indoor football

Now that my blog is working again properly, I’m going to make an effort to post at least once a week until I have caught up a little. Right now I’m more than a year behind with posting pictures and it’s sort of disconcerting. We’ll see how long I can keep up my good intentions!

There was finally some acceptable weather this last week and I got to go out with my Rollei a bit. Of course the Rollei started a conversation, this time with a punk and his two dogs, and I ended up sitting in the sun, taking pictures of them. Definitely fun! I’m sure you’ll get to see the pictures in about 2 years at my current rate! Oh dear!

I haven’t really felt like developing any film lately. I definitely need to get back to it! I found the perfect trick to motivate me though: I shot some Ilford Pan F+ 50 which has bad image latency, so I have to develop it soon or the images will fade! Every job has annoying bits and film development / editing definitely annoys me, especially with colour. I can take pride in the fact that I can do it rather well now, but that doesn’t make it any more interesting.

I was just about getting back into the swing of things with shooting when of course it started to rain again. I don’t know what it is this year, but it feels like the longest spring ever. When is it finally time for summer?

And before I start getting cranky I better get on with some pictures, this time the penultimate post with pictures from Argentina. One more post and it’s back to Europe! I will miss having my Argentina pictures in the queue. In any case, grab a cup of tea, put your feet up and enjoy!

Pictures taken with: Leica M6, Zeiss ZM C-Biogon 35mm f/2.8 and Voigtländer Nokton 50mm f/1.1. Rolleicord V, Schneider-Kreuznach Xenar 75mm f/3.5.

Starting with: M6 / Biogon / Kodak Gold 200.

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They locked him in / out.

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La Boca is full of street dogs.

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And cats.

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Kitty under the stairs.

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This was in one of the tourist traps.

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And another just for the photographer in the background.

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And of course the street dogs hang out next to the restaurants in the hopes of getting some leftovers.

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Funny way of drinking.

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Rollei / Portra 400.

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M6 / Biogon / Gold 200.

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Taken from the bus I believe.

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For some reason I really like this one.

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Very martial.

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Looking down into a museum.

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Obligatory mirror self-portrait.

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Later that night, some long exposures with the Rollei from the balcony.

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Sunrise the next morning! I love the view and the mist.

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My husband was also awake already.

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OK, I guess I wait here.

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Right outside the butchers.

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Foosball.

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Busy bird.

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At the butchers. You simply can’t imagine the meat over there! Best meat ever!

M6 / Nokton 1.1 / Gold 200.

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Up there …

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… were these guys.

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And then they got all excited.

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Buying tickets at the Lunapark.

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Very small man, very big truck.

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Oh surprise, we stopped at a bookstall!

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Flag in the wind.

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Plastic bag in the wind.

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Visiting the Casa Rosada.

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Welcome to my old hunting grounds, the subway!

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And on the bus. Buenos Aires is the city of endless trips on public transport.

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Still got my subway chops.

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Occasionally one sees people with books too, not just smart phones.

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It was dark and for some weird reason I took my 2.8 lens.

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I was so annoyed at myself about this picture, 2.8 lens and ISO 200 film at night. Yeah, right!

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Dancing tango in front of a book shop.

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Not too bad for daylight balanced ISO 200 film. Not too bad at all.

Last one!

long wait

Ah, there I am again, finally! I’m sorry it took so long this time, but I actually have a good excuse for once: My webspace provider was totally ripping me off, so I decided to migrate my website. I already thought last year that their price increases are getting more and more insane, but this year they really crossed a line. Well, now I’m back with my old provider from years ago and much happier with the performance, the support and everything really. The only problem was of course that I have an insane number of pictures on my blog and transferring all that data took forever! I also had to clean up some internal mess, reinstall my theme and all sorts of little things that I didn’t really want to deal with, so I just left the migration half finished for a while. All of it was a very good reminder why I should never go back to working in IT! That said, today I felt like posting some pictures and so I finally finished up most of the remaining issues, which involved fixing the database and some CSS issues. Now it’s done at last! Such a never-ending story! There are still some little things broken here or there – I probably still need to fix some database settings somewhere to get unicode support back up, but what’s left is really not a priority.

Apart from my big mission of migrating the website I’ve also now read 260 pages in Russian! I’m not reading very fast yet, but I’m reading in Russian, how cool is that? On any average day I’m now using 4 or 5 languages, German, English, Spanish, French and Russian. So, how does that go? I speak German with my parents and write a little bit in German almost every day, I use English throughout as my primary language, I watch series in Spanish – right now mostly Argentinian series – and in French I tend to read for fun/work or listen to podcasts and radio documentaries. In Russian I’m currently only reading translations from English and it’s still slow going, but I’m definitely making progress! I’m pretty sure that by the end of the year I’ll be reading without a dictionary and already start to watch series dubbed in Russian.

As for photography: I’m starting to come out of a bit of funk now which is probably because it’s finally getting a bit warmer. Winter and spring were cold, wet and boring photographically, so I didn’t feel very inspired. Lately I feel like I’m going through a seasonal low in winter and during the tourist season in summer, so I have to try to work around it as best as I can. Nothing to be done, since that’s just how it is here in tourist land. Most photographers who don’t live in big cities work in a seasonal fashion, so I just have to get used to it. Can be frustrating, but lately I’ve just concentrated on other things during such times – like learning languages. During my last photographic low I picked up French and now I’m on my way to learning Russian. Not a bad way to avoid the usual frustrations and waste less film!

Also, did you know that the first issue of our She Shoots Film magazine is out? It’s pretty, it’s super interesting and full of great work! You can order it on the She Shoots Film website. If you already have it, don’t worry, the next issue is coming soon!

Now let’s get to the meat of this post though: The pictures! I’m ashamed to say that I’m now more than a year behind with posting pictures, since these are still from our trip to Argentina last year! Yikes, I really need to make an effort to catch up!

Pictures taken with: Leica M6, Zeiss ZM C-Biogon 35mm f/2.8 and Voigtländer Nokton 50mm f/1.1. Rolleicord V, Schneider-Kreuznach Xenar 75mm f/3.5.

Starting with: M6 / Nokton 1.1 / Kodak Gold 200.

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Cat ears!

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Fur ball.

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Books, of course!

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Trying to get rid of a stray cat.

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Not exactly the best weather for checking out the bookstalls.

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Miau!

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There was a certain quiet about it all.

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Don’t trust the sign, the woman wasn’t selling, at least not to us.

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Also, she walked right into my shot. On purpose.

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Kodak Farbwelt 400.

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The Nokton 1.1 wide open is a bit funky in colour.

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It was dark.

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Dancing dog.

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I think Kodak Farbwelt 400 does really well in this kind of light.

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Lots of lines everywhere.

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Ah, Nokton 1.1 wide open!

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Fruit.

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Robot clock!

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Rainy day.

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I’m watching you.

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Evening coffee.

Next day: M6 / Zeiss 35mm / Gold 200.

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Architecture students probably.

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Ombu!!

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Rollei / Portra 160.

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M6 / Zeiss 35mm / Gold 200.

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This looks very Bs As in my eyes.

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Rollei / Portra 160.

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M6 / Zeiss 35mm / Gold 200.

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Rollei / Portra 160.

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Bus depot.

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We were out in La Boca.

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Eternauta! If you don’t know it, google it.

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M6 / Zeiss 35mm / Gold 200.

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La Boca is of course very touristy, but also very colourful and full of street dogs.

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Rollei / Portra 160.

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I simply had to take a picture of that.

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Colourful cat!

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Colourful dog.

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Posing for me!

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One for Muybridge!

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This guy preferred the stairs.

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And this guy ran past with a big chunk of meat.

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Obligatory broken down car picture.

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Contemporary art.

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Internal joke alarm.

Last one!

dinosaur on the prowl

Wow, what a week I had! Friday last week our wonderful Women Who Shoot Film exhibition opened at Feed Arts & Cultural Center in Kankakee, Illinois. One of the pictures from this blog post is actually included in the exhibition along with two other pictures of mine. The show was even featured in a newspaper article! I’m really grateful to have my work included among such wonderful photographers and I’m very grateful to S.R. Robinson – the curator of this wonderful exhibition – for giving me the opportunity to participate! You should really check out this interview over on She Shoots Film that discusses S.R. Robinson’s super interesting work and also talks a little about the show. Also, check out this awesome 360° photo of the exhibition! Isn’t that super cool?

This wasn’t the only awesome thing happening though! I also found out that some of my work will appear shortly in Monochrome Magazine from Australia, which you can pre-order over on their website. And yes, it’s pretty cool to have my work in a magazine coming all the way from the other side of the world!

Sounds like an awesome week, right? Well, wait, I’m not even halfway done yet! When I thought that this week couldn’t possibly get any better I finally got a package with ????? ?????? tape and a whole bunch of stamps all over it. My newest Eastern European baby came to join me – no, not a mail order baby but a super rad Horizon 202. This one is a quirky and fun panoramic camera that has already proven itself to be just as temperamental as its Soviet sisters Zorki 3C, Zorki 4K and Lubitel. Imagine, it already shredded an expensive roll of Delta 3200! We did have an awful lot of fun together on the day of its arrival though, up until a truly massive wave caught us on the coast promenade. Oops! It had to happen one day with the winter storms over here. And of course I decided to call this baby Horizontka after this rather salty baptism ceremony.

So, is your head spinning already from all this awesomeness? Hold on, it gets even better! When I got home – still dripping with sea water of course – I saw that an interview with me had appeared over on Emulsive! Well, that’s just too much, my friends! I definitely had lots of fun answering Em’s question and I’m really grateful for the opportunity! If you don’t know Emulsive already, it’s actually a really great website with articles and interviews all relating to film photography. Emulsive is also a big part of the really lovely twitter film community. So, check out the interview and all the other lovely things on the Emulsive website and on twitter.

Phew, I’m a little out of breath now, but there is still one more thing: We’ve refreshed our She Shoots Film website and you can now pre-order the first issue with the topic Self-Portrait via the website. And even better: Our lovely new magazine was featured on The Phoblographer this week too, yay!

Boy, I think I can now take a holiday for the rest of the year after all this stuff happened in one week! But then, what would be the fun in that? Also, I think I may be forgetting something, it was such a full week! I finished off another litre of C41 chemicals, developed the first few rolls from our Madrid trip in January, studied quite a bit of Russian and yesterday we went to see an animatronics dinosaur thing in a part of town where I hadn’t been so far. Ah right, I was forgetting the dinosaurs!

Speaking of dinosaurs – instead of taking a holiday I’ll just get on with sharing some pictures with you, this time from a short trip to La Plata during our stay in Argentina last year. We were a bit unlucky with the weather, but used the opportunity to see a really wonderful Natural History Museum – definitely a bit more highbrow than what we saw yesterday. In any case get ready for dinosaur and stuffed animal goodness!

All pictures taken with: Leica M6, Voigtländer Nokton 50mm f/1.1.

Starting with Kodak Farbwelt 400.

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View from the window of our holiday flat.

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Traditional elevator self portrait.

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Taking another while my husband is fighting with his camera. And boy is that lens big!

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Dog having fun.

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More fun!

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Comfortable!

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Not so comfortable.

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It was getting a tad dark for ISO 200.

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You’re using it wrong!

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Fur ball encounter.

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Dragon waiting to attack.

The next day it was raining a lot, so we decided to check out the local Natural History Museum. I love these kinds of places and this one was particularly beautiful. But see for yourself!

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I’ve seen another replica of this guy in Madrid recently.

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Scared of the evil monster?

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Definitely scared, oh yes!

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Such a beautiful place!

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And I sure love these old-fashioned displays.

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My absolute favourite! This guy is currently hanging in our Women Who Shoot Film exhibition in Illinois!

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Must be art.

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I love these display cases.

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Self-portrait with strange bird.

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Dad not interested.

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We stopped for a tea in the museum café.

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Proof that this was in Argentina, empanadas and medialunas! It’s killing me that I will never be able to try them!

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Then we had another look around.

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Haunted seal.

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These were huge! I couldn’t figure out whether they were actually ever that size. I surely hope not.

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It was dark, so I  was constantly at the f/1.1 limit. I think this lens is just the perfect choice for a place like this.

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Cruel displays as always.

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These horses were just leaning against the wall somewhere. Obviously they had run out of space and didn’t know where to put them.

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Love how this one turned out!

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Monkeys …

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I love the poses!

And well, I ran out of colour film! Luckily I found another roll of HP5+ hidden away somewhere in my bag.

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I would love to have a desk like that!

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He was so big, he didn’t fit into my frame …

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The building was really lovely and old.

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Another one of my favourites. Fingers and toes!

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Let’s put some children on display …

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Part of the anthropology section.

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Children are so good at posing these days!

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There is a dog in this picture.

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The Nokton can be such  a “dreamy” lens.

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Yay for old cars!

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Translation: Today the newspaper is lying.

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Awww, isn’t he cute?

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Inside a university building. Last one!

books always books

This last week has been spent with colour film development, language learning – my newest project is to learn Russian – and I also got around to shooting a couple of rolls. Since the weather doesn’t seem to be cooperating these days I will continue to develop and scan mainly, and after I finish my current batch of C41 chemicals I hope to also have some time for the darkroom as well. Winter is always the best time to catch up on darkroom time. This is actually one of the reasons why I like shooting film – there is no reason to worry when there is nothing to shoot – there is always something to do and something new to try, even when it’s rainy outside.

And since we’re talking about winter projects, I might as well mention my newest attempt to learn Russian. I already tried to learn this horrifically complicated language a bit more than a year ago and failed quite miserably, because I focused too much on grammar. This time round I’m trying a new strategy I found when I was learning French last summer. With my French I didn’t practice any grammar apart from a gamified version on a website called Duolingo. Instead of learning grammar I followed an Assimil course, which is a very non-traditional course without any grammar drills. It’s really strange, but it works surprisingly well if done right. After a short time I also started reading intensively with a dictionary and after only 3 months I could watch series in French and read French literature without a dictionary, what a success! After lots of reading and watching I’m now even listening to audiobooks in French – notably Jules Verne at the moment. With Russian I’m now trying the same method and I’m curious to see whether it works equally well with such a complicated language. So far I’m progressing nicely and all the buried grammar is coming back easily. I even started reading simple graded readers already and so far it looks like I’m on the right track. Of course this might seem somewhat unrelated to photography, but believe me, I’m working up to a couple of projects in which my language skills will be very important. Watch this space!

Now let’s come to some pictures though, since this is what this blog is really about. This time I’m showing you more pictures from our last Argentina trip in April 2016. More colour, more fluff balls and of course book shops!

Pictures taken with: Leica M6 with Zeiss ZM C-Biogon 35mm f/2.8 and Voigtländer Nokton 50mm f/1.1.

Starting with: M6 / Biogon / Kodak Gold 200.

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Very golden indeed.

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While walking!

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Wrong country.

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Pigeon waiting for empanadas.

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Obligatory mirror self portrait.

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Mirror self portrait in a book shop. Husband browsing.

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I only remembered later that I had a colour correction filter.

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For fans of Argentinian Sci Fi.

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Accident, but I somehow like it.

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That’s what it was actually meant to look like.

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Revolutionary pigeons.

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Cat looking at the revolutionary pigeons suspiciously.

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For some reason I just love this one. Don’t ask me why, I can’t explain.

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Nokton.

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Super interesting building. Decided to change the lens to actually get anything in there with 200 film.

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A favourite of mine.

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Yep, that’s the place to be!

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Neon love!

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Invisible man closing up shop.

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Translation: Home – work – home – work. Yard – cell – yard – cell. We’re all prisoners.

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Keep on walking!

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I do love my Nokton.

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Another favourite.

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Browsing in another book shop. I have so many pictures of bookshops thanks to my husband!

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Light was going.

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Husband browsing for books, of course.

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Kodak Farbwelt 400.

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Taxi strike to protest against Uber.

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They were blocking the entire street right in the middle of the centre.

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That film rocks in fading light!

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Another bookshop.

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Don’t ask me how this is connected to books.

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Surrealist subway decoration.

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What a whirl!

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Feeling right at home. And I certainly found my BsAs subway film.

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Stray dog wandering about on the subway.

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Heidegger on the subway.

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I just love this one.

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We went for a little walk in the neighbourhood on another day. Found this lovely car.

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And an assortment of cats …

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… and dogs behind bars.

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Looks totally safe.

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Husband sometimes jokes that I take pictures of every street corner. Not every street corner, just the interesting ones!

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Empanadas.

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… butterflies behind bars …

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It was him, for sure.

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Multiple photographer.

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Bark bark.

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Dog posing for me.

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Miau.

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Uhm … maybe every second street corner.

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Pink and green.

Biogon.

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Evening light.

Nokton.

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And Rambo strikes again …

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Kodak Farbwelt 400.

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That 400 Kodak film rocks at night.

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Focus ever so slightly off …

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Actores en el subte! They were doing a little play and immediately improvised my camera into it.

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I enjoyed it too!

Last one!

all the pretty little horses

A couple of days ago we returned from our last trip to Madrid. Instead of melting in 40°C weather, this time we were freezing cold at times. It seems we always pick the wrong time to travel. Nevertheless, we had a very good time, saw dinosaurs and interesting art, bought books – oh surprise – and I can be proud enough to say that I resisted buying a large format camera in a nice camera shop just two blocks from our holiday flat (it’s almost as if someone had planned it that way *cough*). The other cameras I ogled were a Horizon 202 in a display case and several Rolleiflexes behind the counter. I didn’t even ask for the prices of those, since already the Graflex seemed somewhat overpriced. Not buying any cameras doesn’t mean it was a photographically unsuccessful trip though. I also shot about 15 rolls, 4 of which were taken with the Rollei, splitting the rest of the rolls fairly evenly between the Nokton 50mm f/1.1 and the Nokton 35mm f/1.2. Definitely a good trip and I can’t wait to see the pictures!

Just before we travelled I also started on a new set of experiments, this time another attempt at making slides with HC-110 and C41 chemicals instead of E6 chemicals. Since Tetenal discontinued the 1L E6 kit I’ve been waiting and waiting to see my slide pictures without any end in sight, so I decided to try a mad little experiment with the help of lots of pointers from Kelly-Shane Fuller, fellow member of the Film Shooters Collective and my personal slide film hero. He already figured out how to do this himself and I just tried to reproduce his method. After an initial failure with a weak re-exposure light I’m now fairly close to perfect results. The first development in HC-110 is still a tad too inactive – I’m still getting a little too much blue in the shadows – , but I think increasing the temperature by 1 degree should do the trick. I love it when my wild experiments work out! And once I will have perfected this process, more slide film experiments will follow, including black and white slides and paper reversal processing for shooting paper in pinhole cameras. You see, there are always more experiments to undertake and more things to learn!

Speaking of learning: The other day I decided that it’s time to take up learning Russian again. Last year I learned French with a method that was new to me and for the first time succeeded in teaching myself a language. The year before I kind of failed at learning Russian, because I got incredibly stuck with the grammar before being able to properly understand anything. My attempt to learn French was a sort of test run before tackling a difficult language like Russian with this new method and it worked splendidly. I can now read books in French without a dictionary and I even listened to a couple of audiobooks in French on the train to Madrid without any problems. After this success I will now try the same method on Russian and see whether it works just as well on a grammatically more challenging language. So, a new non-photographic challenge awaits and you’ll probably read a sentence here or there about my progress.

Now let’s get on with some pictures though, this time again taken in April during our last trip to Argentina. I actually miss Argentina again – it’s always so much fun to shoot there – and I’m really looking forward to travelling there again. We’re not quite sure when yet, but fingers crossed that it will be soon!

Pictures taken with: Leica M6 with Zeiss ZM C-Biogon 35mm f/2.8 and Voigtländer Nokton 35mm f/1.1. Rolleicord V, Schneider-Kreuznach Xenar 75mm f/3.5.

Starting with: M6 / Biogon / Kodak Gold 200.

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Movement!

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Lost shoe.

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Pink.

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For some reason I like that somewhat blurry expression.

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Choosing ice cream.

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Strange fassade.

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Are you coming or what? Asks the dog, of course!

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Camouflaged car.

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Love the light in this.

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Yeah, yeah, I know, one day I’ll end up with curtain burn.

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We actually wanted to go to one of the big cemeteries, but it closed 5 minutes before we arrived thanks to another impossibly long ride on public transport.

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Didn’t trust this guy, so I stayed away from him.

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We went to a café that had a whole camera collection on display. They had some really nice stuff there, so I took some pictures. Of course I had only slow film and a slow lens.

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Very atmospheric place.

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Obligatory café portrait of my husband.

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Table top long-exposure.

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M6 / Nokton.

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Hanging out at the skate park. Literally.

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Same facial expression. And in the background my husband walked into the picture.

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Mmmmh cake! We were at the Feria de Mataderos again.

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First you eat the chocolate.

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Then you give the doggy a kiss.

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Another furry handbag.

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Wild hair.

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Creepy.

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Toy gun.

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Far away from Manchester.

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There is a rider hiding in a mural.

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These kids were racing about on their horses.

Rollei / Portra 400.

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Start them early!

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The leggings need no comment.

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When Muybridge published his first high speed pictures of running horses people thought the gait of his horses looked comically unrealistic.

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I love how this one turned out.

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M6 / Nokton / Gold 200.

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Aww!

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Another portrait of my husband. And people who say that this lens has strange bokeh forget that most of the time it’s actually not that bad.

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Portrait session.

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High five!

Kodak Farbwelt 400.

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A real air guitar.

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Makes me curious.

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I don’t care what people say, I love this lens!

M6 / Biogon.

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Happiness is having to take the bus in Buenos Aires.

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Ah, back in my old stomping grounds, the subway. I always feel at home there.

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Lots of hearts.

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“Oh, grandmother, what big hands you have!” is what my grandkids will say when I show them this picture.

Last one!

flip

These days it has been cold and wet, which has actually kept me from shooting. I’ve only been out to shoot a couple of times apart from one day when I spent some time to document one of the local Christmas traditions. I have been covering the local traditions pretty thoroughly over the last couple of years and this last tradition surrounding the Reyes Magos was one that had been quite impossible with my previous gear. It was just way too dark for my Zeiss 35mm f/2.8 a couple of years ago and too crowded for my 50mm Nokton f/1.1 last year. This year with my new Voigtländer Nokton 35mm f/1.2 I finally managed, which is another reason why buying this lens was a great decision. By now I’ve shot 40 rolls with the lens and I’m really impressed with the results. I will probably still get quite a number of rolls in before I have enough light for my Zeiss 35mm during my typical shooting time in the late afternoon.

Yesterday I also went for a walk in a cloud with my Rollei. Sometimes when it’s very rainy the clouds hang rather low and one can walk into them by climbing one of the hills. I have been meaning to do this since I moved here, but of course rain usually keeps me from shooting on such days. Yesterday there was a little break in the rain when I set out on my adventure, but of course that didn’t prevent me from getting a bit soaked. Obviously it tends to be rather wet in clouds and I had to wipe the lens of the Rollei many times even before it started raining again. I hope I got some nice pictures in return at least!

The film I shot during my adventure was in this case XP2, since this is the ISO 400 film in 120 I’m shooting these days. I’ve shot about 5 rolls of it so far and I will leave a few of them for our trip to Madrid which we booked yesterday. Only a week to go until we travel! This time we won’t have to face 40°C weather like in September and it will probably be less exhausting to shoot street. Apart from the XP2 I will also take some Ilford Pan 400 and other odds and ends – maybe a few more rolls of Rollei Retro 400s, a roll of Kodak Vision 3 500T and some Delta 3200. And what about gear? Well, of course I’ll take my Leica and Rollei as always, but it will be the first time that I travel without my Zeiss lens. My Voigtländer lenses are definitely more flexible and I don’t mind the extra weight.

Apart from all of this there are a couple more experiments worth mentioning that I embarked upon over the last couple of weeks: I finally figured out the right development time for Rollei Retro 400s in HC-110 and I successfully pushed a few rolls of Delta 400 and Ilford Pan 400 to 1600 in HC-110 semi stand-development. I still have to find the sweet spot with the right amount of developer to protect the highlights and still get enough density before exhaustion, but i’m on the right track. I was hitting the limit of what I could do with pushing in Rodinal – it fogs too much – and I think HC-110 stand could be great for pushing T-grain film like Delta 400 and T-Max 400. I don’t always need that kind of speed with my Voigtländer lenses, but having the possibility to push this far without too much grain is definitely helpful in certain situations.

But now, let’s finally get to some pictures. It’s now 2017 and I’m still posting pictures from April 2016! Yes, I am quite behind, but I actually didn’t shoot that much over the summer, which means that it’s not as bad as it seems. I also quite like having a distance to the pictures that I post. It’s a little like reading an old diary. This time it means that I get to relive our last Argentina trip in April.

Pictures taken with: Leica M6 with Zeiss ZM C-Biogon 35mm f/2.8 and Voigtländer Nokton 50mm f/1.1. Rolleicord V, Schneider-Kreuznach Xenar 75mm f/3.5.

Starting with: M6 / Biogon / Kodak Gold 200.

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Doesn’t look like the softest ground to practice flips!

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In case you ever wondered how girls turn into cats, here is a progression documented on an abandoned car.

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More of an internal joke that one. There was another silly poster of him in another post recently.

M6 / Nokton.

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Fluffy handbag.

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More fluffy handbags.

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We were at the Feria de Mataderos.

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Yes, I’m obsessed with these fluffballs.

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Creepy dolls anyone?

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Sweet stuff.

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In case the writing on the t-shirt is too small, it actually says: “I wanna be white” illustrated with a black dog trying to paint himself white. So weird.

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Definitely take note of the boy biting his fingernails in the background.

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Llama alarm!

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Pose your kid on a pony for a picture.

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Car turned bench.

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Weeeeird!

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Add sleeping dog in matching colour to your booth for decoration.

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Care.

Rollei / Portra 400.

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Always difficult to colour correct with harsh shadows, but I really like how this one turned out.

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M6 / Nokton / Kodak Gold 200.

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What a look!

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More sweet stuff.

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This booth was very creative.

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And another fur ball!

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I’m not the only one who’s obsessed with them.

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Nope, couldn’t resist the mirror.

M6 / Biogon.

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Playing foosball.

Kodak Farbwelt 400.

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Uhm weird! Taken from a cab.

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Colours!

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Dogs expression matches the skulls.

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He was having fun though.

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Blocking the whole street for a little chat.

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How to combat boredom while queuing.

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Out for a walk with his grammophone. I just couldn’t get a good angle before he was gone.

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Paying attention while crossing the street is clearly overrated.

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