Ilford HP5 Exp. 1988

For my birthday my dad gave me an old box of Ilford Film, mainly FP4. The first roll I tried was a HP5 though. I considered the missing dx markings on the case would lead to a +2 Exposure on my Olympus mjuII, which would be perfect. I developed in Rodinal 1+50 for 12 minutes with inversions for 10s per minute. The film came out with wonderful grey tones under a cloud of age. I scanned the negatives using an Epson V800 and adjusted contrast in lightroom. I intentionally left the chalk stain on the negatives to show their chronological connection.

Seoul

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In September 2014 I visited my friend Eun-Song who was doing an internship in Seoul. I was there way to short, only 4 nights, but really enjoyed my stay. Seoul is a buzzing city. The area I stayed in „Itaewon“ is a place to go out and you can find lots of Americans.

Having a native speaker in my friend was invaluable. We went to the market full of analog cameras and visited the old part of town. At night there were exhibitions and record store bars with lots of soju.

I had my Leica M3 and my favourite film – Fuji Acros 100. The color photography was cheap Rossman Film (RIP) – a disguised Fuji Superia 200.

These pictures make me miss Korean BBQ, Kimchi and the night I was drinking on a rooftop.

L94

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L94 is the bus that took me from and to barcelona. i am camping at the beach very close to the airport. the last time i visited barcelona it was in a different mindset and more pleasure oriented. this time i looked at the city with different eyes.

the busy streets of the city center with the little second hand shops, the many skateboarders and the many sights marketed to tourists didn’t spark my photographic interest. it was the bus journey going from the periphery of barcelona towards the city center and the changing landscape that really caught my attention.

the first time i realized how satisfying it can be to take pictures from a moving train or in this case bus it can be was on a journey through the winter-landscape between berlin and karlsruhe in january of 2010. back then i used my rolleiflex and already anticipated the beautiful effect of blur caused by horizontal velocity.

objects closer to the lens move faster across the focusing screen than those further away. this causes the distant objects to be sharp and detailed whereas the closer objects blur and become distorted.

i used my phone pressed close to the bus window to avoid any reflections and just clicked everytime we passed by something interesting. the delay of the phonecamera required a lot of anticipation on my part. a very important trait of photography.

in barcelona i enjoyed some wonderful downtime, waiting for my „streets“ film to be developed by kitoli photo lab. tomorrow i will pick up my three rolls of snapshots out of my moving car and i am really excited to see how they turned out. then i am on my way to the pyrenees to take some landscape photography while hiking. an unusual subject for me and thus quite challenging and exciting.

aurelia

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i am working on a series where i take pictures out of my car using an olympus mju ii and cheap fuji film. i just point and shoot through my windshield sometimes holding the camera out of the window of my moving car. i photograph everything that catches my eye. paytoll buildings, other drivers, clouds, the strips of lands between borders, mountains, palmtrees, interesting buildings and the scenery when i cross over bridges. i want to make a book using these photographs documenting the different landscapes and architecture in europe. when i came to zagreb i got one roll developed fast in order to check the quality of my work. the person using the frontier developing machine was very interesting and so i thought of getting the next roll of film developed in rome so i can meet those people still believing in the future of film and making a business. it was very hard to find a lab that processes film fast. nearly impossible. all the internet inquiries told me it would take at least a week. so i almost lost hope to continue the project. one day i got out of the metro one stop early to check out the neighborhood and actually found a little place „nova foto“ that would develop my film in one hour. i was sold.

the next day i packed my roll of fuji superia 200 and dropped it off at the store. it wouldn’t have made sense to use the metro to go to the center as it takes about 20 min, so i wandered around aurelia and took some photos of the streets and people. the authenticity of this area fascinated me much more than the pittoresque little streets of trastevere  or the vatican. it wasn’t filled with tourists, making me feel like an outsider looking in for the first time.

the hour passed quickly and the prints were still warm when i picked them up. i even got a little plastic photo-album for them.

la luce di roma

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the last time i was in rome it was the winter of 2006 and the city didn’t really have a big impact on me. the skies were grey, so the beautiful color of the people and buildings couldn’t shine as they are in the beautiful sunlight i am so blessed to experience on this journey.

my bus is parked just inside the city periphery and i can reach the buzzing streets of the city center in just 20 min using the public transport system. to start the 4 day stay in italy’s capital i went to the botanical garden to one work on the materials section of this blog and second think about the photographic goals of this visit.

coming from florence i was already used to hoards of tourists, but i didn’t expect roma to have the same „problem“. i don’t consider myself belonging to this group of people and the selfie-stick gopro invasion of europe. but i am after all one of the tourists and don’t speak any italian so i can’t judge. all that is left for me is to imagine all these beautiful piazzas without the travellers and their parasites leeching on their filled wallets. „are you visiting the sistine chapel“ „skip the line“ „selfie sticks for good price“ and horrible spraypaint art is so common that one just accepts the existence of this unaesthetic part of roma.

nevertheless the beauty of roma’s architecture and love of detail outshines everything. i never felt as if i was in a 3 million people metropole. the small streets are made for the cute fiat 500s just as the cafes are made for the romans to sit and enjoy a panino and coffee. it feels as if the history is present and the beauty of old and new things just perfectly go hand in hand. italian style in design, fashion and architecture is as mature as the river tiber and as sophisticated as the uniforms of the carabinieri.

simply put i am in love with roma and very glad that i have come back almost 10 years later wiping the grey skies out of my memory.

bologna

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yesterday i drove from zagreb to bologna. the drive through slovenia in the evening light was very scenic. i really want to go to slovenia for a longer period and hike the beautiful mountains. i made only one stop to get gas and a sandwich, all the truckers were sitting at the gas station drinking white wine, one was shaving in the restroom.

in italy i saw wonderful thunderstorms driving through veneto to emilia romagna. in my bus i prepared some food and went to bed around 1 am.

today i got up around 8 and organized my things. as my younger sister says, living in a car is easy as long as you organize all your stuff, so i had to make some adjustments because some things are more important than others. around 11 i grabbed my longboard and went to the outer edge of bologna. it is wonderful weather and the arcades with their smooth polished floors are just perfect to skate through.

i used the wifi connection in the café to upload some of todays photos and write this entry. tonight i am going to florence.

foto tuskanac

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i went to a small photo store called foto tuskanac in zagreb and got a roll of film developed and scanned. the pictures were taken with my olympus mju ii. i lost the little window that is in the back of the camera letting you see the kind of film that is inside. so i wanted to make sure there are no light leaks and everything works.

there are a lot of fingerprints on the roll of negatives and the scans are horrible, nevertheless i really like the idea of using cheap film in the olympus and getting it developed along the way. i will also portrait the people working the minilabs. this time a fuji frontier 550.