31 October 2011

Wings For Wheels


Hamburg, Germany.
35mm film (cropped).
December 2009.



Now the season's over and I feel it getting cold
I wish I could take you to some sandy beach
where we'd never grow old

I'm no prince and I can't 
lay the stars at your feet
But I got this old car and
she's pretty tough to beat

(Bruce Springsteen - Wings For Wheels)


This evening, I published three blog posts featuring photographs from my archives. There are no more old pictures left that I know of and that I would want to upload, neither from the days when I still lived in England and used medium format film, nor from my trips to the United States, nor from my travels through France and the Netherlands, nor from the three years and four months I've been living in Germany now. All of my future blog posts will feature new photographs, unless I'll stumble across an old photo that has escaped my attention.


Goodnight.


- Dom

The Long Way Home


Berlin, Germany.
November 2009 / September 2009.


Blog post title taken from this song by Tom Waits.

No One Knows I'm Gone


Beelitz, Germany.
35mm film (cropped). 
February 2009.


Hell above and heaven below
All the trees are gone
The rain makes such a lovely sound
To those who're six feet underground


Wind Of Change


Engine shed, Hamburg, Germany.
October 2011.


The abandoned engine shed is one of the places I keep coming back to. I love the way it changes through the seasons. At the moment, the leaves are falling from the trees, and nature is reclaiming the area. Some of the buildings are beginning to fall apart after years of neglect.


Let me share some links... Vespamore has lots of great photographs of vespas, motorcycles and cars... Bikeexif is an awesome motorcycle blog... these animal portraits by Morten Koldby are amazing... last but not least, I enjoyed Raphael Bourelly's photostream on Flickr.

Blog post title taken from this song.

Rock You Like A Hurricane


Volvo V40.
The Swedes know how to build great cars.




I'm very sorry I haven't been leaving many comments recently - I'm working really hard as a pizza delivery guy to raise enough money to buy a new car. 

That Volvo surely is a great car when you're going on a road trip with friends or taking the dog out for a walk in the woods, but most of the time, it's just too big. 
I bought the V40 seven months ago to replace my first car, a dark blue Corsa, which was too small.

Of course, when I say "new car", I'm not talking about a brand-new one, but rather another used vehicle. I decided that a dude like me needs a cool car, so the plan is to buy either a BMW E30 convertible or a fourth generation BMW 3 Series or any Saab coupe for old-school cruising.

Title taken from one of the best songs of all time, by the best German band of all time, the Scorpions - the best German solo artist being Herbert Grönemeyer (click the following links to listen: #1; #2; #3; #4; #5 - if you understand the lyrics, the last song is one of the saddest songs ever).

27 October 2011

Baker Street


Hamburg, Germany.
October 2011.


Well, another crazy day
You'll drink the night away
And forget about everything

This city desert makes you feel so cold
It's got so many people but it's got no soul

And it's taking you so long
To find out you were wrong
When you thought it had everything

(Gerry Rafferty - Baker Street)


The famous Lido club.
Berlin, Germany.
May 2010.


After many rainy days and nights, tonight was too beautiful to stay home and go to bed early. I drove around town for a few hours, listening to music, stopping here and there to take pictures. 


One of my friends will be back in Berlin soon - after half a year in Warsaw. Either he'll spend a weekend in Hamburg or I'll have a reason to visit Berlin again. I haven't been there since May 2010. I love the architecture, the bars, the museums, the restaurants (I've had better apple strudel in Berlin than in Vienna). There's an authentic American Sixties Dinerthe Berghain, and the Tacheles. Berlin is full of history and there's always something to do. Last but not least, it's were I've taken some of my favourite long exposures (#1; #2; #3).

Goodnight.

- Dom

24 October 2011

Oxygene


Speicherstadt, Hamburg, Germany.
December 2010.


Somehow, the photograph above ended up unpublished until now.


Blog post title taken from the instrumental by Jean Michel Jarre.



Have a great week!


- Dom

23 October 2011

I Can Never Be What You Want Me To Be


Rye, East Sussex, UK.
June 2011.


You know I love you but I am shaking inside
I know I'm not going to leave here alive

I have sailed this impossible ocean
I have sailed this crazy sea
I can never be what you want,
whatever you want me to be

There is a spirit rising against
what I have become
I have to come out and choose to stay
or make my run

(Johnny Clegg)




I love England. Rye has always been one of my favourite places in the country. We often went there and I have fond memories of walking my dog on Winchelsea Beach.
One of the best things about the European Union is the right to free movement and residence. I'd love to live and work in other European countries (Denmark and Sweden, that is). Canada and Iceland as well as Israel are countries outside the EU that I would love to live in. Ultimately, however, I may end up living somewhere in Cornwall or Devon. It might not happen before I'm retired, but it sure sounds like a nice thing to me.
Anyway, what I'm saying is that England is awesome, and those of you who haven't been there yet should forget about the negative things you've been hearing about in the news or reading about elsewhere, such as the recent riots, the teenage pregnancy rates (do you remember little Alfie and his scrubber girlfriend?), the knife attacks, the chavs, the pikeys, the scousers, and an awful lot more. Instead, visit the country and be free of prejudice, for there is so much beauty to be found everywhere.

Have a great day.

- Dom

21 October 2011

Equinoxe


Rügen, Germany.
35mm film.
August 2010.


Those are the last pictures from the rolls of film I brought to the lab last week that I'm going to publish here. I'll get more film developed next month.

Blog post title taken from the album of the same name by Jean Michel Jarre. Click here and here to listen.
My Dual CS 731 Q record player (bought by my mum in 1980) died a while ago... a friend of mine wanted to sell two turntables... I bought one of them as a replacement... and the first record I played today was Jean Michel Jarre's "Equinoxe".


Have a lovely evening, and a nice weekend.


- Dom

When The System Has Fallen


Polaroid taken in the churchyard
Richmond, UK. 2007.



I know that you are tired and weary
Seen too much to believe any more
But we have to keep moving down that long road
If we want to reach that far shore

We're on our way home to find our freedom
And I'm on my way home to find you my friend
Where we can stand in the light of the people
And breathe life into the land again

(Johnny Clegg - When The System Has Fallen)




I've been interested in politics since my teens, especially when it comes to topics such as conflicts and wars, environmental issues and the problems of third world countries. 
I've been following the Arab Uprising since the first day. I'm conservative and I believe in all that we (the western world) stand for - values such as democracy, equal rights and freedom of speech. Freedom is the most important thing... freedom to do and talk about and think just what you please. 
Everyone should get a fair chance in life... if they fuck it up, it's their own fault... but if they never get one, that's just not right. 
This is the reason why I've been happy to see the people of many Arab countries rise against their regimes. The children of those people who have fought for liberty now have a brighter future ahead of them than their parents did.
On the 20nd of October, 2011, the former Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi met his demise after 42 years in charge of the country. Libya, like Egypt and Tunisia, now has a chance at democracy, and I really hope they won't end up like just another banana republic with a military government. 


Goodnight.


- Dom

20 October 2011

You Ain't Seen Nothin' Yet


Both pictures taken at
Schaalsee, Zarrentin, Germany.
35mm. April 2011.
Click here to see
some digital pictures.

Alster Lake, Hamburg, Germany.
35mm. February 2011.

Barn, Lüneburg District, Germany.
35mm. Winter 2010/2011.

Blog post title taken from the song of the same name by Bachman Turner Overdrive.


I'm really satisfied with the quality of the 35mm photographs published in this blog post and the previous one... I hope you enjoy them as much as I do.

Have a nice day.

- Dom

19 October 2011

Mississippi Queen


Schaalsee, Zarrentin, Germany.
35mm. April 2011.
Click here to see the
digital pictures.


Motel room near Bremen, Germany.
35mm. July 2011.
Click here to see the
digital picture.


Dark Dog energy drink and a
map on the hood of my Volvo.
Campsite near Sainte-Enimie, France.
35mm. September 2011.


I found these four (#1; #2; #3; #4) time-lapse films on Vimeo earlier today. There's lots of creative short films to be found on that website.

Blog post title taken from the song by Mountain.

Have a great day.


- Dom

17 October 2011

One Thing Of Beauty


Roussillon, France.
September 2011.


Gimme just one thing of beauty
To last me for all of my years
Gimme just one thing of beauty
To wash away all of my tears

Gimme one thing of beauty
Since it all turns to ashes and dust
Gimme one thing of beauty
Yeah, the rest you can do what you must

(Marc Cohn - One Thing Of Beauty)


Have a great week.


- Dom

15 October 2011

Quelqun'un m'a dit


Friars Lane, Richmond, UK.
Medium format. 2007.




I'm told that fate makes fun of us,
that it gives us nothing 
and promises everything

When happiness seems to be within our reach,
we reach out and find ourselves like fools.

Yet someone told me...


That you still loved me.

Someone told me
that you still loved me.

Well, could that be possible?

(Carla Bruni - Quelqun'un m'a dit)




Near the Marlborough, Richmond, UK.
Medium format. 2007.




The photographs were taken in England, but the title of this blog post is the title of a wonderful French song. Last month's trip around Southern France introduced me to some great music.
After beating both England and Wales (in the quarter final and semi final, respectively), the French national team will be facing the All Blacks in the final of this year's Rugby World Cup (23rd of October). 

Have a nice weekend.


- Dom

12 October 2011

Walking In Memphis


Golden Gate Bridge
Joshua Tree N.P.
Las Vegas, Nevada
June 2009.


Neither did I take these pictures in Memphis nor anywhere else in the land of the delta blues, but that song by Marc Cohn has been stuck in my head for a couple days now, and indeed it is one heck of an awesome song. 
I did however bring some rolls of medium format film to the lab that I used in my Holga camera on a trip from Boston to New Orleans, and I did of course visit Graceland in Memphis and the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville.
Anyway, I can pick the film up next week. However, it's impossible to say for sure what the pictures are going to look like - maybe there won't be nothing visible at all. None of those rolls have been stored in a fridge. Now I know that I should've done that. Back then I didn't know. Then they got lost in one of the boxes of developed films and prints - until I found them recently.


Have a nice day.


- Dom

09 October 2011

The Worst Day Since Yesterday


Citroën 2CV.
Sainte-Enimie, France.
September 2011.


Click here to see a series of amazing pictures of aurora borealis. This photograph is one of the most stunning I've seen in a long time. I'm planning to head up north to see the aurora borealis this winter (sometime between December and February). Click here if you love beautiful photographs of beautiful animals. The following sites will introduce to a lot of amazing photography websites (#1; #2; #3).

I'll bring some 35mm film to the lab tomorrow. Recently, I also found a few more rolls of medium format film from a trip from Boston to New Orleans in the summer of 2007. I've posted some photographs from that trip over the last few years, but I always wondered where the other rolls had ended up. When you move a lot, some things get lost. I'm going to have them developed soon.

Also, I won't be able to take any new pictures for a few days. The sensor of the 5D Mark II needs cleaning. I'm going to get this done at a Calumet store.

Autumn has arrived in this part of Germany - it's raining a lot, the leaves are no longer green, and the supermarkets have already started selling chocolate santas and gingerbread. From other regions such as Bavaria, there have been reports of snowfall.

The worse the weather gets, the cosier it feels to sit down in my favourite Irish pub in Hamburg, Finnegan's Wake... it is also where I'll celebrate my birthday next week. 

Blog post title taken from the song by Flogging Molly.


Goodnight.


- Dom

Down To The River


Richmond, London, UK.
June 2011.
One of my favourite 
places in my old hometown.


Take me down
Down to the river
Down to the river

Hold my hand
Down to the river
Down to the river, Lord

(Ray LaMontagne - Down To The River)

08 October 2011

Death Valley Queen


Chaos de Montpellier-le-Vieux, France.
September 2011.
Click here to see more pictures.


I remember you well from that town you did dwell
With the face of an angel in a dump hot as hell

So death valley queen, go marry your king
Or an old maid you'll end up for certain





Have a nice weekend!


- Dom

Shelter


Colmar, France.
September 2011.


It's been a rainy morning, so I spent a few hours listening to music, drinking tea, and editing more photographs taken in France. 
France is far too beautiful to spend even a single day of your holidays on the beach. I've never been the lazy kind of traveller and neither are my friends, so we spent the better part of six days on the road, and the other two days hiking. There's so much to see. Look at the gorgeous half-timber work in this picture. Another thing we liked about the towns and villages along the Route des Vins d'Alsace were the flowers... the French sure know how to decorate their houses.  

Blog post title taken from this wonderful song by Ray LaMontagne.

05 October 2011

Ripple


1st picture: Castelbouc.
2nd picture: Sainte-Enimie.


The town of Sainte-Enimie is a popular stop along the road that winds through the Gorges du Tarn. There are no large supermarkets in the entire valley; there's only a tiny corner shop in Sainte-Enimie. In addition, a lot of canoeing and kayaking tours start in Sainte-Enimie.

The settlement of Castelbouc was one of the stops on our way out of the valley. On an epic twelve-hour-journey to Besançon (via Dijon, a town famous for its mustard), we passed through lots of picturesque villages. I was the only driver and we avoided the motorways, so this part of the trip was rather exhausting. 

After a good night's sleep, we were back on the road again for the last part of our trip. On the way back up to Hamburg, we passed through wine country and also visited the American Cemetery in Épinal.


Wine country. 
Somewhere between
Besançon and Épinal.


Épinal American Cemetery.
I used a Lensbaby 3G
for this picture.


I hope you enjoyed my photographs taken in France. 



There is a road,
no simple highway
Between the dawn and
the dark of night

And if you go
no one may follow
That path is for
your steps alone

Ripple in still water
When there is no pebble tossed
Nor wind to blow

(Grateful Dead - Ripple)




"Ripple", by the Grateful Dead, has always been one of my favourite folk songs. They also wrote and recorded one of my favourite songs of all time, "Sugar Magnolia".

Have a great day.


- Dom

03 October 2011

Chimes Of Freedom


Saint-Chély-du-Tarn, France.
September 2011.




Far away from the cities and towns, where the radio crackles as it's trying to pick up a signal, we're spending three nights at a campsite deep down in the Gorges du Tarn.

We decide to go swimming in the Tarn. It's summer time but the water is cool. The sun is going down behind the granite rock of the valley. Her warm light makes our skin look the colour of gold. We're friends and we're exactly where we're supposed to be. There's no need to say anything. We just smile. 
We're smiling because we know that for the rest of our lives, these moments will remain in the depths of our memory. We'll grow old, we'll have wives and children, and one by one, we'll leave this world and our friends to catch up with us one day down the road.
For this particular moment in time though, we feel like we're young forever. And that is all that matters, all that used to matter, and all that ever will.




Through the mad mystic's hammering
of the wild ripping hail
The sky cracked its poems
in wonder

That the clinging of the church bells
blew far into the breeze
Leaving only bells of lightning
and its thunder

Striking for the gentle,
striking for the kind 
Striking for the guardians
and protectors of the mind

(Bob Dylan - Chimes Of Freedom)




Have a great week!


- Dom

02 October 2011

The River Knows Your Name


Gorges du Tarn, France.
September 2011.



Oh the river knows your name
And your tears falling like the rain
All around you suffering and pain
Oh the river knows your name

And the river hears you cry
As the lightning cracks the open sky
As your momma sings a lullaby
Oh the river she knows why

Let the river wash you down
Beneath the surface with a rushing sound
Like a freight train passing through a town
Let the river wash you down

Let the river take away
All the words you and I could never say
In the silence darling let us pray
Let the river take it all away




The song above has always been one of my favourite songs. I just love the melancholy, the wonderful guitar, and Hiatt's voice.


Enjoy your evening.


- Dom