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.
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.
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.
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!
Mixing their own lipsticks.
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…
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!).
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.
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.
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…
Breakfast in the city.
This was at Heathrow Terminal 5, this guy obviously was waiting for someone. I found his fake Lederhosen quite cool!
Wings. Or what was left of them…
Boats being taken back by nature.
Did a little photo hunt with a colleague.
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!
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.
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…
East Croydon, London, UK.
East Croydon, London, UK.
All pictures taken with iPhone Apps Hipstamatic, Lo-Mob, Polarize or Plastic Bullet.
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.
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…
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:
Tesco bag – tells you that you’re in the UK. On the train to Poole.
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.