Picture gallery: This way, please

Nothing has changed here, the picture gallery is still the same. It still hosts all my landscape photos and travel images on an old, external site. (The link will open in a new browser tab or window, depending on your settings.)

I just felt I should drop some words of explanation, so here it goes.

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Picture this

This "legacy" site was launched in 2002, at the time when short domain names were still available. Its not very original title reflected my usual signature in correspondence with friends-and-family kind of partners. It was the shortest I could come up with: visitors had to type only seven characters in one of the two browsers available at the time. Both vanished since.

Some years before that, I had started using a relatively "serious" SLR camera during my travels, a Minolta 700si, and was becoming more and more frustrated by sticking paper prints into albums, never to be seen again.

Going online seemed like a logical move. I found a hosting service provider and registered a domain name.

Then bought a scanner, digitised several vacations' worth of negatives and went public.

Fifteen years later

The site grew slowly with each and every trip. I started to send word to fellow travellers notifying them of irregular updates. I gathered, there were people who liked my images, or at least were kind enough not to tell otherwise.

In 2007, way too late for film photography in general, I purchased a "new" camera, a used Hasselblad XPan. It opened the world around me in a completely new format, pretty literally. The world widened.

The picture gallery changed, too. The old content has left the home page and been since awaiting the complete removal. The page template was updated to become more visual. Verbose descriptions accompanying the images went away. Historic maps on front pages became interactive.

You probably could still call it old-fashioned, though.

Gallery updates

Hiking in the winter sun from the shores of Lake Achen in the Austrian Alps into the valleys of Karwendel mountains.Lake Achen, Tyrol, AustriaDown in the sky • Lake Achen, Tyrol, Austria
Settle on a boat built in 1931, and make your way slowly through Swedish countryside, from coast to coast. Like, very slowly.Göta Canal, SwedenSlow morning • Göta Canal, Sweden

Next journeys

2023 and beyond
2023 is halfway through, and my holiday schedule has been work in progress. The start was done by crossing the Indian Ocean from Sydney to Cape Town — pictures are imminent to go online in the next couple of days.

The summer will start in the Baltic Sea for my initial visits to Finland and Estonia.

October will lead me for a week to the Bordeaux wine region in France.

2024 is planned for the most part as well, with Alaska and Mediterranean on the agenda. Details for the former are not set in stone yet, but the destination is definitely confirmed.

Last but not least, the beginning of 2025 is reserved for my third ocean crossing — the plan is to go aboard in New York, transit through the Panama Canal to San Francisco, and then over the Pacific to Honolulu, Auckland, and Sydney.

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