Winter Vacations

Vienna in the Winter

Vienna is a grand, majestic city, with a slight feeling of emptiness. To me it speaks of a city once at the very height of Western civilization; now still stunningly beautiful but holding an atmosphere of grander days gone by. To convey this feeling I decided to portray Vienna in black and white. Vienna was a Medieval and Baroque city developed from early Celtic and Roman settlements, and was the capital of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. The old town is rich in stunning architecture, including many Baroque castles and gardens, and has an amazing Ringstrasse from the late 19th century, lined with grand buildings, parks and monuments. Read More ›

Winter in Salzburg

When living in Austria several years ago, we noticed that our holidays took a different pace than usual. While they were still full of all the wonderful Christmas festivities we normally had, somehow they involved much less pressure. While being far from home during the holiday season certainly has its drawbacks, sometimes a new place forces us to adopt a different perspective than the one we typically have. Austria certainly did that for us, especially when we visited Salzburg. Read More ›

Peaceful Konigssee Germany

There are few places left in the world with water both clear as the eye can see and clean enough to drink straight from the source. Located in the Berchtesgadener Land of Germany, and about an hour drive from Salzburg, Lake Konigssee is “king” of them all. Ever since living in Austria several years ago, a side trip to this lake has become a staple when we visit the area. Konigssee is one of the lesser known attractions when one thinks of the Salzburg area, but it’s absolutely worth the trip. Read More ›

Venice in Black and White

About a year ago, I was lucky enough to travel to Venice with a group of equally enthusiastic female photographers, my Contax camera and a bag full of black and white film! Even on the bleakest of winter days, the colors of this beautiful city never cease to inspire me. But having been fortunate enough to visit Venice a few times before, I wanted to challenge myself to look at the city in a new way. At times it was very frustrating limiting myself to monochrome, but I’d wanted to get to know black and white film better and this was a great way to approach my frames differently. Instead of looking for color, I was looking for contrasting tones, strong lines and patterns. Read More ›