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Fritz Sendlhofer

Fritz Sendlhofer lives high above Lake Zeller in the Alpine resort of Zell am See in the region of Salzburg, Austria. His father and grandfather were lumberjack...
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Fritz Sendlhofer lives high above Lake Zeller in the Alpine resort of Zell am See in the region of Salzburg, Austria. His father and grandfather were lumberjacks, mountain men who spent the summer months in the mountains felling trees. They used to build temporary huts called 'sodel’.

As a boy Fritz used to spend time with his father in the mountains, but chose not to follow in his father's footsteps when he grew up. Instead he became a plumber, working in Austria and Germany.
However, on retirement, Fritz built a sodel in his garden as a tribute to his forefathers and to the old ways of the Alps. Fritz wears traditional lederhosen and has an impressive beard, giving him the appearance of a true alpine Austrian. Fritz is also a Garibaldi Beard World Champion and has won numerous awards for his impressive man fleece over the years.

Some of you might recognise Fritz from The Hairy Bikers Bakeation tv show which was aired in the UK. Si and Dave met up with Fritz during their trip to Austria where he cooked a traditional Austrian dish for them called Pinzgauer Kasnocken (cheesy dumplings).

Me and my better half are currently on holiday in Austria so thought we'd track Fritz down and pay him a visit. We called the Zell am See tourist information bureau where they kindly passed on his contact details. He was delighted that we wanted to meet him and invited us over. We spent the whole afternoon with him at his home and even got to sample a glass or two of his home brewed beer. He is truly one of a kind and it was an absolute pleasure to meet him.
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Lewisia_rediviva PRO
 
Lewisia_rediviva September 09, 2014
Superb! You should win every contest!!!
jerzgrl51
 
jerzgrl51 October 07, 2014
Wow! Magnificent!!
wideopenspaces
 
wideopenspaces October 07, 2014
Talking about a picture telling a story. The picture shows that he can be a charming and friendly man. Your story confirms it. So my question- did his personality shine through or is it your enormous talent ? I think a combination of the above, lol.
vojce PRO
 
vojce October 08, 2014
fantastic portrait
AnnSeymourPhotography
 
AnnSeymourPhotography October 08, 2014
Wonderful photo… could only aim to be half this good.
lsears79
 
lsears79 October 11, 2014
Hope you can visit with Fritz Sendhofer again and share this stunning portrait
RichardReames PRO
 
RichardReames October 12, 2014
You captured a wonderful expression, well done!
BACarroll
 
BACarroll November 01, 2014
I loved the story behind this portrait! Wonderfully expressive portrait. Well done.
cmorisset PRO
 
cmorisset November 10, 2014
Beautiful portrait. It is perfect! Great story too. Bravo!
LucyLoo
 
LucyLoo November 11, 2014
This is really Marvellous :-D
mikelea PRO
 
mikelea November 18, 2014
I simply love this portrait! it's so well done! what a grate model and story, kudos my friend.
crystalcollins
 
crystalcollins December 08, 2014
Great photo and beautiful story
CharlesD
 
CharlesD March 12, 2015
I saw this man on a cooking show with two bearded chefs :D He was teaching them how to yodel.
JDLifeshots
 
JDLifeshots May 28, 2015
Great capture! Congrats.
MichelleRosePhotography PRO+
 
MichelleRosePhotography June 15, 2015
Fabulous !!!!!!! I love how you have captured this mans very being !!!!

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