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.
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.
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.
Kodak TriX 400 in Xtol 1+1.
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.
I thought it was time for another entry. December saw me travelling a lot, so my collection of pictures for my Hotels series grew some.
It’s a random collection of my favourite shots – favourite means anything from favourite hotel, favourite memory, favourite shot, favourite representation of how that particular room made me feel, basically a really personal selection. Not meant to look nice or show how the rooms really looked.
Fancy radio. Aschaffenburg, Germany.
The light… Loved it… Innsbruck, Austria.
Weirdest room number sign ever. Graz, Austria.
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.
The last time I stayed in the UK, I was booked into a hotel at the outskirts of London, so while I couldn’t sneak out for a quick shopping tour or some hours of street shooting in the city, the hotel had a large golf course. I’m not interested in golf at all, but having the possibility to go for a walk and enjoying a few minutes of fresh air is really great, so after one long day of meetings I did exactly this.
Leaving the golf course I found this:
Film: Kodak Portra 400.
I spent most of April travelling, living in hotel rooms. Like I wrote in my first post about hotel rooms, I do take a picture in every hotel room I’m staying in, so as this month made my collection grow quite a bit, here’s a new selection of various hotel rooms or hotel impressions.
Bad Erlach, Austria.
East Croydon, London, UK.
Summer seems to have disappeared around here, so I decided to post a few pictures I took about two weeks ago while I was in Graz for two days (work related, not that you start thinking of holidays or anything). It was really hot back then and I wanted to test my new lens, thus a probably unusual/random/strange selection of pictures…
Not much you can do in a few minutes of free time in your boiling hot hotel room other than taking pictures of your feet…
Or taking pictures of your duvet in the morning just before leaving…
Looking out of my hotel room window.
Arrived early at the train station, decided to take pictures instead of trying not to sweat (which doesn’t work anyway). I quite liked the series of pictures, even though I’m not quite sure about why that is… Anyways, here you go. At least it reminds me of summer feeling as opposed to the current temperatures around here.
These are the last pictures from my week in the UK plus a few from Vienna. Just imagine the ones of the “The Passing of Time” entry mixed into these, as I also took them during the same time frame.
Starting off in Vienna.
Hiding behind a book.
In the morning on my way to work.
Beautiful light patterns – sunlight reflected by windows.
I thought she was carrying a picture, but after I took the frame I went in front of her and saw that the other side of the canvas was empty as well…
Don’t know what she was carrying around there…
Smoking area at Gatwick Airport – made me laugh!
Bournemouth, Dorset. That day was pretty cold and windy, but I just had to go to the beach. Don’t know what it is about the sea, but listening to its sound and watching the waves just frees my mind and helps me to relax.
These two were so funny, they wanted to take pictures with the deckchair, but it was so windy that it was quite a struggle to get it set up, and as I got nearer I also took two pictures of them. They almost fell over from laughing while finally taking the pictures.
The pier, Bournemouth.
This is what my hairstyle looked like after coming home from the beach – you can tell it was windy out there!
Next day was warm and sunny. A surfer walking by.
Water & sand.
Again the pier.
Hotel corridor in London.
Trying to find his way around London.
This one’s for my sister, I guess she will know why! 😉
Empty papercups at Starbucks.
Oxford Street, Saturday around 5pm. It was pure madness, and even though I pretty much managed to avoid this street (I always try to, it’s just too much for me), I needed to go through about 100m of Oxford Street, and it took me ages to get through and away.
The Strand around 8am, still deserted, quite a contrast to Oxford Street the afternoon before.
Couldn’t resist taking this one.
Films – TriX 400 & APX 100 in Rodinal 1+50.