talisman/object of comfort

a first (hopefully in a series of more to come) talisman or object of comfort made after an idea and pattern by victoria gertenbach, whose work i find really inspiring.
if i remember correctly, i picked up the stone on the shore of lake constance. i covered it with bits and pieces of linen and cotton scraps; stitched with vintage buttonhole silk.

i find this way of embellishing and interacting with an object from nature a very calming process, and it adds another layer of meaning and memories on collected materials. i do have a habit of picking up things when going on walks, they may be visually attractive in some way, or i like the touch, feel and texture of them and playing with them while the are in my pockets, or just holding them; it’s a comforting thing to do. over the years, even though i only keep special ones, i have built up a small collection of various of these stones, pieces of wood, shells, sea glass pieces or other things, and i look forward to work a few more of them into a collaboration with nature and memory.

Rheindamm

A walk along the last part of the Alpine Rhine, right before it enters the Lake of Constance.

This part of the river is heavily regulated and is basically an artificial canal. The canal bed reaches far into the Lake of Constance and bends towards the west to keep the river from silting up the eastern part of the lake and eventually cutting off a part of the lake.

I think the photos date back to 2017.

Kodak Portra 160, lab scans.

Oberlaa

I’ve been taking the Leica out on dates lately. Slowly, slowly I’m getting back in the mood to shoot some film. A few recent shots from a walk in Oberlaa. One of the first days where you could feel spring arriving.

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Also found some really old stuff on rolls of film I hadn’t developed for something like two and a half years. Might share some of those too…

Kodak Portra 160, lab scans.

 

Wienfluss

Some projects find you. Like this one – walking the Wien river from its source until where it meets the city. The city of Vienna (=Wien) has its name from the river Wien. It originates in the Wienerwald just outside Vienna and is about 34km long. After watching a documentary about the river, we decided we wanted to go and see one of its sources, the one from which, legend has it, empress Sissi on a hiking tour through the Wienerwald had taken a sip of water and liked the taste so much, she had her coffee brewed with this water every day. Just the kind of wishes you get granted when you’re an empress… The Wien river has many sources, but this is probably the most famous one.

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The well has been encased, you can easily find it in the woods and also have a sip of water from it. It is said that drinking this water will bestow you with inner beauty.

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Once we had found the source, the idea to follow the river until it meets the city kind of started as a joke, but after all the whole of this river is not really that long and winds through a nice landscape. So for the last three Sundays, this was our “project”.

Idyllic Wienerwald
Wienfluss near Pressbaum
Wienerwaldsee
Forest clearing near Purkersdorf
Wienfluss in Purkersdorf
Close to the flood retention basin in Auhof, Vienna
Flood retention basin Auhof, Vienna

Almost the whole of the river is heavily regulated right from the start. Before the river enter Vienna, there is a huge flood retention basin to protect the city from the quick rising waters. Most of the time, the river is tiny and does not carry a lot of water, so it’s hard to imagine it can swell within minutes to a dangerous white water river. That’s why the flood retention basin looks so out of proportion with its concrete and steel structures. It’s really fun to explore.

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Wienfluss next to the motorway
Wienfluss in Hütteldorf

From Hütteldorf towards the city center the river runs next to the underground U4 and is kept in a concrete/stone bed. Just before Schönbrunn it is lead underground, comes up again and runs along the U4, until it disappears underground in the Stadtpark and then finally flows into the Donaukanal near Urania.

U4 Hütteldorf

Here’s more info about the river: Wienfluss

All images iPhone 6, processed with Vsco.

Norderney & Hamburg

Some holiday snaps, iPhone only this time.

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On the sleeper train to Hamburg, still in Austria.

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Our hotel in Norderney.

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First evening at the beach in Norderney. Tail of a kite – lots of people fly their kites everywhere on the beach.

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Santa’s lost his beard…

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Sunset at the beach on our first evening.

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Mudflats, hiking tour along the shore.

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Seagull. Or, along the lines of Monty Python, an ex-seagull.

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High tide moving in.

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Jellyfish.

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Morning light.

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Highest “mountain” on the island – ever seen a mountain where the cross on the summit is higher than the actual mountain?! 🙂

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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.

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Minutes before the rain started washing down.

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Most people had fled the beach, so we were surrounded by deserted beach chairs.

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Only two of our neighbours had stayed.

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20 minutes later everything was over and the sun reappeared.

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Best investment ever – our beach chair!

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Hiking tour to the eastern part of the island.

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Back home in our hotel room.

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We needed a rest from all the hiking.

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Blue jellyfish.

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RGB still life shortly before leaving.

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Hamburg. Hotel still life (shot by my boyfriend).

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Fish puzzle @ Altonaer Museum.

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They had funny mirrors as well.

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Under Lombardsbrücke (again, shot by my boyfriend).

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Leaving Hamburg, homeward bound.

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Early morning in the sleeper train, almost home.

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Norderney

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!

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Mudflats at low tide. It’s lovely to walk bare feet in the soft, squishy mud.

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Grass covering the sand dunes.

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Wo/where?

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Those wicker beach chairs are really great, especially when you need to sit out a sudden thunderstorm at the beach. Plus they look lovely!

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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…

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Once you’ve walked past the swimming beaches you are more or less alone.

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The  neighbouring island (Baltrum) already coming up in the distance, as we walked to the easternmost part of Norderney.

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The weather that day was changing constantly, so we had the most amazing light.

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Ship-wreck at the eastern shore.

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Amazing change of scenery on the inside of the island.

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Possibly thousands of different hues of green.

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Our last evening. Thunderstorm approaching. Lots of people were flying their kites on the beach.

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The seafront.

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On the ferry back. Neighbouring island Juist in the distance.

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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.