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More Solargraphy

3 more cameras hidden on tree, post and window of an abandoned house.
Now waiting 4 or more months until it’s time to harvest the pictures!

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Hopping In The Garden II

For some reason I love this picture … People waiting for the next horse race … checking the quotas, the horses‘ history … whatever …

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Hopping In The Garden

„Hoppegarten“, that’s the name of a quarter in Berlin which is famous for its horse racetrack. I spent a Sunday afternoon with 3 friends and a little kid there, picknicking on the lawn, watching beautiful shiny horses run like devils, betting on the horse with the most beautiful name and losing.
I somehow like this picture: after the sudden summer rain shower. Between two races. These people in red dresses with their sticks … I don’t really know what they’re doing there on the track, looks like they’re checking the grass … looking for shit or holes in the ground?

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Coconut Chips From The German Jungle

Heimatgut, heehee … it means something like Home Goods … goods that come from my country … like these typical German coconut chips … anyway: yummy!

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Solargraphy

Solargraphy is a photographic art of capturing the sun’s path with a pinhole camera. And much time. A very long exposure …. weeks, months.

I did it (together with my friend Gesine): I used a small black film box, a tiny laser drilled hole, a piece of photo paper, some wire to fix it … and 10 months.

10 months is such a long time that the paper doesn’t need to be developed – it would become totally black – the negative images appears on the paper by itself because the altered chemical grains in the emulsion are going crazy with this long exposure time and start to „burn“ the paper!

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Revela’T Analog Photo Festival

Revela’T is an international photographic festival (in Vilassar de Dalt, close to Barcelona) that has become a meeting point for lovers of photography and especially for those passionate about analog photography, who are becoming more and more and come from remote places.

In an era in which digital technology dominates, Revela’T advocates for these other photographic procedures that require a more relaxed look and tempo, as well as for sharing experiences, knowledge, and establishing contact and synergies with other people, institutions and projects.

Revela’T wants to bring together dreamers, non-conformists, the intrepid, the tireless, those who are not afraid to try and explore paths different from the usual ones.“

I was there! And gave a 2 days workshop all about the beauty and magic of super 8 film making and developing. In eco stuff: coffee, vitamin c and washing soda.
Pure fun and beautiful results!

(all pictures me except the last one by Enrique Freaza Viera)

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Drink, Little Bee, Drink!

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A Visitor

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Kiss Me!

(found in a stairwell in Oranienstrasse, Kreuzberg, Berlin)

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The Fountain

The fountain of Yverdon-les-Bains (Switzerland) froze when I set up my Illy coffee pinhole camera and exposed a piece of film for 6 seconds.

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May 1

Kreuzberg relaxed.
I set up my Illy pinhole camera, my friends and our yard bench.

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Summer Films In Lonely Places

It’s one of these special nights … I have a film show … outside there’s something between rainy spring and weird summer … in the middle of the week, in the middle of Berlin.

BEGINE, women only bar and show venue. Me … and Kasia who organized it … and Anna, my old graphic arts friend from art school … and Kathrin who dropped in by coincidence, having just woke up and read in the Siegessäule, the queer online magazine of Berlin, about the show.

I loved it! An intimate campfire-ish gathering. That’s what I make films for.

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20 Swims

Yes! I have it! The entrance card to 20 times happiness! Swimming in my favourite pool, the Prinzenbad! Get it now before May 1st for an exclusive price, later it will be 100 € I guess. Happy summer swimming!!

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More Pink

It’s like walking on fluffy clouds!

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Pink Waldemar

My atelier is in Kreuzberg, Adalbertstrasse. At the corner Waldemarstrasse there’s my favourite pre-summer phenomenon: the pinkest, fattest blossom miracle tree! Only for about a week. Everybody stops for a pink selfie, for a sniff, for a smile, for a chat. I love it!

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16mm Hippie Dress

Every now and then I wear my hippie dress and film on 16 mm.

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White Wine Makes Me Less Ivre

There’s a new analog festival in town: Analog Résistance! In the middle of the French speaking Switzerland! In Yverdon-les-Bains!

I went there, enjoyed and gave a workshop … and the funny thing is: I rediscovered my long buried French! I was a good speaker 1000 years ago (working as an au pair girl in Southern France, in Nice, when I was 19 …) but after all these year it had disappeared.

But all that disappears comes back in this or the next orbit of the magic spiral … and writing of spirals … I brought my Russian developer tank with me (plus some cameras) and me and the 8 participants rocked the house or rather: the cave in the theater/castle everything took place!

We developed in curcuma, Ovomaltine, Absinth, coffee, beer, pineapple juice …. we had such a fruity funky spicy filmy supertime!!! With amazing results!

„White wine makes me less ivre“ I said to Sébastien, explaing him why I prefer white to red wine (ivre = drunk) … and he understood „White wine makes me less evil“ … which is by the way also true.

The festival will come again. Next time probably not with the focus on super 8 … but hélas: there’s so much analog stuff in the world to explore … stay tuned!

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Train Salad

A 9 hours train ride from Switzerland back to Berlin … I love it with a good book and not too crowded … I was lucky today, no delays and missed connecting trains!

Bought some train salad and I must say: it looked weird but tasted good. Fresh green leaves and beetroot with a good vinaigrette. And for the future, dear Deutsche Bundesbahn, think about avoiding plastic perhaps, be hip, try recyclable banana leaves or whatever forks and spoons and wraps!!

I also realized: they relaunched the layout of their „mobil“- magazine: more pages on better, rougher paper, a fresh layout, I really like it! Funky little initials and a bit more … modern. Good!

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Colour Spots

Winter is almost over … life begins anew!

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Super 8 Polyverse

Come! Thursday in Hamburg, Lichtmess Cinema, 8 pm.

I present 18 short super 8 films made by women worldwide.

Films by women who are my friends, whom I personally know – except for 2, which I know virtually thanks to an interstellar network – from Germany (Berlin, Hamburg), Switzerland, Great Britain and Mexico / Argentina.
The oldest one is from 1987, the newest one was finished only 1/2 years ago …

Super 8 is an extremely sexy material: It is warm-colored, has unbeatable gray and color shades that you achieve get digitally, it is partially mysteriously blurred, has a natural grain, is not 100% plannable and comes – if the filmmaker extends her antennas properly and throws herself fearlessly into the Wabisabi – close to the object, to the action, to the world.

Websites of some of the filmmakers:

www.dagiebrundert.de
www.erikastucky.ch
www.veronikadimke.de
www.helgafanderl.com
www.azulosa.com
www.cherrykino.com
www.gabriele-kahnert.com
www.deborahsp.wordpress.com
www.hannafritz.de

….. wow ….. I love them 🙂