Another little film on my Youtube Channel (all about how to make films … pictures … photos): watch me harvesting anthotypes (pictures made with the help of plant juice and sunlight only)!!
They have a mysterious house number 14 in this village that consists only of one street in a circle, starting with number 1 (I live at 31) and ending with … not much more.
I found out it’s a weigh house! For everybody! You drive your tractor on the weighing platform outside and then you operate skillfully the scales inside.
(the b&w photo top right is a pinhole photo)
Cats look extremely sweet-silly the millisecond before they start to lick their fur 😉
This June is slow and wet and full of colours and it smells like freshly cut grass and caramel!
The Odeg is the East German Train Company (Ost-Deutsche Eisenbahn GmbH) which brought me back to the countryside today (I was 2 days busy bee in Berlin).
I stared at a sign at the door and I began to see things … sorry, only makes sense in German … yeah but no but yeah but no I could explain:
Please ring here for:
1 = nothing
2 = filter coffee
3 = a set of hot ears (slang for: I hit your ears and they get hot)
3 = a 3-voice song
All this anthotypes stuff … but how does it actually work?
Check my tutorial (click here!) on my Crazy Welterklärerin Youtube Channel!!! 😀
Click … evening … calm … willow … click … birdies … click … super 8 … horizon, wide … click … I love my self made artist in residency … thank you Roji for having me here!
Squeezing juice from leaves and blossoms, green, purple, pink, red, blue, brushing it on papers and the colors change to brown, other blues and greens, violet, beige … I love it! I am experimenting all days long.
And then: placing things or negative or positive film pieces on the colored papers, cover them with glass and lay them in the sun. For several days or even weeks. The summer sun bleaches the juice emulsion, but only the not covered parts of course! So under the whatever … objects, black film parts the juice colour remains and … let’s see, this is the first time I’m doing it.
I will certainly post the results in three, four weeks!!!
Two of my best friends live outside of Berlin on the countryside and they invited me to stay in their … well it’s not a barn, it used to be a Werkstatt, a workshop, it is an old beautiful little brick building, and now it is my studio! 3 weeks!!
With the help of my brother Bernd and Gesine we tinkered me a nice darkroom.
I dive now deep into plants. I take my submarine and float through colors, juices, twigs, ideas and I produce pictures. Pinhole pictures. Anthotypes (antho = blossom), mixed anthotypes with phytograms (phyto = plant). The older I get the freeer I feel. Freeer? My autocorrect suggested freezer, but no, not for me.
And by the way, I feel the hell of a hot and frozen sorry for the US. For my dear friends there. See in real time how a „normal“ state is being transformed into a horror version of a … what? Police state? Moron dictatorship? Why doesn’t anyone succeed to xxx this orange amoeba?
Just a little sweet something on my summer balcony.
I am going to live 3 weeks on the countryside at friends’ from next week! Roji Japanese Gardens! Not too far away from my Berlin so that I can come home for a day if I forgot anything … yeah but 3 weeks next to garden, fields, vegetables, meadows … eating and working with them. Self organized artist-in-residency!!
Anthotypes is my next thing. Making photo-sensitive emulsions from plant extracts.
And also a lot of pinhole photos … and of course: super 8 films galore! It’s June! “Ode to June # 8” is coming!!!!
What can you do when it’s freaking cold and wet outside? Go into the darkroom and make some beautiful pictures!
I had collected some White Lamium (deadnettle / Taubnessel) plants and cooked them to a developer. Now is the time to make some direct positives from my pinhole negatives!
… another pinhole picture!
10 seconds exposure, afternoon light.
The whole and then a close-up underneath.
I love the blossoms… some still, some swaying in the wind.
I am amazed. By the field of depth and the depth of field my simple Illy pinhole camera has. Gives. Provides. Look at this picture! Dandelions, Pusteblumen, the one in front blurred because it was windy, the other ones nice in focus. From close to far.
I have so much time at the moment and I’m diving in my pictures and films and ideas and inspirations … one idea is: opening an online shop! Selling what? Original photos, film still prints, a pinhole photo book, a comic book … checking out: can I colorize a cover? Simply with water colors? Yes, I can. Watch me!!! Click here!!!
Sometimes little miracles happen!
I was editing this fresh new film of mine called „Mjuk“ (Swedish for „soft“) and then I though: music! And then I remembered that I had two years ago a little glimpse of a contact to a Vietnamese musician called Nhung Nguyen aka Soundawakener said she likes my films and then I discovered that I liked her music … so I just asked her.
And here it is, the perfect sound to my images, water and moss, waves and clouds, watch it here on Vimeo!
My second film „made in Sweden“ is ready! Full of poetry, ukulele songs, blue images and a weird story!
Watch it on vimeo in deutsch and english!!!!
I am back in Berlin!
I have scanned all photos, developed all super 8 films (they are about to be digitized right now) … and now I am layouting a photo book. Pure pleasure for me, I LOVE to play with text & images!
How will I print it? Sell it? Bind it? Discovered japanese binding techniques, will try to learn it – so each book will be handmade with an original (baryte) photo as cover … that’s the plan.
Die ganze Ausbeute! 55 pinhole negatives. Not all of them good, but most. I’m leaving Sweden tomorrow, taking the ferry to Rostock and then the train to Berlin. Will scan them then … having a book in my mind … texts already written … watch out!!!!
This shack that have I lived in more than 4 weeks has wooden walls made of these – I don’t know what it’s called – pressed wooden pieces … and I see people and monsters and animals and scenes and … so much, I will make it a project, wait and see!
This here: a long haired woman reading a newspaper.
Little glimpses in and from my 5 weeks home.
My last week at Brunåkra … thanks to Corona I will not be able to take, as planned, the train back home via Denmark, but there is a ferry that goes from Trelleborg (South Sweden, not so far away from here) to Rostock, and then I can take the train back to Berlin. Saturday.
I am taking the last pinhole photos, look:
All comic characters have only four fingers. Makes it easier to draw them (only god of The Simpsons has five!).
I found a comic glove on the shore!
Happy Easter everyone!!
For all who missed the live pinhole-making event on Facebook yesterday: here it is in full almost 2 hours length, very chaotic, very funny, very entertaining … facebook never forgets so I guess it will be there forever!!! And now also here on my Youtube channel!!
My 4 favourite pictures, positive paper direct copies from pinhole negatives. Very old ORWO paper, developed in rape seed juice.
There is a kind of small alley that leads up from the street to www.brunakra.com, my residency until end of April here in Skåne, South Sweden. The entrance is marked by two majestic big old trees (now still unleafed), they fascinate me, they are twins … sisters … pals … lovers … and they look just wonderful negative as well as positive!!!
The sun is shining warm and I feel like dancing my film dry!!! 🙂
Here’s the film!