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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.