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A wonderful person ... by Dirk Hofmann

A wonderful person ...


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8.09.2006 at 19:52h
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to meet is Else.

It was on Friday, my last day on the NORDIC LIGHT event at Kristiansund, when i met her.

I just had closed the internet café and was heading towards the "Nude workshop" to see at least the last hour of it, when I saw her sitting and smoking in a café on my way.

A few days before Arno Rafael Minkkinen , one of the exhibiting artists at the festival, caught me with an inpiring speech regarding a photographer's "evolution" and he brought it down to one sentence which I can't forget since then ... (you will learn about this sentence - this is for sure, but give me some time to work on the whole story).

This sentence was in my mind all the time since he passed it to me and it rang a alarm bell in my head when I saw her ...

Her relaxed way to smoke caught my attention and when I stepped forward I found out that she obviously smoked a lot. It were not only the yellow spots on her fingers which told me, but also a lot of tiny holes in her shirt, where the blaze of her cigarettes was fallen on to several times before.

I asked her for some photos and although she asked "Why would you need photos of me?" she allowed me to do them ...

When I sat down to have a smoke I found out, that her German was pretty good and we had a long talk about Kristiansund, Germany, Switzerland (where she worked as a young girl), World War II and our relationship to it ... Serious and funny things made time fly by.

She gave me her address and I promissed to send her prints of the photos. I will also pass along a letter and I'm pretty sure that we will continue our discussion from then this way ...

Well spent moments, that day ... another beautiful person I was allowed to meet ...


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Peter Mertz, 8.09.2006 at 20:05h

I can imagine that it was a great moment for you Dirk.
The respect to old people is very high on my side.
You captured this old lady very well !!!!

Rike Bach, 8.09.2006 at 20:31h

it's so good to see something by you... and you know how much I like the way you're treating the persons in front of your camera... and I hope not only the people photographed by you ;)

Dirk Hofmann, 8.09.2006 at 20:33h

thank you, peter and rike ... :-)

the situation reminded me on "old times" ... ;-)) ... and sorry, rike ... you know that i'm a real bad boy in private ... ;-))))

Rike Bach, 8.09.2006 at 20:43h

hmmm... okay... now I know what I have to do *g*.. asking for a photo session and then I'll be on the safe side ;)

Rob Mitchell, 8.09.2006 at 21:44h

we call that "quality time"

Dirk Hofmann, 8.09.2006 at 21:50h

rike ... you got your session ... ;-)) - i promise!

rob: yes ... this describes it perfectly!

Sissi Blume, 8.09.2006 at 22:16h

Great portrait,great story.

Eddie Maguire, 8.09.2006 at 23:05h

Isn't life increadible the way new characters just seem to pop up as if from nowhere. Though I think there is very serious fates at work. Terrific story.. the portrait is fabulous.


Dragomir Vukovic, 9.09.2006 at 0:18h

wonderful to see your great new picture

Joey Herman, 9.09.2006 at 0:48h

i love it..and i love it...Great picture, very expressive...


Andy Pomplun, 9.09.2006 at 1:13h

yeah, by looking at that photo I still see the glow and the fire in your eyes when you told me about it right after you met her.... I am very happy that you obviously found back to the kind of your photography and photography overall a little bit in Kristiansund and I am happy to have been there with you.... so: let it roll, buddy, let it roll!!!! and to say it just with Arno...... stay .. ... ....... ...!!! :)))

Véronique Soulier, 9.09.2006 at 8:06h

that's a nice story, meeting somebody is always a gift, and you made a great portrait as well in writing than in picturing her, I fell the pleasure you had.. Greetings Véronique

S. Berg, 9.09.2006 at 11:34h

really funny

Robert Riley, 9.09.2006 at 16:36h

Very nice Story, can't wait to hear about the sentence.

Rike Bach, 9.09.2006 at 17:27h

@Dirk - deal :)

Luc Grollie, 9.09.2006 at 17:30h

like Robert, you made me curious.......
bet you didn't mind missing the last hour of the nudeworkshop !!

Dirk Hofmann, 9.09.2006 at 17:40h

:-) ... no, when i came to the nude workshop i still had a chance to make my own impression of it and finally i got some unforgetable shots with that nude model ... ;-))

Luc Grollie, 9.09.2006 at 17:57h

just searched the hole nudesection ......??????
and don't say you have any uploads left ....

CATERINA MIGNO, 9.09.2006 at 21:48h

i love this BW shot

Dirk Hofmann, 10.09.2006 at 9:45h

luc, you see one of the results above ... in my personal opinion this is a better and more memorable shot than everything i could have done with her (or me) being undressed ...


but ok ... i will upload a nude one as well during the day ... ;-))

Dirk Hofmann, 10.09.2006 at 10:59h

here you go:

Sneak in result ... by Dirk Hofmann II
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10.9.06, 10:57

Isa Tonga, 10.09.2006 at 21:34h

i like your using light congrats...

Neil Auty, 11.09.2006 at 20:40h

Well caught candid shot.

Neil A

Model LERA, 11.09.2006 at 23:40h

LG Valerija

Judy B.., 17.09.2006 at 19:07h

heyyyy dirksi...ich wußte gar nicht, dass du wieder lebst:-)))
aber ich freu mich:-))))

charakterkopf :-))
bussal ju

Patrick Parenteau, 28.09.2006 at 3:58h

I love her attitude. Screw the high fat, high carb diet and give me a smoke. The only thing she is missing is a schnapps, but the wrinkles on her face tell me she has hoisted one or two in her lifetime. Thanks for the story. Patrick

Dirk Hofmann, 2.10.2006 at 9:20h

thank you all ... :-)

Bianca Ennes, 3.10.2006 at 14:02h

She acts like she doesn´t care to the rest of the world. And although she looks old and lonely, she keeps her head high. Really interesting.
I know this is about the pic but i have to say: Great text!


Kathryn Dixon, 3.10.2006 at 21:50h

Great photo of a real character! Such a lovely story too. Reminds me of my wonderful landlady in Salzburg - at 82 her doctor suggested she should gave up downhill skiing... not because she wasn't fit, but 'cos her eyesight was getting poorly! She continued with cross-country;-)
lg Kathryn

Aryono DJATI, 11.10.2006 at 20:06h

well captured.

Vesela Maleeva, 1.11.2006 at 0:09h

This lady has character and personality, and definitely a concept of suffering. You have beautifully captured that above.

Julia Kretsch, 21.11.2006 at 22:30h

A wonderful person and a wonderful photo. Full of expression. Compliments.

BRYAN CRUTE, 20.01.2007 at 21:28h

What a wonderful story, every picture tells a story and this excellent one is no exception.

Ugur Akdeniz Akdeniz, 10.05.2009 at 22:37h

real life, real composition, real photographer

Gabi Ciupa, 24.05.2010 at 20:47h


Reinhard Wirtz, 28.01.2011 at 1:16h

Ein feines Portrait! Es entstehen Vermutungen und Erzählungen, das Beste, was beim Betrachten von Bildern passieren kann. Die true story möchten wir gern erfahren.
Reinhard Wirtz

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