My June film 2022 is ready to watch!!! Click here!! Or on the picture.
“Forest, Braunschweig, lake, heat, developing with henna and rhubarb, a big ice cream … and then the shit comes and changes my life.”
Now this is a cool story, a sad and a happy one too, a story full of ideas!
My boyfriend jumped into another universe in summer. I got this gypsy caravan, half of it, the other half I share it with his best and oldest friend Christoph. We love it and we want to set it free (it slept 30 years in a stable / atelier; my boyfriend lived in it 40 years ago, travelled ultraslowly for 10 years).
Now we moved it to a place in North Germany where we will transform it to a café, an experimental kitchen, a tiny cinema, a culinary and artful lab.
It stands here now, in Bokel, a small village, a caravan community that merged into the rural farmer community with a 30 years history beginning with the first two couples in caravans with a big heart for nature and living together in harmony.
Now it is a little paradise in the middle of forests and meadows and you can be a guest for a while, you wouldn’t think but some caravans are rented via airbnb!
Some info here.
We will start with slow renovation and the first cups of coffee over the winter. Stay tuned!
… I collected some forest stuff to make a developer for a super 8 film. What a wonderful day! Warm sun beams, all in colour, hidden surprises, happy mushrooms!
Did you know that there is not only 8 and 16 and 35 and 70 mm film … but also 9.5 mm? With central sprockets?
Wiki says: “9.5 mm film is an amateur film format introduced by Pathé in 1922 as part of the Pathé Baby amateur film system. It was conceived initially as an inexpensive format to provide copies of commercially made films to home users, although a simple camera was released shortly afterwards.
It became very popular in Europe over the next few decades and is still used by a small number of enthusiasts today.”
But how can you develop it? I have a Lomo tank designed for 8 or 16 mm, but not for 9.5. So I had to tinker something!
Quitte is Quince in English.
Quincy Jones = Quitty Jones then.
I got a handful from my friend Torsten who has a garden. Made compote! Yum!
Just some photos swimming.
I carry my loaded pinhole camera wherever I go … I met my friend Kasia and her two little dogs in a park, an old abandoned graveyard. She told me a funny story about her one dog Lichee: he is quite old now (15) and about to get blind and a little lame, but sometimes like being hit by an energy beam he’s running around like crazy and full of energy like a teen dog! Her dog whisperer friend told her that he is beginning to mix up his realities, remembers old memories and lives in them! For the moment. This is it. For the moment. I ponder and wonder about it.
My most recent workshop at Bi’bak Berlin, a lovely place with a garden!
It’s easy to make your own personal pinhole camera, you just need a light-tight box (the best in the world is an Illy coffee can!!! Must have a removable / screwable lid), a hole and some photo paper or film. Negative and positive.
In this workshop we tinkered pinhole cameras (to take them home afterwards!), learned a lot about the beauty of analog photography, apertures and exposure times, went out and tried the different ways to create an oddly beautiful picture! Developed together in the adventurous, improvised darkroom! It was fun! Thank you all for being part of it!!!
Nothing special, just a little smile-making beauty!