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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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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

Istanbul architecture

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

 

red scale dortmund

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.

 

reeperbahn hamburg

reeperbahn hamburg st pauli zum silbersack

st pauli hamburg

Adorno playing at Rote Flora

Adorno playing at Rote Flora

st pauli hamburg

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Amsterdam

These photos were taken during my trip to Amsterdam last March on an Olympus compact camera with Lomography film. It was my first time using Lomography film and I can’t say I love it, but it’s okay.
Flower Market
Amsterdam market
Amsterdam Canal
Amsterdam Kindergarden window
Amsterdam
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Buying & Selling

shop window and creepy shadow
Some photos taken around town in the past few months that prove that anything can be bought & sold. I suddenly need a beatnik cigarette holder in my life so I can smoke while I admire my plastic flowers. 
These were taken using Fuji Superia 400 except for the last one, which was taken with a disposable camera. 
You can see bigger versions on flickr.
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