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While digging through my archives I found these photos I took about two and a half years ago at my great uncle’s 90th birthday. I still like the series so I thought I’d put them up here. It was a lovely day with my extended family and some regional quirks.

IMG_1011blogMy sister and her partner’s daughter having fun with the camera.

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IMG_1019blogMy great uncle is very fond of music and helped founding the first music school in the area. He also always was very involved in the local brass band. I don’t know about your area, but where I come from every village has their own brass band. So the local brass band dropped by for a birthday serenade. My great uncle discussing the set with the bandmaster.

IMG_1021blogMy sister being cheeky, my great uncle listening to the music. Still can’t get over the fact that he’s 90 years old, he looks so much younger.

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IMG_1027blogLots of shake hands.

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IMG_1035blogIf you make it to 90 years, you get to conduct the brass band.

IMG_1045blogEven the local police commander dropped by and brought a gift.

IMG_1046blogListening to the speech. Not easy to impress.

IMG_1047blogAnd some more music.

IMG_1051blogMy great uncle believes in the importance of kids getting in contact with music, so he was very happy about all the kids in the brass band.

IMG_1054blogMy dad discussing a piece of music with one of the brass band girls.

IMG_1057blogHaving done their duty, time for food, drinks and party. Typical brass band.

IMG_1058blogLeftovers.

IMG_1060blogI’m repeating myself – brass bands!

IMG_1065blogOne last speech (it was a very short one), and then food.

IMG_1075blogFamily time. My brother, my dad and my great uncle.

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Lovely memories of meeting my extended family. And wishing my great uncle many more happy years to come.

Norderney 2014 – Hipstamatic

A first set of holiday pictures – all shot on the iPhone with Hipstamatic. The film stuff still needs to be developed and scanned and the few digital ones need to be edited (holidays, you know – I decided to be lazy), so stay tuned for another entry or two.

IMG_2376We flew into Hamburg and took the train from there. Passing through Leer (“Empty”).

IMG_2395Hotel room detail.

IMG_2397Sunset. Be prepared for more.

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IMG_2403It is recommended to swim only in guarded parts of the beach. Apart from the tide turnings there are strong undercurrents that can sweep you away or drag you out. So better stay inside the cordoned-off parts for swimming.

IMG_2405I had already read about some WW2 bunkers hidden in the dunes, but didn’t find them last year. Turns out I had been trying too hard. We discovered them pretty close to the beach this time.

IMG_2407Kind of strange and surreal to be reminded about war and death amid the beautiful scenery. Took a whole series in black and white, will post some in an extra entry.

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IMG_2438Told ya. And there are even more.

IMG_2439This already cracked me up last year. Highest elevation on the whole island. 27 meters above sea level. But of course you need a cross on the summit.

IMG_2443Beach chairs saved my skin – the sun is really harsh and I burn very quickly anyways. Couldn’t have spent a whole day at the beach otherwise.

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IMG_2452Of course there are people who can easily lay in the sun and read without burning. ^^

IMG_2459Seagulls everywhere.

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IMG_2469Norderney version of a crowded beach.

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IMG_2478Mud flats with lighthouse in the background.

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IMG_2480Feels great, but you won’t get rid of the smell for some time.

IMG_2483Think my eyes will never get bored of that scenery.

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IMG_2492Oh yes. There are bunnies everywhere. Alive and dead. And mummified ones.

IMG_2494Same goes for seagulls.

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IMG_2507Oh yes, the light…

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IMG_2511Sandy fella.

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IMG_2537Arrrrrrr, pirates!

IMG_2541Hotel room view.

IMG_2545We took a day trip to Juist, a small neighbour island inhabited by vicious seagulls (they stole a bite of my Fischbrötchen).

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IMG_2558Apart from the firebrigade and the ambulance there are no cars on Juist, so everything relies on horse carriages. This is a lorry Juist-style.

IMG_2562More “lorries”.

IMG_2572Prickspears. Basically birch branches that are stuck into the ground to mark the navigable channels for ships. If you don’t stick close to them you will be stuck in the ground. They need to be re-arranged every year, as the channels move with the tide. Apparently even the islands do.

IMG_2578Further out there are buoys to mark the channels. A shrimper in the background.

IMG_2585Yes, buoys.

IMG_2587Yep, another one. But you cannot not take a photo when you’re there.

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IMG_2602This ship was anchoring and waiting for the tide to come in to pick up some excavators. Yep. Really.

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IMG_2614Flare, flare.

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IMG_2625Last evening.

IMG_2638On the ferry back to Norddeich.

IMG_2648North Sea.

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IMG_2659One evening in Hamburg. The everlasting construction site. Elbphilharmonie.

IMG_2667Hamburg port.

More to come soon.

65

My Dad turned 65 this year in spring. He invited family and friends for a birthday/retirement party. There was music, food, wine, great people, a recital of some quite fruity Mozart letters and lots of laughter, but see for yourself.

I had hestitated to put the pictures up on here, as it’s all family and friends on the pictures – but then it isn’t any different from other entries with family and friends I’ve done before, and photography is always personal in one or another way… Plus I liked how the series turned out. So, enjoy!

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Linocut

My boyfriend did a few linocut testprints today, for one to test the printing plate and also to test some bamboo paper to see if he wants to use it for the actual prints. Was too late to capture the whole process, but a few impressions nevertheless:

Alternative use for photobooks.

Final touches before looking at the print.

Coming off the plate.

Reviewing.

Print and plate.

Comparing.

The printing plate.

From Morocco to South Africa…

…in one evening, or should I say in one dinner?

We had a Moroccan salad with oranges, dates, nuts, mint and orange blossom water for starters and South African Bobotie (if you don’t know it, google it, it’s a yummy dish made with spiced minced meat and a topping made of eggs & cream, spicy and sweet and fresh at the same time) as main course.

Actually I just took a few pictures because the light coming in through the window looked so lovely on the freshly prepared ingredients.

The salad being put into bowls – that silvery thing is a fork (sunlight had already vanished, so quite long exposure here).

And the Bobotie… I had to tuck in first and take pictures afterwards!

See how quick you can go from the North of Africa to the very South – it’s possible in one evening!

Btw, I did not cook, credits for that go to my boyfriend.

Holidays in Austria

Just in between the two last posts – my cousin’s wedding and the opening party of my sister’s hairdressers salon – I’ve been travelling around a bit, as I was on holidays. Nothing fancy though, been to Graz (Styria) to see an exhibition and Bregenz to see my family.

A few frames taken still in Vienna.

Two baby buggies. One of 7 pictures that are part of the 7 Clicks Project (my pictures will be featured in the 2nd week of September).

Again taken for 7 Clicks.

In the zoo – like twins.

Watching the orang utans.

On the train to Graz. In the compartment next to ours some children were pretty bored and started jumping around on the seats, then they peeked through the window and I took this frame. When he saw me taking the picture he came over to me and asked if he was gonna be in the newspaper then… Funny!

Hiding.

Nice shadows in the hotel room just when I woke up.

Old lady having a coffee on her own in the morning – 7 Clicks.

In a cafe in the afternoon, camera was on the table and I tried to get a picture. Ended up a bit too dark…

Empty cups of coffee just before we left Graz (7 Clicks).

Next stop Bregenz. Took this frame from the top of the galleries of the Festspielhaus. Also did one version without people crossing the square, but it didn’t really work out – liked this version better.

At the waterfront of the Lake of Constance. Very silly pedal boat! People seemed to like it, saw it out on the lake quite a few times (7 Clicks).

Relaxing with a view on the lake (7 Clicks).

Had a “family only” afternoon in my sister’s shop, she took care of our hairstyles. Makes you feel like a celebrity somehow, as the shop was closed for everyone else apart from us.

Discussing possible new looks – prosecco is good for inspiriation!

Working.

Reading.

Watching.

Approval.

Me with a stylish aluminium foil look (picture taken by my brother – he thought I looked funny enough to have a picture taken hehe).

My brother’s turn.

Next day – right when we left the motorway the car was behaving strangely, turned out we had a flat tyre. Dad wasn’t very happy about this, as you can imagine… As he and my brother took care of the punctured tyre there was nothing left to do for me, so I took a few pictures.

My brother pretending that he could squeeze flat the tyre with one hand…

Turns out he was just pretending!

So, that’s it – holidays are over, we’ll see when there’s time for the next entry – but I think it won’t take too long!

Film – Agfa APX 100

Opening

Last week my sister opened her own hairdressers salon. I was not the official photographer, but nonetheless I took my cameras with me and snapped a few pictures, as it was a quite special moment for all of us – for my sister as the salon was the result of hard work and dedication in the last few years, and for me as I was so proud of her and what she has achieved.

Started with some digital pictures… The salon was prepared for the party.

Last finishing touches.

My sister being a bit nervous just shortly before the first people arrived.

First people already here, my mum talking to a friend of her.

A pink buddha for good spirits in the shop.

My sister’s boyfriend calling attention for the speech.

Speech…

…and applause.

Cute expressions!

Youngest visitor! Isn’t she cute?!

Booking dates for a new haircut. Never forget about the business, even on a party!

Conversations.

Was not really in the mood for my Canon, so I switched to rangefinder and film. Messed up the exposure a little bit (plus my laptop is on the verge of dying – means it developed a life on it’s own and changes the brightness of the screen, which I can’t do anymore – even harder to tell how the negative scans look on screens), but still some nice pictures in the end. Ilford Delta 3200. My brother and my sister posing for me.

More conversations.

Spotted the photographer!

Family affairs.

Calling a taxi.

Money, money, money!

So if you ever happen to be in the west of Austria and you are in need of a haircut, look out for my sister’s salon (“Perfect Hair & Make-up”).

A Wedding and a Barbecue

On one of the last weekends my cousin got married. He and his wife had their wedding party planned completely different to any wedding I’ve ever been invited to (not that I’ve been to that many weddings).
They had rented a small hut in the woods and invited family and friends to celebrate, spend some time, have a barbecue, bring your own tent and spend the nights in the woods if you wanted to, and just enjoy the weekend together. It was a wonderful, exceptional and unbelievably relaxing weekend.

So, here are a few impressions of the weekend, didn’t take that many pictures though…

Hope you enjoy, and don’t expect any of the “usual” wedding pictures – remember, we were out in the woods most of the weekend!

Olli & Alena – thanks so much for the lovely weekend and all the best for the two of you!

BTW – this is not the above mentioned hut in the woods, that’s where a few of us spent the nights – preferred this to sleeping in a tent… Lovely place with a nice park to spend some time reading, sleeping, relaxing (and drinking beer at night).

Films – Agfa APX 100 & Kodak TriX 400