I had the pleasure to receive an invitation for a Fight event in Stuttgart. A couple of Martial art schools and agents were setting up a series of fight events called Defenders Fighting Championship. Each event is planned to be full of fights of different classes and technicques. Amongst them Thaiboxing, Grappling and the famous Mixed Martial Arts.
The first event was last night. The first fight event ever to shoot for me. Not quite easy with the ring and the speed of the fighters, but it was great fun for me. Tell me what you think!
p.s. And the best way to start a fight? Well, according to comedian Ryan Stiles: Hey guys, wanna fight?’ Not the best pun, I admit.
Snow has fallen over night in the lower Schlosspark in Stuttgart, Germany
Didn’t have a post about my favourite metal band of Stuttgart for quite some time, right?
Well, not only I have been busy composing the Christmas Countdown. The band was spending their time composing and working on their songs, too. A few days after christmas we met at Der Soundmann record studio. For them to finish drum recording for their album. For me to record the process.
Two and a half days it took them to get the drum tracks for their ten songs right. Two and a half days for me to shoot both pictures and video. See some of the result yourself and tell me what you think!
When I started the Christmas countdown series, I had one post in mind pretty much immediately. The Weeping Angel. Only the image was not yet done. Not a big problem, though since the site is close to my home. During an afternoon walk through Stuttgart’s Pragfriedhof – the third largest cemetery of Stuttgart – the image was taken. Open for nearly 140 years, it contains the only crematorium in Stuttgart.
Not that I am a big fan of cemeteries, crypts and that kind, but it was fascinating to what lengths families went to honor their lost ones.
Christmas Tree and spheres. At home
Weihnachtsbaum mit Kugeln
In memory of all those who will not celebrate Christmas with us.
In Erinnerung an Alle, ohne die wir Weihnachten feiern.
Winter at home.
Winter in der Heimat
If you want to look at the whole countdown, check the Christmas Countdown Category!
Für den kompletten Countdown, gibt es die Christmas Countdown Kategorie zum anschauen.
I wanted to take the opportunity for a different kind of blog post in this series. Not with a christmas-picture.
As chance wants it, this is blog post #100 and with this one, I want to thank you, reader, liker, commenter, who- or wherever you are. Each and everyone of you who are reading this and who have read or looked at my posts so far. You came from more than 90 countries and have viewed these 100 posts over 20.000 times. Thank you for taking the time, commenting, liking and linking this blog or its posts. When I started this about half a year ago, I never thought this would grow to this. I wanted to have something for my family. Instead – or better in addition – it turned out, that many more – that you – have interest in it, too.Thank you for providing me feedback, encouragement and inspiration. In so many ways. Commenting, your own posts or even your comments on others posts. I have never met so much creativity and positive energy in a free environment, so much expertise in an area I want to improve myself in. Thank you.
Even though, you might not celebrate Christmas on December 24th, or you don’t even celebrate Christmas or anything alike at all, I hope, you have a few quiet and enjoyable days ahead. I know that when I arrive at my family’s place today – safely and not too late, hopefully – Christmas time really starts. A time to get together with the family. To get away from work and the stressful life for a bit. And this is what I wish for you, as well. A bit of time with the ones that are close to you. A bit of time to celebrate love and gratitude.
Thanks to you.
Toy Swords, Helmets, Crossbows and Shields, Middle Ages Christmas Market, Esslingen, Germany
Spielzeugschwerter, -Helme, -Armbrüste und -Schilde auf dem Mittelalterweihnachtsmarkt in Esslingen
Children riding a miniature train, Stuttgart, Germany
Kinder fahren auf einem Miniaturzug auf dem Stuttgarter Weihnachtsmarkt.
I missed to open a few doors of my christmas calendar
Ein paar Türchen des Adventskalenders sind noch nicht offen.
Final week for christmas shopping is approaching. Good luck, hunting!
Die letzten Tage für die Weihnachtseinkäufe brechen an. Viel Glück bei der Jagd!
Christmas Balls at the Königspassagen mall, Stuttgart, Germany
Weihnachtsdekoration in den Königsbaupassagen, Stuttgart
The set of an acoustics show by HOMMAGE from Stuttgart
Das set der Akustikshow von HOMMAGE aus Stuttgart
Amulets, cushions and necklaces at the middle-ages-christmas market, Esslingen, Germany
Amulette, Kissen und Perlenkette auf dem Mittelalterweihnachtsmarkt in Esslingen.
Roasting Chestnuts, Christmas market, Esslingen, Germany
Geröstete Maronen, Esslinger Weihnachtsmarkt
Ice skating at the Christmas Market, Stuttgart, Germany
Eislaufen auf dem Stuttgarter Weihnachtsmarkt
A Chocolate Santa Claus is dying in the office
Ein sterbender Schokoladenweihnachtsmann im Büro