• Woodpigeon @ They Shoot Music Don't They

    11 Oct 2010, 21:08 by theyshootmusic

    My Mother, Waltraud Hammerling, was born in Vienna in 1947, right around the time Carol Reed was filming The Third Man in the city with Orson Welles and Joseph Cotten. My friends Withered Hand and The Hidden Cameras have both done sessions with They Shoot Music, so when the idea arose to do some filming together in Vienna, I thought it would be a perfect opportunity to visit the addresses where my mother spent her formative youth.

    First we went to Simmeringer Haupstrasse 102, where my Opa Franzel-Wilhelm Hammerling’s workshop was located. Franzel was a carpenter and woodworker, and around our homes in Canada we still have some of the items of furniture and carvings he made. Presently there is a small hardware store where his workshop was, which is somewhat fitting—the space is still being used for a similar purpose. We went around into the back courtyard, where I sang a song about memory called ‘Oberkampf’. What was strangest about visiting this place, however, was walking on the street immediately in front of the shop. …