Grain

I had forgotten how much I love the look of silver grain, the moment when you see your developed film for the first time, or even the scans. And sometimes there is the odd shot that makes my heart jump from the sheer beauty of that grain. Just the grain itself…

Both Icarex 35S with Zeiss Tessar 50/2.8 and Kodak Trix400; lab scans. Light leaks and all (or wherever this kind of streaking is coming from – hints highly appreciated), these two images make me really happy. Their beautiful grain does.

Sandvorspülung/Sand Replenishment

The East Frisian Islands on the German North Sea coast are constantly eroding and moving, as they are basically sand deposits in the sea. Some of the islands are constantly moving towards the East, as sand is eroded on the west side and deposited on the east side due to storms and currents in the sea. To protect the coastline of the islands and also the people living there, some islands like Norderney use sand replenishment (Sandvorspülungen in German). This means, a special kind of ship (hopper dredger; Saugbaggerschiff or Hopperbagger) collects sand from a sand bank close to the beach and then pumps it through a pipeline on the beach.

This year a sand replenishment was done while we were there and as I’m always fascinated by things I haven’t seen before, of course I took pictures. If you want to know more about the whole process, wikipedia is your friend. 🙂

The pipeline is running along the beach and is moved on as the sand builds up. The ship connects to the pipeline and then pumps a mix of water and sand through the pipeline. It’s really quite impressive to see how this works. The ship is the Magni R from Denmark.

Stella Maris

Norderney, one of the islands on the German north sea coast, apart from its stunning nature, has lots of architectural gems. Buildings dating back to the Weimarer Republik, Bäderarchitektur, Jugendstil, Gründerzeit, perfect houses from the 50ies, as well as the occasional eyesore from the 70ies (some of the have their own kind of beauty, some just don’t). And then there is the summer church Stella Maris, built in 1931 by Dominikus Böhm. It is a Neue Sachlichkeit building, also known as Bauhaus. When I accidentally discovered it last year, I took a guided tour and snapped a few pictures. This year I didn’t manage to get in, so only got a few shots from the outside. I liked the clarity and simplicity of the church, the way the light works on the outside and in the inside. It feels nordic in its no nonsense-ness, very welcoming and open.

More info about the church (in German) here: Stella Maris

Rheindamm

A walk along the last part of the Alpine Rhine, right before it enters the Lake of Constance.

This part of the river is heavily regulated and is basically an artificial canal. The canal bed reaches far into the Lake of Constance and bends towards the west to keep the river from silting up the eastern part of the lake and eventually cutting off a part of the lake.

I think the photos date back to 2017.

Kodak Portra 160, lab scans.

Happy Mis-takes…

After I finally had gotten around to collect the few rolls of film I had shot over the last two or three years and had them developed last week, I also got back some unexpected double-exposures. I rarely bring myself around to play around with double-exposures on purpose, so when they happen by accident (= by me being sloppy with marking exposed rolls of film properly), I do enjoy them. Here are a few I cropped out of a continuous 15-frame-or-so-negative. I think these date back to summer 2016 or 2017… Not sure. North sea, Norderney.

All shot on Portra 160, lab-scanned.

Also, I just switched to wordpress block editor. If something looks dodgy in the layout, let me know. Still getting used to the new editor…

Oberlaa

I’ve been taking the Leica out on dates lately. Slowly, slowly I’m getting back in the mood to shoot some film. A few recent shots from a walk in Oberlaa. One of the first days where you could feel spring arriving.

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Also found some really old stuff on rolls of film I hadn’t developed for something like two and a half years. Might share some of those too…

Kodak Portra 160, lab scans.