Vivian Maier?!

My so-called Luck admittedly had a little to suffer under the immense load of work I had to deal with during the past four days. Luckily, there’s a bit more time for today’s post to compensate for it. And what a gem this one is! Do you know the name Vivian Maier?! No? Don’t worry, nor did I until this week. But we all should remember it, because the art AND the story behind the name Vivian Maier is astonishing and amazing!

Vivian Maier was a nanny who lived in New York and Chicago. In her leisure time she photographed the people on the streets. It was her secret hobby and she was extremely private with it. Neither her closest friends nor the families she lived with or the kids she raised knew anything about it. Until… in 2007 26-year-old John Maloof placed a $380 bid on a box of 30,000 prints and negatives from an unknown photographer in an auction house. This box contained street photography of extremely high quality and was the final discovery of Vivian Maier’s talent. I saw these pics and was FASCINATED! They immededly remembered me on my two favorite street photographers ever – Robert Doisneau and Brassa├» – and the way they were depicting the people of Paris. But none of them had such a great story to provide with their photography as Vivian Maier has!

I wish you a weekend full of amazing new discoveries!

57-303May 16, 1957

1003May 5, 1955, New York, NY

2371Undated, Chicago, IL

2403Emmett Kelly as the clown figure “Weary Willie”, Undated

3383Untitled, Undated

55-549Self Portrait, 1955

I long to watch this movie soon:

All photos taken from vivianmaier.com. Like always: All credits appear after clicking the links. If you are interested in putting ads on My so-called Luck feel free to email me for details!

The National Geographic Photo Contest 2012

Most of you know this one already: I’m a big fan of photography, especially of pics that were shot spontaneously and show just the exact right nanosecond of a situation. Back in time, my pal Isa and me often went for photo safaris around Berlin and made photos of real people in real situations related to a topic we concluded to before (look back at our Berlin Summer series for example). Those tours were always incredible fun and THRILLING – you never know at the start what you will get and it happenes a hundred times that you realize a perfect moment seconds after it is gone. Or how the photographed people might react… But the sensation of proud that you are experiencing while holding the perfect shot in your hands is indescribable and worth all the effort! Looking now at the winner and honorable mentioned pics of the National Geographic Photo Contest 2012 I’m getting a bit sentimental thinking back on these times. And if you cannot predict how people are reacting, how on earth you predict the next move of a TIGER?! Congratulations on all the winner and honorable mentioned photographers!

I wish you all a wild weekend!

Ashley Vincent Ashley Vincent (Grand-Prize Winner & Winner Category Nature)

Michael FastmanMichael Eastman (Honorable Mention Category Nature)

Eric GuthEric Guth (Honorable Mention Category Nature)

ulrich lambertUlrich Lambert (Honorable Mention Category People)

Micah AlbertMicah Albert (Winner Category People)

Like always: All credits appear after clicking the links. If you are interested in putting ads on My so-called Luck feel free to email me for details!

Real-Life Projects Pt.3: Love Ever After by Lauren Fleishman

After my grandfather’s death, I found a series of love letters that he had written to my grandmother in a book next to his bed. They had been married for more than 50 years. This project is intended as a photographic series of “love letters.” The dominant portraiture of my series consists of New York couples who have been together for more than 50 years. This work includes photographs, voice recordings and text.

Lauren Fleishman

Oh dear, I LOVE this project. Love Ever After by Lauren Fleishman is a real-life project based on a simple idea. It’s about love, it tells big stories, it is wonderful photography of people who are authentic. Gorgeous! I have nothing more to say. Besides… have fun digging into the worlds of the here presented couples (Click onto the pics to enlarge them or go directly to Lauren Fleishman’s website)!

Like always: All credits appear after clicking the links. All pics taken from Lauren Fleishman’s website.

Berlin Summer

All pics by Franzi.

Obviously you are all in a quite summery mood right now. – At least that’s what I concluded from last week’s survey… and I promise you, I will prepare something worth a special monday post about the warm season very soon. To don’t let you wait too long, I show you today some pics I made in Berlin during the hot summer of 2003 (you can still see the Palace of the Republic in the background of the upper picture). At this time, my pal Isa and me often took our cameras and went out to shoot pics of people to certain topics. I miss these times when a look at our results now – maybe we should make the resolution to go out again and make some fresh pics… I would like that really much!