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Summer 2014

Every single thing I do in May and June feels like a step towards this goal. These months are a constant closing of folders and a countdown to lazy days spent on the beach. Why can’t it be summer all the time?

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Istanbul in redscale

I have shared my love for Istanbul many times (well, twice) before. Today I found out that later this year I will be lucky enough to visit it for the second time. Although this visit is for academic reasons and no Istanbul trip will ever be as special as Elcin’s wedding, I am extremely excited to have the opportunity of visiting such a fascinating city again. These photos were taken with lomography redscale film.

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“Summer” in the north

gijón, spain

gijón, spain

gijón, spain

gijón, spain

gijón, spain

gijón, spain

gijón, spain

gijón, spain

I really didn’t expect these photos to come up when I went to collect a couple of rolls earlier today. They’re from a solitary trip to Gijón for my first ever conference last year. Although it doesn’t look like it, they were taken in June, and I brought home a cold that lasted the first weeks of the summer. The north coast of Spain is definitely worth a visit if you’re into good food and pretty green landscapes.

 

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Istanbul in black and white

 

When I went to Istanbul last year to have one of the best times of my life, one of the things that shocked me the most about that wonderful city is how different each area looks. Istanbul doesn’t look like a city, but like a dozen cities thrown together. I really hope I can go back soon. istanbul black and white

istanbul black and white

istanbul black and white

istanbul black and white

istanbul black and white

 

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Genius school, 1948

Some time ago I posted Nina Leen’s photos of 1940s teenagers that I had come across during research. Well, the other day facebook kindly showed me a link to these photos of a 1940s Genius school for gifted children that I had never seen before, and I love them! I have always thought that old time children look really serious. I’m not talking about Victorian kids who had to stay still for a long time so that the photo wouldn’t be blurry, I’m talking about kids from my parents’ generation, who knew faster shutter speeds but still look strangely serious in most of their photos. Maybe it is because, compared with the way kids dress these days, children from past decades look like little adults, or because photo opportunities were few and far between and they had learnt not to waste a photo by pulling stupid faces, or because they were taught to be serious in front of their teachers, I don’t know. Anyway, in the case of these gifted children I was totally amazed by how adult-like they seem to be, they look focused and determined, even their play looks like serious play! Here are some of my favourite photos, you can see the rest and learn more about the school here.

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This one’s my favourite, a 5-year-old who taught himself to read checking out this book from the library!

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It looks like they bumped into each other on their way to a business meeting.

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I wonder what would happen if you taught young children how to order wine in French in this day and age…

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nina leen genius school 1940s

This kid is teaching others to play chess!

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nina leen genius school 1940s

Building blocks are a serious business.

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Autumn wonderland

waterfall and autumn leaves at monasterio de piedra

waterfall and autumn leaves at monasterio de piedra

waterfall and autumn leaves at monasterio de piedra

 

 

When you have lived somewhere for a long time you often forget that there are beautiful spots right around the corner. Monasterio de Piedra,  a beautiful natural park full of waterfalls, is a great stop if you’re driving from Madrid to Zaragoza or Barcelona. These photos were taken a year ago, but hopefully I’ll be visiting again next weekend, it’s my reward if I manage to finish a paper before then.

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Istanbul

Last year I travelled to Istanbul for my friend Elcin’s wedding, the first crew wedding. Although more than seven years have passed since we lived in Munich, I’m still close to my Erasmus friends but, living in five different countries, we don’t get to hang out as much as we’d like to (which would be all the time), and when we do it’s usually in twos or threes. During this trip to Istanbul, we kept repeating “oh my God, this is the best day of my life!” And although I suppose we would have had an amazing holiday in Hull too, the fact that that Istanbul is a totally fascinating city that feels like a million different cities in one totally helped. I can’t wait to go back.

 

Istanbul cotton candy seller

 

Istanbul sports shopfront

Interesting marketing strategy

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Istanbul architecture

Istanbul architecture

 

Istanbul street scene 

 

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Dortmund in red scale

 

This isn't actually Dortmund, it's a train station where we had to change trains

This isn’t actually Dortmund, it’s a station where we had to change trains

 

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red scale dortmund

red scale dortmund

red scale dortmund

 

When I was living in Hamburg I went on a little adventure to Dortmund with my friend Rodrigo to see our beloved Hot Water Music. Remembering this trip makes me feel sad that I haven’t seen Rodrigo for two years, we had some awesome times in Hamburg. I had never thought about visiting the Ruhrgebiet until then. Having lived in Bavaria, the idea of visiting German industrial cities didn’t appeal to me at all, why would I go to bloody Dortmund when I could be visiting castles, mountains and lakes?! I suppose it must have been a beautiful city at some point, but 98% of the inner city was bombed during the war, and although important buildings were rebuilt during the post-war era, that wasn’t enough to restore its charm.

These photos were taken with the Lomography red scale film. I get really mixed results from it. Some photos come out great, but others way too red or too yellow. Some of the pics above have been desaturated on photoshop because it was a bit too much. I much preferred Rollei Redbird. You can see an example of a photo I took with the same camera but different red scale film here, the colours and texture are much nicer there.

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Hamburg

These photos were taken in Hamburg a couple of summers ago. The Reeperbahn is a monstrosity, but I sort of like its decadence. Despite the look of this photos, Hamburg is definitely one of the most alive cities I have ever been to, and my short time living there was crucial in feeling content with who I am again. Because of that I will be forever indebted to it.

 

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Adorno playing at Rote Flora

Adorno playing at Rote Flora

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Jump into the k-hole

Every time my feedly shows a 1 in brackets next to Internet k-hole I know I’m in for a laugh. This blog is like a bizarre time capsule, it’s the awkward teenage years of the past three generations, it’s the embarrassing pictures you threw away when you grew up, it’s the old family photos that you wish your mum would never show anybody, it’s the sexy pictures your pushy ex-boyfriend took of you before camera phones were invented. It’s the best thing on the Internet. The blog recently moved to tumblr, which in my opinion made it lose part of its appeal. Sure, now it is updated more often, but there was something really special about the sporadic mammoth photo dumps of yore.  Here are some of my favourite photos from the blog. I recommend that you check their archives on blogspot and follow them on tumblr, but make sure you have a lot of time when you do or you may never come back.

Warning: some of the photos on the websites are very NSFW

 

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