with statement overhead.

Always interested in your thoughts. Hope everybody is having a nice weekend!

Happy Monday/V day/welcome back to work!

There’s something incredibly aesthetically pleasing about receiving mail via snail-mail! Perhaps it’s leftover nostalgia from childhood, when you went to check whether the post had delivered anything other than advertisements. And back then, often times they did.

But it doesn’t work if there’s nobody sending things… it’s a give and take situation. So I’m inclined to send a hand-written letter from time to time, just to fill that void. Valentine’s day is a good time to remind others – not only a partner – that you are thinking of them.

This is a design that I came up with a couple weeks ago.

Do you enjoy sending and receiving snail-mail? What time of the year inspires you to do so?

Hope everybody’s Mondays are going well so far!

The highlight of our weekend was getting out for a long hike. Twenty minutes into the bus-ride heading out of the city, we realized that there is still a good amount of snow on the ground elsewhere. In town it has all but melted away.

full-size photos via

It was a long, rewarding hike – good company and plenty of laughter – and the way giant snowflakes clumped onto the tree branches was particularly beautiful!