“What is that feeling when you're driving away from people and they recede on the plain till you see their specks dispersing? - it's the too-huge world vaulting us, and it's good-bye. But we lean forward to the next crazy venture beneath the skies.”
~ Jack Kerouac [On The Road]
Random shots of random things and places around home base. Collected over the years and developed in standard Caffenol. Taken with either Contax G1, Contax G2, Nikon 35Ti or Voigtländer Bessa R.
They come in pairs. All images taken in Singapore's Chinatown with an Olympus PEN-EE2. Camera does 72 shots on a roll of 36. This little gem was sold to me second hand as not working for the stately sum of 8 Euros in 2014. The seller was not aware of the red-flag-test. The meter's selenium cell is still alive when the finder turns red upon pressing the shutter release. Turned out the camera was in perfect working order and the ideal camera to always have around when needed (tiny). Film was 35mm Kodak Tri-X 400 rated at box speed and developed in Caffenol for 15 minutes.
On December 6th of 2013, winter gale 'Xaver' brought the most severe storm surge to Hamburg since 1962. Water levels at Fischmarkt peaked at 6.10 metres above mean sea level at 6:09 in the morning. Images were taken with 2.0/45 Zeiss Planar and 2.8/28 Zeiss Biogon respectively, on 35mm AGFA APX 100 film and developed in standard Caffenol for 12 minutes.
Other people's collected artwork. My favourites are those 'One Minute Sculptures' by Austrian artist Erwin Wurm, as part of the exhibition 'Bei Mutti' at Berlinische Galerie in Berlin. For the visitor art doesn't appear to get any more interactive than this. All images were taken with a Contax G2 on 35mm film and developed in Caffenol.
645 negatives on 120 roll film in coffee
Collected oddities and random things/places in Berlin.
Went for a bit of laziness recently and tried my luck at stand development. Temperature was a constant 6°C and the tank had ten initial inversions before it was put in the fridge for 12 hours and left untouched. Developer was standard Caffenol, but with drastically reduced soda and vitamin C, plus a wee bit of KBr to avoid stains. Images have only been inverted and auto white balanced. Contrast is great, considering this was Kodak T-MAX 100 that expired in 04/1999, but grain is virtually invisible. The developer was made using water of the same temperature and fix was kept in the refridgerator too. Think this will be my new standard procedure.
Now, I could simply drop my films at any highstreet lab, but I consider myself a bit of an anorak when it comes to handling photographic film - which is why I prefer developing it myself. I don't always have commercial developer around, so I do what many others have done before me, I stick my films in coffee. It's safe to handle, environmentally sound (as long as you ignore the issue of no alternative fix being available) and will get you some beautiful negatives - simply by using a few things found in every kitchen. Besides, there's not much that compares to a decent negative being printed on fibre-based silver gelatin. The results of my personal attempts at utilizing Caffenol can be seen on this website. Keep coming back for frequent updates.
“What the Photograph reproduces to infinity has occurred only once: the Photograph mechanically repeats what could never be repeated existentially.” ~ Roland Barthes [Camera Lucida]
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