Random Findings

From a few weeks ago – great light.

She was waiting for her food to arrive and enjoyed the autumn sun.

Shoes.

Autumn.

Busy people.

City cowboy.

Drums and a bike.

Corpse.

Rainy weather.

National holiday in Austria, the army usually organises an event to present themselves to the public (not very fond of that event, but went there to take pictures anyways).

Eurofighter wing.

Tea.

People queuing to meet the Bundeskanzler.

Watching.

More queuing.

More watching.

Wiener Wasser (Viennese water).

On my way home…

Smoking.

They looked a bit lost.

Father & son?

A last one of people watching…

Back home – Sachertorte.

A last cup of tea and then off to develop the rolls of the day.

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

Hiking Tour

This is from a few weeks ago, it was still warm and sunny. We went on a short hiking tour with friends (actually it was a really short hiking tour with one high climb up a rock and really good Schnitzel afterwards).

The climbing part (helped by a long ladder).

Not happy with the framing, but I liked the texture – rock and tree roots.

Having a break.

Gotcha!

🙂

Again resting – that was after the Schnitzel.

One last outlook over the valley before we headed home.

Film: TriX 400 in Xtol 1+1.

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 SofĂ­a – 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 clichĂ© mode somehow as it seemed after taking a few pictures… So here’s my collection of Palma de Mallorca clichĂ©s:

German tourist wearing a Bayern MĂĽnchen 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 clichĂ©’s that!

Asian guy squatting – probably not clichĂ© 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.

Linocut B/W

I’m a bit behind with my entries due to the fact that I have been travelling 3 out of the last 4 weeks, so in order to catch up and kind of keep something like a chronological order, first a few B/W linocut pictures – more blog entries waiting in the wings for the next days to come!

So these are the actual prints drying – the ones which you have seen in the previous entry were only the test prints.

The next plate being cut.

…and ready to be printed – colour is just going on the plate.

Another plate ready and waiting to be printed.

That’s it for today – more to come soon!

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

More Random

Like the title suggests – more of my random street shots. Changed from Rodinal to Xtol for a try, have to say I quite like the look of it…

Okay, here we go – he probably took the expression street photography a bit too literally (he didn’t get run over by a car, I stayed and watched him leave unharmed).

Westbahnhof, Vienna. Waiting.

Random doggy.

Tourists.

Two men.

Feet.

Relaxing.

Accidentally set my camera to ISO 400 for the next two pictures, even though they were underexposed, they turned out quite okay… And my scanner cropped some of this picture, couldn’t get it to scan the whole negative.

Well, a bit dark to be honest… Note to myself: check ISO setting!!!

He was sketching buildings in the 1st district (Graben, Kohlmarkt).

Schönbrunn. Reading a book.

Watching a squirrel eating mushrooms in the park (if you have never seen a squirrel eat mushrooms – check here: link & link)

Fast asleep.

Discussing.

See the pigeon walking by?

Reading.

Thinking.

Chairs having a day off.

Gloves having a day off. Or destroying concrete structures…

PET bottles.

Sky in Schönbrunn.

Resting.

Films: Agfa APX 100 & Kodak TriX 400, both 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.

Sandstone

Before I leave to the UK for one week, a series I took a few weeks ago when I was in Bregenz, Vorarlberg. There’s an amazing place right in the middle of the Bregenzer Ach, a river that flows into the Lake of Constance. It’s a monolith that consists of sandstone, left there since the last ice age. The water of the river has over millenia shaped this rock to look a bit like flowing water itself – soft curves, ripples and big waves. This is how the place looks like:

Years ago I have tried and failed to capture this place, now I gave it another try. I quite liked the outcome, exept for the fact that I messed up one of the rolls while developing, which bugs me, as I really liked one or two of the pictures.  But for the rest – here you go, I hope you enjoy!

And here is one of the messed up negatives…

It’s a wonderful place, so if you ever happen to be in the area, go and have a look!

Films: Trix 400 & Agfa APX 100 both in Rodinal 1+50.