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Gerd Ludwig  National Geographic photographer, speaker, teacher, author of several photo books, most recently "minus 2/3" and "Sleeping Cars"

Great to see one of my photographs on my son’s (@maximludwig) new single release.

His indie/art rock band ‘Maxim Ludwig and the Raw Dog Band’ will be headlining at the famous Troubadour Club on Santa Monica in West Hollywood on Thursday night. His new singles “Rich Man’s World” and “American Zen” were released last night on Soundcloud. Go to my IG bio to listen to the new songs, up for a few days only.  @maximludwig @thetroubadour #indirock #artrock #rocknroll

Not far from the Italian city of Bolzano, Runkelstein Castle sits on a rocky spur high above the Talfer River. The medieval castle is home to one of the largest preserved medieval fresco cycles, dating back to the year 1400.

@thephotosociety @natgeocreative #Italy#Bolzano #RunkelsteinCastle #TalferRiver

Winter Holiday Season 2008 in Moscow, Russia. Huge billboards cover the re-construction of the Moskva Hotel on Manezhnaya Square, a large, open, pedestrian space in the heart of the city near the entrance to Red Square. In earlier years, Russian women were often pictured in contrast to billboards. These two ladies, however, look like they could have just stepped out of a billboard.

@thephotosociety @natgeo @natgeocreative #Russia #Moscow #ManezhnayaSquare

Wishing you peace, love, joy, hope, health and happiness during this Holiday Season and throughout the New Year.

Judgment day at Novo-Tikhvinsky cloister in Yekaterinburg, Russia: Father Abraham sits down to critique an icon painted by a resident nun. It depicts St. Peter, keys to heaven in hand. If it is to pass his test, the father said, "anyone looking at it must want to pray." Reviving a tradition that almost died during Soviet times, sisters train for as long as a decade to excel at the art.

@thephotosociety @natgeocreative @natgeo #Russia #Yekaterinburg #NovoTikhvinsky #russianorthodox #iconpainting #nuns

Photo by @GerdLudwig. @sleepingcars. Surrounded by Christmas lights, a covered car rests in Culver City, California. Over many years now, I have been photographing a project called “Sleeping Cars,” also published as a fine art book

The photographs show resting cars at night throughout Los Angeles, undeniably the city of cars. These vehicles are the blood in the veins of Los Angeles. They sleep against backgrounds of varying ambient light on the winding streets of the Hollywood Hills to the flat gridded suburbs of the Valley. Nestled in the low-lying fog of these distinctly Los Angeles neighborhoods, the vehicles begin to take on personalities of their own. Each car’s distinct surroundings create a different tableau and tempt the viewer to construct his own narrative behind each vehicle. The late night scenes of cars sitting alone on streets in the dead of night possess an inherent mysterious quality, and almost bring to my mind the forgotten movie sets of a noir film so intrinsic to Los Angeles.

To see more images of Sleeping Cars follow my dedicated IG feed @sleepingcars where I’m sharing images from the project and other resting cars.
@thephotosociety @natgeocreative @faheykleingallery #CulverCity #California #Christmaslights #SleepingCarsBook

Though my friends know me as a night owl, since I’ve moved to the top of Mt. Washington in Los Angeles, I’ve been forcing myself to catch the spectacular  sunrises and amazing cloud formations from my deck. Here is one of my favorites.

@thephotosociety #mountwashington #view #sunrise

*HOLIDAY FLASH SALE – Click the link in my bio, then scroll down to ‘SILENT NURSERY’ to purchase*

In a spontaneous flash sale, I am offering this signed print for purchase for $100 for 10 days only.
Silent Nursery. Dolls and shreds of mattresses litter the floor of an abandoned kindergarten in Pripyat inside the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone in Ukraine.
On April 26, 1986 the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant blew up after operators botched a safety test. While the radioactive fallout started to spread over tens of thousands of square kilometers,  on the day of the disaster, children - oblivious to the nuclear catastrophe just 3 km away - napped in their cods and played on the floors in this kindergarten of Pripyat, the reactor’s company town. It took the authorities 36 hours to admit to the severity of the accident. Only then the children were hastily  evacuated and had to leave everything behind – even their treasured dolls and toys.

The photograph was shot on assignment for National Geographic Magazine in 2005 and is a key image of my ongoing Chernobyl project. It was also published in my trilingual photo book “The Long Shadow of Chernobyl”( essay by Mikhail Gorbachev). For this flash sale the photograph is printed on an archival 8.5x11 inch Legacy Platine paper with an actual image size of 6x9 inch. It is signed with an archival marker on the front border. Large limited edition prints of this image are in several private collections.

The flash sale ends on December 6th. All prints are shipped via USPS priority mail.

Go to the link in my bio to purchase the print.
@thephotosociety @natgeo @natgeocreative #Ukraine #Chernobyl #Pripyat #kindergarten #flashsale

Heavy nightly snowfall in the Siberian city of Khanty-Mansiysk, the resurgent capital of Russia’s richest oil region.

Once cold and foreboding, the region has experienced unprecedented wealth and development in the past decades. Gas and oil explorations that started in the mid-1960s have resulted in 100 million barrels of black gold being pumped out of the former Russian frontier in the last 50 years.

@thephotosociety @natgeocreative @natgeotravel #Russia #Siberia #KhantyMansiysk #snowfall

View from the Corniche towards the West Bay skyline in Doha, Qatar.
The Doha Corniche is a 7 km-long waterfront promenade encircling the Doha Bay. It is popular with locals and tourists alike, who enjoy walking, jogging, skateboarding, or just hanging out like the man browsing his laptop here.

Not too long ago, the Doha Corniche used to be an empty stretch of walkway but in recent decades dozens of skyscrapers have been built, offering an impressive view across West Bay towards Doha’s skyline.

@thephotosociety #Qatar #Doha #Corniche #WestBay #skyline

The city of Astana was handpicked in the 1990s by President Nursultan Nazarbayev to be the new capital of Kazakhstan. Risen from a forsaken landscape and post-Soviet rubble, in just 25 years the place has become a futuristic city dominated by avant-garde architecture.
Nicknamed the grain elevator, the semicircular KazMunayGas Building houses the state-owned energy companies and like many buildings on Astana’s Left Bank goes through a kaleidoscopic color change every night.
@thephotosociety @natgeo @natgeotravel @natgeovreative #Kazakhstan #Astana #night # KazMunayGas

@sleepingcars. A beauty dreams the night away on a side street near the Silver Lake Reservoir in Los Angeles, CA. The photograph is from my long-term project, book and exhibit ‘Sleeping Cars’. Cars are the blood in the veins of LA. They rest against backgrounds of varying ambient light on the winding streets of the Hollywood Hills to the flat gridded suburbs of the Valley. Nestled in the low-lying fog or mysterious side streets of LA neighborhoods, the vehicles begin to take on personalities of their own. Each car’s distinct surroundings create a different tableau that is meant to tempt the viewer to construct his/her own narrative behind each vehicle.

Even after the publication of my fine-art photo book, I occasionally continue to photograph resting cars at night. Follow @sleepingcars to see more images of this ongoing project.  @thephotosociety @natgeo @natgeocreative #sleepingcarsbook #sleepingcar #LosAngeles

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