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it’s weird. with the beginning of 2013 I felt totally uninspired to continue doing this blog. I have posted more than 15.000 negative scans in my two blogs in the last 6 1/2 years. I don’t even want to start thinking about how much work and time this must have been. I literally spend half my life on posting blog entries.

this year I started thinking about that “service” I have been providing over the last years for free and by having a look at what else is being posted as “street photography” online, I felt almost pissed that I am doing this all for free. So I had the idea to stop blogging and make PDFs instead for purchase.

after three months not posting anything I kind of disliked the idea to stop blogging, but mainly because I wanted to keep documenting my life and archiving it somewhere. The thought that there would be a gap or a stop at some point made me change my mind again.

I will think of another way how to make money with my online work but I will keep this blog up beside. The feedback has been great and I really appreciate this too. All the work was never for nothing but life is getting more expensive and time is getting more rare.. so I have to change something.

That was mainly the reason for this long delay. Upcoming posts will feature New York and then India and then New York again and the story goes on!

  1. Hey Chris

    Some real gems in this one – I always like your shots from over the big pond.

    If you want to make money from your online publishings, why don’t you just slap a PayPal donate button on the top or bottom of every blog posting like this? I really appreciate your work, and sometimes when I’m scrolling through your posts, they seem to be a never ending source of inspiration. I always get a little bit more impressed once I remember this is all done on film, which makes the whole process many many times as exhausting as just uploading digital pics.

    So yeah, I think many people would like to give you some coffee or beer money for these awe-inspiring posts. It may not amount to much, but it’s worth a try.

    Have a nice Sunday evening

    Comment by lurw — March 24, 2013 @ 1:58 pm
  2. ha, schön wiedermal :)

    Comment by simon — March 24, 2013 @ 2:11 pm
  3. Brainfart – of course I meant to say hi Severin, not Chris. I was just checking out Chris’ blog. I’m sorry.

    Comment by lurw — March 24, 2013 @ 5:22 pm
  4. Good to see you back.

    Feels like an eternity since I’ve been in SF, even though it’s less than a year.

    Your work is gold, some people enjoy flattr for this kind of stuff, thought about it?

    Comment by Jonathan — March 24, 2013 @ 7:36 pm
  5. Awesome as always. Loved the airport pics.

    Comment by akane — March 24, 2013 @ 8:03 pm
  6. I totally agree with what Lukas suggested above. I’m sure a lot of people who follow your photographic work would like to give you some money for it. Apart from PayPal there’s also the micropayment service Flattr (https://flattr.com/) which you could implement into your blog. I think we all underestimate, how many people would pay for content they like if they could, it’s just that so few people/artists allow their audience to do so.

    Comment by Jasmin — March 24, 2013 @ 8:11 pm
  7. Hi Severin,
    I almost died and went to heaven when I saw you have posted new stuff. I follow you on tumblr and I always find myself looking and studying your work. I suggest you put your material in a book format, because I would most certainly buy it. Please don’t stop blogging. Another suggestion is to close your blog to the public and have one that is invites only. This way your true followers can subscribe for a fee. i will now go and make myself a cup of tea so I can sit and enjoy the new pictures. Sanaa xx

    Comment by Sanaa — March 24, 2013 @ 10:13 pm
  8. Great to see you posting again and i honestly hope you keep posting, you are a source of inspiration to many people.

    Comment by Edgar — March 24, 2013 @ 10:21 pm
  9. Hi Severin,

    I really do love your work here. And considering the amount of photos here, you should have way more than enough material for publishing your own photo book. Nowadays there are many platforms / services for self / semi pro publication. I would be happy to get a copy of your best selections in a photo book.

    Anyway it’s great to see your continuing excellency in photography. Keep it up!


    Comment by Scott Kim — March 25, 2013 @ 12:43 pm
  10. Thanks for continuing this, Sev. It is a constant source of inspiration and knowledge for me and I’m sure many others. Good to see your work again, buddy!

    Comment by Noons — March 26, 2013 @ 3:57 am
  11. Thanks for posting again – some of us really do appreciate the time you take to do this. Your work – as contained in your blog – has been a constant source of inspiration to me.

    That said, if you DO decide to publish a book, I will certainly buy a copy.

    Comment by Joel — March 26, 2013 @ 9:49 am
  12. Thanks for posting again! I have your blog in my rss reader and I really happy to see pictures popping up from time to time. I really like the pics in here and I can only imagine how much work it is to process them all before publishing …

    Maybe you can combine the publish pictures here and earn some money – why not have a little paypal donate button on the right side or a “service” which allows to print out your pics … amazon affiliate links to books … or or or …

    Comment by BrickBlogger — March 26, 2013 @ 10:06 am
  13. hi,
    it´s great to see new entry, i have been checking for a new one every two days or so since january :-D
    great photographs as always, and like all the commenters above, i´d also be willing to pay some sort of subscription (or whatever it can be called).

    cheers, jakub

    Comment by jakub — March 26, 2013 @ 8:53 pm
  14. I’m always impressed by your pictures! Being an pure hobbyist I do learn a lot from your way to see the streets and the way you write about your catches. Thanks for showing them.

    Comment by KUM — March 27, 2013 @ 4:12 pm
  15. Make a book make a book! :D

    And then anohter, and another… you rock man.

    Comment by Leo Carvajal — March 28, 2013 @ 5:05 am
  16. Hello Severin,

    Dont worry to much about making money from your blog, and as someone suggest there, maybe a donate button would help.

    I have been following your blog since 2010 and I have to say that your work would be lovely if you make it into a photobook. I would really get one of your signed photobook especially those taken from Vienna and New York.

    You have inspired a lot of people and hopefully you will keep on updating this blog as long as you can. Just dont make money as an excuse to stop blogging. :)

    Comment by Kinoz — March 29, 2013 @ 8:42 am
  17. Wow, auf den Post hab ich lange gewartet :)

    Um das ganze zu monetarisieren….

    … der Hamburger Fotograf Paul Ripke hat gerade seine 2012er Schnappschüsse als Buch rausgebracht. Bekommt man auf Wunsch signiert für 30€.

    Der Clou ist, dass er unter allen Käufern seine Leica M9 verlost.
    Zum Verkaufsstart noch ein paar Exemplare an die Bloggerwelt geschickt und die Publicity ist perfekt.

    Comment by Alex Bach — March 30, 2013 @ 8:13 am
  18. Beautiful as always – and I would also definitely buy a book.

    Comment by a — April 2, 2013 @ 4:02 pm
  19. Nice post, Severin. I was wondering if something came up – I know you don’t post very often – but I don’t recall seeing this large of a gap when I went through your archives last year.

    Please, don’t stop posting on this blog. It has been a huge inspiration to me and many others. Your tumblr is nice, but it is more of a briefing on the work of Severin Koller. With this, one can really immerse themselves in the beauty of your work.

    I think it’d definitely be worthwhile to have an option to donate to you through Paypal or some other service. But I think you should keep the blog open and free, particularly for those who may not have a lot of extra money around.

    I also echo other people’s suggestions to publish a book of your best work, or even multiple books, there is enough work from the past 8 years of your archive for many amazing street photography books. I think many, including myself, would be interested in buying something. You could try something like blurb, or maybe there’s a local publishing agency in Vienna you could talk to, or maybe one of the bigger, international publishers would be interested. TeNeues in Germany has published many great street photography books.

    Let me just re-iterate this, Mr. Koller, you truly are a modern classic for street photography, it’d be a shame for you to stop posting your great work.

    Comment by tyler — April 6, 2013 @ 4:01 am
  20. Hi! I started checking your blog last summer and I’ve been eager to see your new posts for this year. I enjoy your street photography style. Truly inspiring.
    That being said, I am happy to see this new post.
    And yes, try the donate to paypal suggestion or maybe sell a limited copy of some prints of your photographs or a photobook as some suggested. I’m sure they will be sold in a breeze.
    Thanks also for still shooting film. Inspires me and a lot of us out there still shooting film. Thank you.

    Comment by Graziella — April 8, 2013 @ 1:07 am
  21. I agree your work would be good in a book you have some good work that should be heavily edited from the blog.

    Comment by Lucy — April 30, 2013 @ 2:52 am
  22. Always great stuff

    Comment by Noah — May 3, 2013 @ 5:33 am
  23. I just found your pictures through tumblr and after taking a long walk through your website I am truly amazed. Your work is incredibly beautiful and inspiring and it just makes me sad reading this blog post. I believe that what you do touches many people out there, so I hope you keep posting and keep turning people’s hearts upside down.

    The idea of donating is actually really good. I’ve watched recently Amanda Palmer’ Ted talk and I think she opened my eyes about the fact that people actually love supporting art and asking them for that could even make them happy.


    Comment by Aleksandra Patova — May 6, 2013 @ 11:58 am
  24. Holy shit that leica is huge. I feel like I’m struggling being discreet with my cameras let alone if I’d be shooting with that thing on the street.

    Good set once again. If you do come up with a book, let me (and obviously everyone commenting) know. I’d buy one. And another as a gift for some friend.

    Ads or donate button might also work out if you want revenue directly from the site but I don’t know how much you have traffic here. Some market man might suggest dividing your posts to smaller bits but more frequent so ads would work better. I suppose most readers wouldn’t like that though. Common way to read your blog seems to be like “fuck the world, I have a cup of coffee or tea and for the rest 15-60 mins I’m enjoying these photos.” :D


    Comment by Pekka — May 15, 2013 @ 10:25 am
  25. Oh.. I meant “Leica” ;)

    Comment by Pekka — May 15, 2013 @ 11:00 am
  26. Wow that was strange. I just wrote an very long comment but after I clicked submit my comment didn’t appear. Grrrr… well I’m not writing all that over again.

    Anyways, just wanted to say excellent blog!

    Comment by sourdough baking — July 16, 2013 @ 10:06 am
  27. Hi Severin,

    what´s cooking ? ;) big fan of your work, send news …

    cia soon :)

    Comment by Filipe — August 17, 2013 @ 4:12 pm

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