Category: Inspiration

How to Cure Nostalgic Longings

I believe it started a couple of months ago, while I was soaking up Sex and the City episodes like I watch them for the first time. In the early episodes, Carrie uses an old, shiny black telephone. I don’t know if it’ s the typical rrrring sound, that makes me want it, or this corny idea in my head: Wandering dreamily from room to room, holding the handset in one, and the phone in the other hand.

I am sure, there must be some kind of health benefit comparing vintage to modern telephones (since you don’t smoke and phone). There is no radiation, as it is in wireless phones and smartphones. If you are good at losing things in your own four walls, here’s a good deal: you cannot lose such a telephone.

Hanging up with a vintage telephone is so much more fun & dramatic. Just think of the way you can end a conversation by smashing the handset down. How often did you “accidentally” throw away your smartphone out of anger caused by the latest conversation? This will definitely not happen to you with a vintage phone.

Scene from the movie “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off”

What makes vintage telephones sustainable is the fact that they are made a long time ago. Yes, there are some reproductions, but who wants the copy if you can have the old original? I recommend buying a vintage telephone on eBay, but only if it is refurbished by a respectable seller.

Let us not forget to maintain a sustainable buying behaviour: If you want to buy something that you do not really need, give it a couple of months to think about it. Having a vintage piece is not essential. I was completely obsessed with the idea of having an old phone, but I could stop myself from buying one right away. A couple of months have passed and the wish of buying one didn’t fade. Now the search for a sweet vintage phone can begin to cure my nostalgic longings.

What is your nostalgic craving & how do you cure it?

Illustration by Jana Malderle

Take a Look Behind the Scenes

Sometimes we learn unexpectedly. I learned how to use a camera during working in a photo production in Ecommerce. I had a camera in my hands several times before, but I did not really know how to use it. The automatic-mode was my partner-in-crime when I photographed objects in a minimalistic style and uploaded them on my Instagram account.

But yes, it all changed when I moved to Berlin and I am really thankful for the experiences I made so far. I was asked to photograph exhibition openings, behind the scenes during editorials & look shootings, as well as backstage during Berlin Fashion Week.

The following photos take you back to the day when I was capturing precious moments for the berlin based label Philomena Zanetti, together with the Designer Julia Leifert, Photographer Anny CK, Photographer Assistant Simon Schreiner, Stylists Christina van Zon & Cesco Spadaro, hair & make-up Stylist Katharina Handel, and Model Agnes Sokolowska. It was a pleasure to work with you!

Photos by Jana Malderle for Philomena Zanetti, Spring / Summer 2017

Nana’s taste

Do you know this surprising feeling when you read an article and you recognise a photo, certain of seeing it before, but you never knew who took it? This happened to me when I read an article about Nana Hagel on IGNANT three years ago in 2014 (this was an old blog post and it needed some updates..).

Nana Hagel is a food & travel journalist. She lives, she breathes, she travels, she eats, she discovers beautiful (hidden) places and does not forget to capture the pretty moments with a camera (or her smartphone camera) in order to share them with us online.

Before I stumbled across Nana’s Instagram feed, I wasn’t really into Instagram. Her photographs changed my mind about the Instagram Community and she was one of the first persons I started to follow.









Nana Hagel in Copenhagen, Photo by @Jessicajungbauer

Photos by Nana Hagel

Where Living Dreams Come True

I am a true lover of the colour White. It is minimal, clean, elegant and makes a room seem bigger. So it was no surprise that I fell in love with the photos of Amanda Watters, her sweet family and their house. I stumbled across @Mamawatters by chance. Below you can see a couple of photos proofing the family’s unbelievable good taste and Amanda’s talent of capturing moments. Enjoy.

Amanda and her family put a lot of work in renovating their house. I think they have a beautiful family, a beautiful house and a beautiful taste. I believe we can seek inspiration from her beautiful photos.

All photos in this article © Courtesy Of Amanda Watters

Crystals Hanging From The Ceiling

Truth be told, when I’m seeking inspiration for my flat, I take a look at the blog farandclose.com by Nana Hagel. She travels around the world, visits a lot of interesting places and never forgets to take a view stunning shots for her readers. Looking at the photos underneath this post, you see the beautiful interior of the Copenhagen based Restaurant Mielcke & Hurtigkarl. If I would sit there, I could not take my eyes off the crystals hanging from the ceiling. I turn into a magpie. I wonder how they

Photos © courtesy of Nana Hagel
Photos © courtesy of Nana Hagel