Back in Sydney after being away in Germany for a couple of months. I'm walking home after having a Chemex coffee at Toby's coffee estate in East Sydney. The last days of winter and the light is blindingly bright. Medicine for my middle European eyes & mind.
I'm at Ellen Eisemann's fashion show at the Kosmos in Berlin taking photos back-stage. One important lesson I learnt today - don't put yourself in front of a stylist spraying litres of hairspray into your face. I was concentrated on photographing to not realise that I was fumigated. I ended up having a soar throat for weeks. Second lesson to take home - keep it simple, technically. I snapped all photos with an equivalent 50mm focal length lens.
Trying out a washed Kenyan Nyeri Kagumoini and an Ethiopian Lekempti Oramia Negosho on the Kalita Wave dripper.
Drinking Kenyan Muchoki and Columbian La Amistad coffee at Cafe CK in Berlin Prenzlauer Berlin
This little gem was just to nice to resist. I get a lot of tactile pleasure and comfort from holding, touching and using a tool which is made to last - where the maker has spend a lot of effort going beyond the sadness of nasty quality. I love the quick release tilting handle.
A playful complex process of making a simple coffee.
I had my first black coffee in my life not tasting like some degreasing liquid. And the good thing is that I made, pressed, the coffee myself on a $30 device called the Aeropress. A kind of revelation to be using two cheap plastic tubes with expensive coffee beans, costing almost as much as the Aeropress itself, to extract unknown flavours from an old drink.
I love cycling through Berlin in summer with music on my iPhone. This corner in Berlin, near the Dom and the future City Palace (Stadtschloss), with the TV tower and Red City Hall in the background, is one big mesh of cranes and water pipes. The visual mess is... well lets just say mesmerising. I used my iPhone app KItCam to film the clip, cycling along the road while trying to not crash into some obstacle. The music is by Michael Franks.
Microphones don't like wind.