Recently, we returned from our short trip to Marrakesh. It is hard to describe that place to someone who had never been. It’s different. It’s warm, red, noisy, smelly, overpowering with incense. It seems dirty, because of the Saharan sand, but they clean the streets often. Everyone is friendly, but intruding into your private space. Marketers are trying to sell everything to you, prices are from outrageously expensive to unbelievably cheap.
I appreciated our trip to Atlas mountains and raw nature there, even more as an escape from a bustling city. Hot Saharan wind stream collided with cold Atlantic air causing sudden gusts of wind, and unusual mist that twirled and danced and then disappeared as suddenly as it came. Wind continued with a shower or two, while we hiked through the Barber land. It was one of the highlights of our journey even with the bad weather.
For our trip I only carried Canon Z135, film point-and-shot and a mobile phone. This photos were all taken with film camera. Kodak Tmax100
I was always drawn to the sea. They say, once you’ve tasted the Adriatic sea, you’ll never find satisfaction anywhere else. This I find to be true.
Horizon points to an empty space above the ocean. The Atlantic Ocean is not a satisfaction. It’s not even pleasant. It’s frightening and magnificent, it’s brutal, raw and cold, yet full of life. In that empty space above ocean, my eyes are searching with eager hope.
They say that carrying around large format camera is not practical, that you need more time to set it up, that you will somehow miss some of the good scenes… But, I found out that my LF Toyo 45a is quite practical to carry around. OK, my backpack was definitively heavy and I am a small lady, so not easy. The majority of the weight was from the lenses and from my tripod. Fear of losing good scenes (the light changes quickly etc) – I actually find it was the advantage. I choose my scene carefully and in reducing the number of shots I achieved better satisfaction and quality.
Here are few of my photographs taken on the trip to Kerry. I used Adox CMSII film developed in R09 (no particular reason, but it’s the one that I had in the house).
I joined Kinsale Photographic Society on their two day trip around Kerry county. It was a good trip, good company of fellow photographers and some awesome photographic points. The weather was typical for Ireland in February, a lot of clouds and rain. I had my LF camera and shoot 10 negatives out of 14 sheets of film I took with me. How many good shots is yet to see, after development. Comparing that with thousands of photos that my digital colleagues took, it sounds funny.
Here are some of my BW photos taken with my mobile phone camera.
It is the architectural beauty that I find interesting in the cathedrals, exquisite craftsmanship, the sense of grandiose awe. I am creating those architectural photographs with my large format camera, not only that LF is perfect for architectural shots, but I use long exposure, slow process, and big camera. It is the same feeling that it can be felt in the cathedrals, apart from extreme cold between those thick stone walls, feeling of stillness, slowness, and huge, grandiose space.
Apart from cold, the space is scarcely lit. Only light from tall narrow windows and few candle lights, occasional light bulb that casts light mainly on the altar area. To see through the ground glass of my camera it is a struggle even worse to correctly focus or keep everything straight.
I used Adox CMS20II with ISO12.
Let me finish today’s post with words of Croatian architect:
Architecture is medium for communication. Communication between people and people with God. Nikola Basic
All of my photographs are available for sale as a original works of art.
Christmas time is …. different for each and every one of us.
As a visual artist, I recorded what I saw with Exa 1a camera and on Kodak Tmax film.
Wishing you all very blessed and happy Christmas!
…and I can keep posting photographs – just for the love of it 😊
Minolta X500 and Rollei Retro 400S, developed in RO9 one shot.
Rain in Ireland comes suddenly and disappears suddenly. Standing on the edge of the cliffs and watching ships that pass by on the horizon is one of my favourite things.
You need to see this photograph up close and personal…the grain from the film is “the thing” that gives a specific feel to it.
One of the happiest moments in my life is when scent of a freshly opened tube of etching ink is spreading through the air and a new etched Toyobo plate is in front of me. The dark, dark heart of mine 😉