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While digging through my archives I found these photos I took about two and a half years ago at my great uncle’s 90th birthday. I still like the series so I thought I’d put them up here. It was a lovely day with my extended family and some regional quirks.

IMG_1011blogMy sister and her partner’s daughter having fun with the camera.

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IMG_1018blogYep, got caught.

IMG_1019blogMy great uncle is very fond of music and helped founding the first music school in the area. He also always was very involved in the local brass band. I don’t know about your area, but where I come from every village has their own brass band. So the local brass band dropped by for a birthday serenade. My great uncle discussing the set with the bandmaster.

IMG_1021blogMy sister being cheeky, my great uncle listening to the music. Still can’t get over the fact that he’s 90 years old, he looks so much younger.

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IMG_1027blogLots of shake hands.

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IMG_1035blogIf you make it to 90 years, you get to conduct the brass band.

IMG_1045blogEven the local police commander dropped by and brought a gift.

IMG_1046blogListening to the speech. Not easy to impress.

IMG_1047blogAnd some more music.

IMG_1051blogMy great uncle believes in the importance of kids getting in contact with music, so he was very happy about all the kids in the brass band.

IMG_1054blogMy dad discussing a piece of music with one of the brass band girls.

IMG_1057blogHaving done their duty, time for food, drinks and party. Typical brass band.

IMG_1058blogLeftovers.

IMG_1060blogI’m repeating myself – brass bands!

IMG_1065blogOne last speech (it was a very short one), and then food.

IMG_1075blogFamily time. My brother, my dad and my great uncle.

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Lovely memories of meeting my extended family. And wishing my great uncle many more happy years to come.

65

My Dad turned 65 this year in spring. He invited family and friends for a birthday/retirement party. There was music, food, wine, great people, a recital of some quite fruity Mozart letters and lots of laughter, but see for yourself.

I had hestitated to put the pictures up on here, as it’s all family and friends on the pictures – but then it isn’t any different from other entries with family and friends I’ve done before, and photography is always personal in one or another way… Plus I liked how the series turned out. So, enjoy!

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Lushfest 2012

Like last year the annual big meeting of Lush people from around the world was a mixture of meeting and festival. Again the wonderful site of Holton Lee welcomed us for 5 days.

Unlike last year, where it was really, really cold especially during the nights, it was warmer, but we all faced a new challenge – heavy rain and the subsequent mud. But this didn’t keep us from having fun and enjoying the whole 5 days. Very much like last year, the first two days were dedicated to training sessions and product launches (a bit more about this a bit later in this post), and the last two days were the festival days open to the public with lots of bands, workshops, making our own products, and of course – lots of rain and mud (did I tell you this before? I just keep telling because I didn’t take that many pictures of the actual muddiness so it doesn’t really show on my pictures, as it was partly too wet even for my Leica).

So, basically this is my selection of my favourite pictures I took during those 5 days.

First signs of mud. It had rained heavily for days and days before we came to the site at Holton Lee in Poole, Dorset, so the ground was already very soft. It didn’t take long to turn large areas into deep mud.

Snapshots during the training day.

Taking notes.

More notes.

A chunk of soap to take home.

Wellies – our best friends during these days.

But we had two lovely, sunny days as well.

Fighting Animal Testing in Korean (at least I think this is what the writing says).

Heading to the Set in Stone stone circle, where a new range of Gorilla Perfumes was about to be launched. The stones in the circle were scented with the new frangrances, and a set of music composed for the fragrances by Simon Richmond and  John Metcalfe was performed life. To read more about the new fragrances, go and visit the Gorilla Perume blog.

It was really crowded, so for me the whole atomsphere and the music was a bit difficult to enjoy, still I liked the way how the fragrances were launched. The stone circle stayed there anyways, so I came back a few days later to experience the whole site on my own. And to take pictures, of course! I saw the site and felt it needed to be in colour, so scroll down a bit to see those impressions as well.

Life performance of the set of music especially composed for the six fragrances.

I switched to colour, just had to. Lush is a colourful company after all…

Our tents in the evening.

We had a ferris wheel on the site (of which I didn’t take a picture, don’t ask me why), but I took a ride, and this is how the muddiness looked from above. But this is still looking quite nice, compared to two days later!

My wellies.

Mixing their own lipsticks.

Wet.

Inside my tent.

Jackie Oates on stage.

Well, beer and a broken chair. Obvisously.

So here we go… Mud… In heavy rain.

But luckily there were gigs like The Dhol Foundation who had us dance until we felt warm and dry again!

Even the flamingoes liked it!

And after one day and night of heavy rain, this is how it looked the next morning! Unbelieveable!

Some tents had suffered quite a lot…

Holton Lee is right at the sea, so we went down to the beach to enjoy a little bit of sun and the sea breeze.

Catching shrimps – the were set free again immediately after we had had a look, don’t worry!

The camping village.

Exhausted. It was even muddy inside the tents…

A rainbow in the afternoon.

I went back to the stone circle to experience it on my own – the rainbow was still there!

That dead tree was so impressive, especially in the evening light, just beautiful.

The light, the light… Love it…

Self.

Evening sun. And mud.

Even the rainbow was a bit muddy. Yes, that’s soap btw.

Best food ever – the guys from Wholefood Heaven did amazing food, which helped keeping me warm and happy. Thanks so much! Having good food makes such a difference! 🙂 If you ever find them somewhere around London or on a festival, try the Buddha Bowl, you won’t regret it, I promise!

Fun (thanks, Nora, for the idea!).

Mud.

English mud in my shower back home.

Despite the rain and the mud I have to say I really enjoyed those 5 days, the concerts were great, and meeting so many wonderful people was a lovely experience!

Thanks for all the work that went into organising Lushfest, guys! If you could switch off the rain next time, that would be great, but hey, we had a real British experience that way!

Nevertheless, being back home in my bed was nice too… 🙂

Films: Kodak TriX 400 in Xtol 1+1 & Portra 400.

Madrid

Two weeks ago I went on a short business trip to Madrid – and the really nice thing about it was that I had one day on my own, free to roam the city and do whatever I wanted to do – a rare thing to happen on those kind of trips. So I opted for walking the streets of Madrid and shoot, and go and see Picasso’s Guernica.

So this was the view out of my hotel room in the morning. I just loved the light in Spain…

Next thing I got to see was this guy at McDonald’s, he slept like this while I was having breakfast. Didn’t look to comfortable to me.

Walking down Calle Gran Via.

Market stalls about to open.

First frame of a new roll, messed it up but still like it.

Walking towards Atocha Station.

Fancy bike, fancy parking.

Serious discussion.

More people on their way to Atocha.

Not just cold water – very cold water!

Shame I cut off his feet…

At Atocha Station. He didn’t seem to be too happy about me taking his picture… Didn’t say anything though…

Strange leftovers from nightly events…

This was at Museo Reina Sofía – I had planned to be there quite early to avoid the masses, but when I arrived it was already quite crowded and when I got upstairs it already looked like this outside the building:

Wasn’t too bad in the museum after all, and watching Guernica was quite an experience. If you ever have the possibility to see it for real, please go, it’s a really strong picture (words fail me on this, so go and see for yourself).

Continued my walk after the museum and found this guy (for all Austrians – doesn’t he look a bit like Hannes Kartnig?).

Kind of had to take this…

Parque del Retiro.

Where did I put it, damnit?!

Some reading.

Again, morning view from my hotel window, followed by a long day of work. Then back to the airport.

Madrid-Barajas Airport.

Is there such a thing as planespotting (I know there’s trainspotting, but…)?

Fast asleep next to me…

Couldn’t find an affordable direct flight back to Vienna, so I had to transfer through Palma de Mallorca, which annoyed me a bit, as I expected it to be a crappy little airport flooded with drunk German and British tourists, which luckily it wasn’t as it turned out. The airport is quite okay actually, and there were Germans, but not as many as I expected and quite civilised behaved. Still the mere thought of Palma made me switch into a cliché mode somehow as it seemed after taking a few pictures… So here’s my collection of Palma de Mallorca clichés:

German tourist wearing a Bayern München jersey.

Turn your kids into a Flamenco dancer with this authentic Flamenco fancy dress (most probably made in China):

Warsteiner beer, Sangria buckets and more German tourists.

Guy waiting outside while the wife/girlfriend shops for clothes – how cliché’s that!

Asian guy squatting – probably not cliché but quite typical. Most of us Europeans above the age of 10 or 11 wouldn’t be able to do this, surely not for a longer time and surely it wouldn’t feel very relaxed.

Last view of Palma de Mallorca Airport (well, not really the last, but the last one I took a halfway decent picture of).

A few last snaps back in Vienna.

Don’t know if this one really works, the reflection is probably too strong…

Hard to translate (something along the lines of “make sense of my hanging”)…

Little Italy. Kind of.

Films: Agfa APX 100 & Kodak TriX 400 in Xtol 1+1.

Last Days of Summer

A few weeks back in time – it was still warm enough to spend our weekends on the Donauinsel (Danube Island). Obviously more fun when you’ve got smartphones and iPads to play with! 😉

OMG!

It’s just about the light…

Time to celebrate!

It was not me who took this one, obviously!

Watching Eric “The Eel” Moussambani on youtube…

More youtube-ing I guess…

Ferrarista.

Good times…

Film – Agfa APX 100 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.

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.