Some of his last photos taken

Posted April 22nd, 2011 in Unpublished by neil


My mother found a few photos in the catalog my dad kept on his computer. These photos are a few of the last ones that he took, on April 17th of 2010… one year ago this past Sunday. He was working on taking photos of everyday items that were in the shape of a letter.

Although they’re not anything really special, it’s nice to take a look back to see what he was doing at that time.


Light up my life

Posted February 14th, 2011 in Unpublished by neil

My mother has been starting to post previously un-posted photos of Horst’s to her flickr stream. I will be posting them all here as well. The other day she came across a few that he took way back in January of 2008. He had begun to experiment with ‘painting with light’ after being inspired by one of his flickr friends.

She guesses that he had planned to post one of them on Valentine’s Day that year, but decided on a different photo. Cannot pass up an opportunity to share such a great photo with everyone!! Happy Valentine’s Day!

(Sorry for the long delay in posts, it’s been a busy few months.)


College Era Photos

Posted December 22nd, 2010 in Memories of Horst, Photos of Horst by neil

A couple of months back in early October, I received some emails from two of Horst’s college classmates from back in Connecticut. First it was Bob Balaban who sent me an email, which I posted here. Then he got me in touch with Bob Pekar, who had re-connected with my dad back in 1989 and stayed in contact over emails throughout the years until the month before he passed. Bob P. explained that their freshman class of the University of Bridgeport Industrial Design was 30+ students. When they graduated in 1962, there were only 7 of them remaining.

Bob P. shared this with me in one of his emails:

I loved his photos and told him his talent was a toss up between design and photography. The love he had for your family and nature really comes out in the photos.┬áSince receiving the sad news, thoughts of the good times at school and the Continue Reading »

Zabriskie Silhouette

Posted November 12th, 2010 in Unpublished by neil

This is a previously unpublished photo.

In March, 2010, Horst took a weekend trip out to Death Valley, CA with his wife. He had talked about doing it for years as he wanted to photograph the scenery… and finally, they decided to get out there. This was his last big “photo outing” before he began to get ill. There are many, many photographs that he took on this trip, and he wasn’t able to process all of them. I remember him showing me this one in particular. He did very little processing on this one; I think maybe just some contrast adjustment. The composition is pretty much how he shot it. I find that it has so much visual impact; the strong diagonal lines, the placement of the subject.

It is a testament to how he saw and photographed things. There were many photographers out there that morning, waiting for the right light to hit the hills and give them that perfect shot. He took that time and saw this simple shot of one of them waiting.


Field Of Daisies

Posted July 28th, 2010 in Photos, Unpublished by neil

This is a previously unpublished photo that Horst took; the first one that we’re putting on his site. I’m not quite sure why he hadn’t put it up on flickr, because I think it looks fantastic. He always was so fascinated with shallow depth of field and bokeh in photographs. Perhaps it wasn’t technically up to par with what he was trying for. Regardless, I believe that it is worthy of displaying on this site.

Way back to 1974

Posted July 24th, 2010 in Memories of Horst, Photos of Horst by neil

For more details on this photo, please see my family site over here.

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Horst and boys with pipes

Posted June 14th, 2010 in Photos of Horst by neil

About 4 years ago, I get an email from my dad one morning, with this photo attached. I’m really unsure why he sent it, but it put a huge smile on my face, and it still does. I’m not sure how many laws this would break in the U.S., but in Australia it was totally fine to let your kids walk around with pipes.

That’s me on the left, my dad, and my brothers Axel and Derek. I would guess that this is around ’75 or ’76 since we lived in Australia until I was 7. For some reason, I must have thought that using a pipe means you are grumpy… because I’m putting on quite the sour-puss face!

You are the man!

Posted June 10th, 2010 in Photos of Horst by neil

From the Christmas 2009 Photobooth series (an ongoing process)

When I had the gear set up for the photobooth shots, I wanted to try getting a few shots of myself that I could put together and have two of me in one shot. When the camera is on a tripod this can be easily done with multiple shots of the same scene in Photoshop.

Anyway, my dad saw me doing this and said “Oh, I want to try that!” I gave him the remote trigger for the camera, left the room and let him loose. Continue Reading »

Christmas 2009 Photobooth

Posted June 4th, 2010 in Photos of Horst by neil

A strip of photos from the 2009 Christmas Photobooth series. I still have to get all the rest of the photos processed, but these I wanted to do first.

In 2008, I started a tradition of setting up a make-shift photobooth during Christmas time. It would be set up at my in-laws festivities, as well as at my parents home. The purposed was to capture photos of everyone that was there at the time. Sort of a twist on the group photo for the holidays.

I’ve just now been able to go through some of the shots from 2009, and I’ve only processed just a handful of them … the ones that have my dad in them.

tiny bubbles

Posted June 3rd, 2010 in Flickr Favorites, Photos by neil

it was a warm 82 degrees, after completing my gardening, I treated myself to a beer & look what I saw through the bottle!!!

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