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More Pinhole Activities

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Come In From The Cold, Little Moth!

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Pinhole Activities

April oh April, you are so damn cold … I don’t really feel like going outside my warm nest … being at my friend’s country home for a couple of days …

But there I went and you can see the results here: some new pinhole photos!!! Path into nothing and some flowers in the wild (I am fascinated by the extreme large field of depth of this lovely Illy coffee camera flower power picture!!!!).

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Pinky Sun

A very expired Ektachrome 160 film, developed in ECN-2, digitally inverted. Weird pink and sky blue colours!

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Trinkhalle

No more drinks.

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Tulipol

Chopping some withered tulips is fun!
I make a tea, a nicely smelling green tea, not to be drunk by me but to find its fulfillment in a black&white developer as you might have guessed.

It works fine and softly! I made some positive photo prints using my favourite baryte photo paper: FOMA.

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Walk Into Spring

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Zooming to Brazil 2

What a wonderful workshop!
Me in Germany and the other beautiful people spread all over Brazil …
We are all filmmakers and photographers with our heart beating for ecological, yummy, non-toxic processes … and tadaaaaa, they performed live!
We had one Caffenol developing (still photo negatives, pushed from 400 to 1600 ASA – 2 minutes longer developing – fantastic!!), one super 8 developing in flower soup and Brazilian blueberries with very cool results too, and one mate tea and coffee developing of colour negatives … but the magical thing about it was seing and hearing them mixing and developing, following them to their working rooms / darkroom – thank goddess we have wifi and phones! – so it felt we were all in one boat instead of 9400 km apart …

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Zooming To Brazil

I’m getting more and more used to be a zoom entertainer!
Yesterday I held a workshop at the 13th Strangloscope Experimental Festival in Florianòpolis in Brazil, day 1 of 2, 3 hours long talking about eco processing film and photos, the power of flowers, the magic of Kodachrome, and so much more … it was fun!
And you know what: I did a live developing in front of my laptop: compost juice mixed with vitamin c and washing soda, heated to 30° and poured into the Jobo tank that was filled with a super 8 stripe. Can be contagious!

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Black & White Negative Photography, Simply Explained

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Skating On The Tempelhof Airfield

My new pinhole picture! And below: the making-of. I love it: comparing … see the skaters frozen and in motion / blurred!
The exposure time of my pinhole was about 2 seconds.

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Agfa Blue

Nothing beats an Agfa blue!
These old expired films can still be developed (in E6 developer) … but all Agfas will come out blueish, sometimes greenish. This one was well exposed and probably not too old. Not too old means 35 – 40 years …
Not my film, it was a job, I offer this service like a one-woman-lab. If you like to know more, check this out: developing service, click!

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Indoor Plantation

… makes the transition from winter to spring a lot easier!

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Minu-S

The Minus House! I don’t know what it is … something with electricity? But I love the graffiti … saying “minu” on one side … and after a while or never you see the “S” on the other!

(Pinhole photo taken with my Illy cam, about 8 seconds exposure time)

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Macro Pinhole

It is so amazing … die Tiefenschärfe / the depth of field! This simple camera amazes me again and again. Schneeglöckchen / snow drops close-up!

Yeah, winter, you can leave now!!

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Negative And Positive

A still from a super 8 film. Isn‘t it funny that the first, the negative, looks like a real hand and the positive one like a hand print in the snow? What is real?

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More Clicks More Hands

More hands, more filming …

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One Click One Hand

Winter is coming to an end and I use the last snow spots to film some super 8 black&white film.
Watch this little 25 seconds long making-of movie! Nothing special … just some fun filming …

Here on Youtube

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Bunnies Approaching

Easter is coming soon! Winter, you‘re out!!

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I Cannot Stop …

… taking pinhole photos!
The snow is melting rapidly as March is marching in soon … birds go crazy and I can feel the sun beams on my skin. I love it!
So here we go: one of my last snow photos taken with my beloved Illy coffee camera, FOMA negative film inside, 100 ASA, exposure time just a few seconds.

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Illy On Ice – The Picture

This is the result: the pinhole photo!

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Illy On Ice

Our Landwehrkanal is frozen! Has been below 0 degrees for a long time so the ice is secure. It‘s actually a weird feeling to walk on it. Gives me a new perspective of my neighbourhood!

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Lese Niemals Einen Thriller Von H. C. Schiller!

Ich hab ihm eine Chance gegeben!

Ich liebe Thriller und gute Krimis … In diesem löst die toughe Targa einen fiesen Fall. Targa ist sonderbar und genial, wohnt in einem heruntergekommenen Wohnwagen (ha! Erinnert mich sehr an die ungefähr 64809578356 Mal besseren Bücher von Candice Fox: “Eden”, “Hades” und “Fall”) und wird gerne für aussichtslose Fälle als freie Ermittlerin herangezogen. Targa wurde als Neugeborenes vor einem Krankenhaus ausgesetzt, es war eine sehr kalte Winternacht und seitdem fehlt ihr der kleine Zeh, hat sie eisblaue Augen, ein kaltes, analytisches Herz und keine Empathie. Kann man ja verstehen!

Der sadistische Falk ist Philosophiedozent und wird von seinen blutjungen Studentinnen bewundert. Zwei, Rebecca und Julia, lädt er zum Grillen in seine geräumige Wannseevilla ein – geniale Idee: sie gegeneinander ausspielen! – und sehr schnell (1 Nacht?) sind sie ihm verfallen, bekommen schöne seidene Morgenmäntel und sind süchtig nach seinen Würgespielchen. Die eine nennt die andere, voll street, Fotze, und beim gegenseitig Döppen im Kellerpool kann nur eine gewinnen: die, die die andere näher an den Ertrink-Tod bringt, denn das ist Falkes Thema: nah am Tod wird’s philosophisch, da enthüllen sich die Wunder!

Ja, Baudelaire ist auch dabei. In Form eines Buches, das die junge Nadine im städtischen Aquarium liegenlässt (Die junge Frau nickt und zwirbelt gedankenverloren an einem ihrer Zöpfe. “Das stimmt. Einsamkeit und Tod sind wichtige Themen für ihn.“). Leider hat Falk seltsamerweise den Schlüssel für alle Räume und lockt sie ins Haifischbecken. Noch heute liegt Nadine im Koma.

Ich wollte dem Buch noch eine Chance gebe, Komm, krieg die Kurve!

Targa ist jetzt auch in der Wannseevilla, sieht Rebecca und Julia und ihre Würgemale, sagt kurz hallo und kann sich später leider nicht mehr an ihre Namen erinnern, als sie ihrem Ermittlerkollegen berichtet. “irgendwas mit Bibel” fällt ihr noch ein.

Dann ist Targa bei einer Mutter eines anderen toten Mädchens, die aber selber erschossen rumliegt, getötet von einer durchgedrehten Frau, die dem Sadisten mit der Würgerei hörig ist (“Jetzt beweise ich ihm, wie tief meine Liebe geht.”) und sich mit ihrem Mord ihm wieder ins Gedächtnis und Herz helfen will. Oder so.

Ich geb auf.

Ich mach aus den Buchseiten Briefumschläge.
Bald zu kaufen auf dagiespictures.bigcartel.com … so ab Mitte März wird er aufgemacht, mein Onlineshop!

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Throwing Doves

This golden statue stands on Hermannplatz, a lovely ugly place in Berlin-Neukölln: half hipster, half sleazy.
What does it symbolize? I don’t know … freedom for children? Dance? (it was built in 1985 and the group of figures was originally rotatable but they stopped it 2012).
Doves like to sit on the guy‘s hand and on the ground.

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Snowy Waldemar

Walking along Adalberstrasse direction Kottbusser Tor, from friend K to my home, I cross Waldemarstrasse and I suddenly remember the ancient Berlin winter smell: Kohleheizung! Briketts! Union and Rekord! Coal heating, 30 years ago was pretty common then, briquettes called Union and Rekord, one East one West as far as I remember … which was better? Forgot … I am sure we used the cheaper ones! I’ve lived here for so long, I love my Berlin.

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Tempelhofer Feld Winter Black & White

Oooooh, I guess I made the most beautiful pinhole photo ever! Pure luck!
What is these grey irregularities in the sky? Is it finger prints? Dirt?
I am not sure … the piece of negative was in the Illy cam for some days before I actually exposed it. Maybe a change of warm and cold, maybe dust … I don’t care, it looks fantastic 😉

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Tempelhofer Feld Winter Colours

(Tempelhof Ex-Airfield, giant park open for the public)

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I Love Palm Trees

Found two pinhole photos of palm trees in Los Angeles I took several years ago. I love them! Especially the weird distorted ones 😉

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First Snow – Last Beach

Snow covering my never-tired orange superflower on my balcony, it’s a Ringelblume / Marigold!
I scan a lot of old pinhole negatives today … remember: my bread job is gone, I’m a happy artist now! I have time and space and energy … here’s one of my alltime favourites: Santa Monica Beach with seagulls.