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.

Random Findings

From a few weeks ago – great light.

She was waiting for her food to arrive and enjoyed the autumn sun.

Shoes.

Autumn.

Busy people.

City cowboy.

Drums and a bike.

Corpse.

Rainy weather.

National holiday in Austria, the army usually organises an event to present themselves to the public (not very fond of that event, but went there to take pictures anyways).

Eurofighter wing.

Tea.

People queuing to meet the Bundeskanzler.

Watching.

More queuing.

More watching.

Wiener Wasser (Viennese water).

On my way home…

Smoking.

They looked a bit lost.

Father & son?

A last one of people watching…

Back home – Sachertorte.

A last cup of tea and then off to develop the rolls of the day.

Films: TriX 400 & Agfa APX 100 in Xtol 1+1

Madrid

Two weeks ago I went on a short business trip to Madrid – and the really nice thing about it was that I had one day on my own, free to roam the city and do whatever I wanted to do – a rare thing to happen on those kind of trips. So I opted for walking the streets of Madrid and shoot, and go and see Picasso’s Guernica.

So this was the view out of my hotel room in the morning. I just loved the light in Spain…

Next thing I got to see was this guy at McDonald’s, he slept like this while I was having breakfast. Didn’t look to comfortable to me.

Walking down Calle Gran Via.

Market stalls about to open.

First frame of a new roll, messed it up but still like it.

Walking towards Atocha Station.

Fancy bike, fancy parking.

Serious discussion.

More people on their way to Atocha.

Not just cold water – very cold water!

Shame I cut off his feet…

At Atocha Station. He didn’t seem to be too happy about me taking his picture… Didn’t say anything though…

Strange leftovers from nightly events…

This was at Museo Reina Sofía – I had planned to be there quite early to avoid the masses, but when I arrived it was already quite crowded and when I got upstairs it already looked like this outside the building:

Wasn’t too bad in the museum after all, and watching Guernica was quite an experience. If you ever have the possibility to see it for real, please go, it’s a really strong picture (words fail me on this, so go and see for yourself).

Continued my walk after the museum and found this guy (for all Austrians – doesn’t he look a bit like Hannes Kartnig?).

Kind of had to take this…

Parque del Retiro.

Where did I put it, damnit?!

Some reading.

Again, morning view from my hotel window, followed by a long day of work. Then back to the airport.

Madrid-Barajas Airport.

Is there such a thing as planespotting (I know there’s trainspotting, but…)?

Fast asleep next to me…

Couldn’t find an affordable direct flight back to Vienna, so I had to transfer through Palma de Mallorca, which annoyed me a bit, as I expected it to be a crappy little airport flooded with drunk German and British tourists, which luckily it wasn’t as it turned out. The airport is quite okay actually, and there were Germans, but not as many as I expected and quite civilised behaved. Still the mere thought of Palma made me switch into a cliché mode somehow as it seemed after taking a few pictures… So here’s my collection of Palma de Mallorca clichés:

German tourist wearing a Bayern München jersey.

Turn your kids into a Flamenco dancer with this authentic Flamenco fancy dress (most probably made in China):

Warsteiner beer, Sangria buckets and more German tourists.

Guy waiting outside while the wife/girlfriend shops for clothes – how cliché’s that!

Asian guy squatting – probably not cliché but quite typical. Most of us Europeans above the age of 10 or 11 wouldn’t be able to do this, surely not for a longer time and surely it wouldn’t feel very relaxed.

Last view of Palma de Mallorca Airport (well, not really the last, but the last one I took a halfway decent picture of).

A few last snaps back in Vienna.

Don’t know if this one really works, the reflection is probably too strong…

Hard to translate (something along the lines of “make sense of my hanging”)…

Little Italy. Kind of.

Films: Agfa APX 100 & Kodak TriX 400 in Xtol 1+1.

Last Days of Summer

A few weeks back in time – it was still warm enough to spend our weekends on the Donauinsel (Danube Island). Obviously more fun when you’ve got smartphones and iPads to play with! 😉

OMG!

It’s just about the light…

Time to celebrate!

It was not me who took this one, obviously!

Watching Eric “The Eel” Moussambani on youtube…

More youtube-ing I guess…

Ferrarista.

Good times…

Film – Agfa APX 100 in Xtol 1+1

Linocut B/W

I’m a bit behind with my entries due to the fact that I have been travelling 3 out of the last 4 weeks, so in order to catch up and kind of keep something like a chronological order, first a few B/W linocut pictures – more blog entries waiting in the wings for the next days to come!

So these are the actual prints drying – the ones which you have seen in the previous entry were only the test prints.

The next plate being cut.

…and ready to be printed – colour is just going on the plate.

Another plate ready and waiting to be printed.

That’s it for today – more to come soon!

Films: Agfa APX 100 & Kodak TriX 400 in Xtol 1+1

More Random

Like the title suggests – more of my random street shots. Changed from Rodinal to Xtol for a try, have to say I quite like the look of it…

Okay, here we go – he probably took the expression street photography a bit too literally (he didn’t get run over by a car, I stayed and watched him leave unharmed).

Westbahnhof, Vienna. Waiting.

Random doggy.

Tourists.

Two men.

Feet.

Relaxing.

Accidentally set my camera to ISO 400 for the next two pictures, even though they were underexposed, they turned out quite okay… And my scanner cropped some of this picture, couldn’t get it to scan the whole negative.

Well, a bit dark to be honest… Note to myself: check ISO setting!!!

He was sketching buildings in the 1st district (Graben, Kohlmarkt).

Schönbrunn. Reading a book.

Watching a squirrel eating mushrooms in the park (if you have never seen a squirrel eat mushrooms – check here: link & link)

Fast asleep.

Discussing.

See the pigeon walking by?

Reading.

Thinking.

Chairs having a day off.

Gloves having a day off. Or destroying concrete structures…

PET bottles.

Sky in Schönbrunn.

Resting.

Films: Agfa APX 100 & Kodak TriX 400, both in Xtol 1+1.

Imperial Funeral

On 4th of July 2011 Otto Habsburg-Lothringen, the last Crown Prince of Austria-Hungary, died at the age of 98. After a long period of mourning he was finally buried on 16th of July in the Habsburg family crypt in Vienna (Kapuzinergruft), his heart was buried one day later in Hungary.

So much for a short historic background (if you want to know more, just pay auntie google a visit!). The funeral itself seemed to become a quite strange event, at least for me. As you hopefully know, Austria has ceased to be a monarchy in 1918. The funeral was announced to be a massive event, as big as a state funeral would have been – just that it was no official state funeral. A typical Austrian solution I would say.

Even though Austria long ago ceased to be a monarchy, sometimes you get the impression that our country secretly wishes we still had “our Emperor and Empress”. Even though I am not particularly interested in monarchy, nor wish to re-install a monarchy in Austria, I thought the funeral would make an interesting opportunity to take pictures, mainly of the people attending the funeral and the funeral procession.

The day before the funeral people could pay their tribute to the body which was layed out in the church where he also was to be buried later on. The place was already prepared for the day of the funeral with big screens where documentaries were aired. As I wanted to see how the place was set up and where the barriers would be placed, I went there and snapped a few pictures.

People watching the screen.

People queuing up to pay their references.

Liked the couple dressed in black.

Fast forward to the day of the funeral. These two were trying to get pictures of the celebrities arriving for the requiem mass in St. Stephen’s cathedral. Wanna-be paprazzi kind of… Probably need to think of upgrading their equipment!

Really most of the pictures I took were people watching…

It was very hot, and the little one was completely exhausted.

Think these guys belong to the Order of Malta. They were lined up in fron of the church waiting for the procession to start.

Flag with the coat of arms of Austria (mind – republic!), on the other side a picture of Otto Habsburg-Lothringen.

A tourist reading in his city guide about Austria back in monarchy era.

He was smiling happily, having climbed the barriers to watch the big screens, holding a Sissi flyer.

Photographers.

Saw this gentleman already the day before. Amidst the crowd just looking for celebrities he seemed a bit forlorn, genuinely sad.

The programme still stated Otto Habsburg’s title from back in monarchy times (which I think he was not allowed to carry in Austria! Yes, the funeral took place in Austria, Vienna…):

S.k.u.k.H Erzherzog Otto von Österreich Königlicher Prinz von Ungarn (His Imperial and Royal Highness Archduke Otto of Austria, Prince Royal of Hungary)

Also doubles up as sunshield or to cover your face in case someone takes pictures of you. Or whatever she was doing there…

One of my favourite shots.

Tired. Or bored.

Asleep.

Clearly bored. Not even Sissi was able to impress little doggy…

The crowd waiting for the procession.

The kids jumped up trying to see if the procession was already approaching.

Austrian armed forces – guard of honor (no, this was no state funeral!). They had taps fixed under their boots, which sounded quite funny, especially when looking into their stern faces. I always wonder if there’s somebody somewhere in this world who makes up all these funny ways of marching in step and then sells them to the different countries, as no one could come up by themselves with these quirky and really inefficient ways of moving yourself from one place to another… One of the reasons I could never join the army, I would constantly keel over from laughter with all the ridiculous stuff they come up with… (I know I wouldn’t, it’s not the best place to laugh… not much humor around there, they are always up to give people a hard time). Anyways – funny to watch!

Some of the traditional clubs, most of them had a hard time while trying to march in step… 😉

Personally I am really put off by most of these groups (“Traditionsverbände/Tiroler Schützen/Studentenverbindungen/etc. – sorry, I don’t know the correct translations for these), as they usually stand for really “tradional values”, some of them (not all of course) being friendly with right-wing ideas…

I literally felt sick in my stomach while they passed by… Don’t know, seeing these groups always creates a really oppressive atmosphere for me… So not many pictures of them…

Flags.

The coffin…

Action shooting.

Black & white pictures taken with Agfa APX 100 in Rodinal 1+50, all the rest digital.

Lushfest

Last week I spent my time on a huge camping site in the South of England, more precisely in Holton Lee, which is in Dorset.

Even though it may sound strange, it was in fact a business meeting, consisting of two days for meetings, presentations and workshops, and one festival day, where we all could listen to several bands (including Afro Celt Sound System, Jackie Oates, The Imagined Village, to only mention a few), have a look at how different departments work, meet and talk to campaigning/activist groups and lots more. As there was so much going on, I only managed to snap some picture on the go – this is my final selection.

At the airport, just before we boarded the plane to London.

Animals on the plane…

More than just one…

Arrived at Heathrow airport, we had to wait for about 3hrs for our coach that would take us to the camping site.

Met our lovely Swiss colleagues, who were eagerly playing with their iPhones.

Fast forward to the camping site – this is how it looked like:

Color version:

Never travel without a good amount of Manner wafers!

On the site there were a lot of different tents, where different departments showcased their work – in this one you could get your hands dirty and have a go at making products yourself.

This is how Comforter Bubble Bar is made – a big strudel, and then slices are cut off (should have shot this in colour, as the swirls are bright pink and white).

More Comforter Bubble Bar slices.

My colleague having a go at making a Ballistic.

It’s not as easy as you would think it is!

Yeah, made it!

My boss.

Camera, lighter, cigarettes.

The light was gorgeous that evening…

Apart from the wonderful evening light – this is how the site looked like with all the different tents and gazebos.

More of that sunset light – just couldn’t get enough of it.

Even though you can’t tell from the pictures or the light – it got very, very cold as soon as then sun had set, as you can tell from the next two pictures. I was so glad I took my snowboard jacket with me, one night the temperature went down to 4°C – so we all basically wore all clothes we could put on at once. Right now as I’m writing this, it’s over 30°C outside, hard to imagine that I wore a winter jacket, a beanie hat, fleece jacket and several clothes layers at once just a few days ago.

The cold didn’t stop us from having fun though – this is how you look after drinking vodka mixed with fizzy candy (Pop Rocks)!

Other fun stuff: Posing with a giant Toothy Tab and a living toothbrush.

Breakfast.

Even though it doesn’t look like it – this was taken around 9am (of course these were leftovers from the night before)!

During the week there were several bands playing on different stages for the real festival feeling – this was Jackie Oates.

During the Imagined Village gig.

More fun stuff – the football match. Or as I should say – after the football match!

Food was great – sorry, only empty plates!

And lots of booze – Bulmers mainly.

I don’t want to suggest this sign had something to do with the booze, but I thought the picture would best fit here! 🙂

Silent disco – I you have never been to a silent disco – try it, it’s fun!

I have to admit, I’m not that big a fan of camping – but thanks to the fact that I had invested quite an amount of money for a really, really warm sleeping bag, which meant I was one of the few not freezing during the night and actually sleep quite well – I really enjoyed this meeting/fest. It was great fun, I met a lot of inspiring people, enjoyed really good concerts, and realized once more how crazy (in a really good way) and unique a company I work for.

Back home I wanted to take a few pictures of the stuff I brought back home or used most during the week, but as I had changed films so often, I completely lost track of how many frames I already had taken on which film (stupid, I know), so I ended up with a few double exposures. So this is a collection of things I brought back, doubled up with a frame I took during the Afro Celt Sound System gig. Stupid mistake, but looks quite nice.

My three most important items – very warm sleeping bag, Maglite torch and Sea Shepherd beanie hat. And no, I didn’t have an illuminated sleeping bag – it’s again the lights of the Afro Celt Sound System gig.

Films: Kodak Portra 160NC, Kodak Portra 400VC, Kodak TriX 400 & TriX 400@3200, Agfa APX 100 – b/w developed in Rodinal 1+50.

Sandstone

Before I leave to the UK for one week, a series I took a few weeks ago when I was in Bregenz, Vorarlberg. There’s an amazing place right in the middle of the Bregenzer Ach, a river that flows into the Lake of Constance. It’s a monolith that consists of sandstone, left there since the last ice age. The water of the river has over millenia shaped this rock to look a bit like flowing water itself – soft curves, ripples and big waves. This is how the place looks like:

Years ago I have tried and failed to capture this place, now I gave it another try. I quite liked the outcome, exept for the fact that I messed up one of the rolls while developing, which bugs me, as I really liked one or two of the pictures.  But for the rest – here you go, I hope you enjoy!

And here is one of the messed up negatives…

It’s a wonderful place, so if you ever happen to be in the area, go and have a look!

Films: Trix 400 & Agfa APX 100 both in Rodinal 1+50.

Random

A few random pictures that have been siting on my hard drive for quite some time now. There is other stuff waiting as well, so I thought I’d just put these up until I’m done with the new ones…

A few colour frames from Berlin…

Back to Vienna in B&W.

At the airport – waiting. Hip shots.

More to come soon!

Films: Agfa APX 100 in Rodinal 1+50 and Kodak Portra 400 VC.