One whole month spent in Germany. We lived in 2 different apartments and occasionally in the camper. This post features Remscheid, Düsseldorf, Leipzig, and a little bit in between.
Marc and Sina offered us to stay in their flat, while they were travelling in Iceland for two weeks. We gratefully accepted and had it warmer for a while – compared to staying in our mobile home the whole time.
And guess what! The Rolleiflex was back from service. It’s only been two and a half months since I last wound a roll through it, but I still was very excited to finally be able to take photos with it again. It’s just such an enjoyable camera to shoot. And I believe it makes me photograph differently and more deliberately. There’s something about how you operate it, the waste-level viewfinder, the quality of the lens and medium format film, and the all-mechanical feel that’s inspiring to me. Anyhow, I took that excitement to my Remscheid surroundings.
Back to Düsseldorf – or Ratingen, to be precise…
Nicole and Erik have been visiting the “Leipziger Buchmesse” (“Leipzig book fair”) together the last couple of years. And this time I joined them.
I’m not the biggest book-reader, so I did not visit the actual fair. But while the other two were there, I spent the day walking around Leipzig and taking photos.
I took a couple of colour shots as well. The northeastern suburbs really caught my attention with all their big run-down house blocks, lots of graffiti, old wooden doors and other interesting features.
We spent the evenings together, visiting readings at two different locations. The topics, the quality of the books and readings were a bit of a mixed bag, but still very enjoyable and it’s been a new experience for me, too.
Then we had a few more days back at Andre’s apartment, who was so generous again to let us stay while he was touring Vietnam and Cambodia.