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.

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.

 

Remnants of War

Even though this doesn’t exactly look like a holiday post, these are pictures I took during my holidays in Noderney. Norderney is one of the German islands in the North Sea, just across the border to Holland.

Right behind one of the dunes at the beach I found some bunker structures dating back to the Second World War.

During the First World War the island was used as a fortress and large amounts of construction material were transported there. Beginning from 1935 the island was developed into a Luftwaffe and Kriegsmarine base as part of the Atlantic Wall. More then 60 gun and anti aircraft emplacements and so called Regelbaus (a standardized bunker built by the Germans along the Atlantic Wall) were built in the dunes.

After the end of the Second World War most of the bunkers have been blown up, but some of them resisted and are still strewn across the dunes.

It’s eerie to stumble upon such a remnant of war amidst holiday joy, but they are important reminders of history, and that’s why they should be preserved, even if those memories are painful ones.

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Also make sure to check out Marc Wilson’s project The Last Stand, he documented many of those remaining bunkers across several countries in beautifully done large format photographs.

Film: Agfa APX 100 in Xtol 1+1.

Shell Bay

Back in February on one of my trips to the UK I stayed in a hotel on Sandbanks in Poole. There is a chainferry that takes you over to Shell Bay, where you can have a lovely walk along the beach, which I did one afternoon to free up my mind and get a bit of fresh air. A rainstorm was approaching, so it was already quite dark, but the air was lovely and fresh, and the sea was ice cold (I had to wade through a small tidal creek at one point, that’s why I know).

The landscape is really picturesque and the heavy clouds did their part to make everything look quite gloomy and dramatic. I could have kept walking for hours, but the rainstorm drew in after about 50min, so I had to get back too soon.

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Kodak TriX 400 in Xtol 1+1.

Jetsam & Flotsam

This is a kind of mini-project that happened during my vacations last summer in Norderney, a small German island in the North Sea. Whilst we were walking through the most beautiful landscapes, out on the beach, no people around us, just nature, we stumbeled across rubbish. Rubbish that at some point happened to end up in the sea, and the sea had washed it up on the beach. There it created a bizarre, surreal art show for us. Obviously some things were arranged, but not by us. I just documented what we found.

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The list of what we found on that day:

8 pallettes

3 safety helmets

1 empty bottle of Asti (who drinks this stuff anyways)

1 red plastic box

8 shoes

1 council garbage bin

1 TV

2 couch pillows

4 orange gloves

3 pieces of fishing nets

1 rope

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And I think I need to get my camera’s shutter fixed, by the looks of the negatives…

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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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All shots TriX in Xtol 1+1.