Last Frames of the Old Year

Thought I’d share the last few frames of the old year with you.


Working place of a Christmas tree vendor.

Angels also do window shopping sometimes.

The writing on the bench says “Christmas is going to be wonderful”.

People buying Christmas trees on 23rd of December.

On the morning of 24th of December I went on a small tour to wish all my colleagues in Vienna a Merry Christmas, as I already had holidays. Walked through the city and watched other people being in a hurry and carrying home their Christmas trees.

The guy walking around the corner looks a bit like Jean Reno to me.

More Christmas tree carrying.

Snack while reading the latest news.

And a last one on my way home.

So, that’s it for 2010!

I wish you all a happy new year!

All pictures TriX 400 in Rodinal 1+50.

Winter in Vienna, December 2010

Again be prepared for lots of snow, I can’t help it. I just have to take pictures when it snows, no matter how tired I am or how late it is.

Took this picture during my lunch break. Don’t know where that massive glow on the table comes from.

I know it’s a cliché shot, but I couldn’t resist.

Christmas trees everywhere.

Shoveling snow.


Paperbag in the snow.

Preparing the little one for the cold weather.


Christmas market.

Poor Christmas tree was chained to the wall.

First district at night covered in snow. And again lots of Christmas trees everywhere.

Christmas lights. You can see that it was snowing quite heavily that night.

Frosty the Snowman…

More snow…

And more Christmas lights…

Really liked how this one turned out…

George Clooney watching over the closed Christmas market.

Found two little snowmen on the closed market and used my last two frames of the roll for them.

Next entry coming soon, I think there will be more snow, not sure though, Christmas always seems to blur my memory…

Film: TriX 400 in Rodinal 1+50.

Hipstamatic V


The nearer we get to Christmas, the shorter my weekends are. So now as the end of the weekend is approaching, I thought of posting a few Hipstamatic pics. I didn’t have time to take any other pictures – even though my Leica is with me almost everywhere, it seems that my brain is already too tired to react and think and be able to see pictures when they come up… Time seems to fly at this time of the year, and my life seems to consist mainly of sleeping and working – the joys of retail before Christmas! But let’s hope it turns out to be a good Christmas (saleswise), then there’s enough time to relax after all the hard work. So here we go:

Anakin’s lightsabre in the underground.

Re-watching big brother.

Out of service.

Love the new DreamCanvas film.

A lovely coffee shop in Graz.

Coffee and tea definitely help when you’re working long hours.

Fairy lights in the shopping mall on DreamCanvas.

Cheers, Anja

First Snow

Winter has arrived as it seems, since last Sunday Vienna is covered in snow. I have to admit, I love snow. Even the smell of snow makes me happy. Considered this, Vienna is for sure not the best place to live, as it snows way to little for my taste, even more so when you have grown up in the West of Austria, where there’s usually lots of snow.

It’s probably also a childhood memory thing, why I love snow so much, don’t know. Whenever it starts snowing, I go for a walk in the snow, even if it’s in the middle of the night. Winter nights are so peaceful, everythings looks beautiful and clean, it’s quiet and the air has that fresh, slightly smoky smell.

Well, as it did finally snow, I took pictures of the city covered in snow. I was only able to take pictures after work (Christmas time is coming – so long working hours), which means again it was already dark outside, but the snow made everything really bright – amazing how much more light there is as soon as there is snow.

The first few pictures were taken a few days before it started to snow.

Took this one while I was sitting in a McDonalds.

A Christmasy version of a merry-go-round. Even the Coke Christmas truck was there…

Lonely cup of mulled wine at the Christmas market. Love how the shiny table cloth stuff turned out.

Misplaced shopping carts.

Okay, now for the snowy part. Went out when it started to snow, it was around 10 pm. Found a Christmas tree covered in snow. The picture came out pretty dark, but after all it was dark and I liked how it looked…

Christmas tree and church windows.

Vienna streets at night, everything covered in snow.

Another evening, around St. Stephen’s cathedral, 1st district. I really hate it when they start clearing the roads, then you end up with brown mush of snow insted of proper, beautiful snow… Ugh… But a bit of nice snow was still left.

Workers clearing the street.

Fairy lights everywhere…

Liked how this one turned out. See the mush?

Glowing orbs.

You need lots of these to put up all the fairy lights in the streets.

Frozen King Drink.

More Christmas trees.

Pure Austrian Christmas kitsch- how more Austrian can you get?! Mozartkugel glitter balls on a snow covered Christmas tree.

Closing time for the sweet shop.

Wish you all a wonderful Winter time with lots of snow, or – if you don’t like snow and Winter – warm and cosy moments at home!

Film – TriX 400 in Rodinal 1+50

Dark November

Been trying to cope with the lack of sun and daylight during the last weeks by experimenting with pushed TriX. Found it quite challenging to expose in the night with all the highly illuminated shop windows and at the same time rather dark areas in one frame… Any tips/ideas?

On my way to work I found these guys pumping wine into the Christmas market stall. They also had some pre-mixed mulled wine concentrate in canisters in their van. Guess you better make your own mulled wine at home just to make sure that what you’re drinking is really wine!

Some shots taken after work as it was already dark outside.

Two ladies while window shopping.

Buying chestnuts.

Christmas lights.

Busy on the phone.

Again chestnuts.

This guy was filming the people around a Christmas market stall.

Little spiderman playing computer games while the grwon-ups around him are busy drinking mulled wine.

Somewhat scary display in a Christmas market stall.

Drinking mulled wine with some of my colleagues.

If some of you remember my entry about people queuing for the Frida Kahlo exhibition – here I found some people queuing for Schnitzel. =)

Out of service.

Again the guys with the wine pump.

Was meant to be just a test shot, but I liked how it came out.

Saw this guy in the tram writing music on his macbook, next to his cello. Just made me think that it felt kinda Viennese to me….

Transporting a large painting.

Out in the cold on the phone.

Again the Christmas lights thing…

Stupid newspaper. Says something like “the new Lady Di”. I always wonder how they manage to write the most stupid things everyday. I mean it’s probably quite hard to come up with all this ridiculous stuff all the time, but somehow they manage… Well…

All shots Trix 400 @ 3200 in Rodinal 1+50.

Preparing for Christmas

I’ll post some pictures I took back in September at work during a meeting. We had all our Austrian shop manangers and trainees come together in Vienna to plan and prepare for Christmas. One part of the meeting was a workshop on merchandising. As we all were already playing around with the new Christmas product range I couldn’t post the pictures back then, as they hadn’t been launched in the shops yet.

I hadn’t planned to take pictures, but as I saw them all busy and playing with products I couldn’t resist to take a few snapshots – perfect opportunity, as most of the time they all were so busy that they didn’t notice me taking pictures. Unfortunately you can’t smell the gorgeous scent of all the products!

Drinks in the evening – a must!

Film: TriX 400 in Rodinal 1+50