Luxembourg Photographer Photo Dudau https://photographer.lu Photography by Vio Dudau, professional photographer in Luxembourg Fri, 25 Nov 2022 10:38:56 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=6.1.1 https://photographer.lu/wp-content/uploads/2022/09/cropped-photo-luxembourg-2-32x32.png Luxembourg Photographer Photo Dudau https://photographer.lu 32 32 Too Darn Hot musical https://photographer.lu/too-darn-hot-musical/ https://photographer.lu/too-darn-hot-musical/#respond Fri, 25 Nov 2022 10:38:50 +0000 https://photographer.lu/?p=27005 On Thursday night, I had the pleasure to watch and photograph Too Darn Hot, a very nice musical produced by Pirate Productions.

Too Darn Hot musical theatre Luxembourg

The show is based on the life of American composer and songwriter Cole Albert Porter, who wrote many hit songs in the 1920s and 1930s, like “Night and Day”, “I Get a Kick Out of You”, “I’ve Got You Under My Skin” or “My Heart Belongs to Daddy”.

The script is written by Neil Johnson, who also directed the show.

See some pictures I took last night:

No spoilers here, but the themes are more adult-oriented, so maybe it wouldn’t be suitable for small children (let’s say teenagers can attend though).

Anyway, a wonderful experience, the show is playing (in English) this weekend, on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, check out tickets availability on Pirate Productions’ website.

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Nandu (not an Ostrich) in Luxembourg city https://photographer.lu/ostrich-luxembourg-city/ https://photographer.lu/ostrich-luxembourg-city/#respond Sun, 24 Jul 2022 09:31:05 +0000 https://photographer.lu/?p=13650 Just a regular Saturday night in Luxembourg city, we went for a walk in the city centre, when my wife says: “look, someone is taking a selfie with an ostrich!”. Now, I have a noise cancelling mind, so I almost didn’t process what she told me, because it seemed so unreal. But a few seconds later, I did process the information, looked and what do you know? Someone WAS taking a selfie with an ostrich in the tram station!

We went to see what’s up, since we still coulnd’t believe what was happening in front of us.

The bird name is Nande, it’s a nandu (or rhea), not an ostrich, and the keeper, Janez Cetin, comes from Slovenia. They are traveling the world, apparently to raise awareness to living a healthy life. Yesterday, they were in Luxembourg city, today, they must be in Paris. If you want to follow their adventure, you can check out their Facebook page.

Police came quickly and checked their documents, but they didn’t want to be photographed for some reason. Anyway, both the bird and its keeper had all the proper documents in order, the bird is vaccinated and all, so they continued their trip by tram to the Gare, where they took the train to Paris.

Obviously, you don’t see such a big bird casually walking in Luxembourg city every day, so everyone was awed, taking pictures and selfies, in the tram station and inside the tram.

Just another Saturday night in Luxembourg 🙂

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Let’s Help Ukraine https://photographer.lu/help-ukraine/ https://photographer.lu/help-ukraine/#respond Fri, 01 Apr 2022 23:59:07 +0000 https://photographer.lu/?p=12205 It’s been over a month since the Russian invasion in Ukraine began and now, as you may know, the risk for millions of refugees is that the war is slowly turning into old news. This is precisely the time when we need to step up and provide more relief to those in need. I’ve compiled here in this article a number of ways we can help Ukraine from Luxembourg.

I’ll start with my small contribution to the cause: I’ve prepared 3 posters that you can buy and show your support for Ukraine. If you’re not a fan of printed paper, you can also license any of these 3 images, in which case you will receive the full resolution photos to use in your communication. All the proceedings collected will be donated to the organizations helping the refugees right now, and I will announce all the buyers about the donations made. So, I will support the production costs, packing and delivery from my own pocket. Please note that it takes about a week for the money to enter my account, so you need to act fast.

>ORDER HERE<. My goal with this action is not necessarily to raise a lot of money, as whatever I can raise won’t be enough anyway, but mostly to inspire you to do something as well, anything that you can, to help. If you choose my way, please allow 7-10 days for the posters to arrive.

There are more ways to help Ukraine from Luxembourg:

You can make a direct donation to the Ukrainian community in Luxembourg, they are obviously more connected to the events and will know better how to distribute the help you’re providing.

If you need a certificate for tax purposes, make your donation to the Fondation Lions Luxembourg.

If you have enough space, think of hosting the refugees in your house. Lots of other useful information in that Facebook group. There’s also a listing platform for those offering or looking for a host.

You can also donate laptops or smartphones and tablets that you no longer use, the refugees may need them.

If you have jobs available for Ukrainian refugees, post them on the dedicated job boards and help them support their families.

Make a donation to Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors without Borders). They are active in Ukraine and surrounding countries and probably need more funds to continue.

Make a donation to UNICEF, who are focusing on helping the kids affected by this humanitarian crisis. SOS Villages d’Enfants is also working to help the kids and war victims.

Help the Red Cross organization provide more relief in Ukraine.

Participate in protests against the Russian invasion, voice your opinion on social media or your website, anything, but don’t ignore what’s happening.

So, as you see, there are plenty of ways to help Ukraine and its people overcome this humanitarian crisis. All you need to do is choose one or more and act now! The world needs peace, but more urgently, the war victims and refugees need relief.

If you know of other meaningful campaigns to help in this horrible time, feel free to share them in the comments.

And a quick one about the action that you’re expecting from Russian nationals, in their country of from abroad:

I was born in communist Romania, under the rule of dictator Ceausescu. I was only a child when the revolution took place, but I remember very well.

Before the revolution, we weren’t allowed to talk about Ceausescu or his regime, no matter where we were. If we were in the countryside, playing on a field, we were still not allowed to talk about it, because, the adults said, “they” can hear us through the electricity wires. Whether they believed this or not, the message was clear, we don’t talk about it!

After the revolution, and Ceausescu’s execution, people were still afraid to talk about it for months! The man was dead, we all saw the execution on TV, yet everyone was still afraid to talk about it. That’s the kind of terror an autocratic regime can bring to a country.

So, I wouldn’t expect much from regular Russian people in terms of dethroning Putin, I understand what’s involved for them if they take a stand (they would put themselves and their families at risk), all I know is that nobody asked them if the invasion should start. And, if they live abroad, they probably don’t love the regime in their country and don’t approve its actions. Don’t expect them to speak up, to “clean up their own mess”, it’s almost impossible for them to protect their families from abroad.

I know it’s hard to understand, when you lived in a democracy and freedom all your life, but what we consider normal now, to voice your opinion, protest or whatever, it’s almost unthinkable for most Russians.

So, try to not fall for xenophobia, it would only make everything worse.

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Anti-War protest in Luxembourg https://photographer.lu/anti-war-protest-luxembourg/ https://photographer.lu/anti-war-protest-luxembourg/#respond Thu, 24 Mar 2022 23:01:59 +0000 https://photographer.lu/?p=12144 Amnesty International called for an anti-war protest in Luxembourg city, in front of Russian Embassy in Luxembourg. The protest marked a month since the Russian invasion began in Ukraine.

I managed to get to the protest and shot a few pictures.

People hanged sunflowers, the symbol of Ukraine, and brought anti-war banners, mainly directed at Putin and his horrific attack.

See the pictures below:

It was the first time I could go to an anti-war protest in Luxembourg, since the Russian invasion began. I always hoped that Putin would find a good enough reason to back down after the first week, it didn’t happen and it seems that it won’t happen very soon either.

I support the people of Ukraine in these horribile times for them, I hope they will find the strength and resources to rebuild most of their destroyed cities soon.

If you think you can help, here are a few ways to do so from Luxembourg:

Donate to the Ukrainian community in Luxembourg, they know much better where the help is most needed.

If you have jobs available for Ukrainian refugees, post them on the dedicated job boards and help them support their families.

If you have enough space, think of hosting the refugees in your house.

I have launched a charity sale of I #StandwithUkraine posters. All the proceedings from those 3 images will be donated to Ukrainian refugees, through Fondations Lions Luxembourg (recommended by LUkraine Asbl). Maybe a drop in the ocean, but this is what I can do to help.

Voice your opinion and concerns about the war in social media and anywhere you can. You probably know by now, the Kremlin propaganda is working tirelessly to justify and shine a legitimate light on the war, mostly by disinformation and whataboutism. Let’s help more people to not fall in this trap.

I’m also deeply sorry for the Russian population and Russian-speaking people in Luxembourg and all around Europe, for being dragged in a war against their will, and who will probably face some kind of (unjustified) hatred or discrimination in the near future, without having anything to do with their leader’s “special military operation”. Let’s not fall for xenophobia, Russia is so much more than just Putin and his military ambitions.

I hope the peace will come sooner than later.

Humanity will prevail!

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Why I don’t do Black Friday Discounts https://photographer.lu/black-friday/ https://photographer.lu/black-friday/#respond Fri, 26 Nov 2021 12:22:04 +0000 https://photographer.lu/?p=11775 Black Friday discounts have become a kind of rule in the commerce world and everyone is patiently waiting for this day (or week) to start buying their Christmas presents, even in Luxembourg, one of the richest countries in the world.

In this article, I will explain why I don’t jump on the Black Friday train.

You may have seen over the years my calendars, fine art prints, books and other products that I produce and advertise as possible Christmas gifts ideas. But you have never seen them discounted for Black Friday or any other sales period. There are many reasons why you won’t see discounts on my online shop:

  • My products and services are unique. Meaning that, if I’m the only one creating them, I am the only one who can sell them to you. I’m not buying TVs and laptops from a wholesaler and selling them to you on retail, with a profit. That’s not what I do. I create the images, I’m designing the products and I(‘m trying to) distribute them. Sometimes, I even deliver them myself. You can buy from someone else somewhat similar products or services, but those will be theirs, not mine.
  • If my images and products are selling or not, it’s not that important to me. Sure, if they’re selling, it’s a good confirmation that I’m producing good work or at least I’m on the right track. If they don’t, it’s a good sign that I should probably improve something. But what matters to me the most is to create them in the first place. I made it easy for people to find and buy them, however, the selling process doesn’t bring me the same satisfaction as the creative process. What makes me happy is to create.
  • I don’t think it’s fair for people who bought with a full price to see the exact same product on discount, even for a short period of time. I could understand this for electronics and clothes, because they have a moral depreciation factor, they may not be “hot” after a while, or there may be much better products launched for the same price since their launch. But I try to create timeless images as much as possible and, if anything, from what I have seen so far, older images usually get more expensive, not cheaper.
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  • I believe in fair prices all year round, not just on Black Friday. What’s fair can be, of course, debatable. But my prices seem fair to me. If they seem fair to you as well, then great, we may have a deal! There may be lower or higher prices for somewhat similar products if you look around at my competition. We all have our reasons to set a certain price for products or services and I won’t discuss them in depth right now. What matters is that I can work with these prices. I hope you can as well.
  • My products are always available in a very limited quantity or made on order. I can’t afford to produce and keep large stocks, I wouldn’t even have enough space to deposit many products, so there’s not much clearance for me to do, at any moment of the year. I would love it if people would buy photography and prints the same way they buy phones, flowers or pizza, I could afford to keep large stocks. But the reality is, people would buy pizza and beer in a snap, while they would think about it for a month before buying a book or a calendar for the same amount. And I know this for sure, because every year I get messages from people who took too long to decide and they feel sad that I don’t have what they want anymore. It’s just the reality of these days, I probably do the same.
  • My job is being a photographer. If I would do a Black Friday discount, it would just mean that I’m willing to accept a lower payment for my work, even if my work hasn’t changed. Now, think about when you last went to your employer and said that you want a lower salary. Never, right? Would you like to earn 50% less in November, but work the same, just because it’s Black Friday? So, that’s how I feel when Black Friday comes around and I get a message or two about my prices. No, I’m not willing to reduce my “salary”, which is already low enough. And it’s been low enough in the past 18 years since I’ve started doing this, because photography has never been a high paying job.
  • Photography is not just a business for me, it is my life. And I take it seriously. Photography is all I’ve been working on for all my adult life. And my life is not on discount. Would you offer yours on discount?

I could go on forever, but the bottom line is, I’m a photographer, not a souvenir shop. I’m a real person with a real life and a real family. I have an online shop, where I display my images of Luxembourg and products that derive from them, because I’m hoping to get paid for my work and efforts, or at least to recover some of my expenses, but my primary occupation is to take pictures, not to sell shiny products made in bulk.

So, when all these Black Friday or Cyber Monday or Winter Sales are over, I will still be here, with or without my calendars, books, fine art prints or greeting cards, patiently waiting for the right moment to shoot another picture.

Happy shopping, everyone! I’ll see you later 🙂 Don’t forget to subscribe here below!

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Floods in Luxembourg and Belgium https://photographer.lu/floods-luxembourg/ https://photographer.lu/floods-luxembourg/#respond Fri, 16 Jul 2021 12:39:59 +0000 https://photographer.lu/?p=11395 The floods that hit Luxembourg and Belgium on the evening of July 14th, 2021, caught me in Esneux, Belgium, close to Spa and Liege, one of the worst affected areas.

Trying to get out of the incredibly long queues on the few roads still opened, I was redirected by the GPS 6 times and spent several hours in traffic (for a trip that should have lasted one hour). At one point, the GPS told be to take a left on this street:

It didn’t seem like a good idea, so I tried another route, but not before taking a few pictures:

Back in Luxembourg, things started to cool down, but I’ve heard that Echternach was flooded really hard, so I went there to see what’s happening. I have never seen the town of Echternach like this ever before:

These are football fields, completely flooded:

And this is from the centre:

The things are starting to get back to normal now, at least for the people unaffected by the floods. Those who have been affected will need a long time to recover their losses, if they can be recovered.

However, from my experience, if the water found its way through those areas, it will happen again at some point in the future, unless we take action to prevent it.

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Greve des Femmes in Luxembourg https://photographer.lu/greve-des-femmes-luxembourg/ https://photographer.lu/greve-des-femmes-luxembourg/#respond Mon, 08 Mar 2021 20:57:10 +0000 https://photographer.lu/?p=11031

I was on my way to photograph some nice cityscapes of Luxembourg during sunset, when I met the Greve des Femmes march, in the city centre.

So, knowing that Luxembourg city won’t go anywhere, I decided to stay with them and photograph the march instead. It was the International Women’s Day after all.

I support their movement, especially because they demand for equal rights and equal pay for women and minorities of any kind. This should actually be the normal state of the world and nobody should feel forced to raise their voice in the streets for something we’re all entitled to.

Apparently, not everyone feels the same, so these movement seems necessary.

More photos from the Greve des Femmes in Luxembourg city:

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What do calendars, weddings and football have in common? https://photographer.lu/calendars-weddings-football/ https://photographer.lu/calendars-weddings-football/#respond Mon, 14 Sep 2020 08:06:50 +0000 https://photographer.lu/?p=9843 Can you guess what do calendars, weddings and football have in common? The photographer!

I started the last weekend photographing a very nice wedding that started in Luxembourg…

…and ended in Grevenmacher.

The wedding lasted 3 hours more than expected, so I couldn’t reach the football match between CS Fola Esch and UNA Strassen.

Actually, I did reach the second half, but couldn’t find any parking anywhere near the stadium, so I decided to head to the neighbours in Niederkorn, where I could attend the match between Progrès Niederkorn and F91 Dudelange.

The guests won dramatically in the last 3 minutes.

Even if their coach got eliminated for some reason.

Find more photos from the match here.

On Sunday, I managed to launch the new Luxembourg calendar. In 2021, we’re doing it bigger and bolder! I ditched the 12-months format and, crazy as I am, I did a 52-weeks format.

That’s right, 52 pages and images instead of 12. I just think we should enjoy more each moment of our lives, rather than thinking in years or months.

The calendar comes in 3 sizes: a wall calendar, a big desk calendar for those with a large office, and a small desk calendar for those still working from home.

In the afternoon, I managed to get to the football match between US Hostert and FC Wiltz.

Awful light because of the trees surrounding the stadium, the powerful sun gave me lots of stripes of light on the field. But the match was nice and heated.

The guests won with a goal scored in the 89th minute.

Pretty busy weekend! Now let’s see what this week will bring.

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Football: FC Differdange 03 – Victoria Rosport on 30.08.2020 https://photographer.lu/football-differdange-rosport-30-08-2020/ https://photographer.lu/football-differdange-rosport-30-08-2020/#respond Mon, 31 Aug 2020 01:00:00 +0000 https://photographer.lu/?p=9691 This Sunday, I had the pleasure to photograph the football match between FC Differdange 03 and Victoria Rosport, on the Municipal Stadium in Differdange, Luxembourg.

The guests won with 3-2. It was a powerful match, full of occasions, it got a little heated at times, but that’s the beauty of the competition.

You can find below some photos from the match. The clubs playing (including players) and persons visible in the pictures can use up to 5 watermarked photos per match for free, if they don’t remove my copyright (a link, where possible, would be highly appreciated as well).

The whole gallery of 150 photos in high resolution (without my signature) is available for a price here.

Individual images at high resolution will be available soon.

Enjoy!

A larger photo gallery is available on Luxembourg Champions.

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Brexit in Luxembourg https://photographer.lu/brexit-luxembourg/ https://photographer.lu/brexit-luxembourg/#respond Sat, 01 Feb 2020 01:52:04 +0000 https://photographer.lu/?p=9134 From January 31st 2020, at midnight, the United Kingdom and the European Union parted ways after 47 years and the British community in Luxembourg marked the moment with deep sadness. I joined them to see how the Brexit looks from Luxembourg.

It feels a bit weird to come back to the blog with a sad event, but it was a historic moment and I simply had to document it.

I started the evening at the church of St Alphonse on rue des Capucins, where the Anglican Church of Luxembourg organised a Brexit vigil, together with British Immigrants Living In Luxembourg (BRILL) asbl, Pulse of Europe, English-speaking Catholics and Europa-Union.

Brexit in Luxembourg

As you can imagine, the atmosphere was pretty sad. Everything started with a few bagpipe songs, followed by a short recital by David Pike.

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From there, I rushed to the European Investment Bank in Kirchberg, where I knew they will remove the UK flag from the group of flags in front of the bank, at midnight. Luckily, I got there 10 minutes before the removal.

Brexit in Luxembourg

I started to set up my camera for the darkness and, few minutes later, the UK flag started its descendance, which only lasted for a minute or so.

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After I knew that I got the classic photo done, I felt like gambling the moment for a bit. In such short events like these, you can’t really afford to try different things, because you can easily miss the shot if you get unlucky. But I kept an eye on the screen while shooting, I saw the photos from above, so I felt confident to try my luck for the next 10 seconds. And that’s how I shot the next image, which is also the cover of the article.

Brexit in Luxembourg

As the flag went down, you could’ve cut the tension with a knife. No sound for over five minutes. People still couldn’t believe that Brexit really happened. I couldn’t believe it either.

As a sign, I noticed that the wind simply stopped and the rest of the flags stopped waving, while the mast of the UK flag remained empty.

Brexit in Luxembourg

And that was it.

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