Our PonderingTime artist Bernhard Schlafke has challenged his friend Thomas Kalscheid to an unusual battle. It’s called picture, or photography.

“Music connects.”

Thomas Kalscheid has been photographing for many years. He is a passionate Hamburg resident by choice. The known amateurish beginnings are far back. Early on, the photographic results showed his eye for detail and atmosphere. Perfection in the use of technology, as well as the composition of images and the transport of situational moods are the hallmarks of Thomas Kalscheid’s works, making him a welcome photographer in the concert hall, in front, on and behind the stage.

For years I have been receiving the results of his work in a reflective way, especially since we are connected to jazz and rock music not only by pictorial design but also by passion. You can see the consequences of this connection here…

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Title: „Guitarplayer“
Image size: 11,8’ x 15,7’ /4,2 oz/sqft
Page size: 7,87‘ x 11,8‘ ca.
Technique: Filler, wipe technique acrylic
Jazzanova “The Pool” Tour at the Mojo-Club Hamburg. David Lemaitre on guitar.

Title: no Titel
Page size: 11,81‘ x 15,78 /4,23 Oz/sqft
Image size: 8,26‘ x 9,84‘ ca.
Technique: pastel oil crayon drawing
After different variations of the mood of the photographs had not come close to my criticism, I decided for this free interpretation, especially since the accordion is one of my favorite instruments.
Willroth, deep in the Westerwald in a carnival stronghold. The Cologne rock group “Kasalla” performs at the “Kölschen Nacht”. Rene “Ena” Schwiers playing the accordion ….

Title: „Guitarplayer in the light“
Page size: 11,81‘ x 15,74‘ /4,23 oz/sqft
Image size: 9,44’ 9,44’ ca.
Technique: wipe technique acrylyc
… and Sebastian Wagner on guitar.

Title: no Title
Page size: 11,81‘ x 15,74‘ /4,23 oz/sqft
Image size: 8,26’ x 9,84’ ca.
Technique: charcoal drawing
“Moriarty” at the Hamburg factory in June 2015. Communication between the individual musicians of the band, here Stephan Zimmerli (guitar, dobro) and Thomas Puéchavy (harp).

Title: „Spanish Guitare“
Page size: 19,68’ x 27,55’ /8,81oz/sqft
Image size: 19,68’x 27,55’ ca.
Technique: wipe technique Acrylyc
In memory of a long ago concert experience, where an “old Spaniard”, in my youthfully naïve eyes at that time, conjured up vibrations on a “simple” guitar, which still have an effect today, this calm image was created in color contrast, so that the vibration remains…

Title: “Causes of Tragedy”
Page size: 19,68’ x 27,55 /8,81oz/sqft
Image size: 19,68’ x 27,55’ approx., stretched around the edge
Technique: mixed technique (wipe, brush painting), acrylic
In contrast to the “Spanish Guitar” stands the dark, current amplified, massively room-filling guitar riffling of the Thrashmetal guitar playing, which fills me again and again with questioning incompre-hension.

Title: “no title”
Page size: 19,68’ x 27,55’ /250g/sqft
Image size: 15,74’ x 17,70’ aprox.
Technique: wiping technique, acrylic
“Nighthawks”, Factory Hamburg “707” Tour November 2018: Jazz. Pure winter shop at the trum-pet…

Title: “no title”
Page size: 19,68’ x 27,55’ /8,81 oz/sqft
Image size: 15,74’ x 17,71’ approx.
Technique: wiping technique, acrylic
… and Jörg Lehnhardt on the guitar

Title: “without title”
Page size: 19,7’ x 27,5’ /8,8oz/sqft
Image size: 15,7’ x 17,7’ approx.
Technique: wiping technique, acrylic
…Omar Rodriguez Calvo on bass

Title: “without title”
Page size: 11,8’ x 15,7’ cm /8,8oz/sqft
Image size: 9,8’ x 7,9’ approx.
Technique: Pastel oil crayon, drawing
“Tingvall Trio” in the factory at the end of November 2018. Top-notch jazz. Martin Tingvall at the Steinway grand piano and …

Title: “Game”
Leaf size 15,7’x 20’ /brown cardboard, 0,11’
Image size: 15,7’ x 50’ approx.
Technique: wiping technique, acrylic

Jeff Beck listened to guitar playing and let the calm gestures combined with the colorful sound variety swing.

Title: “without title”
Page size: 11,8’ x 15,7’ cm /8,8oz/sqft
Image size: 9,8’ x 7,8’ approx.
Technique: Pastel oil crayon, drawing
Fabrik Hamburg, April 2014, the band “Hildegard learns to fly”. Singer Andreas Schaerer in action.

Title: “Untitled “
Leaf size: 7,8’ x 11,8’. Drawing cardboard 8,8oz/sqft
Image size: 5,9’ x 5,9’ approx.
Technique: drawing, pencil and crayon
“Moop Mma” 2012, Marcus Kesselbauer Saxophone

Title: “Play me a Blues, man”
Page size: 19,7’ x 27,5’ /8,8oz/sqft
Image size: 14,5’ x 14,5’approx.
Technique: mixed technique (wipe, brush painting), acrylic
Foto: B.B. King, 12.01.1994, Siegen, (31 x 41,3 cm)
Photo: B.B. King, 12.01.1994, Siegen, (12,2‘ x 16,2‘ )
“You should hear at least one little song every day, read a good poem, see an excellent painting and, if possible, speak some sensible words.” Johann W. von Goethe

“Tingvall Trio at the factory in late November 2018.

Contact:

thomaskalscheid@web.de bepunktschlafke@web.de

Bernhard Schlafke

As an artist Bernhard Schlafke travels in many fields. At PonderingTime he presents his pictures from the most diverse directions as a painter. A passion which he has been pursuing for decades now and which he passed on to others in the KreAktivWerkstatt in Dülmen, Westafalia, Germany, for example, of which he is also the founder. Incidentally, this activity is also a project within the framework of open-youth-work-support, in his home country.
Bernhard Schlafke

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