Recently I noticed more and more articles about people travelling Persia or – as it’s called nowadays – Iran.
There is a very popular book about couchsurfing in Iran which seems to inspire a growing number of people to have a look at this unknown, wild and interesting country by themselves.
While we did not use the couchsurfing platform at all, my girlfriend and I travelled through Iran in October 2016 and as it seems Iran is getting more and more popular for travellers and there is a growing demand in information on Iran while the country is slowly opening up to the west again.
So I decided to write a bit about our experiences there in retrospective because I started this blog only after we came back.
I recently got notice of a neat Kickstarter project started by ars imago. They are a well known supporter of all things analog photography, they have a great online store and just some weeks ago they opened a small store here in Zurich. They have been developing a daylight-loading film tank which looks nice and is very promising.
If you develop your films at home (as I do) you probably have a developer tank already but I found the project promising enough to be supported – or at least ars imago’s engagement for keeping the film thing alive. So I spent a little money and hopefully will get a new toy by the end of the year.
Some weeks ago I was planning a short trip which should take me not too far away from Zürich as I had only one week off. The trip should take place in early March and I felt like having some warm and sunny days after the cold winter we had in Switzerland so Italy promised to be a great choice. I finally decided to go to Palermo, Sicily.
I imagined Palermo as a very traditional Italian town full of history, busy streets, lively people and – of course – the great mediterranean food, so this all sounded very holiday-like to me.
Ever since I take most of my photo on film, developing and scanning my own films included, I felt that this might be interesting to other people as analog photography is quite a trend nowadays. So I thought about additionally sharing these photos on the currently very popular service Instagram. There has been a lot of buzz about this picture sharing platform and I just thought “Why not?”
Let me share my thoughts and experiences with you after a year on Instagram.
Saturday morning walk in Zurich Oerlikon, a suburban industrial quarter of Zurich with its very own charming character, far off the inner city’s shiny places where you can literally get sick of all the opulence and shallowness.
Lately you may have noticed an increasing number of posts in your Instagram, flickr, 500px and even Facebook that were tagged with #believeinfilm, #filmisnotdead or similar. What’s this all about? Are people really still using that old stuff? What drives people to use an old-fashioned technology if you have more comfortable modern alternatives?
I wanted to share my thoughts and experiences on why I like to shoot film in the digital age. Maybe this will inspire you to try it yourself.
Alright – “the ultimate Contax T2 write-up”? Not quite! Almost everything has been said about this camera already and I can just give you my opinion on it.
I know that the Contax T2 is a very sought-after camera for many analog enthusiasts so I’d like to share my personal thoughts on it which might or might not help you decide if this camera suits you or not. Of course there are many great articles around about this camera but maybe you’ll get an additional perspective from my first impressions here.
After exclusively using Leica Ms of all sorts for several years (an analog Leica MP was my only camera during the last 12 months, an M6 for many months before that and a Leica M Monochrom before that for several years) I wanted to try something different. Yet I am currently all analog and the new cam should be a sturdy, compact autofocus film-camera. After some internet research it looked like the Contax T2 was the perfect model for my needs.