January 2017

As apparent from the previous entry, the year started on the Spanish island of Mallorca, where my Dad and his wife were in progress of moving to. The second half of the month was spent in the Düsseldorf area again.

While Nicole had visited the island in the (long ago) past, it was my first time here. And I thoroughly enjoyed our visit.
Having been to Scandinavia just recently, the differences to Germany are often more subtle and – especially in big cities – not too obvious. In Spain however – what made for a nice change – the contrast is much bigger. How buildings look. How the streets and their sidewalks look. The wiring. How people look and live (well, apart from the thousands of Germans that live and spend their holidays here). The smells. The warmth.

Ahhh… that warmth! The Balearic sun felt so good on our pale skins. While it wasn’t summer temperatures, it was certainly good enough to sit in a windless spot in T-Shirt and wear sunglasses again. It was a very welcome break from the cold and often wet winter days in Germany and the long autumn/winter we had in Norway and Sweden.

Of course, we had to do work, too, but during our time off, we enjoyed hanging out with our “hosts”, took several walks through the little town of Santanyí, visited beaches, made trips across the island, and overall just enjoyed the pleasant climate and new sights.

Here are January’s exposures.

Riding with Dad

“German produce”

Spanish produce

Chinese produce

Melting butter

Melting wife

Since my beloved Rolleiflex was in service, I took the plasticky Lomo Lubitel for another spin. What can I say? It has its own look! It’s trashy, but I can’t say I don’t like it. I love it in this first one:

Wall-Es

I keep having issues with scanning medium format colour negatives. Often large rainbow-coloured artefacts appear on the files, due to the negatives touching the scanner’s glass I believe. And I often don’t have the patience to straighten the negatives (which are often curled towards the glass), or to re-scan multiple times until I get an acceptable result.
Unfortunately, these things are very tricky to get rid of with Apple’s Photos app.

Magic cactus

Something not so pleasant was this eye infection that bothered me for a couple of days.

Piggy

Dreamy

January 6th seems to be the day for the kids in Spain: presents, sweets and taking photos with their favourite comic heroes.

The kids loved it!

Well, most anyway.

Full pockets

New transportation gadgets

“¡Hola!”

Famous German actor

Still life

One day we hired a car and took a trip along the western coast of Mallorca.

The medium format rolls from this trip are certainly the dirtiest ones I ever got back from a lab

LL…Laser

During the last full day on the island, we took the bus to its capital Palma. We spent the day there, simply walking around and taking a break every now and then.

Caña con señora

Good luck!

Yummy last dinner

Back at the airport

Double-glassed

¡Hasta luego!

Old-school

New-school

Another week, another apartment

Post tire-change selfie

Happy Birthday!

That fucker’s day

Statement

#herrentoilettendüsseldorf

Bier wizz ze boys

Es gibt nur einen…

Here’s to the crazy ones…

“Quality magic wands”

B-eye, B-eye!