Industrial grade mess up

After the few days in Holland we went to Germany’s Ruhrgebiet or as they call it the “Ruhrpott”. This area of Germany is famous for its open-cast mining and steelworks some of which are active to this day.

Most of these industrial plants have a history of more than a hundred years not mentioning generations of workers spending their whole lives in the dirt to help building up Germany after the war. So this area was quite interesting for us to visit and as many of the steelworks are closed nowadays and publicly visitable we were looking forward to see some nice new places.

However when we got back home I was unpatiently waiting to develop the films I shot in Duisburg, Bochum and Essen and I made a big mistake – I chose a very humid, hot day to develop my films and just as I had my hands in the changing bag I noticed how much I was sweating in the black bag because inside it felt like a sauna. So when I tried pushing the films on the reels it just didn’t work as the film quickly became very sticky and wet.

To make a long story short: I lost a lot of probably good photos that day and I was quite disappointed. But never mind, I learned a lot as well: if you develop at home do it under good conditions only. Don’t rush, take your time.

I could save a few photos at last and I had a little story to share. Enjoy.

old factory
a different world

2 Replies to “Industrial grade mess up”

  1. Thank you for sharing, very impressive images! And you’re right, ‘a good thing takes time’, I always spend a lot of time developing my films in my darkroom. Keep shooting – it’s highly encouraging. Chris

    1. Thank you very much.
      Indeed it is like a general pattern – good food takes time, good wine takes time, a good shave takes time and a good developed film takes time too. 😅

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