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Dirk Hofmann

World Member, Eitorf

A wonderful person ...

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 ...

Comments 36

  • Reinhard Wirtz 01/28/2011 1:16

    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
  • Gabi Ciupa 05/24/2010 20:47

  • Ugur Akdeniz Akdeniz 05/10/2009 22:37

    real life, real composition, real photographer
  • BRYAN CRUTE 01/20/2007 21:28

    What a wonderful story, every picture tells a story and this excellent one is no exception.
  • Julia Kretsch 11/21/2006 22:30

    A wonderful person and a wonderful photo. Full of expression. Compliments.
  • Vesela Maleeva 11/01/2006 0:09

    This lady has character and personality, and definitely a concept of suffering. You have beautifully captured that above.
  • Aryono DJATI 10/11/2006 20:06

    well captured.
  • KasiaD 10/03/2006 21:50

    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
  • Bianca Ennes 10/03/2006 14:02

    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!

  • Dirk Hofmann 10/02/2006 9:20

    thank you all ... :-)
  • Patrick B. Parenteau 09/28/2006 3:58

    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
  • Judy B.. 09/17/2006 19:07

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

    charakterkopf :-))
    bussal ju
  • Model Valerija 09/11/2006 23:40

    LG Valerija
  • Neil Auty 09/11/2006 20:40

    Well caught candid shot.

    Neil A
  • Isa Tonga 09/10/2006 21:34

    i like your using light congrats...
  • Dirk Hofmann 09/10/2006 10:59

    here you go:

  • Dirk Hofmann 09/10/2006 9:45

    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 ... ;-))

  • CATERINA MIGNO 09/09/2006 21:48

    i love this BW shot
  • Luc Grollie 09/09/2006 17:57

    just searched the hole nudesection ......??????
    and don't say you have any uploads left ....
  • Dirk Hofmann 09/09/2006 17:40

    :-) ... 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 09/09/2006 17:30

    like Robert, you made me curious.......
    bet you didn't mind missing the last hour of the nudeworkshop !!
  • Rike Bach 09/09/2006 17:27

    @Dirk - deal :)
  • Robert Riley 09/09/2006 16:36

    Very nice Story, can't wait to hear about the sentence.
  • S. BERG 09/09/2006 11:34

    really funny
  • Véronique Soulier 09/09/2006 8:06

    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