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May 12, 2005
from one host to another, hi victor and "bussibussi" martin! these pictures give me a feeling like theres something the guy knows about live itself that i dont know yet - a mixture of kindness, dissapointment, wisdom and strenght. yes: keep up the good work! (who said that?)
May 12, 2005
Martin, Greetings from Vienna!! I am MartinĀ“s Host in NYC I met him about a year ago when he was visiting NYC. My fiancee Monika is the common bond between Martin and Georg, a friend of ours. So come August I will be swapping Cities with Martin. NYC for Wien(Vienna) I chose to add a comment on this day because i am a big fan of chess. and i play a little too. Great shots Martin. Keep up the good work. See you in a couple of weeks.
May 11, 2005
~xlnt photo essay Martin, your commentary really seals the deal for me, a winner of a series~
May 10, 2005
great series of candid portraits, lovely tones and nice description as well.
May 10, 2005
hey, great site and great photos. i'm looking forward to some more photo series with (and without!) some text.
May 10, 2005
Yah, I agree, the first shot is very nice, butthe rest are great too. Checking your blog daily, great initiative and very interesting!
Andreas Climent
May 10, 2005
I guess I'm in love with the first picture. It tells a story. I like the composition and your choice to make this shot in black and white. Good shots.


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Playing chess in Washington Square Park



As mentioned in my last post I've been around Washington Square Park this weekend. When I came to the south east part of the park I saw quite a few people there playing chess. Most of them have been playing speed-chess against the clock. And there was one man playing chess with a boy who might have been about 10 years old. He didn't use a clock. I stopped and watched them playing two games before I asked to take some pictures. The boy's father came over while the third game was going on. They have been french tourists and already came there the day before to play chess with this guy called Norman.

After the game finished I introduced myself to the man sitting on this small bench. We where talking for a while and Norman told me that he comes to the park every weekend, usually very early in the morning to try and catch his favourite table. Competitors are tough.
Norman told me that he's trying to make a few bucks through the game. He doesn't like speed-chess, he rather wants to teach chess. And if he loses a game he doesn't charge for it since he was not able to teach his students.
Norman is 58 and originaly came from Louisiana to New York. His parents moved here when he was still a kid. He asked me if I'd like to play a game of chess with him. I had to reject since I don't know how to play chess at all. He showed me the basic moves and I told him to come back next weekend to have my first lesson.

The following photographs show other people playing chess in Washington Square Park.




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