TV Tower, Munich, Germany

1999 – The Munich TV Tower reflects in the artificial lake of the Olympic Park. Photo © Mark Zanzig/

The story behind the image

There was a (very short!) period in my photographic career when I thought that images should be tilted. I cannot remember a specific reason except maybe believing it to be “cool” or “special”. And I somehow liked the weird geometry of the shots.

In this specific case I even told myself that I wanted the entire reflection of the TV Tower to be visible in the photo.

But it’s not cool at all. When the prints came back from the lab I was instinctively trying to determine whether they look better in portrait mode (upright) or in landscape mode (tilted by 90 degrees). Both ways work equally, and I have to say: equally bad. I turned the prints, and turned them again, and again – without ever coming to a conclusion. And when I now stumbled upon this image in the archive, this vicious circle started all over again.

Oh, what a silly idea!

The same image presented as an upright shot. Does it look any better at all? I’m undecided.

The high resolution image

Capture Date1999
LocationMunich, Germany
CameraCanon AE-1 Program
Image SourceNegative Film
Digital Image SourceEPSON Perfection 4870 Photo
Digital Image Source FormatTIFF, 48 bits/pixel, sRGB
Edited Image FormatJPEG, 24 bits/pixel, sRGB
Edited Image Dimensions6787 x 4415 Pixels
Copyright© by Mark Zanzig/

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