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Tomorrow night I will be on a flight going to Argentina. It will be a long journey and we’re arriving in the morning. I’m really excited, because I’ve been dreaming of going to Buenos Aires for 8 years since I started dancing tango. It will be my first transcontinental flight, my first time in the southern hemisphere and my first time in Latin America. I’m being serious when I say that I’m essentially European. Although I’ve travelled a lot within Europe and have lived in several countries, I’ve never actually left the continent!

The reason why I never went there before was actually my health. 8 years ago I became very ill and since then it’s been one thing after another. The first time I was seriously planning to go to Argentina was 5 years ago and I actually wanted to stay for half a year. However, my health was really bad at the time and it was way too risky back then. Then 2 years ago we planned another visit, but right at the time when it was supposed to happen I had to have surgery. Again my health made the trip impossible and this time things were so bad that I couldn’t even dance tango anymore. Recovery was slow, but luckily I managed to find some solutions and I slowly started to rebuild my health. It’s been a long struggle, but things have been much better lately thanks to finding another few pieces of my health puzzle. And this time it’s really happening, I’m finally going to see Buenos Aires!

In my hand luggage: my Leica M6, my Rolleicord V and my new Fuji instax mini 8. Also in my hand luggage are 20 sheets of instax mini and 50 rolls of colour film: 38 rolls of cheap 35mm Fuji drugstore film, 2 rolls of Kodak Farbwelt 400 for the plane and 10 rolls of Kodak Portra 400 in 120. It is the first time that I am planning to shoot an entire trip only on colour film and at box-speed. I’m not sure whether I’ll manage to get my film hand-checked with at least 3-6 security checks on the way, so that I can’t take the risk of pushing the film. I will have to stretch myself a little, learn to embrace colour and maybe use the viewfinder more often than I normally do. It will definitely be a challenge!

All pictures taken with: Leica M6 and Zeiss ZM C-Biogon 35mm f/2.8.
dm Paradies 400 developed in Tetenal C41 Kit.

© Lilly Schwartz 2014

© Lilly Schwartz 2014

© Lilly Schwartz 2014

© Lilly Schwartz 2014

© Lilly Schwartz 2014

© Lilly Schwartz 2014

© Lilly Schwartz 2014

© Lilly Schwartz 2014

© Lilly Schwartz 2014

© Lilly Schwartz 2014

Comments

  • Harry

    Well Lilly I wish you and your husband a safe and pleasant flight, your colour developing looks excellent and it will be nice to see the colour work from the Rollei.

    Hell I will even look out for you on Flight tracker….

    Regards Harry,

    • Thank you Harry! We arrived well and I already shot quite a number of rolls 🙂 Having a grand time!

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