In late 2006, i started to study geography
at the University of Bonn, and i had to pick two subsidiary subjects. I chose geology and urban planning. At some point, i had contact with "Computer Aided Design", also known as CAD, and i decided to buy a digital graphic drawing tablet because of this. In February 2007, i bought a Wacom Intuos 3 Tablet, and i still use it today. It's more natural and much faster
than a regular mouse. Five years before, in January 2002, i already got a 12000U Tablet by Aiptek Hyperpen, but it was not practical, and in hindsight, definitely not as smooth to use as a Wacom Tablet.
Shortly after i got my first "real" computer by IBM in August 1998
, i stopped using traditional pointing devices anyway, because of the Logitech Marble Trackball, which is more precise and takes less space. Around 2005, i even played "Counter-Strike Source" with a setup like this for a while. My first "junior" computer was a JC100/01 for children from 3 years, intended for playing and learning, made by Hartung Spiele Berlin, for a price of 179 Deutsche Mark. According to the packaging, one set of batteries lasts for approximately 200 hours, but i never got that far
At the moment, i have three input devices on my "Alex desk" table from Ikea, a Wacom Intuos Tablet, a Cherry Strait Keyboard, and a Logitech T650 Touchpad. I'm left-handed, and that's why it's arranged that way. I do not draw a lot on the computer anymore, but i still edit photos
and create graphics sometimes, while i sit on my "Markus Swivel" chair by Ikea. FYI, in January 2003, i got my first SETI@home certificate for completing 100 workunits, and in July the same year, my second for 250.
I loved to make photos ever since i can remember. But film-based cameras were expensive during their active lives. This is why i had a lot to catch up on in 2000, when i got my first digital camera, a Kodak DC3800 with 2.1 megapixels. It was the beginning of many more cameras in my career. First i used them at school to make photos and videos for presentations. And later as photojournalist i documented history being written
In 2005, i got my first DSLR camera, a Canon EOS 350D with 8 megapixels. It has enabled me to capture a wider range of situations. It gave me access to events and humans i would not have seen in real life otherwise. At that time not many people had a DSLR camera, so i was special and ahead of my time. It was a quite unique moment, because there was hardly any competition, unlike these days. And this is why i have made steps from photography towards videography in the past years
- 2000: Kodak DC3800 (2.1MP)
- 2003: Canon PowerShot A20 (2.1MP)
- 2004: Canon PowerShot A85 (4MP)
- 2005: Canon EOS 350D (8MP)
- 2009: Canon EOS 7D (17.9MP)
- 2011: Canon EOS 5D Mark II (21.1MP)
- 2012: GoPro Hero2
- 2014: Canon PowerShot ELPH-150 IS
- 2014: GoPro Hero3 White
- 2014: Sony DSC-RX100 III
- 2015: GoPro Hero4 Silver
- 2016: Sony DSC-RX100 IV
Between 2011 and 2012, i had over 800.000 video views, and made over 700 USD through YouTube and Google Adsense. But at some point, they decided to disable the monetization of one of my channels without a way to defend myself
. I still uploaded origami tutorials like nothing happened, but then i switched to another style of videos, to put myself in the foreground, instead of just my hands. Because if i don’t get paid, at least i want to be recognized as an hard working artist. FYI, in mid 2006, i applied for the art academy
in Düsseldorf, but they rejected me.
I was verified as partner and i had no copyright or community guidelines strikes either. But their algorithms didn’t like me and i was just another YouTuber. I still had the channel, but i couldn’t make any money out of it. In some way, Google forced me to go one step further
because of this. Now all i wanted was recognition through video views. My last hundred origami tutorials are influenced by this and i’m starring as main character. Something i would not have done otherwise. Since then, i gave up on YouTube and Google as a way to earn money
, and use them only to host my videos for free.
I just read a German article about my generation and i try to summarize it here: "Generation Y" has left its youth behind and is now getting into the professional life. Every generation has its own taste and interests. In 1975, people still met physically at social places
. In 1995, teenagers at least talked to each other via mobile phones.
In many large cities
in Germany the share of immigrants under 40 years old is over 40 percent. Just look at the German national soccer team. It is an expression of the change, which will affect the next generation. Generation Y, born between 1980-1994, is currently getting into higher positions in companies. In a phase of decreasing numbers of children my generation was born with participation, support and appreciation.
The mixture of constant praise and the awareness that nothing is given in life, lead to ambition. In an increasingly fast-paced time happiness is more important
than ever. And if something does not work, it’s time for a change. The many possibilities are making it not always easy to choose the "right" path.
The childhood of the "Millennials" is generally regarded as the most peaceful time
in Germany. Because of the "Baby boomer" parents, my generation developed a kind of ambition "to get ahead" in order to receive praise and appreciation, just like in the childhood. We want to be successful and "good", but not at any price.
The early integration into family decision-making processes
made us attaching great importance to transparency, community, and decision-making on the same eye level. Generation Y wants to make a contribution to the society, without being too noisy. The revolution so far has been socially quiet, on the internet as "Generation Facebook", through a culture full of experiences, inconspicuous and with each other instead of "against each other".
A large part of my trail of thousand origami cranes is recorded in video
with a Canon PowerShot ELPH-150 as first-person point of view camera and a GoPro Hero4 Silver as third-person point of view camera. Most of the time i use a Walimex Table Tripod to hold the Canon. For the GoPro i use a custom stand made from Lego bricks
to get a really low angle. I cover the logos with black tape, because i don't get paid for this.
I have three replacement batteries for each camera and charge them with a battery pack while i’m out there folding my origami cranes. I need to do it like this, because if everything is perfect, i can fold over hundred cranes a day, which drains the batteries. This is why i get around 700 cranes after a week of travel. The original size of the paper
i use is A4, but i cut it down to A6 to make it fit.
Before i go to a city, i use Google Maps with satellite view turned on. I look for benches and other things where i can sit down to fold my origami cranes. Most of the time, i’m walking to the places
, unless it’s in London or Hong Kong, where the Tube or the MTR is the first choice to get around. This way i get to see a lot and discover things
i have not seen through my research.
After a day of folding origami cranes, i backup all the files from both SanDisk Memory Cards to two Samsung SSDs. I use a Lenovo Thinkpad 8 Windows Tablet with a Inateck USB Hub attached to copy the videos and check the file integrity via MD5 hashing algorithm. This is a lot of effort to keep it all safe, but worth it. At home i use custom code
to organize everything and feed it into Windows Movie Maker as the last step before uploading it to YouTube
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