rewind: vienna, austria - june 2018

The streets of Vienna are paved with culture. The streets of other cities with asphalt.
— Karl Kraus
Yup, we’re definitely not in North America. That’s a cigarette dispensing vending machine.

Yup, we’re definitely not in North America. That’s a cigarette dispensing vending machine.

Vienna was spectacular. As a photographer and art history/ psychology major, it was the perfect city to indulge in all my favourite things. Secessionist art movement. Bright colours. Cafe culture. Huge museums. It surpassed any expectation I previously held.

The Leopold Museum was the highlight of Vienna. The museum holds the largest and most varied collection of Egon Schiele masterpieces. I wrote my senior thesis on Schiele and the role sexual addiction and self-portraiture played in his life (if you want to read it, I’m happy to share). It was a dream come true to finally view his works of art in real life. Schiele’s subject matter is dark, strange but underneath the colours and shapes is a narrative worth understanding. I highly recommend a stop at the Leopold Museum when visiting Vienna.

To make sense of the photographs I collected on my Vienna trip, I’ve divided them into four sections:

  1. Architecture

  2. Design

  3. Fashion

  4. Street Art (click here to see that blog post). It deserved its own dedicated post.


Vienna is a handsome, lively city, and pleases me exceedingly.
— Frederic Chopin



Best Cafés (don’t forget the cake!):

  1. Cafe Mozart (the best in the city)

  2. Café Central (the most famous)

  3. Café Prückel (the most vintage interiors)

Gentlemen. If you’re going to take Vienna, take it.
— Napoléon Bonaparte



I shot most of these images in the Goldenes Quartier - think 5th Avenue in NYC or Oxford Street in London. It is filled with high-end designer shops, visited by well-dressed customers. The perfect location to capture the Austrian style.


Movie Pick: The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)

There is something about Austria that gives off a ‘Wes Anderson’ vibe. In particular, that you’re on the set of ‘The Grand Budapest Hotel’.

For anyone who hasn’t watched the above mentioned film, get thee to Netflix and enjoy.

rewind: salzburg, austria - june 2018

My six year old self was in heaven. I had finally walked onto the real-life set of ‘The Sound of Music’. The only thing missing was Julie Andrews.

The Salzach River, which divides the city-centre.

The Salzach River, which divides the city-centre.

Fun Facts About Salzburg:

  1. It was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1996.

  2. Salzburg is translated in English as ‘salt castle’.

  3. It was the birthplace of Mozart.

  4. There is 27 churches within the city boundary. That’s a lot.

  5. I highly recommend Fräulein Maria's Bicycle Tours. They take you to all the filming locations of ‘The Sound of Music’… all while singing. It is a once in lifetime experience.

Cafe Sacher, something out of a Wes Anderson film.

Cafe Sacher, something out of a Wes Anderson film.

Best Eats:

  1. Bäckerei-Café Resch&Frisch - Cinnamon Roll

  2. Gasthof Alter Fuchs - Beef Goulash

  3. Spar - Cucumber Salad

  4. Cafe Sacher - Sachertorte

  5. Gasthaus Wilden Mann - Cheese Dumplings

Religious imagery is found throughout Salzburg. The depiction of Virgin Mary is a very common sight. The majority of Austria is registered as Roman Catholic. Religion feels much more ingrained into society than other parts of Europe I’ve visited. My favourite sound was listening to the bells ringing from Dom zu Salzburg, echoing off the surrounding mountains.

Next, we took the B158 to Hallstatt. It was roughly an hour and a half from Salzburg. However, my Dad and I stopped at little towns along the way; St. Gilgen, Bad Ischl, and Eisenaueralm.


The ‘famous’ Hallstatt postcard shot.

The ‘famous’ Hallstatt postcard shot.

My Dad and his camera.

My Dad and his camera.

My Dad has taken me to some strange places, in the name of photography. However, Hallstatt Beinhaus wins hands down as the strangest location. Hallstatt is a very small town. In the 18th century, they ran out of burial space. In order to solve the problem, they exhumed the bodies from their graves and placed their skulls in a small chapel. The last skull was placed in the ossuary in 1995. Tourists can now visit Hallstatt Beinhaus, quite literally a room full of painted skulls.

View of Lake Hallstatt from the top of the town.

View of Lake Hallstatt from the top of the town.

The Sound of Music (1965)

I couldn’t end without sharing this gem. Nothing sums up my (childhood) Sunday afternoons like Julie Andrews singing Do-Re-Mi.

Note: That last shot in the clip was filmed at the Mirabell Palace and Gardens. And yes… It still looks exactly the same as it did over forty decades ago.