Corona – was ist mit der Kreativ- und Medienbranche?

Die Corona-Krise stellt die Wirtschaft vor einen Abgrund, die Politik versucht sie zu bewahren. Heute mittag berichteten Finanzminister Scholz und Wirtschaftsminister Altmaier in einer Pressekonferenz, dass sie die Liquidität von Unternehmen aller Größenordnungen gewährleisten werden. Dies soll mit Steuererleichterungen (im Sinne von Fristverschiebung) und der staatlichen Unterstützung von Bürgschaftsbanken geschehen, die uns ermöglichen sollen Kredite aufzunehmen, sogar unbürokratisch und schnell. Diese Maßnahmen machen sicherlich Sinn und stellen in vielen Fällen eine Lösung dar. Dennoch bedeuten sie im Klartext, dass wir die Zeit der Auftragsausfälle mit geliehenem Geld überbrücken sollen, das zu einem späteren Zeitpunkt wieder zurückgezahlt werden soll. In anderen Worten: wir sollen uns verschulden! Genauere Informationen hierüber liefert das Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft und Energie hier.
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Interview with photographer Dale Grant photographed by Heidi Rondak

Talking to Dale Grant

The first time I met Dale Grant it was summer and we were at a dinner party ’chez Norbert Cheminel’, a mutual friend of ours. It’s hard to describe what a lovely evening we had – with good wines, French homemade food, one loveable dog, and ten beautiful human souls sitting and eventually dancing together. While Dale was claiming that he and Hercules were just invited in order to bring ’Blitz’ (the dog) he revealed himself as a joyful and entertaining person who at the next moment conjured his new photo book ’Fading Beauty’ up as a present for the hosts. I could just catch a glimpse at it that evening but I was listening carefully when he mentioned that he switched genres from fashion to fine art flower photography with great success. Very interesting – by this, he made it on my ’photographers to interview’ list! A good while after that evening I reached out to talk to him a little more and we met at Café Berio in Berlin-Schöneberg. I realised we had much more in common than just our photography… And finally, I received my own signed copy of ’Fading Beauty’.
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Interview with light painter Gunnar Heilmann photographed by Heidi Rondak

Talking to Gunnar Heilmann

I know Gunnar Heilmann for a year now. We met at Soho house during the very first edition of Photofuture and we immediately got along with each other. Back then he had a little presentation on how he paints a portrait with light. It was the first time that I’ve seen someone do that so I got curious. We stayed in touch and finally had a little session at his place where I could try light painting on him and he did some portraits with me. On October 5th this year his light painting festival LIGHT UP BERLIN took place at MONOPOL for the very first time and I was invited to come and see the workshops, talks, and exhibition. On this occasion, I’m meeting up with Gunnar a few days later for a retrospect and to listen to his funny stories and experiences with light painting. I just love to listen and see him talking very energetically and with sparkling eyes. Internationally his works are well known among light painters – one of the reasons why many big names showed up at LIGHT UP BERLIN. 
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Interview with photographer Colleen Mescole photographed by Heidi Rondak

Talking to Colleen Mescole

It’s a late Sunday afternoon on September 29th and I’m meeting up with photographer and artist Colleen Mescole at Mauerwinzer in Berlin. Colleen and I first met in June to talk and have a portrait session later on. I get to know her as a resolute and strong woman who has no fear of saying what she thinks or feels. While I’m setting up my tripod to film our conversation we realize: Colleen is matching the nice interior of the wine bar – a perfect start! Over a glass of wine, I’m listening to what she has to say on the importance of a good work-life balance, especially for her art. I’m also curious to know more about the differences between America and Europe and how it is to live and work in New York City where she’s from, originally.
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Interview with photographer Arai Moleri photographed by Heidi Rondak

Talking to Araí Moleri

On September 28th I’m meeting photographer and retoucher Araí Moleri at Café Tasso in Berlin. Coming from Montevideo, Uruguay, and having a degree in product design she’s been working in very diverse fields of photography including fashion, portraiture, beauty, architecture, product, post-production, and even in stop motion films. I’m admiring the lightness in her work. She’s managing to capture interesting perspectives and postures showing off-beat aspects of people. Her retouching is extra-ordinary and it helps to really understand her subjects. I can feel that she’s a caring person who has a voice and I want to talk to her about her views.
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Title photo for Journal entry "How summer 2018 looks like"

How Summer 2018 Looks Like

To start with the best: I had the pleasure of shooting the new Dawid Tomaszewski collection exclusively for the label at the spring/summer 2018 fashion week in Berlin. It was the most lovely show – the models were slowly strolling on an elongated balcony, which offered a beautiful view over the city of Berlin. All buildings seemed to be white, as well as the handrails, except for the cathedral which created a romantic atmosphere. The clouds were dramatic in their shapes, but still white and peaceful and they created a great light.
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The 10th GreenTec Awards 2017

I’m a little late with this entry as it’s already about three weeks ago, but the GreenTec Awards are still fresh in my mind. I’d met a lovely menswear designer, Joyce Darkoh, and we worked on a little Lookbook with sustainable fashion by DARKOH. The label is all about suits, mostly bespoke. The wool e.g. comes from English sheep and is eco-friendly. I fell in love with the idea and really enjoyed working with Joyce. The suits and pictures were then presented at the GreenTec Awards’ exhibition, May, 12th.
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