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Marco Larousse photography blog. Read about current projects, documentaries, fine art print sales, gallery exhibits, workshops and speeches by Marco Larousse.

Water is a human right - Millerntor Gallery #9

For the 9th time in a row, Hamburg’s second Bundesliga division team FC. St. Pauli turns their stadium into an art gallery and music festival for the good cause. The motto of this year's Millerntor Gallery is “Water is a human right” and more than 100 artists turned the stadium into a gallery with the goal that “Art creates water”.

The beneficiary of the art sale profits is “Viva con Agua”, a non profit organization founded by former FC St. Pauli Player Benjamin Adrion, that focuses on ensuring that all people worldwide have access to clean drinking water. The opening night art auction already spilled €270.000 into a new clean water project for Mozambique.

The Millerntor Gallery is an annual art festival and diverse meeting space that brings artists from many different nations as well as wealthy art buyers from the corporate world together. The spirit at the festival is positive and united for the good cause. It’s also a reminder that those of us who never have to think about clean drinking water, as it’s a seemingly unlimited resource and never more than the next water fauscett away, are very fortunate. But recent, hot and dry summers have also caused water supply issues here in Germany.

The dialogue about clean drinking water may eventually hit closer to home than many are aware of right now. Therefore, the artistic dialogue about this increasingly scarce resource may just come up at the right time for many of us as a wakeup call.

I would like to point you to the work of my good friend and brilliant photographer Stefan Groenveld who has documented some of the Viva con Agua projects in Afrika in recent years:

Wasser ist Leben (Water is life):

Uganda: Kampala und der Norden:

My images of this very colorful event are reduced to black and white to give you a different point of view:

How a street photography photo is planned and created

In street photography, there is quite a complex creative process going on inside my head before I capture the image. But some people may still think that street photography is all about lucky snapshots.

Admittedly, a bit of luck does play a role in street photography because we rely on interesting subjects that are around in the same place and at the same time where we are. And this coincidental factor has kept me going in street photography for the past 25 years - and it has never been boring for me.

But the most important factors that I would attribute to my best street photos are based on exploring a scene and narrowing down the options of a place and the timing. Once you have reached this clear focus and pre-visualization of your image, you are on your way to capture the decisive moment that tells a story in your images.

My friend Steve Brazill invited me to his “Behind the Shot Podcast” and allowed me to take you along the creation process of one of my most famous street images. I share the decisions that I have made before the shot that lead me to narrow down to the final location, timing, and the story that I saw in front of me.

Please take the time to watch and listen to this inspiring interview.

Hamburg's Streets Unstaged - A Photo Project

At the end of 2016, I've decided to start a street photography project in Hamburg for 2017.

The goal of the project was to document the beauty of the unstaged daily life on Hamburg's streets throughout the year from an artistic and classic street photography point of view. During the project, I've captured more than a thousand photos and walked hundreds of miles on Hamburg's streets.

On December 31th, 2017 I've created a short video with a selection of 4 images from each month of the project that you can watch below.

I'm currently in the process to decide how this project will be shared from here on: Maybe a book, an exhibition, or a fine art print series..?

PPN - Photo Podcast Network

PPN Photo Podcast Network Studio - I am the co-founder chief editor and producer at PPN

PPN Photo Podcast Network Studio - I am the co-founder chief editor and producer at PPN

I have been producing photography related podcasts for many years now. And 2017 was the year I teamed up with Scott Bourne and founded PPN - Photo Podcast Network with him. Our mission is to inspire, educate, encourage, and entertain our listeners in the field of photography. We publish different topical photography related shows each month in one single feed. So you can think of as an audio version of a photography magazine.

Our shows cover photograph news, interviews, inspiration, mirrorless photography, photo gear and listener Q&A. The shows have been extremely popular and we have already hit the #1 spot on the iTunes charts in this segment in different countries.

iTunes USA

iTunes USA

iTunes Germany

iTunes Germany

I want to thank all current listeners for their support and would like to invite everyone who is interested in photography and not a listener yet to subscribe to our free PPN podcast channel here:


Google Podcasts:

Or search for "PPN" in your favorite podcatcher app.

You can also visit the PPN Photo Podcast Network website by clicking here.


G20 Summit 2017 in Germany - Hamburg Under Siege

Germany is the host of the G20 summit talks in 2017 and Chancellor Angela Merkel decided to host this event in Hamburg.

Hamburg is known to be an open, diverse and international city due to its large and 828 years old harbor. And because of this, Hamburg also carries the nickname "Gate to the World."

But when it comes to hosting the G20 summit in Hamburg, most people from Hamburg are opposed to having this event in their metropolitan city. While most residents support the idea that leaders of the world should talk to each other and try to effectively tackle the urgent inequity and environmental issues of our planet, the majority of residents think that this event should not have been hosted in the middle of a metropolitan, but rather in a more remote place where the implications and security concerns would have been much less trouble.

In addition to that, the event takes place in the most alternative part of town that had a long history of, let's say, not reacting well to gentrification, capitalism, and inequality of minorities. To these residents, it's seen as a blatant provocation and adds fuel to a G20 summit event that has a long history of protests and violence.

With this photo series, I documented the "under siege" area with my camera just days before the G20 summit started on July 7th & 8th.


Small home made protest sign in a residential building.

A total of 20,000 policeman and policewomen are in Hamburg to guard the G20 summit.

The police are present with info stands in the areas that are affected by the lockdown and limited access rules.

A lot of places in the affected G20 summit area are fenced up with barbed wires

Signs with quotes from Donald Trump show up to use his words to protest the G20 event.

Many stores in the lockdown area have to take mandatory holidays as customers can't reach the stores without permits. The loss of revenue is a price to pay for shop owners.

This motivated many shop owners to show their protest against the G20 in Hamburg: "G20 you should not be here"

As G20 events come with violent protest and riots, many stores board up their windows.

Others hang up signs and ask to spare their stores from damaging them as they are also against the G20 politics.

Those signs don't always work, though.

The alternative scene living close to the G20 venue has clear words voicing their opposition.

The "Rote Flora" is historically the center of all political anti inequality and capitalism protest.

Many protest banners are also aimed towards environmental protection. Instead of "XYZ Nation First" they want to see "Planet Earth First".

Alternative G20 events revolve around solidarity without borders and friendship as opposed to hate.

The Hamburg police had been fighting legal battles with protest organizers who wanted out of town protesters to sleep in a protest camp. "Yes we camp" is their slogan to protest the camp ban.

Even the house of anarchy needs organized structures to protest effectively.

Beer prices are stable at Schanzenviertel even during the G20 summit.

Even traffic lights carry protest messages for the G20 summit.

To sum it up: Many citizens of Hamburg want the G20 summit to just go away.

Train Window Diaries at 1/1000s

On every intercity express train ride that I take, I capture images through the window. While the world flies by at up to 300 km/h (186 mph), very few people even take the time to look at the unique and quickly changing scenery.

On a recent train ride from the north to the center of Germany, I captured this series of images - another set of my "Train Window Diaries at 1/1000s".

At this shutter speed, not only the far but even the close objects are frozen in time and can be recognized - which is almost impossible for the human eye to capture at these speeds.

Take a look at the beauty that is often overlooked by most passengers. The varying scenery, weather conditions and snow levels are a good indicator of the distance traveled and the regional changes that come with it.


Train Window Diaries - ML - 15

Off-Season / Nebensaison -Timmendorfer Strand & Niendorf

Off-Season / Nebensaison is a photo project where I document popular vacation regions during their off-season.

The strong visual contrast between the busy and crowded peak season and the off-season in vacation regions is a condition that many people never get to see and therefore may not fully appreciate. While the peak season attracts many visitors due to favorable weather situations, special events or vacation time, the off-season can have some qualities and a unique beauty, too.

Crowded streets, restaurants, hotels, parking lots and stores in addition to high peak season prices can take away from a relaxing break time when one seeks to get away from everyday stress. I have learned to appreciate to visit vacation regions during their off-season, too.

I'm seeing places with different eyes when they are almost deserted without the visual and audible distraction that large crowds bring with them. Grey and cloudy days can actually make for a relaxing and comforting mood and create a unique visual beauty to my eyes.

As a visual example of the unique off-season mood that I'm talking about, I share this recent off-season image series that I captured in the North German Baltic Sea coast villages Timmendorfer Strand and Niendorf i.H.

Maybe this is an inspiration for you to see the beauty in locations during the off-season too. Feel free to give me your thoughts in the comments and share this post via the "share" option at the bottom of the post, too.


Off Season - Closed Hotel

Off Season - Empty Pier - Kein Winterdienst!

Off Season - Empty Lounge Chairs

Off Season - Deserted Catamaran

Off Season - Closed Beach Chair Rental Shack

Off Season - Swans and Fog

Off Season - Closed Fisherman's Shack

Off Season - Closed Snack Bar

Off Season - Empty Benches

Off Season - Pier in Fog

Life in a tube

Over the corse of a week, I observed how people of all age groups and genders acted inside a fast waterslide tube made out of glass. Over time I came to realize how much of a person’s character is revealed during these few seconds of intensity and more or less of an adrenaline rush.

When I froze the individuals at a few thousands of a second, I started to see curiosity, fear, joy, indifference or terror in their posture. Some of the individuals seemed to pose a “get me out of here“ and others more of a “look at me how cool I am“.

Some only coped with the situation by sliding in company or backward, not wanting to see what is ahead of them. Others went head first, on their belly or on their knees. Some seemed to enjoy the moment of not being in control and others didn’t. After a few days, this waterslide tube felt to me like a giant birth canal out of a science fiction movie where the individual's personality is infused before it enters life.

What kind of personality and posture would you show in your posture when being flushed down a tube like this?


Oslo and Copenhagen Voyage - alternating color & B&W photography

While coordinating assignments in Oslo and Copenhagen, my travel agent suggested to take a boat instead of planes for this trip. And by boat she meant a cruise boat. I have never been on a cruise ship (large ferry boats not counted) and I was intrigued.

Three weeks later I found myself boarding the Aida Luna (capacity of about 2,000 passengers) on my way to Oslo and Copenhagen. In the spring time the Baltic Sea is always good for surprises - cold rainy and warm summer like moments can take turns within hours. This is what inspired me to make a photo documentary with alternating color and B&W images on this trip.

Here are my impressions. Enjoy!

As a little bonus I've added a time lapse video showing the last 25 mi of the Aida Luna approaching Copenhagen harbour. The video starts at the location of the Helsingborg - Helsongør ferry line, passing from Sweden to Denmark.

Inspiration for Photograpers

Photography gear is covered extensively on the internet. But what to do with all those fantastic cameras and lenses is often forgotten about.

That is why Scott Bourne and I have started to host a monthly "Inspiration" podcast on the Photofocus network. We cover the history, past and present of photography and introduce master photographers that most photographers should know about. We also introduce a photography related book for inspiration on each show.

The podcast airs on the 14th of each month and can be subscribed to for free via iTunes. Or you can listen to individual episodes on the Soundcloud player below:

My podcast recording studio

Hay Barns (Heuschober) Garmisch-Partenkirchen - Limited Fine Art Print Series

My latest fine art print project is a symbioses of documentary and fine art photography. The abundant presence of small hay barns (Heuschober) in the Bavarian town of Garmisch-Partenkirchen inspired me to make these historic structures the main subject of this fine art print series.

Some of these hay barns are over 100 years old and each of them is unique. The weathered wood, skew-whiff structure and the sporadic presence of trees growing besides them make them one of a kind structures that are as unique as a fingerprint.

These hay barns document how agriculture was run as small scale family farms in this region and that industrial farming still has no space here today.

The nine images were captured during snow storm conditions as this portraits best the harsh environment that had to be conquered when living and farming in this region.

The images will be offered as a limited original artist print & signed edition - each image is printed on fine art paper framed in museum quality wooden frames with Optiwhite matt/glossy glass.


Heuschober Garmisch Partenkirchen  #1 W

Heuschober Garmisch Partenkirchen  #2 W

Heuschober Garmisch Partenkirchen  #3 W

Heuschober Garmisch Partenkirchen  #4 W

Heuschober Garmisch Partenkirchen  #5 W

Heuschober Garmisch Partenkirchen  #6 W

Heuschober Garmisch Partenkirchen  #7 W

Heuschober Garmisch Partenkirchen  #8 W

Heuschober Garmisch Partenkirchen  #9 W