The semester is over, projects are finished, exhibitions closed, equipment cleaned up and stored. We are not traveling much this summer except for a trip up to the Baltic Sea in September. We both work several days a week and do much work on the apartment. Theres a lot of family and friends and chillout time. Holiday season stuff. Im shooting all kinds of stuff with 35mm and medium format, b/w and color, and develop a lot of films at home.
Also i hope to finish work on the darkroom an my uncles place this summer. Its actually ready for use except for the tap water supply and waste water disposal. Were gonna have to split cut the pipe and install a water faucet with proper fittings. Also im planning to install a small submersible pump inside a big tank right under the sink and connect it to the sewage water pipe. We’ll see if i can show some documentation of the progress in the next entry. This one right now contains a lot of street and family pics and some exhib stuff from the semester and also some of my work for 2nd semesters photoclass portfolio.
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Starting with some random street frames. Leica M6 + Kodak Tri-X in Xtol.
I almost always take this shot of people. I find it kind of interesting.
Walking around with Stephan.
Stephan taking a shot, maybe for our double exposure series for photoclass?
A small tree abused as a trashcan and also chained up in Gostenhof.
And suddenly i started taking portrait format frames again.
A test print of my poster for our typography “Type 2″ exhibition of few weeks ago. The grey is pure red actually.
Policemen checking the ID of some guy.
We were having some drinks at this place when i noticed these two behind us, brother an sister i guessed. Seemed like he just stepped into her life after a lot of years and so they had a lot to talk. Later, they started calling other family members like their mother (i suppose). Now thats quite a nice story for such an average picture right? Anyway, i did not want to get too close and disturb them since it looked like kind of a intimate moment for them.
Some puke on the street.
Construction site at the red light district (more like a softcore version of the actual red light district).
We were back at the train station when i saw this guy. I speeded up to him to take a shot, although i wasnt sure if the negative would hold all the detail. In scenes like these there is no time to hold on, fiddle around with your cam and starting to compose a nice image. You just make your best guess for toh lighting and shoot. Luckily the timing was good (decent light situation) and theres all the detail in the picture that i wanted to capture. I did a 24x30cm print and it looks very good with plenty of structure.
Since the weather was so sweet that evening, we went for a walk at the “Steintribüne”, which is part of the former nazi party rally grounds. Today, the area is used for big events like “Rock im Park” or the DTM (German Touring Car Championship). This was days before the start of the DTM, so most of the track barriers and audience stands were already set up. I took some shots with the leica and also some Polaroids with the Hasselblad 500CM.
Back in the city. Thank god for this beautiful weather these days.
Guys playing on their phones.
So there was a big public transportation strike in the city and the place got more and more crowded with people waiting for one of the few buses that were still running. Those bus lines often headed to places like the airport or the outer districts, but it seemed like people just gave up and took a ride on those buses, just to get ANYWHERE away from the main station and to keep moving. I took the bike.
I almost felt a little ashamed, taking pics of frustrated and trapped people and after that just hoppin on my bike, casually riding away.
Some service workes tried to calm down some people or to give adivce for the best alternative routes to take.
He got lucky.
Random frame in on of the labs.
Neustadt Kirchweih time. Carnival rides is a serious business.
Im afraid there is no proper way of translating this sign…but its from 5pm to 9pm fyi
Think. About what?
People watching the fireworks. An OK shot i think, regarding that it was pretty much completely dark (focusing fun!) and i had like 1/8th at 1.4. Printed it, looks nice. More tonal range than you’d get from the scanned version here.
At campus. Kerim being happy. We’re ALL HAPPY STUDENTS HERE so lets put it on big banners to show how cool IT IS TO STUDY HERE. YAY!!! LETS PARTY!!!1
Some film and room+space design class people were shooting a Hundreds music video the other day. First things first, catering.
Basti holding some wall thing.
It was Saturday, and while the film guys prepared their shooting, the photoclass had some fun in the studio.
Police set up a little bike parcour course for the kids at the marketplace.
Lots of mid-grey tones i thought.
So the DTM was here and i felt like checking out what was going on around the place. The event area itself is pretty secured, people like to be amongst themselves (pretty expensive tickets also). So at some points of the track, people were standing outside and trying to catch a look at the touring cars. Great scene for a print. I should – oh wait thats right, iv’e already done a print of this since we got this super cool automatic dev machine at the uni lab. Actually its about 30 years old and close to its total breakdown. But before going back to conventional handmade dev, we keep using this monster until it literally falls apart. Well see if Stephan and i will be able to organize some new equipment for the lab, but its all about the money in the end, which is sad. The darkroom process is so so so beautiful and full of things you need to know about “making” images, i for once would love to do some color printing or fiber or toning or or…This so has to happen, ill keep you informed.
So, back to some pics. Another one of the “audience”.
At another edge of the track, also blocked for pedestrians. These two checked out what was going on, then turned back around. I kind of like the frame, those barriers give it a very graphic touch. I was also very lucky with the arrangement of the trees above. Printed.
I think somebody died here.
Came across this scene later.
Went to grab some things at the groceries store when all of a sudden it started raining LIKE REALLY. People were totally surprised and started running for cover.
CHECK IT OUT, how much GERMANY can you spot in this frame?
Finished the roll with some water-buried spoons.
Next day, next roll. Switching to TMY (TMax 100 = TMX, TMax 400 = TMY, TMax 3200P = TMZ) for fun. As i mentioned in a previous entry, i find TMY to show not as much of a “film” character as Trix or Efke, but damn this film is good. Grain: What grain? Tonality: Kicks ass.
Look who professionally fixed her window 🙂
Michis ROCKWALL for our typography exhibition. The letters are freaking huge actually, we barely managed to fit all of them in my car to get them to the campus.
Olgas bike got blocked, lol.
There was a nice festival in the Südstadt district so Stephan Tanja and i met to check it out (=to grab as much food as we could and lurk around with our Hipster cameras).
Changes are these are father and son.
Stephan with his Nikon.
All kinds of different cultures, bonding and living peaceful side by side. How can that be such a hard thing to do in so many places?
Tanja fiddling around with some film.
People selling some stuff.
I told Tanja that i found it fascinating to get that much stripes in a single frame. But also Tanja herself and the guy in white on the right and the one on the left in the very back of the scene somehow complete this one i guess. Well its just a snapshot after all.
Tanja proudly presenting her Voigtländer TLR, very VERY old model.
I keep thinking about how people percieve me when i photograph them. I dont know, i do not try to hide or to be invisible like some sort of stalker. I just am there and do what i do. Of course, i try not to distract people since i want to document, but i am still there and whatever happens, happens. I like those little eye contacts, smiles, talkes, gestures, even rejections, conflicts and so. Its a very humanistic approach i think. On the other side, some people like to shoot people with tele lenses which i find kinda weird. Or maybe its just me? Time to think some more.
Chris joined us later and we decided to have a beer. Tanja making her cute face.
Walking back home.
Subway station near Anselms place.
The next day we met again at the festival for some more snacks and pics. Good times.
Yeah not an interesting frame. Just letting you know, i happend to get me a ND 0.6 filter for the Nokton (= -2EV so ISO400 -> ISO100) from ebay for 1€ lol (and its a quality one). That means shooting Trix and TMX with even less DOF (depth of field) in bright daylight. Works perfectly.
Paramedics hanging out.
Some type and shadow stuff.
Switching tu Fuji Acros 100 and the Konica Hexar AF.
Taking an family portrait.
Walking around with Franzi and Stephan and some random guy, taking some pics.
Businessman with a german-flag-colored tie.
We met two friends of Stephan by chance. The recorded some footage for a skate vid.
At the trainsation. Tanja was taking portraits for photoclass. Its always challenging to ask people for one or two portraits, you never know how they react. Tanja was turned down a couple of times at first but she did the right thing and kept going, so kudos for that.
From the hip.
It was that time of year again, i cant believe how time flies. Academy of fine arts annual exhibiton.
What an inspiring place. The academy is located right beside the zoo, lots of green, lots af trees, lots of white and lots of glass. We live about 500m from there, across a small woodland.
Some exhibs at the gallery of AdbK photoclass.
Sunlight and some framings.
If you understood all of it, it would not be art.
At the Academy of Music.
As i walked around i found this “smoking area” that i found hilarious. Its located at the very edge of the place. Then i realised that place is the colleges informatics faculty.
A random still life from the 500CM.
THIS is the shit.
And THAT is the shit.
Some pieces of Jennys “Typomania” project for the type exhibition. Laser cut letters ararnged as viruses. Definitifely the shit.
Sonja took this one.
Stephan looking at some contacts. I find it interesting how people tend to develop their own processes in terms of darkroom safety and handling films and equipment. Those are not our films but i find it funny how some people just dont give a shit.
I did some prints for the semesters portfolio, double exposures and “abused” medium format. I included some scans of the prints further down this post.
That night, Germany won the world cup. We went to the city center to check out the madness.
People came from all directions.
Then the Autokorso started and there was no more way out.
This man mounted some flowers or something on his wiper blades. Whatever.
Television interviewing some fans.
They probably got a lot of hugs that night.
The place got more and more crowded with happy peoply.
Party madness! We met with Stephan later and took some more pics (i ran out of film and shot some stuff with Stephans cheapo digicam). Stephan mentioned that it is kinda sad that people would occupy the streets for some stupid “game” that is mostly about advertising pure capitalism but not for important things like anti-war, politics failures, total surveillance of citizens, human rights and so on…
So after some years, i just sold this gem. It is a beautiful beautiful workhorse with a fine lens. But to me it always felt like a studio or tripod camera and so i got rid of it. Never thought i’d sell a Hasselblad though 🙂 Awesome thing, every photographer should use one of these at least once.
And so, after trying MF SLR und RF (the big Fuji GSW690III) i got back to the system that i personally like best: TLR. I got this one at a local camera store. Its a Rolleiflex 3.5F late planar version with coupled meter (working perfectly!) and its close to mint. Just that much, it did cost me the exact price i sold the 500CM for, so its a fair trade in the end i think. By now i already shot some with it and the results are just awesome.
Here are some digitals from our Typography exhibiton.
Simon and his Avant Garde airplane.
Michis Rockwall with nice background ambient lighting.
Jennys Typomania stuff.
My Avant-Garde-rebranded consumer goods with posters and exhib pieces.
Lennys FF Info information wall with letters from all of our fonts and some background information about each one, arranged as takeaway notes.
Oh yeah, Michi got anoter professional film camera from a serious camera store called “flea market”. Its the FUN ENDITION!
The place got tagged with stickers from Max’ installation.
Everybody taking pictures.
Closeup of the lasercut letters.
Chris. So here are some images i made for 2. semester photoclass, starting with some double exposures Stephan and i did (We had to each expose a roll of film, then wind it back, switch rolls and expose them again. So its pretty much pure luck what you get, but thats the challenge and fun part about it. Film was some Ilford FP4+ and we went for about -1 or -2EV for the single shots so that the exposure was pretty good in the double-exposed frames.
Human // Nature. We were also pretty lucky with the perfect overlapping alignment of the frames. I did some prints on my 30+yo Tetenal Speed grade 3 and 4 paper (24x30cm) and later scanned the prints on some huge epson flatbed (holds A3 at least, forgot the model no.) at uni. The quality is actually very good, way better than id expect. Of course, with every step you get more and more dust on the image wich is a problem (neg front and back -> neg holder double glass sides so 2x top 2x bottom side -> enlarger lens front and back -> the paper itself -> scanner). But since we had to hand in a paper portfolio and i had to do prints anyway, i decided to digitalize them instead of doing neg scans, you know, for the fun.
This is a photogram for the human rights topic.
And finally some of the medium format stuff. Cut-up portraits arranged back together as a new image.
Oh, here come the first frames from the new Rolleiflex. Uncle getting some presents. Film was TMY in Xtol.
Getting used to TLR again. I really really would like to try a prism finder on this, but they are ridiculously expensive.
Andrea, my other sister, and Boerge. They just got engaged.
Erosion. I put some cheap APX 100 in the Hexar AF. I was not sure whether its and old or new version of the film. Old one is said to be better. So actually, the new one alway has “New Emulsion” printed on the carton and the back says “Made in E.U”, whereas the old on says “Made in Germany”. Also, the font on the film itself is serif on the old film vs. sans-serif on the new version. Just so you know. Anyway, i developed this in Rodinal 1+25. I find that lower dilutions show more grain but also more tonality. And hey, grain is not a real problem with most ISO 100 films.
Lenny on the phone. We prepared another barbecue at campus. Tones are sick in these frames, almost like al Delta 100.
Had some initial troubles with the veggie grill (we ran out of charcoal).
Student council bosses supervising the event. Faggets 🙂
Sonja with nice glasses.
He preferred fish.
Then this dog joined us. I guess he belongs to a student but i was never really sure. Nice fellow though.
Beppo in all his beauty.
Hair and flare.
Michi and his nice Rollei 35. Out of nowhere, the meter started working again. Michi was happy like a little child and started taking frames. But then the meter was dead again. Sucks. Contact wires i guess.
Enjoying some grilled corn.
What is left from the Type2 exhibition.
Dang, i ran out of Xtol. So i went through my photo stuff drawer which holds all kinds of spare parts, accessoires and other crap and found a pack of Ilford ID-11 which basically is Kodak D76. Yay! Oh yeah, and some Agfa Isopan from the 40s O_o
Empty tuna can on the street.
Somebody threw away a box full of fruits. Wtf.
Lucky charm on a car window.
A random still.
Somethings not right with that Porsche.
Our godparent certifications for little Mikes baptism. We had to get them from our local church to be able to become godparents. Yep, thats Germany. Thanks for looking!
Some new and not so new stories because i just started developing C-41 again. Lots of uni stuff, exhibs, festivals, excursions and of course photo class stuff going on. Some personal frames in between too. Im shooting a lot lately and i wouldnt wanna miss it. Not as much street as i would like to though, but that’ll change soon.
[audiotube id=”-4PJ5SknlrE” time=”no”] Heres what happens if youre shooting with several cameras: Your chronological order will be pretty much fucked up. We ordered some film and paper for the photoclass and also two Tetenal C-41 Kits. So i started developing color negative film again in the lab at uni. Here are some older frames from around the start of 2nd semester.
So it turned out that nobody had done some manual small tank development in the lab for years. Usually, large tanks are used wich are permanently installed and connected to fresh water. Very comfortable but not very much fun if you ask me. Plus they only hold bw chemicals. Time to do some C-41! So when we turned on the water we got several liters of yellowish-dirty water. After the water turned clear or what we thought looked clear again, we started filling some tanks to pre-heat the chemicals and the small tank. However a water temp of about 40°C was wayyy to optimistic since the water had been running for about 10mins already and the boiler tank was pretty empty. So we decided to dev at 30°C. After the final rinse the film looked pretty bad, probably because of dirty water, non-working fixer because of low temp or whatever. After throwing it in the fixer again for about 5 minutes and washing again we put the roll in the dryer for another 10mins and everything was fine. The first frames have a weird blueish (so orange-brown on the neg) teint along the top side (see above) but overall, the film looks pretty good. However, i do not recommend to improvise with the use of your chemicals the way we did, except you really need to. Things can get really inconsistent and i guess we were just lucky this time. Evening sun.Nice colors at my way to work. Ektar with mad saturation of course (In the Hexar AF). View out of our kitchen window at night. Some color frames from the open day / portfolio presentation day. We used all the tables of this class room for the exhibition.Left: My work, right: Stephan mounting his work. Very nicely captured is what i thought before i realized that the snack box person on the right walking into the frame is me, so it must have been Stephan who took that shot.Hexar in my hands again. Notice the kick-ass drying marks from the dirty lab water. Im pretty confident though that the more often we use it from now on, the better the water will become, once all that old lime and rust and shit is washed out.Looking exited.Ektar kicking that spring time right in your face. This blossom actually lasts only for a couple of days so when i passed by the scene on my bike i thought why not stop and take a boring picture?Sandra with pink hair.Some barbecue color frames. Back to Tri-X. Scenes like these make me smile. Nice BW Fuhrpark BMW. Kids checking out a mag. Simon and his shirt #3.Olga waving me over. We visited a lecture about Foodsharing with Raphael Fellmer at the Bildungszentrum. Nice backyard. Saturday photo class. Elmas waiting while we tried several light settings. Once the Sinar was set up properly, we metered the scene. Stephan metering. We shot some Polaroids and several sheets of FP4. Loading those backs was damn tricky since nobody except Stephan had done it before (including me, what a shame).
The next day, Andi & Irina and little Mike came for a visit. One for Stephan. Btw i shot those with the Jupiter-12. Decent image quality for a 50€ lens huh? For a walk around the block. Since Andi and Irina will have _a lot_ of beautiful digital shots of Mike, i think it would be nice for them to have some classic b/w frames too, right?
In the studio. Mik did a shooting and i assisted and took some snaps on the side.
Connected the Hexar to the big light screens here. Works perfectly, in case youre planning to do a shooting with lights and flashes and stuff with your Hexar AF 🙂 Time for some portraits. Bernd in early friday morning class.By the time im writing these captions Nuremberg already has been relegated down to second league. LolI wonder what being a father is like. Visiting Basti and Beppo. What a classy bathroom! Still working on our first “yearbook” from first semester. We’ll probably print about 25 books. Benno talking about a photograph he took for photoclass.Elmas with glasses.Visiting an exhibition with design history class. How many pairs can you spot?Mik taking some miniature frames with his miniature cam. Its not a real camera actually but it makes shutter noises and flashes a little light.We checked out a store that sells some old cameras. Poor collection, but thats Nürnberg. The small Minox 35 was kinda overpriced. Since i had a flat tire, Mik and i walked through the city to the nearest bike shop and to his place to fix my bike. Mik’s sweet Nikon with a broken shutter :/Fixing my tire.
At the Ohmrolle Spring Collection 2014, an annual film festival where design students show their work to the public, semester 1 (30 sec commercial that we did) to 7 (huge impressive graduation works). The night was hosted by the Cinecitta movie theater which provided its 3 largest halls for the event. Jonas getting ready with a beer.
This was about 30mins before the beginning. Speeches and so were all held in hall #1 with livestreams to #2 and #3 reaching a total of about 1000+ people in the audience.Basti and Sandra. Elmas and me.Tension rising right before the start. People convinced me to take that shot. This is while our small group did a little thank speech after our movie was shown. I was pretty insecure whether to take a shot right in the face of a thousand people but im glad i did, though its not a masterpiece. It is more about the spirit and the will to document an unique moment. So in moments like these, you just ask yourself, are you or are you not a photographer? And then you just do it. Exhib “Puzzling images” Hanging out at Julians place on a friday night. Anselm mixing white russian. Roommate of Julian who got pretty wasted after a while. JulianCheers!Finishing the roll whith some attic stills. Damn good afternoon light. Should be perfect for some portraits like Marc does them.
Switching to kentmere 100 + rodinal in the M6. Sometimes the line between documenting and exposing starts fading, so it is the intention that becomes more important i think. Hanging out after class. Synchronized cig-lighting.Curious ducks.CordulaThey came so close we almost could pet them.What on the menue?Kitchen dev station. Olga looking beautiful. Faculty trip to some exhibitons in Baden-Baden. Started giving the k100 about 1 stop more light here, it seems to appreciate it.
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Prof. Schaden in front of the Kunsthalle, talking about the exhibition.Benno taking frames while smoking a cig like a pro 🙂 Inside the foyer.The exhibition Room Service is about art/artists in hotels and hotels per se as pieces of art. So the exhib was inside the actual floorways and rooms of several hotels which was an interesting concept. Even more interesing though was the fact that while we had a look at the images and installations, the hotel staff kept cleaning rooms and attending their everyday business so at some point exhibition and reality started mixing. Oh yeah and i also took a self in the bathroom. After the exhibition, exploring the city.Weve never been to Baden-Baden before. Turns out the city and its people are incredibly wealthy and the cityscape really consists of only parks, gardens, museums and luxurient mansions with a touch of France or Italy or whatever.
We ran into David who in the meantime checked out some stores to buy some post cards. Also, i ran out of film but found a DM drug store and bought a roll of new APX 100 (3,45€, so pretty cheap).According to Lenny, Mik and Simona, this could become a new series. For a stranger, this looks pretty dumb since i meter on my hand with the M6 most of the time, so why not take advantage of it? Making it a day.I have to say, the APX looks pretty good here.Inside the museum for the JR exhib. People waiting in line to get their portait taken and printed on a huge poster (see below). Little girl watching whats going on.Taking home the portrait.So we had a beer on a bench across the street and just enjoyed the weather and i took some quick pictures.A 100% crop. Funny that even the baby noticed us. She smiled and waved right after the shot, the day was just too nice to not be in a good mood.Taxi, Baden-Baden style.On the bus, going back home. Some people couldn’t decide where to sit so our driver got pissed and started grumping. I guess its not his fault, he also has to stick to time schedules and orders.A proper reaction. The last sunrays.Back home, at Steffis new place. New York, London, Nürnberg, Hongkong. Seems legit. Some…thing.
Some more Ektar. Hexar because its pretty decent for a bike ride. Early morning, Neli in front of the lab. So on day the mailman brought me the big package we ordered for photoclass, so this is nothing but a proof.Films, sleeves, some C-41 chems and some multigrade paper. Yep, thats about 800€. Doesnt look that much actually.What a morning!Weekend in Neustadt with Olgas parents. Time for some fuji acros. Olga taking a family portrait. Focusing with a rangefinder is not that easy when you first try it. Hair on neg for sharpness scale.
The kind of portrait i prefer.Ok lets make some Pelmeni! First, make some dough with flour, water, salt and stuff. Let it rest, then knead and stretch it. Cut out some little circles with a mug or so.Fill with meat (or vegetables or whatever you like) and close the edges.Thats how it should look like before cooking. Boil for several minutes in broth. Youre done.Enjoy!On the streets again.At a big anti-war demonstration.A man taking some notes and sketches of the scene.Its pretty simple actually.Mother and son. Mother and daughter. Sleepy kid with family vs. sleeping homeless men. Makes me think. The topic for this semesters photo class is “human rights” btw. Thats all for now.
It’s on. Hat ein wenig gedauert, hier mal wieder ein paar Eindrücke der letzten Monate. Viel Familie, Freunde, Sonstiges. Wie immer also. Dafür auch mal wieder paar Sachen mit Rodinal. Achso, und ein wenig unpassende Musik gibt es hier. Mazz ab. (mehr …)
Bevor ich mal wieder eine Kamera vorstelle, mit Chris einen Bericht der Nürnberger Fototage schreibe, ein Video drehe, einige Technikartikel verfasse, das compendium analogicum vervollständige, davor hier noch querbeet ein paar Bilder. Verschiedene Kameras, Filme und Rezepte, soweit ich das überblicke aber alles hier in Franken bzw. Bayern geschossen. (mehr …)
Zwar schon ein paar Monate her, dennoch hier ein paar Bilder von einem der viel zu seltenen wochenendlichen Nachmittage im Kreis der Familie. Aufgenommen mit der Bessa R, APX 100, entwickelt in Caffenol.
Mittlerweile habe ich das Handling mit der Kamera einigermaßen raus und bin sehr zufrieden mit der Leistung.
So, mittlerweile habe ich mit der kleinen Olympus zwei Filme verschossen. Eine kleine Auswahl des ersten Filmes gibt’s nun hier. Hab leider vergessen was es genau war, glaube ein APX oder Delta 100. Außerdem war ich faul, DM hat für mich entwickelt. Was soll’s. Die Kamera ist klasse, bildet erstaunlich gut ab, das Handling ist zunächst fummelig, dann gewöhnungsbedürftig, später genial.
Ungemütliches Wetter. Grau, monoton, langweilig, stimmungsdrückend, noch mehr grau. Allerdings auch mal eine Gelegenheit, mich abseits der bevorzugten Lichtsituation von knallender Sonne und daraus resultierenden harten Kontrasten im Bereich der analogen, eher der Fotografie generell, ein wenig weiterzuentwickeln. Positives Denken und so…. Das Wetter war dennoch bescheiden.