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Fastnacht in Black and White

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After Fasching, Mainz goes back to being a peaceful and reserved German city on the Rhine.  During Fasching, it’s a madhouse.  My German teacher describes it as a town where one boards a bus and everyone is quietly reading a book or looking out the window, but then during Fasching everyone is smiling, singing, and wanting to be friends.  “Instead of Germans,” he said,” “everyone’s acting like Americans!”

I felt that black and white helped to balance the city’s competing identities in these photos.  I hope you enjoy them.

The calm before the storm.

The calm before the storm.

 

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I'm an American living in Mainz, Germany and, after a a one-year sabbatical from office life, working as a corporate lawyer in Frankfurt. While living in Europe with my fiancé, my goals are to see as much art, taste as much food, and experience as much life as possible.

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