2014 wasn’t my best year photographically speaking. I didn’t shoot much, and hadn’t it been for two assignments I would have ended up with almost no photos at all. What I did a lot though was travelling, almost exclusively for work. So my hotel series grew quite massively. Here’s a new selection, edited down aggressively. Again – it’s not about aesthetics, just about how those rooms made me feel. Mostly work stays, mostly alone, luckily not all the time though! A bit of holidays made it in as well.
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.
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.
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.
It 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.
Prickspears. 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.
More to come soon.
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.
The list of what we found on that day:
3 safety helmets
1 empty bottle of Asti (who drinks this stuff anyways)
1 red plastic box
1 council garbage bin
2 couch pillows
4 orange gloves
3 pieces of fishing nets
uncounted numbers of plastic bottles
And I think I need to get my camera’s shutter fixed, by the looks of the negatives…
Kodak Portra 160
Some holiday snaps, iPhone only this time.
On the sleeper train to Hamburg, still in Austria.
Our hotel in Norderney.
First evening at the beach in Norderney. Tail of a kite – lots of people fly their kites everywhere on the beach.
Santa’s lost his beard…
Sunset at the beach on our first evening.
Mudflats, hiking tour along the shore.
Seagull. Or, along the lines of Monty Python, an ex-seagull.
High tide moving in.
Highest “mountain” on the island – ever seen a mountain where the cross on the summit is higher than the actual mountain?! 🙂
We had planned a day at the beach, but a thunderstorm came rolling in, just as we had rented our wicker beach chair. So what do you do? We decided to sit it out in our comfy beach chair.
Minutes before the rain started washing down.
Most people had fled the beach, so we were surrounded by deserted beach chairs.
Only two of our neighbours had stayed.
20 minutes later everything was over and the sun reappeared.
Best investment ever – our beach chair!
Hiking tour to the eastern part of the island.
Back home in our hotel room.
We needed a rest from all the hiking.
RGB still life shortly before leaving.
Hamburg. Hotel still life (shot by my boyfriend).
Fish puzzle @ Altonaer Museum.
They had funny mirrors as well.
Under Lombardsbrücke (again, shot by my boyfriend).
Leaving Hamburg, homeward bound.
Early morning in the sleeper train, almost home.
Seems like summer needed to come to an end before I’d finally come around to do an entry with my summer holiday pictures. We went to Norderney, a small German island in the North Sea, close to the border of The Netherlands. The landscape is stunningly beautiful, so I couldn’t resist shooting a bit of landscape and shooting it in colour. Had the negatives scanned by the lab, not really happy with the quality, but after the pictures have been sitting on my hard disk for weeks now, I decided to put them up without tinkering around too much. So no need to tell me the scanning quality sucks – I know!
Mudflats at low tide. It’s lovely to walk bare feet in the soft, squishy mud.
Grass covering the sand dunes.
Those wicker beach chairs are really great, especially when you need to sit out a sudden thunderstorm at the beach. Plus they look lovely!
In total we walked over 46km in those 5 days, and most of the time we didn’t realise we already were walking for hours. It’s really, really relaxing to walk along the beach and enjoy the nature, the sea, the noise of the waves, the smell of the sea, look for sea shells, take pictures…
Once you’ve walked past the swimming beaches you are more or less alone.
The neighbouring island (Baltrum) already coming up in the distance, as we walked to the easternmost part of Norderney.
The weather that day was changing constantly, so we had the most amazing light.
Ship-wreck at the eastern shore.
Amazing change of scenery on the inside of the island.
Possibly thousands of different hues of green.
Our last evening. Thunderstorm approaching. Lots of people were flying their kites on the beach.
On the ferry back. Neighbouring island Juist in the distance.
The ferries need to stick exactly to their routes, especially during low tide, as the danger of running onto a sandbank is very high. Buoys mark the right way.
All pictures Kodak Portra 160.
Finally the colour version of our holiday in Styria… Took me ages to finish the roll and have it developed.
We were surrounded by lots of green.
And “our” backyard.
Vineyards and grapes everywhere, couldn’t resist to take a few snaps…
We spent a day in Graz as well. Backyard of Atelier Jungwirth.
Shadows in our hotel room.
Heading back home.
Either Kodak Portra 160 or digital.
I finally developed my one (!) roll of TriX from my holidays in Styria (which were at the beginning of August). There’s still a roll of Portra in my camera, and it still isn’t finished (yes, not much shooting after my holidays), so I thought I’d just post the b&w ones first and then do a short colour entry soon (hopefully).
We stayed in a small holiday cottage in a tiny village (well, it was not even a proper village) at the border to Slovenia amidst the vinyards. Beautiful scenery, very quiet, perfect for a few relaxing days – only thing is, there was no supermarket, not even a corner store – and we did not have a car. Well, more of that later on…
So, this was our view from the balcony:
There was a beautiful patio as well, perfect place for breakfast (or barbecue or a glass of wine).
Yes, there need to be cameras in a holiday!
Oh, and there we are on our way to the next “shopping center” – it was a 4,5hrs walk to get there and back, a 35°C summer day.
Onions drying in the sun.
Capturing butterflies on the way.
The walk itself was nice, beautiful landscape, hot summer day (well, a bit cooler would have been nice), but when we finally reached the “shopping center” – we were devastated. It was the most depressing place you could imagine. We had hoped to get some beautiful food – fresh vegetables, free range meat, everything you’d need for a wonderful holiday barbecue. But – none of this was to be found in that “shopping center”. So we basically got some sausages and a bit of basic supplies to get us through the next days. Even though it’s a good laugh now that I think of it, we were really disappointed.
So back home we walked, and we really managed to make a nice barbecue nevertheless. No doubt our “diet” was very sausage-based, but with a bit of salad and onions and bell peppers we ended up having nice evenings on the patio with our beloved grill.
Our “hard-earned” food.
Styrian apple juice.
We walked to Slovenia – this is really right at the border.
Border crossing. Horrific framing…
Another evening with barbecue…
And Styrian wine.
More to come, next time in colour!
TriX in Xtol 1+1.