In the Woods

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.

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Hotels II

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.

Bournemouth, UK.

London, UK.

Graz, Austria.

Bregenz, Austria.

Bregenz, Austria.

Bregenz, Austria.

Igls, Austria.

Graz, Austria.

Graz, Austria.

Nuremberg, Germany.

Madrid, Spain.

Bad Erlach, Austria.

Bregenz, Austria.

Graz, Austria.

Graz, Austria.

Poole, UK.

Poole, UK.

East Croydon, London, UK.

More Random II

It took me ages to finish those few rolls I shot in the last months. Finally enough pictures for a short entry with some random pics.

Think these two girls were posing for a photo. 🙂

Snow (so now you know how long it took me to finish those rolls of film!).

On a plane to London.

In a pub in the UK. His night didn’t seem to be nice as pie…

At Costa Coffee.

Heading back to Heathrow. Rain. What else.

Rubbish (those who recognise the newspaper, yes, it’s rubbish).

Grounded.

First days of spring and finally some sun.

Stripes, no stars.

Trousers & jacket – flea market leftovers.

Snapping away.

Love.

Sunlight. 🙂

The standoff.

Beech tree in a park in Bregenz. I spent many lunch breaks under or sitting in that tree back in school.

All TriX 400 in Xtol 1+1.

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.

Vienna – Bournemouth – London

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…

Escada.

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.

Lonely skater.

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.

The Passing of Time

I tried something a bit different this time, as I discovered while editing the shots from the last weeks, that I had something like a theme going on. So for once I decided to not have a chronological entry, but one that just shows all the pictures that go with the theme.

It seems that I was drawn to take pictures of people that were either waiting for someone/something, had stopped to make a phone call, were having a break or were just waiting for time to pass. Most of the pictures were taken while I was travelling last week, just as if the amount of time I spent waiting myself made me (subconsciously) aware of other people doing the same…

Keep your eyes peeled for the next entry!

Films – TriX 400 & APX 100 in Rodinal 1+50.

Random

It’s been a while since my last entry – I just couldn’t take any pictures. Didn’t feel “it” when I was walking around in the city and whenever I forced myself to just take some pictures, they were crap… But after I was in the UK again and did a lovely trip on a fishing boat (amongst other things), I finally have a few (quite random) pictures to share.

This one is in Vienna – Westbahnhof. The background is quite confusing and distracting a bit…

Vienna, Judenplatz. Holocaust Memorial.

Beautiful pattern on the tarmac, gritting salt leftovers.

This is one of te weirdest window displays I have ever seen. I came across this when walking past a bakery in my neighbourhood a few days after Peter Alexander, a famous Austrian entertainer, had died. It’s his portrait in the window…

Ordering pizza.

Breakfast in the city.

Break.

This was at Heathrow Terminal 5, this guy obviously was waiting for someone. I found his fake Lederhosen quite cool!

The sea.

Wings. Or what was left of them…

lmao!

Boats being taken back by nature.

Did a little photo hunt with a colleague.

Fishing industry.

We did a boat trip to see how seaweed is harvested (which is actually just ripped of stones). We had lovely weather – great to be on the water! Pete, who ownes the boat, also has a fish restaurant, so if you ever happen to be in Poole, Dorset, go and have some of his lovely fish in Storm Restaurant – I promise, it’s totally worth it! Best fish I have ever eaten!

Life jackets.

My lovely colleagues.

Back at the airport. Sleeping people.

Back in Vienna, where it was cold an rainy – English weather in Austria, luckily I got some sunshine in England!

That’s it for today, just scanning two rolls I shot today (alongside some colour film) in the Prater, wating to see how the pictures turned out. But just the fact that I shot three rolls today, which is more than I shot in the last few weeks and I even enjoyed it, is a good sign after all…

Films as usual TriX 400 in Rodinal 1+50.

Hotels

My job includes a fair amount of travelling. Some time ago I started taking pictures in every hotel I stayed in. Usually these pictures are  taken with Hipstamatic/Polarize/Lo-Mob/Plastic Bullet apps for iPhone. I don’t take these pictures to show how the rooms/views actually look like, it’s more about how these rooms and places make me feel or how they look to me when viewing the room from my bed or looking out of the window. So in this entry I will show you a small selection of my hotel pictures – hotel rooms, views out of the window, reflections…

Zagreb, Croatia.

Graz, Austria.

Graz, Austria.

East Croydon, London, UK.

East Croydon, London, UK.

Rheinbrohl, Germany.

Rheinbrohl, Germany.

Graz, Austria.

Graz, Austria.

Graz, Austria.

Graz, Austria.

Graz, Austria.

Graz, Austria.

Manchester, UK.

Manchester, UK.

Manchester, UK.

Manchester, UK.

Manchester, UK.

Poole, UK.

All pictures taken with iPhone Apps Hipstamatic, Lo-Mob, Polarize or Plastic Bullet.

Vienna – Manchester – Poole

I just returned from a (business) trip to the UK. Usually I don’t manage to shoot any pictures whenever I’m not travelling for private purposes, don’t know why, it just seems that my brain is too busy or too exhausted to even see stuff that usually would make my finger itch to push the trigger. This time I thought I would give it a try and managed to expose one roll after all – I know, not much, but still a little improvement.

But first some pictures from Vienna, the first ones taken this year.

At McD.

Sunday morning after visiting the René Burri exhibition.

Weird window display.

On that morning on my way to work I noticed how strange the sunlight looked. It took me about 20 minutes to realize/remember, that there was a partial solar eclipse on that morning (yes, I’m not a morning person… really slow thinking at that time of the day…). There were people trying to see the obscured sun – that’s how I finally realized why the light looked so differently.

A plastic pig in a car…

More solar eclipse watching.

There were also lots of cool reflections everywhere.

At Starbucks. Actually I just wanted to prove to my boyfriend that most of the time people don’t realize/mind that you are taking pictures of them. Seems I was right! 🙂

These are just ordinary ice floes, but it came out kinda strange…

Motorbikes.

I really like this one! When I saw her I just hoped she would hold the pose until I pressed the shutter, as I had to get nearer to make the frame work. And I really got lucky this time!

“Du hast es in der Hand” – “It’s in your hands”

Quite windy in the city these days.

Espresso before boarding the plane to London.

I just love it when all of a sudden the sunlight comes in through the window.

Yes – cliché.

This was the view out of my hotel room in Manchester, the sun was just rising, it was beautiful!

A few random shots taken in Manchester.

Before I had to leave to head back South I went and had a look at Claire’s exhibition – there are just a few days left, but if you have the chance, go and have a look:

Colour Street Photography by Claire Atkinson

Tesco bag – tells you that you’re in the UK. On the train to Poole.

Fast asleep.

Poole Harbour at night. 1/4 second @ 2.0.

Sandbanks Ferry Terminal.

I think it’s Old Harry Rocks in the far distance… Anyway, the view on the sea was beautiful and really relaxing.

All pictures Trix 400 in Rodinal 1+50.

Hipstamatic & Polarize IV

More Hipstamatic & Polarize pics, while I still hope to find some time this weekend to develop some rolls of film…

I like old or strange signs…

Lo-Mob picture. My brother.

Café Pumpkin in East Croydon.

I think this one was Gatwick airport, not sure though…

Some holiday pics. Nice place to stay – Rheinbrohl in Germany. Actually just the hotel was so nice, the village itself… not so sure! 🙂

Yes, my feet were pretty dirty, happens when walking barefooted.

All the things you need for holiday feeling!

View out of our hotel window.

Another hotel. Graz.

Bregenz.

Taken out of the train window in Tirol.

Broken stuff.

This guy was crazy – driving his go-kart in between all the cars, chatting on his mobile.

Charming old-fashioned mailbox.

Grass.

Colours.

Again a pumpkin thingie (says something like “home-grown pumpkin”). My friends call me pumpkin, so now I could calculate how much I would cost.