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so it was a bit weird to write a blog in mid october, with photos, starting back in june. 2010 has been the year of changes and in the last 3 months again a lot has completely changed. it was an interesting journey  to go back in time a little and see the context of things from a more distanced perspective.

  1. This blog post probably has more life changes than most of the other blog sites I read put together. Wonderful shots with the rollei, looking forward to what happens too :)

    Comment by Ashraf Azlan — October 17, 2010 @ 11:47 am
  2. Great shots you have here! 2010 has been year full of ups and downs for you… I hope you can end up in a “up” soon enough.
    I feel to hear about the M6…

    All the best,


    P.S. Thanks for taking the time for posting the photos, I’ve really enjoyed.

    Comment by Pedro Cardigo — October 17, 2010 @ 12:05 pm
  3. I’ve been following your photoblog for a while and I really like your photos, makes me want to get a 35 summicron! And it’s nice seeing some colour in this post too. Really sorry to hear about your Leica, hope you’ll find a replacement soon!

    Comment by Xavier — October 17, 2010 @ 12:13 pm
  4. favorit: http://severinkoller.at/blog/wp-content/gallery/vor_barce_02/41_290910_01_s.jpg

    totally agree with you on that point mentioned below the pic!

    another one I like a lot: http://severinkoller.at/blog/wp-content/gallery/barce2_01/13_290910_19b_s.jpg

    I like the way you play with light and shadows, dark and light areas, on the whole entry … quite a huge number of really strong contrast .. and btw interesting impressions from your trip to spain!!

    think I have to visit the delicato when I’m in Vienna from 24th to 29th .. think we gonna meet for sure this time!

    Comment by Michael — October 17, 2010 @ 12:14 pm
  5. Schöner Eintrag. Wie schon einer gsagt hat, schwer da überhaupt die guten rauszupicken, aber insgesamt schon gute Auswahl, gfallt ma gut. Hab schon ganz vergessen, wie gut die Leica aussehen kann – meine 3 Jahre alten Filme sind halt nicht so repräsentativ ^^

    E-P2, witzig .. die Bedienung is halt umständlich. Wird die Fuji X100 schon besser sein, hat eigene Controls für Blende, Verschlusszeit und Belichtungskorrektur.

    Na gut, nachdem ich jetz soviel Menschen gesehn hab, kann ich ja in Ruhe wieder Fotos vom bäumen posten ^^

    Comment by Sebastian — October 17, 2010 @ 12:16 pm
  6. life is a challenge!

    Comment by soldjem — October 17, 2010 @ 12:59 pm
  7. Hey Sev! Very personal and emotional entry – i was glued to the screen once again. I’m sure better times will come! Sad to hear that your Leica got stolen. Perhaps you should give the 4th version of the ‘cron a try! Since you are more the purisitc type of photographer from what i know, i think the mp will sort well with you (if you got the money left).
    Cheers from Cologne,

    Comment by Thomas — October 17, 2010 @ 1:05 pm
  8. it’s about time =)

    Comment by po-stit — October 17, 2010 @ 2:32 pm
  9. Sev…great blog post as usual. So sorry to hear about your Leica. Have to say though…I’m really enjoying the photos with the Rollei. 6×6 is so different…

    Comment by Patrick — October 17, 2010 @ 5:10 pm
  10. Amazing photos, as usual. There’s no doubt that I think you’re one of the best photographers of our time… it really sucks that your Leica got stolen but I’m glad you’re getting a new one. I think it’s become a part of who you are.

    Your passion for photography really showed when you borrowed your friend’s Nikon and still shot street with it as if it was your Leica, regardless of the situation… a lot of people would get discouraged and stop, I imagine, or at least be pissed off by the “downgrade.” People who take it seriously don’t stop… because they can’t.

    Hope things work out with your flat and remember not to sweat the small things in life.

    And thanks for posting! Always good to see photos from your eye’s interpretation of the world.

    Comment by Arthur Mola — October 17, 2010 @ 5:12 pm
  11. I’m still in shock about your leica being stolen… it’s like the worst thing that could happen to sum it all up… yeah, lotta changes, but the people who overcome all that stuff are the ones who deserve all respect.
    Your shots with the nikon are still great, after all, cameras are just tools, right? anyway, I’d go for an MP, those cameras are beautiful in black paint!
    I was wondering not so long ago that it has been a long time since your last post and I’m so glad you’re posting again, hope you do it more frequently, your work is inspiring!

    Comment by Aldo — October 17, 2010 @ 6:08 pm
  12. Great stuff, as always. Sorry to hear about the flat/Leica/ladyfriend woes.

    Good luck with forging ahead on your movie!

    PS – I vote M6 with 2nd edition Summicron over MP ;)

    Comment by S Spencer — October 17, 2010 @ 6:56 pm
  13. Wow… Great storytelling, you’re true inspiration to me :)

    Comment by m h — October 17, 2010 @ 7:18 pm
  14. Sehr sehr guter Eintrag mal wieder !

    Freu mich schon auf den nächsten:)

    Ps. Echt schade um deine Leica. Schon eine Entscheidung getroffen, welche es wird bzw welches 35 cron dran ist. Ich kann dir die neue Version nur Empfehlen, benutze es selber an meiner M9. Hier mein Link falls dir deine Entscheidung schwer fällt, eine kleine Hilfe;)


    Comment by alex — October 17, 2010 @ 7:48 pm
  15. So good to see more from you. I think you’ve captured the changes in your life simply by covering so much in this post. I love the final two shots especially. Please keep working.

    Comment by Hannah — October 17, 2010 @ 8:58 pm
  16. I like your Rollei work a lot (seems less of a routine than with the Leica), I especially like when you’re shooting colour with it!

    Lots of great and interesting faces in this entry. Everyone seems quite comfortable. (I drooled a bit over Alex and Wolfgang, I have to admit).

    Sorry to hear aout all the ups and downs… Hope things will look up for you soon! XXX

    Comment by Suzan — October 17, 2010 @ 9:09 pm
  17. A stunning collection of pictures. I find your images very rewarding and find no hyperbole in comparing your work to the very best of street photographers.

    Comment by Kyle Batson — October 17, 2010 @ 9:17 pm
  18. I was trying to contact you before your trip to barcelona. I like to drive people to good places (eat, drink, visit) and cheaper hidden ones.

    http://severinkoller.at/blog/wp-content/gallery/barce2_02/IMG25397s.jpg in this picture is in catalan, means:

    I si cau aqui ?

    If it drop here? It talks about winning a christmas lottery.

    Comment by victor piscue — October 17, 2010 @ 10:28 pm
  19. beautiful as ever. fucking loved the kids on skateboards shot, and the girl playing guitar, yoga photographers and silhouette on balcony shots too, i could go on ;)
    thanks for sharing the personal stuff too, lots of wonderful portraits, i wish my girlfriend would let me take photos of her, she just hates having her photo taken (which is very frustrating!)
    sorry to hear of your woes, i hope things pick up soon.
    and i hope karma will deal with the fucker who stole your m6 mate ;)

    Comment by christian rollinson — October 17, 2010 @ 11:37 pm
  20. Oktober – des Herbstes Mai. Wie gemacht zum Beginnen.

    Eine gute neue Woche dir.

    Comment by robert — October 18, 2010 @ 12:49 am
  21. i like to think i see from your pictures the upcoming changes in your relationship… like in the way she is smiling and when she is sitting and thinking. it’s funny how the mind wants to fill in the gaps of information. i love that the captions help paint the picture, but the gaps leave plenty of room for imagination, which is i think sometimes better than the photo itself. except your photos are very good.

    Comment by Lee — October 18, 2010 @ 3:32 am
  22. needless to comment on your work.. it was far more amusing reading all the comments before mine.. this is quite a human condition that a camera cannot capture, if you know what i mean..

    and i thought your leica joins in your toilet visits..


    Comment by shadi — October 18, 2010 @ 7:02 am
  23. Really fantastic as usual, sorry to hear about the Leica. Interesting to hear that you find 50mm too tight. I find 35mm too wide!

    These shots really told a story and I hope it ends happily,
    All the best.

    Comment by Harry Murdoch — October 18, 2010 @ 3:33 pm
  24. Yoga yoga yoga, probably my favourite :)

    Sad to hear 2010 brought you so many bad changes, hope you’ll get everything on track as soon as possible :)

    Comment by Kamil — October 18, 2010 @ 3:44 pm
  25. Sev,
    such fantastic work as always (at least what I remember from the Uber days)!

    Love this http://severinkoller.at/blog/wp-content/gallery/vor_barce_02/41_290910_01_s.jpg

    They are all amazing and thanks for sharing! Keep up the great work, and I look forward to your future posts!

    Comment by Jonesy — October 18, 2010 @ 4:53 pm
  26. Hey Severin, I enjoined a lot that entry.
    I’m just wondering how you can take so many (great) photos ;)

    Comment by Ali — October 18, 2010 @ 8:16 pm
  27. merkwürdige Zufälle gibt es.
    Ich verfolge deinen Blog seit circa einem Jahr, war auch diesen Sommer in Barcelona und habe erst seit diesem Sommer ein 35mm Objektiv(gekauft, nicht geklaut) und mit den Bildern aus Barcelona meinen Blog eröffnet. Tut mir derbe leid, dass dir deine Leica geklaut wurde und hoffe, du hast bald wieder eine!
    Beste Grüße, und wie mein Großvater zu sagen pflegt: “Kopf hoch, wenn der Hals auch dreckig ist!”

    Comment by Dominique — October 18, 2010 @ 9:17 pm
  28. Danke für die Arbeit und das Posten. Deine Blogeinträge selbst sind jedesmal wie eine kleine Reise. Die Mitreise ist phantastisch – mitreißend, völlig emotional, absolut ergreifend.

    Comment by Johannes — October 18, 2010 @ 9:56 pm
  29. Thank you for sharing your life with us. I missed your posts. When I see a new post from you I prepare some tea with crackers and enjoy and read every part of it. I actually spent over an hour here looking at your work.
    What makes your work more amazing to me is the fact that it tells me more about you and I can relate to that.
    Cheers and enjoy the changes.

    My favorites from this post.

    Comment by QuinTor — October 19, 2010 @ 4:42 am
  30. “I si cau aquí” is in catalan. It is related with the lotery.
    In catalunya there is a town called “sort” (means “luck”). It is said that there is a big chance to win the lottery in that town. (and it happens often).
    The poster was refered to this. Maybe this time is not someone from Sort who wins the price and that’s why you have to buy the lottery in Barcelona.
    Hope that was helpful. You didn’t get it that wrong in the picture since that guy sleeping in the bus stop makes it look like a funy picture.

    Nice entry.

    Comment by Salvador — October 19, 2010 @ 9:46 am
  31. Hey nice entry! It’s good to see new photos! :)

    Comment by Sara — October 19, 2010 @ 4:01 pm
  32. You rock, man! This post was a treat.

    Comment by NYC — October 19, 2010 @ 10:00 pm
  33. Hey Sev,

    Your pictures and comments are just incredible. Thanks a lot for sharing personnal stuffs as well, it help defining a context.

    I love your work.

    Comment by Benji — October 19, 2010 @ 11:47 pm
  34. sehr berührender eintrag. man fühlt sich ja schon als spanner, wenn man sich ein leben eines menschen, den man überhaupt nicht kennt, so genau anschaut. interessant, und erschreckend, wie schnell sich dinge verändern. veränderungen sind ja nicht pauschal schlecht, aber wenn sich manche dinge ändern, wird einem schnell ganz anders.
    liebe grüße

    Comment by simonbeck — October 20, 2010 @ 12:56 am
  35. Hi Sev,

    I’ve seen your work many years ago in Deviantart, your architecture stuff was absolutely the standard to beat.
    Have seen your progression here with street photography, and you inspired me to try that, because your photos have so much humanity and honesty.
    Not to mention the light is always impeccable in them.

    All the best to you, and I believe that everything will pick up again.
    Fret not, looking forward to your future posts. :)

    Comment by Foong Wai — October 20, 2010 @ 3:42 pm
  36. I’ve said this before but honestly, your blog is the only ‘personal’ blog where I don’t get bored of reading/looking at the pictures, especially this amount of pictures. Your style of writing is engaging.

    Gutted for you regarding the stolen Leica. Seriously sucks and you know whoever has it now just won’t do it justice!

    I’d be quite interested to see some of your wedding images if possible? Do you have any online at all or are you able to mail some over?


    Comment by Tanya — October 20, 2010 @ 9:44 pm
  37. It always a pleasure to see the moments of people’s lives through your lens – simple moments in the sun – surf – at the pubs – nightlife and the like – and like Chris – enjoy the comments you make about the moments you capture

    - its sad that the camera got stolen – a friend through facebook mentioned that he is selling his Leica – so if you interested – http://www.messyasz.fr/photo/08_fdj/leica_M3_A%20VENDRE.html – [800 euros]

    Later days

    Comment by Jessel — October 21, 2010 @ 7:44 am
  38. Living story.

    Comment by James — October 21, 2010 @ 12:37 pm
  39. Some images are personal and very beautiful because of this.
    I love your work, too!


    Comment by Dan Moruzan — October 21, 2010 @ 4:31 pm
  40. Hi Sev, I enjoy reading your photo blog very much. Your candid portrait are so beautiful and full of emotions. Keep it up man. I wish you the best.

    Comment by DL — October 23, 2010 @ 8:23 am
  41. All the best. It’s funny to say this but good to hear from you even though we don’t even know each other :)


    Comment by Pekka — October 24, 2010 @ 10:25 pm
  42. Hallo Severin!

    Danke, das Du die Post wieder eingestellt hast. Deine Bilder sind wieder einmal intensiv und stark. Faszinierend zu sehen, was Du mit der 6×6 auf Farbe zauberst; Du beherrscht halt nicht nur SW.

    Wie so oft, habe ich auch diese Post Deines Blogs zweimal durchgescrollt, so schön ist es, die Bilder anzusehen.

    Ich schließe mich aus vollem Herzen an . . . ‘Sorry to hear about the flat/Leica/ladyfriend woes.’

    Falls Du kannst, besinne Dich auf Deine Stärken, Deine Familie und wahren Freunde. Alles Gute für ist schon da, es muß nur wieder zu Dir finden :-)

    Danke für Deinen Blog, Deine Zeit und die Bilder!

    Schöne Grüße aus D-Land,

    Comment by topfloor / Carsten — October 24, 2010 @ 10:52 pm
  43. damn awesome pictures!!!

    Comment by jans — October 26, 2010 @ 5:27 pm
  44. I really LOVE your photographic eye !!! :)

    Comment by Denis G. — October 26, 2010 @ 5:58 pm
  45. Sev, you had me glued to the screen again with your beautiful photographs. I love your take on light in your subjects. I’m really sorry to hear about your Leica. Keep up the great work man.


    Comment by Dwayne — October 31, 2010 @ 4:05 am
  46. Touching post Severin, inspiring even, thank you for sharing. Your 6×6 portraits are stunning, looks like your really enjoying that camera.



    Comment by Michael Wilson — November 2, 2010 @ 2:33 pm
  47. Great photos as always – portraits, street, b&w, and the story…
    Looking at the photos and reading the comments with a small addition of imagination let you to go to all those places where photos were taken and seeing/meeting people you’ve met.

    Indeed a lot of changes in that one blog entry… hopefully changes not always have to be wrong or bad… but for sure – everything becomes _different_.

    And good to read after a break your another post… glued here till 3:30am :)



    Comment by waLLy — November 5, 2010 @ 3:34 am
  48. This is absolutely brilliant.
    I loved this post so much that I believe it to be one of your best.
    Some great shots with the Rollei also.
    I saw on facebook you got a Leica back, how could you be without one right?


    Comment by nacho — November 5, 2010 @ 5:10 pm
  49. Fantastic posting, well crafted I have to admit.

    Comment by Karey Luzinski — November 7, 2010 @ 2:21 am
  50. Hi Severin, been coming back to your blog for inspiration. Sad to hear about the leica! But I guess you will be mastering the rollei in the meantime.

    Lots of interesting shots this time, put into thoughtful contexts. The shot of the black man walking between columns was outstanding.


    Comment by Tigran — November 7, 2010 @ 5:05 am
  51. isi cau aqui?

    is an ad for gambling [such as the European lottery drawin...you know ...?] and it means a question: if you are the winner?.

    love your point of view of the thinks, and how you portray it.

    I went many times to Barcelona and I can say that the photos are really great.

    if you come here, tell me, I’ll polish my English.


    Comment by plópez — February 2, 2011 @ 12:29 am
  52. beautiful work Severin

    Comment by james — March 5, 2011 @ 10:06 am
  53. As I’m reading through your archives I truly feel like a voyeur kinda intruding on the personal/emotional side of your life. As a stranger I mean… Wonder how your GFs could put up with it. You must be either very brave or you don’t give a damn about it at all, making everything so public. Or is it just a way to purge your soul? But have to tell you, this was an entry that I fully participated in. Emotionally. Even as a stranger…

    Comment by Scheff — March 10, 2011 @ 1:26 am

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