Thursday, January 26, 2017

Meet Zoë Noble (photographer) + James Glazebrook (writer) - In A Minute Portrait (352)

If you were an expat in Berlin during the early 2010s, you probably know British expats Zoë Noble and James Glazebrook through their popular überlin blog or maybe because of their co-working space of the same name. By now, Zoë Noble is known internationally as a commercial photographer and retoucher and James Glazebrook has expanded his work as a thoughtful and witty writer and helper of humans through his work at basecamp and his blog on Medium. They also provide a home to Olive, who was unfortunately not available for an interview that day.

Meet Zoë Noble (photographer) + James Glazebrook (writer) - In A Minute Portrait (352)

I highly encourage you to check out their current websites: Zoë Noble Photography and James Glazebrook on medium.

A special thank you to Kate Wirth of the Sole Satisfaction blog for allowing me to use her Childfree Portrait photo in the video - photographed by Zoë, of course.

To learn more about Zoë's Childfree Portrait project and apply to participate, check out this post: Childfree Portrait Project — Call For Subjects

Meeting Zoë and James remains one of the most special human connections I made during my Berlin years. You immediately get a sense of how open-minded, intelligent, funny, creative, dedicated, focused, talented and adventurous they are. I get so invigorated when I'm around their dynamic duo energy. And I certainly appreciate their style when it comes to visuals and music.

As with everyone I've featured in the In A Minute Portrait series, I find them incredibly inspiring; in this case both as a couple and as individuals. I'd like to point out two aspects specifically that I hope you find aspiring as well:

Even though, Zoë had worked as a digital designer and an art director in the fashion industry for a few years, it wasn't until she moved to Berlin in 2011 that she followed her passion to become a professional photographer. And look at her now, making a living as a photographer for companies like Vogue, Elle and L'Oreal Paris! Big YAY for following your passion!!!

What especially moved me in the interview was when James spoke about his "I don't really have a philosophy but..." - which can stand both in tandem and in opposition to Zoë's recent professional trajectory - but most definitely resonates with what I have recently embraced: to not worry so much about where you're headed, but do what brings you joy and not do wrong by other people... and things may just align. Beautiful!

Look, I'm aware that a 1-minute portrait tells you hardly anything about a person. Try to squeeze two people into one minute and all you're given is a glimpse... and three more alternate cuts with different and more complete answers. Later this week, I will release an extended version of the portrait, which will answer questions like: why is Zoë a photographer, what's her philosophy, what's James' dream destination, where are they from, what's Geordie Shore like and where would they send me to shoot a 1-minute Moving Postcard? It will also include more of Zoë Noble's excellent photography.

James Glazebrook and Zoë Noble

In case you're curious, the black and white footage showing Berlin is from my video "1920s Silent Movie – In A Berlin Minute (Week 67)" - shot in 2011.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Photos of Colorado Wildlife

This is a small collection of photos I took of Colorado wildlife over the last two years. These still photos are basically just an accompaniment to the video of Colorado wildlife I published this week for my Moving Postcard web series. Same animals, no movement. 

To watch the 1-minute video and see links for longer wildlife videos, please check out the post on my website: Colorado Wildlife – In A Colorado Minute (Week 351).

Elk in Rocky Mountain National Park

If you'd like to see even more photos of Colorado animals and nature, head on over to the In A Colorado Minute 2017 Flickr album.  

Cormorant in St. Vrain State Park

Swallowtail Butterfly in Hewlett Gulch

Deer licking pine tree in Rocky Mountain National Park

Bison in Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge

Prairie dogs in Ft. Collins

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Photos from along Alaska Route 1

A few photos I took along the Alaska Route 1 highway on the Kenai Peninsula in June 2016. Most of the photos I took on the journey south from Anchorage to Homer, Alaska. On the drive back to Anchorage a few days later, I was in the driver's seat a lot more... safety first. 

To read more about the road trip down the Alaskan highway and to watch my 1-minute video of the ride, please check out the post on my Moving Postcard website: Alaska Route 1 – In Another Minute (350)

Alaska Route 1

If you'd like to see even more photos from Alaska head on over to the In Another Minute 2017 Flickr album

Welcome to Alaska's Kenai Peninsula
Alaska Route 1

Crossing the Colorado Creek in Alaska
Alaska Route 1

Little dude safely crossing the highway
Alaska Route 1

Alaska Route 1

Mountains seem to rise straight out of the road along Alaska Route 1 between Anchorage and Homer, Alaska.

Alaska Route 1

Where Alaska Route 1 (Sterling Highway to Homer) and Alaska Route 9 (Seward Highway to Seward) meet.

Northern Lights Delights and True Blue roadside coffee stop summer hours: 6am to midnight.
Alaska Route 1 - Soldotna, Alaska.

Winding our way towards Homer, Alaska.

Sunshine above Alaska Route 1.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Colorado Wildlife - In A Colorado Minute (Week 351)

Colorado wildlife is abundant! No surprise - with all the undisturbed nature around. What I did find surprising is the presence of pelicans, seagulls and antelopes - and to see prairie dogs right inside town.

Colorado Wildlife - In A Colorado Minute (Week 351)

This Colorado wildlife video is a compilation of footage I've collected over the last two years in Northern Colorado - somewhere in the vicinity of Fort Collins and Denver.

Animals seen in this video (in order of appearance): bison, antelope, elk (wapiti), mule deer, fox squirrel, chipmunk, black-tailed prairie dog, widow skimmer dragonfly, swallow tail butterfly, cabbage white butterfly, baby monarch butterflies (at least I think that's what they are), cormorant, great blue heron, white pelican.

Some of the same animals (although not necessarily the same footage) have already shown up in other 1-minute videos. If you'd like to see more, check these out:

There is definitely some classic Colorado wildlife missing. How is it I have yet to get footage of a rabbit? They're everywhere! I've had some footage of bald eagles and ospreys - but in all the shots they were too far away to really impress. Also missing are mountain goats, mountain lions and bears. I haven't filmed any in Colorado yet. And geese? They're everywhere right now. But when you only have 1 minute, who has time for geese? Maybe the Patreon patrons will vote for me to make an extended video of Colorado wildlife. Then I may include some geese...

The music in this video is the instrumental version of the song “I'm Letting Go” by Josh Woodward. This song is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License. Thank you again and again, Josh!

Antelope in Colorado
I’ll be posting a few photos of Colorado animals throughout this week to the In A Colorado Minute 2017 Flickr album, on Google+ and Facebook and put together a picture post on my blog...

Monday, January 16, 2017

Photos from the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site (Atlanta)

These photos I took at the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site during a trip to Atlanta in 2011. At the same time, I also shot a 1-minute video of the location for my Moving Postcard web series.

To read more about the MLK National Historic Site and watch the 1-minute video, please check out the post on my Moving Postcard website: Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site (Atlanta) – In Another Minute (Week 82).

Crypt and tombstone of Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Coretta Scott King
If you'd like to see even more photos from this rooftop and places around Berlin, head on over to the 2011 In Another Minute Flickr album.

To see the pictures larger, just click on any of them... and then scroll through them all.

The Eternal Flame a the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site in Atlanta, Georgia

"We as a people will get to the Promised Land" - Quote from MLK's final speech, included in a mural at the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site in Atlanta, Georgia.

Juanita Abernathy paver in the Civil Rights Walk of Fame at the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site in Atlanta, Georgia.

Ebenezer Baptist Church (MLK's church) is part of the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site in Atlanta, Georgia.

Mahatma Gandhi statue at the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site in Atlanta, Georgia

Martin Luther King, Jr. "I Have A Dream" World Peace Rose Garden at the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site in Atlanta, Georgia

Pink rose in the Martin Luther King, Jr. "I Have A Dream" World Peace Rose Garden

How a 2nd grader sees Dr. King - Plaque in the Martin Luther King, Jr. "I Have A Dream" World Peace Rose Garden at the MLK National Historic Site in Atlanta, Georgia.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Alaska Route 1 - In Another Minute (350)

Alaska Route 1 (AK-1) is a state highway that runs from Homer at the southern tip of the Kenai Peninsula, through Anchorage and all the way up to Tok (near the Canadian border). Alaska Route 1 must be one of the most scenic and stunning... Look at those mountains rising up right in front of you! Check out the color of that river water! There's a whole moose family! Wow, Kachemak Bay!

Alaska Route 1 - In Another Minute (350) [4K]

In this 1-minute video, I'm showing you glimpses of the changing landscape on the drive south from Anchorage to Homer, covering the entire Kenai Peninsula. The drive took place in late June.

A little road trip trivia: I was in Alaska this summer to film Tessa Drais in Homer for my documentary All's Well and Fair. She has been part of the project, which I film every 10 years, since she was 7 years old and living in Florida - she is now 27. Scott was along on the trip for some Alaska fly-fishing.

We were told the 220-mile drive from Anchorage to Homer would take about 4 hours - but that we should plan on 6 to 8 hours because we would want to stop so many times to gaze at the stunning nature; from Turnagain Arm just outside of Anchorage, to all the rivers (like the Kenai, the Kasilof and Cooper Creek...) and one amazing green mountain vista after the other. Of course, it did take us way longer than 4 hours to get to Homer. Once there, we heard rumors that locals can make that drive back up to Anchorage in just two hours... possibly taking some backroads. Hm... I don't know about that. Seems like Alaska Route 1 is the only way to get from Homer to Anchorage and back in a car... officially anyway...

I've already published 1-minute videos of Homer and Kenai Peninsula - and plan on publishing an extended video of Homer next week.

The song in this video is "Heading West" by Jason Shaw of Audionautix. He has made this and many wonderful songs available via a Creative Commons license. Thank you again and again, Jason!

Turnagain Arm seen from Alaska Route 1 - just outside of Anchorage, Alaska

I’ll be posting photos from the Alaska Route 1 drive throughout this week to the In Another Minute Flickr album, on Google+ and Facebook… and there will be a dedicated photo post on this blog.

Monday, January 9, 2017

Berlin Rooftop Photos

A few photos taken atop the Neukoelln Arcaden parking garage, which offers these great views of Berlin rooftops and famous sights like the Fernsehturm and the Rotes Rathaus.  To read more about this location and watch my 1-minute video from this location, please check out the post on my Moving Postcard website: Berlin Rooftops – In A Berlin Minute (Week 346) 

Berlin rooftop shadows on a Berlin rooftop

If you'd like to see even more photos from this rooftop and places around Berlin, head on over to my In A Berlin Minute Flickr Collection.

To see the pictures larger, just click on any of them... and then scroll through them all.

My friends Miriam and Julia on the Neukoelln Arcaden parking garage.

The tallest structure and the tallest building of Berlin tower over everything: Fernsehturm (TV Tower) and Park Inn Hotel

The Berlin Fernsehturm (TV Tower) gloriously lit up during golden hour

Even in the video footage, the smoke just hung in the air as if not moving at all - so did the full moon.

The sun setting behind Berlin rooftops


Thursday, January 5, 2017

Colorado Instagram 2016 - In A Colorado Minute (Week 349)

The "Colorado Instagram 2016" video features a collection of my favorite Colorado images I published throughout 2016 on the Instagram app (and website).

Colorado Instagram 2016 - In A Colorado Minute (Week 349)

For those who don't know: Instagram is a photography app for smart phones that is based on the idea of  taking and sharing a quick (traditionally square) photo enhanced with filters. If you want to follow my pictures, you can find me under the username LuciWest. Let me know that you found me through this video, and I'll be sure to follow you back.

If you don't use Instagram, you can look at all my pictures at Or you can see them sorted in albums by year in my Instagram Collection on Flickr. starting with my first Instagram photo on June 24th, 2011.

It's become a bit of a tradition that I put together and share such a retrospective video of my Instagram photography at the end of the year. This year, I noticed that I use a lot less filters than in the early years. This is also because I pretty much stopped using Hipstamatic. Not using filters seems to be a general trend though.

Another big change I've decided on is to stop sharing pictures immediately (even though that was the original point of Instagram). Instead, I try to be in the moment as much as possible... taking pictures, sure... but not "leaving the moment" by sorting, selecting, writing and sharing. Instead, I do that later at home when the fun outing is over. Also, I hardly ever take pictures with my phone anymore - and never with the app. Instead, I take pictures with my point'n'shoot or DSLR - since these cameras now connect to my phone via wifi. I used to think that was cheating. But you know what? The times they are a-changing.

For a hot minute, I dabbled in using Instagram Stories - the function that let's you create a collection of photos as you take them (with writing and drawings on them) and that will only stay up for 24 hours... basically Snapchat. But just like using Snapchat for a previous hot minute, I found the whole endeavor going exactly in the opposite direction of what I want to do with my time while I'm not sitting at my desk. Then there was the video function to compete with Vine and then the live video...

I'm curious to hear if and how you are using Instagram... are you still using the in-app camera? Are you still using filters? Are you hooked on Instagram Stories? Do you ever use the live video?

A few more words about the photos in the Colorado Instagram 2016 video: They were taken around various Fort Collins Natural Areas, Horsetooth Reservoir, Cache la Poudre River, Cherokee Road, Royal Gorge and Red Feather Lakes. The memories they bring up for me are of times spent with Scott and Whiskey and many visitors, like Anne, Miriam, John, Brian, Finn, Darla, Jessica and Erica. What a fantastic year 2016 was (besides that stupid election).

Happy, creative, productive, healthy 2017 to you all. And please, be kind and be brave.
xx Luci

The song in this video is “Second Nature” by Jason Shaw of Audionautix. He made this song available via the CC BY 3.0 license. Thank you so much, Jason, for your lovely music!

Tree catching the sun at Dowdy Lake (Red Feather Lakes) in Colorado

I’ll be posting a few of the photos throughout this week to the In A Colorado Minute 2016 Flickr album, on Google+ and Facebook

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Get a Moving Postcard wall calendar as a Thank you for supporting my videos!

To celebrate creativity, exploring and sharing in 2017, I am offering a 13-month wall calendar featuring photos from my Moving Postcard web series. 

The Moving Postcard calendar page for January 2017 features flying terns from the video shoot of Anastasia State Park, Florida (Week 342)

This very limited-run calendar is not for sale! Instead, I would like to gift it to the first 5 people who pledge their support for my work through Patreon - and to the kind people who are already Patreon supporters. Deadline: January 7th, 2017.

All you have to do is pledge your support on my Patreon page: (for as low as $1 a month). You can cancel anytime. By being a patron you will get other early and even exclusive content and gifts...

If you're already supporting my work through Patreon, just send me a message that you'd like a calendar. If you're one of the first 5 people to respond, I'll send one your way.

Details about the calendar: 
  • 13 months (January 2017 - January 2018)
  • Printed on ultra premium stationery cardstock
  • Matte finish delivers a fresh, contemporary look
  • Size of calendar: 18in x 12in (when hanging open)
  • Includes images from Colorado, Berlin, New York City, Mexico, Cuba... 
  • Printed by Snapfish
  • Value of just printing and shipping: $40
  • So far the response has been that the calendars look great. :-) 

Details about Patreon (in their own words): 
  • Patreon is the best way for creators to earn ongoing revenue directly from their fans.
  • For patrons, Patreon is a way to join your favorite creator's community and pay them for making the stuff you love. Instead of literally throwing money at your screen, you can now pay a few bucks per month. This means the creator gets paid regularly, and you become a bonafide, real-life patron of the arts. That’s right--Imagine you, in a long frilly white wig, painted on a 10-foot canvas on the wall of a Victorian mansion. And imagine your favorite creators making a living doing what they do best… because of you.
  • For creators, Patreon is a way to get paid for creating the things you’re already creating. Fans pay a few bucks per month, and then you get paid every month. 

Details about Moving Postcard:  
  • A Moving Postcard is a short video showing a place or an event. These are either 1-minute videos or longer versions of those videos - all shot and edited by me, Luci Westphal, a German New Yorker currently mostly exploring Colorado and the Wild West. 
  • I've been releasing such a 1-minute video every single week (usually on Thursdays) since May 7, 2010 - that's 348 weeks. Resulting in over 350 videos so far. 
  • The videos have always been free to watch - and you can find them on, Vimeo, YouTube, Facebook, Google+, Pinterest and Patreon.
  • In addition, I've become quite active in publishing photos from each video shoot online. You can see all of the published photos on Flickr - again for free, of course. 

Details about why this give-away... and why now: 
  • As stated above, I want these calendars to be a celebration of creativity, exploration and sharing -  and as a showing of gratitude; the four activities most important to me. (I also like eating, drinking, dancing, reading and loving - just FYI.)
  • Getting support via Patreon means a lot to me - it helps me cover some of the costs associated with making the video series and photographs. But if it were just about money, I wouldn't give away a $40-calendar for the potential donation of just $1 just one time (since you could cancel in February). Being able to have tangible proof that people believe what I create is worth creating means a lot more to me. That's why I want to make sure more people know about my work and this opportunity to show support for it. And it's fun to create extra content for and communicate with the community of patrons!
  • A calendar in your home, classroom, store or wherever you might hang it, would get my work out to more people. I hope it would inspire others not only to watch my videos, read my accompanying posts or look at my photography - but that it would also inspire them to explore, capture, create and share. 
  • Why now? We're only $26 away from my next goal on Patreon. Reaching that goal would cover my monthly software subscription expenses. And once we reach that goal, I have pledged to finally put together monthly behind-the-scenes videos. 
  • Why also now? There's a two-edged sword here. I'm deep in post-production on my documentary "All's Well and Fair" - and also developing another documentary I want to shoot later this year. It's a challenge to devote time to all projects equally. Stop making Moving Postcard videos is tempting... So on one hand, supporting me on Patreon lets me know that you want me to keep making the Moving Postcard videos. On the other hand, your financial support also pays for post-production and development of my long-form documentaries since I'm using the same equipment and software for all my projects. 
Did you read all this? Wow! Now, I hope this didn't cost you so much time that you weren't one of the first 5 people to let me know (via your new pledge or your message if you're already a patron) that you want a calendar. So please go ahead and do it...

And if you're too late to get a calendar, please know that your support means the world to me... and that you'll keep getting rewards one way or another...