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The Alster // Hamburg, Germany


Leica Minizoom // 35 mm, 200 ISO

Hamburg is a city defined by water, weaving between centuries old factories and centers of trade, churches and modern flats under a vast network of bridges that outnumber Venice and Amsterdam combined. The chief body of water in Hamburg is the Alster, a tributary of the river Elbe, forming two lakes in the center that give the city its identity, not necessarily by what the water adds, but by the space it takes and the land it leaves to man. Giving one the sense that from the Alster’s edge, one finally has the requisite distance to appreciate what’s in front of them, on the far side of the shore.



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The Situk River

July 6. Yakutat, Alaska

It’s raining in the midnight light that never goes away.

Fresh-heavy air and the scent of grass.

On! with your boots.

Cold. Wet.

Grinding gravel and a skinned thumb.

In the van we pass the bridge.

Alight to trek to plunge.

The water flows at waist-level.



The fish are dark shapes on rain-mottled surface.

Stare. Stare. Stare. It moved.

No, it didn’t.

It’s only algae.


Lift leg upriver.

The next hole lies North.

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