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All Hail The East by Vitaly-SokolKris by Vitaly-SokolLiberty by AlexanderLoginovfrom the series egyptian theme by yuribrut
Tree Sisters by DeingeLrainbow oranges by Orwaldfresh morning by Orwald
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-> Animals:
:iconanimals-on-da: :icongermananimalfriends: :iconcondemnedcreatures: :iconbirds-club: :iconmostbeautifulbirds: :iconbird-photography: :iconheavenlybackyardbird: :iconfunwithspiders: :iconspiderlovers: :iconinsects-r-us: :iconsnail-parade: :iconbutterflys-forever:

-> Plants and Mushrooms:
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-> Colours:
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-> People & Portraits, Fetish & Alternative:
:iconugly-mug-portraits: :iconportraitphotographer: :iconportrait-lovers: :iconmorethansexy: :iconhuman-ism: :iconinstinct-wild-while: :icondeath-chicks: :icondevgurls: :iconallwomen: :iconplaying-dress-up: :iconsexydolls: :icongirls-are-beautiful: :icondeath-guys: :iconthemalesoul: :iconmalephotography: :iconhandsome-men: :iconszenedeutschland:

-> Everything Else:
:iconall-world-works: :iconart-world-united: :iconthefavouriteshowcase: :icondarkroom-traditions: :iconbrightandcheerful: :iconexcellentart-photos: :iconfantabulousphotos: :iconraisartgallery4all: :iconraismedia-4every1: :iconunforgettable-time: :iconthe-art-photo-group: :iconfinest-deviants: :iconlights-lovers: :iconshadowlightseeker: :iconphotoseries: :icongerman-artists: :icongermanconnected: :iconmastersoftravel: :iconphoto-europe: :icononlyeurope: :iconthe-diverse-europe: :iconpopular-photos: :icon100favsgroup: :iconover150faves: :iconphotography-earth: :iconthemedgroup: :iconphotographrevolution: :iconwindowsity: :icondoorsandwindows: :iconspubarning: :iconrustydustyoldstuff: :iconphotos-of-monuments: :iconartofarchitecture: :iconphoto-architecture: :iconflavorphotography: :icondeviantkitchen: :iconstill-life-stills: :iconabstract-in-motion: :iconnawak-factory: :iconfaces-in-objects:

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Melanie Hoelzl
Artist | Photography

...means "black as ebony" in German but is actually more than just Snow White's hair...

This pseudonym was created by combining my first and last name:
Melanie comes from the Greek word for "the dark / black one" and Ebenholz (ebony) derives from Hölzl which contains both "Holz" (wood).

The reference to Snowwhite isn't unintentional though. The beauty ideal shown in this fairy tale - white as snow, red as blood, black as ebony - complies well with the traditional ideal of female perfection in Japan, so that this pseudonym establishes a connection to my Japanese studies in university.

As I'm a very open-minded person, my photography is open-minded as well. I neither judge based on natonality, nor on outer appearance, music taste or belief. That's why there are so many different kinds of people in my portfolio.

I've already taken photos of Japanese, Taiwanese, Mongolian, Greek, Polish, Turkish, Austrian, French and, of course, German people. And concering youth cultures, you can see Rockabilly, Gothic, Metal, Lolita, Punk, Rock, ... or what you call "normal". I don't know any limits. Why should I? Beauty and expression don't stop at the borders of normality either.

I'd like to invite you to see the world with open eyes and I hope that my photos evoke feelings in you - no matter if the feelings are those I wanted to show you or others that go back to your own associations. Beauty is not always where you aspect it. Sometimes you have to look closer or change your point of view.


Melanie Hölzl (* Feb 1 st, 1984) was born in Augsburg, studied Japanese and Scandinavian Languages in Tübingen and lives in Senden near Ulm in the southern part of Germany. Since her childhood, she has been interested in arts: she drew and painted a lot, decorated things and walls. As soon as she turned 14, she started writing lyrics and poems in her mother tongue German but also in English and French. At the end of 2006, she discovered photography and went on trips to take photos of nature almost every weekend. When friends asked her if she could take some photos of them, she discovered how fun this can be. In 2009, when she finally got her Nikon D90, no one could stop her anymore.
She started taking photos for the student newspaper “Kupferblau” in summer term 2008 and did this job voluntarily for three years. Between October 2009 and March 2010, you could see her photos in a small exhibition in the student-driven restaurant “Bierkeller” in Tübingen. By the beginning of 2013, she had already done about 30 photo shootings, thereof two weddings. Of course, she also benefited a lot from her experiences as a model between 2007 and 2011 as she learned how it feels like to stand at the other side of the camera. During 2012, she decided to turn her hobby into something bigger. On March 1st, 2013, she therefore became a freelance photographer under the pseudonym “SchwarZwieEbenholZ”.

References in People Photography:

May: Markus ("Dark Forest")
June: Isa (not published)
October: Markus ("Herbsttoene" etc)

May: Chrissie ("The Green Fairy")
October: Gwyn ("Dirty Talking")
October: Leana ("Airy-Fairy")
October: Mali ("Wake to Wither")
December: Markus ("Fragments")

June: Shakma ("Dark Discharge")
July: Wen Chen ("Alice's Adventures")
October: Olli ("Sounds of Decadence")
October: Nathalie BeliaMadHatter ("The Witch's Spell")
November: NecKton ("Welcome to Oblivion")
December: Sven ("Same Ol' Road", pt.1)

February: Sven ("Same Ol' Road", pt.2)
March: Jessy ("The Cat's Meow")
May: Lost Princess ("Flight of Fancy")
July: Nathalie BeliaMadHatter ("Souvenirs d'Amour")

January: Marcel ("Bottom of Society" series)
August: Christopher ("Fierce Desires")
August: Becca ("Nymphomaniac")

May: 10 minutes shooting with Thomas ("Last Resort")
June: Family and baby photos (commission)
June: Maria ("Gypsy Queen")
June: Wedding ("Time of my Life", commission)
August: Julia ("Wild Wild West", commission)
August: Wedding ("Love Story", commission)
September: Tina ("Femme Fatale")
October: Nathalie BeliaMadHatter ("Rouge Sophisticates")
October: Benny von Wegen ("Rebel Yell")

July: Michelle ("Suburban Glamour")

September: Nathalie Belia Madhatter ("Gorgeous Grunge")
September: Lea & Vivienne ("Best Friends")
November: Nina


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Taffiti Featured By Owner 5 days ago  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you for the +fav Wink/Razz 

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hubert61 Featured By Owner 6 days ago
merci pour les favs :)
SchwarzWieEbenholZ Featured By Owner 6 days ago   Photographer
pas de problème :)
Junkyardrose Featured By Owner May 20, 2015
Ooooooooh DANKE für das LLAMA!:seizurellama: 
Es wird GUT gefüttert, artgerecht gehalten und täglich geknuddelt! PhotographLove llama 
SchwarzWieEbenholZ Featured By Owner 6 days ago   Photographer
Das will ich hören =D
LASKANWLF Featured By Owner May 3, 2015  Professional Photographer
Thank You by Audra by AudraMBlackburnsArt   so much for all the faves Melanie!! :hug:  Hope you enjoyed them my friend.
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Thank you for the favourite! :)
EintoeRn Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer

Herzlichen Dank, Melly. Und schöne Ostern :iconbugsbunnyplz:
Buntcone Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Some light reading for you...

Photography Lesson Number 1I responded to a cry for help by a group looking for contributors for articles on photography and shit but soon realised they bored the tits off me before I even started. SOOOO....I've decided to write my own photography lessons every now & then and post them in my journal. It is, of course, written in my very own inimitable style.....
“Everyone has to start somewhere”.

“There’s always a beginning, middle and end”.
There are lots of clichés about starting something new but I think my favourite is this –
“In the beginner’s mind there are many possibilities, in the expert’s mind there are few”.
I think it sums it up the best what it’s like when starting in digital photography. Believe me when I tell you that really…it is a piece of piss. Simples. Easy-peasy. Let me put your mind at ease and point out that thes
Photography Lesson Number 2The general consensus from the first lesson was the following -
a) my photography lessons are fucking awesome, and
b) the next one should be about star photography
So, here it is....
Star light, star bright,
The first star I……don’t see tonight because I left the fucking lens cap on.
People love those twinkly little dead planets in the sky, don’t they? You’re one of those people, aren’t you? You want to know how to take photos of them to show all your friends, don’t you? Except they don’t want to see your photos because they are shite. Let me tell you how to keep your friends…
First things first. Look up. Can you see stars? No? Then go someplace else.
People with normal IQ’s don’t need to hear this but….you have to be able to see them to photograph them so urban areas are balls because of the shitty orange glow light pollution from the street lamps. So go join up with the rednecks i
Photography Lesson Number 3LANDSCAPE PHOTOGRAPHY
Ever been at one of those parties you didn’t want to go to because you knew it was going to be full of people who think they are (or in your case actually are) better than you? YES OF COURSE YOU HAVE. The sort of party where you’ll ask that person standing next to the hummus “what do you do for a living?” and they reply smugly “I’m a landscape photographer”. Well read this page and be a fucking landscape photographer too. It’s like landscape gardening for those with weak knees.
First things first. What is the most important thing about landscape photography? Have something fucking cool to look at of course. It is NOT landscape photography if you go and take a photo of your back yard. People want to see rivers, trees, mountains. They want to see rolling hills, reflective lakes and dramatic skies. SO GO SOMEWHERE THAT LOOKS NICE. It really is
Photography Lesson Number 4Animal Photography
Well I did a little poll on what the next lesson should be and dum dum dummmmm…animal photography won the day…
Everybody likes animals. Even people who say they don’t like them to look at usually like to eat them. So yeah, everybody likes animals. Luckily for your guileless reasoning, photographing animals can be easy if a few simple steps are followed. Steps….that thing your feet do when you walk. One thing at a time. You with me? Good…let’s do this.
Okay so the key to photographing animals is……drumroll…..finding an animal to photograph. An obvious place to start is if you have a pet because you should, emphasis on SHOULD, know where that is in order to place your shitty digital camera all up in its grill. If you don’t have a pet then you could ask a friend or relative for a chance to (wo)manhandle theirs. If that’s not an option you will hav
Photography Lesson Number 5Macro Photography
So second on my poll of “what the fuck lesson should I write next?” list was macro/close up photography. Now I should warn you that I have NO experience of this genre at all BUT…when has that ever stopped me pretending to sound like I know what I’m doing?
So everybody.....sing all with me :music: "all the.....small things....." :music:
First and fucking foremost, the important thing about macro photography is…drumroll…finding something small to photograph. What’s that I hear you cry? You can do macro photography on big things? Yes you can. But you have to find SMALL interesting details on big things, DUMMY. Macro photography is basically photographing a small subject so that it looks greater than life size in the image. So get out your magnifying glass and find a fucking small thing to photograph. Favourite subject matters of macro photography include: bug
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