All photographs in this book were taken at the full bleed of light, wind, and water. They are un-rendered, in and out of focus, and noisy in places. I used to keep them in my "out-take" files, but since they all are in oblong format I thought that they could be bound in a book of their own, hence the name which originally stands for the book's trim size. Except for its spine nothing connects the pictures in it, since most of them were taken at random and out of boredom, or got born from silly ideas as "There is still space on this SD-card" or "Let's have a memory of this beautiful moonset". Still, most photographs show landscapes, may they be rural, urban, or industrial, and sometimes they also show the things that block the view onto these landscapes, like buildings or fences.
Reality has many windows to it, and a camera is just one of them. The resulting picture of reality only exists in the eye and mind of the beholder, and for this it does not matter much where the content of the picture was found. A photographed TV is as real as the picture it displays, only that it takes exactly one more camera to create this first picture. Questions of copyright usually are connected with this additional camera, especially who owns it and who or what is filmed by it. In this sense one of my infringements of any related rights may lie in screen-shooting a scene from the movie Last Year at Marienbad and thus discernibly depicting french actor and director Sacha Pitoeff on page 52, but I do hope that no-one feels harassed, infringed, or damaged by this.
The first version of this book now has had a short virtual shelf life, after only one month this is the second edition, containing a picture of the last transit of Venus in this century and also two photographs taken by my father Helmut Schindler in the early fifties of the last century. All other photographs were taken by me between 2009 and 2012, except for the total solar eclipse incorporated in the old stellar chart and the drawing of Hamburg's long-gone timeball-semaphore: This eclipse was photographed on the 11th of August 1999 by Bill Kramer.
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