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On The Road with Thorsten Overgaard · The June 2014 Journal
 
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On The Road with Thorsten Overgaard · June 2014

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By: Thorsten Overgaard

This is the ongoing journal of my travels, photography, experience with people, places and equipment.

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"Thank You… The last two days I have been reading your site and reviews of the M 240. I have found it invaluable! I can not believe in the last seven years of being a Leica user I just now found it and you. I hope to bump into you someday. I appreciate your site. It made my weekend. Beautiful shots, Beautiful!"

 
  - M. L. (USA)  

 

David Lachapelle

OstLicht Gallery, Vienna, Austria, June 1, 2014

We attend the opening of the new David Lachapelle expo "Once in the Garden" at the Galerie OstLicht and met him briefly, shot him from the top of the table and got a signed book with us as we headed to Rome.

 

Photographer David LaChapelle at EastLicht Gallery in Vienna (OstLicht. Galerie für Fotografie), June 1, 2014. © 2014 Thorsten von Overgaard.
Photographer David LaChapelle at EastLicht Gallery in Vienna (OstLicht. Galerie für Fotografie), June 1, 2014. © 2014 Thorsten von Overgaard.

 

     
 

"As one of your former workshop student, I continue to learn even more about how to see light and photograph just viewing your photos online. Keep up the great work and thanks for all the reporting from “On the Road with von Overgaard". I particularly liked your pearl or "Thorsten Photoism": ‘if they go in they have to come out’."

 
  - R. Y. (Texas)  

 

 

David LaChapelle and Princess Joy Villa
David LaChapelle and Princess Joy Villa

 

Peter Kruder
Quite a party, Peter Kruder as DJ

 

     
 

"It was a good time in Paris, it really inspired me a lot. And good to get to know you"

 
  - B. K. (Sweden)  

 

 

Peter Kruder started a party while the sun set over OstLicht
Peter Kruder started a party while the sun set over OstLicht

 

     
 

"I got a Leica-M 240 and the Noctilux 0.95 and now I am happy and financially broken.

I enjoy your pages on the web, but... what about a formal book (in print and perhaps in electronic format for the iPad?). It would really be appreciated and valuable to most of us.

Congratulation for your delightful pictures, especially with the Noctilux 0.95. They are inspirational to me."

 
  - S. B. (New York)  

 


Peter Coeln and Peter Kruder
Peter Coeln and Peter Kruder



One of the famous photographs in the expo

 


Someone photographed me ... or Joy behind me

 

Juicing on the road

Denmark, Vienna, Italy, (May 22 - ) June 12, 2014

We have been juicing beore. Joy more hardcore than I. I started a 7-day juice fast and Joy started a 20-day juice fast on May 22.

Juicing is many things, and it is rather easy to do when you are in a home with a juicer and a market down the road.

But how do you juice on the go? That was what we asked our self and one of the reasons we decided to drive to Vienna and Rome rather than flying. You can't bring liguids onto the plane. We coudld freeer them and check them in.

But driving in the car with a cooler connected to the car was a better idea. So that was what we did.

 

When we arrived in Vienna, I stopped juicing the second day of the workshop and had a great meal with bred with butter (yummy!) and soup (yummy!). Joy continued her juice for another 13 days, so we had to find her juice.

As it is often the case, we happen to land in the best locations. So it turned out the juice bar we had found online and called on the way to Vienna ... was just 40 meters down the road from our apartment. And there turned out to be plenty of juice bars in Vienna (a heaven for Vegans and juice freaks).

We packed juices in the car fridge again and drove to Rome. Again we found plenty of juice places around the corner from the apartment there: On the market they did fresh juices, and many of the bars as well as the iuce cream bars does juices. Easy!

 

 

But Joy found a really great place, so she ordered via telephone, and then we took a taxi there at the end of the day. Joy steps in the door, and who do we meet? Brenad Di Bari, a workshop student from the London workshop who is on her 8 day juice fast (inspired by Joy). So we all stock up juices, both for the Rome workshop and three days of filming. Then we hit the road again with the fridge in the car full of juices.

Joy have sent quite a few people juicing, and she took a one day break after her 20 day juicing, then back onto another number of days. So hook up with Joy if you want to live healtier.

 

     
 

"Thank you for the articles about the Leica Digilux 2 on your website. I've really enjoyed getting to know my D2 along with your instructions."

 
  - A. F. (Germany)  

 

Rome

Rome, Italy, June 2, 2014

When driving into Italy and Rome Monday morning 8 AM I wondered where all the Monday morning traffic were. "Italy!" I thoght, "they just don't start the week like the rest of the world," but then realized it was a public holiday.

 


Lightmakers . © 2014 Thorsten Overgaard. Leica M 240 with Leica 50mm Noctilux-M ASPH f/0.95

 


Lunchtime in Rome is family time.

 

So great to come back to Italy. They serve real espresso at the highway stations, real nice bread and mozarella cheese. They smile, have fun and the police women wear makeup and perfume (and a pistol).

 


Keeping an eye on the football on the small screen in the kitchen. Italy.

 


Joy modelling for the workshop. Leica M 240 with Leica 21mm Summilux-M ASPH f/1.4.


     
 

"Hi Thorsten

I'm a big fan of your photography. I recently got an M9-P and love it. What I don't get is on the Leica Forum. So many people moaning about what the Leica can't do. Just wondering what your opinion on that is, as I myself who own Canon SLR's and a Leica. I use them for what they are; a tool to create an image!

Are you coming to England soon for one of your workshops? Take care and loving your work!"

 
  - D. F. (UK)  

 


Wind in the Willows. Italy, June 2014. © 2014 Thorsten Overgaard. Leica M 240 with Leica 50mm Noctilux-M ASPH f/0.95
Wind in the Willows. Italy, June 2014. © 2014 Thorsten Overgaard. Leica M 240 with Leica 50mm Noctilux-M ASPH f/0.95

 

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"I am a international student. I am new to Leica camera. I get to know a lot about Leica through your words and photos. I enjoy your photography style and how you capture the light. I wish I have the chance to learn more from you. Really appreciate!!"

 
  - S. C. (Fujian)  

 

 

The results of the I-SHOT-IT.COM Premium Competition

San Francisco, USA, June 4, 2014

The winner of the I-SHOT-IT.COM Premium Competition 2/2014 has been announced, as well as a number of *Mark of Excellence* high quality photos. Judged by Birgit Krippenr and Thorsten Overgaard.

 

 

     
 

"New fan, love your work!!!"

 
  - T. V. (London)  

 

 

         
 

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"Dear Thorsten and Joy! Thank you so much for your time, care and 'shit load' of fun :) You are both such inspiring and carling people and I am so happy that I took part in the workshop with you. Just wanted to say thanks!"

 
  - E. O. (Africa)  

 

 

Joy performing in Rome

Rome, Italy, June 5, 2014

Joy never misses an opportunity to perform. Tonight she performed in Rome with four of the tracks from her new CD.

 


Joy Villa performing at @openmicrome at The Fiddler's Elbow in Rome

 

     
 

"I was hesitated to buy the new Leica M 240 up until I talked to you from our last meeting in Jakarta. So just bought the Leica M 240, alongside al 28mm Summicron ASPH to get myself detached from 50mm and try a new perspective in my photography (still keeping all my 50mm lenses though).

Anyway thanks for giving me a little insight regarding M240, after talking to you I realized, anything else doesn't matter, as long as I feel comfortable using the camera. Then it is the best camera for me. I was too attached with my M9 and I think I'm gonna like this new M.

Thanks for your time Thorsten. Have a lovely day, really look forward to arranging my time and meet you up again somewhere in the future .... in some part of the world."

 
  - A. C. (Jakarta)  


Thorsten filmed for a documentary, in Rome

Rome, Italy, June 4-7, 2014

Northpass Media from Knasas City in USA flew to Rome with two RED cameras and an impressive amount of gear (500 pounds I think it was) to film me for a documentary that will have premiere in July-August 2014. A team of four followed me for some days and also was up and about as early as 4.30 AM to fim the sunrise over the rooftops of Rome.

Join the premiere showings on Facebook "A Life With Leica" and the website lifewithleica.com

 

Thorsten being filmed in Rome by Zach and Reid from Nothpass Media, in 36º Celcius the last day. Here we are focuing on some hand details and cameraporn in high speed. Photo by Kurt Bangert.
Thorsten being filmed in Rome by Zach and Reid from Nothpass Media, in 36º Celcius the last day. Here we are focuing on some hand details and cameraporn in high speed. Photo by Kurt Bangert.

 


We got to play with some sexy camera gear ...

 

Thorsten on set for the documentary. Photo by Reid H Bangert.
Thorsten on set for the documentary. Photo by Reid H Bangert.

 

 

     
 

"A great article Thorsten. You should write a book!"

 
  - P. J. (USA)  

 

 

A roadtrip from Rome through Austria and Germany

Italy, Austria and Germany, June 8-9, 2014

 


An Italien in the mountains of North Italy, on a roadtrip with the German masterpiece ... or one of them, the Mercedes 280 SL.

 

Orte, Italy
Orte is a city on a hilltop, built as a castle, just one hour from Rome.

 

My note from the morning of June 8:


"Driving all night from Rome we stopped in a small Italian town Rovereto. This morning I was sitting in the bathroom and looked at the bidet when it hit me: "There is no toilet! Have we gotten a room without toilet?" but then realized I was sitting on it.

When we left rome late in the afternoon in C35°/F88 we decided to visit the the city Orte for dinner and some photos. The city is built like a castle on top of a hill, so just finding the way into the city (not to mention a parking space) was an adventure in itself.

Next we planned on stopping in Florence for the night, but the hotel we had looked for was not there anymore. We thought if we could find the Fendi store, there might be another nice hotel nearby! We tried but found ourself captured in a city centre with drunken tourist, horny underage boys and oneway traffic. So we left Florence after our first and last visit with too many sightings of hookers on roads.

The next two hotels we spotted from the highway were closed down! So we ended up in a small town under the mountains where the nightwatch was awake to give us a key. As it turned out it was just the right place, with an outdoor pool to prepare us for another day of day of travel.

The chance that we will find a Fendi store on the way now, that is open, is small. So today we may drive all the way to Denmark and get some work done before we go to Seattle and SF in two weeks time."

 

Racing through the mountains in the in Reutte District., Austria. Italy and Austria offer amazing views and roads. Tunnels, mountains and great coffee at the roadside cafes. © 2014 Thorsten Overgaard. Leica M 240 with Leica 50mm Noctilux-M ASPH f/0.95.
Racing through the mountains in the in Reutte District., Austria. Italy and Austria offer amazing views and roads. Tunnels, mountains and great coffee at the roadside cafes. © 2014 Thorsten Overgaard. Leica M 240 with Leica 50mm Noctilux-M ASPH f/0.95.

 

The moment you arrive in Germany it all becomes more flat and a little less exiting. Best illustrated when there is a rather small mountain in front of the highway. In Italy they would have made a tunnel straight through it. In Austria they would have made a road over it. In Germany the highway A7 simply gout around it. The road home from there is almost stright down the same highway in one staight line for ten hours.

 

 

     
 

"Thank you very much. I was not expecting such an important person to reply at all - let alone to reply so quickly. This was very gracious of you. I shall take my 240 out this morning!"

 
  - H. W. (Taiwan)  

 

 

A new article in the Leica M Monochrom series

Aarhus, Denmark, June 11, 2014

I just published the Page 23 of the Leica M Monochrom article series. This one is about a daytrip to Cambridge University with the MM and the Leica 50mm APO-Summicron-M ASPH f/2.0.

I also touch on Leica Customer Serice and their new pick-up service, as well as the need for sensor adjustment. And finally, there is a little about replacing defect Leica MM and Leica M9 sensors due to the coating on the sensor glass peeling off. This is not a common error, and it is something Leica Camera AG deals with if it occurs.

Enjoy!


The New Leica M Monochrom Article: "Walking on Sacred Grass"

 

     
 

"Thanks so much for taking the time to reply. Really appreciate it."

 
  - B. H. (USA)  

 

 

Roadtrip in Denmark to meet my mothers new dog:
A lesson in being a good Dane

Juelsminde, Denmark, June 11, 2014

Today my brother and I, Joy and Robin and my mother went on a small roadtrip in Denmark to see the dog my mother will welcome in her life in a month. What do you give a woman who has everything for her birthday? A dog we thoght, and that was a really good idea.

 

 

We drove first to our beach house to pick up my brother, then for an hour down the coast to meet the dog. Denmark is very beautiful this time of the year. Sunshine, clear blue sky, fresh air and lots of space.

Joy and I laugh about the "so Danish" houses with small cars and packed with Danish design lamps and furnitures. If one could talk about a uniform for living, this would be it. Posh, but in an understated Danish way: The houses, the cars, even the trees in Denmark are so small compared to other places. The Danes think it is the biggest, best and most expensive houses in the world, but that is because they only see them self and doesn't look at others. Denmark is a very flat country (the highest point is Himmelbjerget ("The Sky Mountain") with it's 147 meters/482 feet). I guess it says everything about the Danes view on their own superiority to call a 487 feet tall dirt rock for "The Sky Mountain".

The ideal for Denmark is that everyone are the same. We are all equal, and we should stay that way. The whole social system and tax system, as well as educational system is designed to make and maintain this intersting concept of equality and democracy. There is the upper middelclass and the lower middelclass, and then the middle middleclass. We have a few filthy rich people, and either they get out of the country, or they manage to maintain an image of driving a not too fancy car like everybody else, and put their kids in public school like everybody else.

 

 

If you dare boy a Porche 911 or a fancy car in Denmark, your friends will ask: "How much did you pay" and then comment with a "Jesus!". They would never say it is a nice car, and they would make sure to let you know they are happy not to have the problem parking it safely. In Denmark you want to attact attention for having good taste within your means, not to shand out as somebody who tries to be more than the rest. That is why a filthy rich driving a Ford Fiesta and with his 2.1 kids in public school is greetet with respect. The royal princes and pricesses are in public schools whereas many of the middle class kids are in private schools.

What is intersting is that even the trees seem to have the same height.

 

 

Anywyas, I see the laughable in this, but I also see it from the Danish viewpoint. The proud homeowner with the well-polished house with new wooden window frames that offer the people driving by a look into the PH lamps (designed by Paul Henningsen) over the dining table. If you are upper middel class you may have them in white glass which is more exclusive.And maybe even outdoor PH lamps in cobber. As a dane you expect others to admire them, and in fact other danes do. We look at the lamps, and we think to our self "Those people have good taste and spend money on quality lamps. Those are good people!", and then we go home to our own PH lamps. You may laught, but it is true. My brother used to have his house plastered with them, but after some broke into his house 2-3 times and took all the lamps, he gave up having them. They're like $1,500 and up to $12,000 for most of them. The best lamps ever made

Anyways, as we drive through the landscape and one small town after the other on this relatively short roadtrip, we point out to the towns. "That's where Uncle Bent met Aunt Lis", and 10 minutes later in another small town, "Thats where they live now" ... and one minute later: "That's where cousin Peter used to live with his ex-wife".

"And to the left, on that graveyard, is your grand-grand father. The farm he was born at is on the right down there".

So it went. Family, childhood loves, school mates, people we know and people we used to know, spread along the road in this pathetic small country.

We laughed and laughed. It was fun. Joy and I visited 19 countries in the last five months. But here, in a 90 minutes drive, was all the family story from the last 200 years or so.

My son Oliver happened to call me whilest we were driving. He is 17, now lives in the US and just got engaged to Britney from LA. She is 20 years and next up is a possible wedding. I put him on the cars speaker so he got to speak to the whole family.

It was a fun day.

And the dogs were cute. My mother lives in the house next to mine, so we get to see the new dog a lot when we are home.

 

 

     
 

"What a excellent picture! You are trully proffessional! Thank you so much!"

 
  - K. K. (Tokyo)  

 

An ultra-short trip to Bangladesh

Bangladesh, June 18-21, 2014

I went to Bangladesh to shoot a series of pictures for a 8-page article in a magazine. I've never been before, so that was exiting. Rural country, but what does it mean in the real world?

I did this Story Behind The Picture "A Visit To Bangladesh" about the experience. Enjoy!

 


Story Behind The Picture "A Visit To Bangladesh"

 

 

     
 

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  - J. A. (San Francisco)  

 

Seattle

Seattle, USA, June 26 - 31, 2014

We went to Seattle. Fist stop for the next nine weeks in the US.


Robin waiting for the UBER.

 

 

For

 


James out and about with the Leica M Monochrom. Leica M 240 with Leica 50mm APO-Summicron-M ASPH f/0.95. © 2014 Thorsten Overgaard.

 

     
 

"Love your website and work! Just a good balance between photo quality and...love for equipment and accessory!"

 
  - J. V. (Italy)  

 


Lost in the moment. We met Satu from Finland today. She met her American husband in Korea, and after having lived in her home country Finland for a while, they now just mover to Seattle. © 2014 Thorsten Overgaard
Lost in the moment. We met Satu from Finland today. She met her American husband in Korea, and after having lived in her home country Finland for a while, they now just mover to Seattle. © 2014 Thorsten Overgaard

 

A romantic moment under the Eiffel Tower. © 2014 Thorsten Overgaard. Leica M 240 with Leica 50mm Noctilux-M ASPH f/0.95
A romantic moment under the Eiffel Tower. © 2014 Thorsten Overgaard. Leica M 240 with Leica 50mm Noctilux-M ASPH f/0.95

   
   

 

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Thorsten von Overgaard is a Danish writer and photographer, specializing in portrait photography and documentary photography, known for writings about photography and as an educator. Some photos are available as signed editions via galleries or online. For specific photography needs, contact Thorsten Overgaard via e-mail.

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