10 Jun, 2015
Pic of the day - Portrait


Canon 5D Mark III, 70-200 f/4 L IS, 135mm, f/5.6, flash and California sun bounce


NIKOLAIKIKI is also shooting casual or formal portraits for all types of purposes, in this case application in the cultural field.





8 Jun, 2015
Spring 15








15 Feb, 2015
Portfolio - Travel & Documentary


I have put together a new portfolio for travel & documentary applications, including travels around Europe, Ukraine, Kyrgyzstan, Myanmar, Cambodia, Vietnam, Hong Kong, China, USA, Japan, Tonga and New Zealand. Check it out ...



If you are interested in NIKOLAIKIKI for commissioned work lets's get in touch http://nikolaikiki.com/?q=content/contact.







7 Apr, 2014
Photography - Hamburg



I'm on a little trip to Hamburg. Photos, visiting friends and relaxing after some crazy last weeks. I'll wrap up the latest pictures in a new photography post when I'm back in Berlin tomorrow.


Check back soon, there's lots of photos to come ...





27 Feb, 2014
Photography - What happened in 2014 so far?


... a lot, here are some snaps from the last two month ...


Südstrand, Friesland


Ferry to Constance

Some very nice front garden in Baden-Württemberg ;-)




At Lake Constance and wine


An arty case from Thailand in 2009



Double Bounce

Books from Cambodia

Stretch Bus

Berlin Industry at Night


Last Party at old Picknick


First Teaser



Street Lights




Red Bounce


New National Gallery

Green Week

Russian products

Kyrgyz Brandy and chocolates

Eye Art


Mai and me


Last photo of Lilith, R.I.P.

On old snap from Las Vegas

Stratosphere Tower

Fukuoka 2009

Organic food

Old and New



Old & New

Old & New


The Box

Tidied up desk

Ukraine and Putin

Facebook profile pic and sun in my room



Sun coming back

Park in the morning





New Setup

Guitar Rig






A snap from Hong Kong airport last autumn

Somewhere in China in the middle of the night

Laos 2009





In two days it's March, spring is coming, yay!





31 Dec, 2013
Photography - 2013, Personal Best


2013 was a crazy year in many ways. Apart from setting up a new business and founding NIKOLAIKIKI with everything involved, creating the website, developing the clothing collection, collaborating with Berlin fashion agency Common Works and cloth merchant Lebenskleidung, travelling to Turkey to document the organic and fairtrade production, promoting NIKOLAIKIKI in Germany and other countries, doing commissioned works like company portraits, weddings and shooting the Olympus OM-D, doing a dedicated 10 weeks trip only focussing on photography, I was taking a lot of photos in the first place.


I especially did a portrait project in Cambodia for a planned exhibition and accompaning book in spring 2014. A lot of the images below are from my autumn trip through the East. Of the 25.000 images I took in 2013 12.000 originated from the trip. I took three cameras with me, shooting mostly with a Canon 5D. My most used lens was a 50 1.2, followed by the 16-35 II. I used the 70-200 4 IS only for some landscape shots and almost never used my 35 1.4, I found the 50 much more useful on this trip. It's also my most used lens for weddings.


The following 100 images are my personal favorites from 2013. I didn't choose any of the calender images, because you know them already. I couldn't help to include the monk from Myanmar, though, I simply love it.


Check them out (I included personal notes for every image) ...


2013 started with celebrating New Year's with family and friends in Berlin


This is the old Kaufhaus Jandorf on the other side of our road looked through my Canon 50 1.2. I bought this lens especially for the autumn trip, but as I had to rent it every time for a wedding I thought it was the right time to invest in this beautiful optics.


I love to capture crazy patterns, this image is from Zurich airport


I love the North Sea, that's where I grew up. The above image is in the harbour of Hooksiel, this one is my mother with the cat Blacky on a friend's property in Friesland


Harbour Cologne


Depeche Mode venue at Kaufhaus Jahndorf, Room of a friend in Hamburg


Arendt at Bobby Reich at the Hamburg Alster


Building in London, with Henning in the dome of the Reichstag


Festival of Cultures in Berlin


These two are from a trip to Lago Maggiore with the Olympus OM-D


Berlin Street Art


I really like this one, it's a quality control of the GOTS production with Common Works and Lebenskleidung in Izmir, Turkey


I really loved the project Stadtlabor Weinbergspark against gentrification


I was shooting the Olympus OM-D in London, these guys are two of my best friends from New Zealand


A friend from Switzerland visited us in Berlin and we had this delicious olives in Mitte


A different perspective


I was invited to Biennale Arte in Venice this time, the above is an artwork with spices


Decayed sunflowers lit by a fire


I liked to attend this wedding as a friend


Party in late summer


Artwork from Art Basel


Audience at Mauerpark karaoke


Die Bäume at King Kong Klub Berlin


Crazy sky out of my window


SEA + AIR at Freifeld Festival, Oldenburg


Squirrel in Warsaw


Old men playing chess in Kiev


Kiev underground


Moscow is crazy, some musicians in the streets and impressive buildings in black & white


St. Basil


People in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, on a market and kids on a bench


The Kyrgyz were really cool and they liked to be photographed, as those women in a car. Women wear headscarfes when they are married.


Animal market, Karakol, Kyrgyzstan


Children on the way to school in Tasma, Kyrgyzstan


Three men on a carriage, love this


Our host mother in Tasma


Those kids were incredibly cute, we couldn't get the little one with the yellow sweater to smile :-)


Kyrgyz landscapes were pretty amazing


Approaching crazy Beijing


Beijing resident


Ancient cities in China


... and their residents, look at the ham right above!


Guards in a park, China


Cutest twins


Different ethnic people in Shanghai


Gorgeous Guilin, China


Crazy Hongkong, The Peak and bamboo scaffolding


In Singapore I liked Little India and the Muslim quarter


Man kicking a coconut, great


A mirror artwork at Singapore Biennale


Angkor is incredible, many people seem to find that as well


I have to thank my travel partner Carmen who shot a lot of images, too. The tropical flower above and our friend Chamroeun were shot by Carmen


My project in Cambodia involved a lot of handicapped people who lost arms or legs due to landmines


This is one of my favorites from Cambodia, it's a young woman with her son in a hospital


I interviewed an Apsara techer and photographed her students


Oops, tried grilled tarantulas for dinner in Phnom Penh


Soldiers on Cambodian National holiday


I tried to capture the Khmer smile, I'm confident I succeeded


I love this Khmer style, covering every part of the body


One of my most loved places in Thailand, secret


The most impressive pagoda in Myanmar, the Shwedagon in Yangon


The banana shop, Yangon


This is one of my favorite pictures from Myanmar, a woman in her kitchen on the countryside in central Myanmar


The Burmese are fun and you can see that


Incredible landscapes in Myanmar as well


My best action shot this year and the most beautiful woman 2013 in my mind


The Burmese go by bus and they are packed like sardine cans


Crazy trees in central Myanmar


We've been invited to a Burmese wedding on the countryside


July preparing dinner on the countryside


Monastery with monk in morning mist


Father and son on the way to the fields and woman with typical Burmese headscarf


Inle Lake


Young monks in the morning and people in Bagan, early evening


Mandalay hill after sunset


On my last day in Myanmar we were driving around with a motorbike, I took photos from the backseat, this snap of a melon vendor is one of my favorites


I flew back from Bangkok with a Boeing 787 via Stockholm and could capture the sunset over Sweden in this special shot


You don't need to travel far to see great sunsets, this is my favorite of 2013 in Wilhelmshaven, Germany


Last one is my personal favorite, a monk in Amarapura, Mandalay region, Myanmar (thanks, Neill, for telling me!)


Phew, this was 2013. I'm really looking forward to next year, I'm pretty sure it'll be awesome as well with lots of new things coming up.


All the best to all of you, a happy 2014 and thanks a lot for supporting NIKOLAIKIKI, I'm very happy to do what I do!


See you next year!






9 Dec, 2013
Photography Trip - Myanmar, Best Of


Oh Myanmar, what a beautiful experience at the end of an already incredible journey!


It started on the bus to Don Muang Airport in Bangkok where I met Neill, an Australian globetrotter from Perth, who shares many of my passions, travelling and photography in particular, we also love to meet new people and take life the easy way. The fact that we spent my whole 15 days together travelling Myanmar without knowing each other speaks for itself, it really was a great time and we met so many nice people along the way.


In Yangon we came across two Burmese guys, Wunna and Thura, the latter spent three days with us introducing us to normal Burmese life, especially on the countryside, everything without ever asking for money, incredibly friendly.


We also met a very nice Belgian couple in Yangon, Lies and Jhony. We did a magnificent trek from laid-back Kalaw to beautiful Inle Lake together with a bunch of very friendly travellers from around the world.


Bagan was just divine and Mandalay and its surrounding cities provided endless picturesque subjects, a dream for any photographer.


It seems this whole trip really was worth while in every way. It took my photography a good bit further, I improved my portraits of strangers for example, I will bring back around 12.000 images, enough material to completely update the website when I'm back in Berlin and to make portfolios for individual applications and purposes. My portrait project in Cambodia was very successful and I hope to realize my second exhibition in Spring 2014 with an accompanying book.


This trip was more than I expected, much more to come, but now it's time for my Myanmar Best Of ...



WONDERFUL! I'm in love with Myanmar, what a beautiful journey, I will come back someday ...


I am relaxing on Ko Samed, Thailand, for two days now editing images and choosing the 12 for the calender, will show them soon ...


See you





30 Nov, 2013
Photography Trip - Myanmar, week one



This blog site continues to be a very time consuming, thus annoying thing, especially when you have a very fast workflow otherwise. I gave up posting my Myanmar article, instead I created a set on flickr in only five minutes. Myanmar has been wonderful so far, we had the luck to meet incredibly helpful people, Thura and Wanna in Yangon for example. The last days we did a trek from laid-back Kalaw to Inle Lake. The landscape is gorgeous and the people, well, intriguing once again!


Have a look at the slide show ...


See you soon





13 Nov, 2013
Photography Trip - Cambodia, the people


The whole trip this year was built around Cambodia, my main destination. When I visited this fascinating country in 2009 for the first time I was so impressed by the postive attitude the Khmer express. This little country with such a terrible past manages to smile and look into its future with confidence, you can see it in people's faces. I wanted to capture this smile, be it a little damped in some cases, but how could you expect otherwise, some Cambodians have lost their arms, legs, eyes or most of their family. Even more impressive to see how far Cambodia has come since the worst days and there's still a lot more to expect. Look at those people, I truly fell in love with them ...



This is only a selection, I shot a whole lot more, but I am planning an exhibtion for next year, so I wanna make sure there are more images to show you from this stunning country!

Thank you so much, Cambodia, can't wait to come back again :-)