Back to the Mothership (BW August Seattle)

Good day today. After getting my stitches removed last night,  I finally got the chance to have a normal day. Met up with a friend and went to Ferdinando Scianna‘s conference at Villa Pignatelli, here in Naples.

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Seattle – August 2016

 

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Seattle – August 2016

 

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Seattle – August 2016

It was a solid two hours of stories, anecdotes, behind the scenes, growing up in the south, teaming up with Sciascia and so on. Got a chance to see a lot of pictures that I had never seen from him and that were of course on par with the most famous shots he’s known for.

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Seattle – August 2016

 

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Seattle – August 2016

 

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Seattle – August 2016

As for these pictures here, they are from a few days back in August for my weekly trip back to the mothership in Seattle. Didn’t really shoot that much there after all, and once i got the news that the Camera was ready for an overhaul, I stopped shooting with it and reverted to the XA and switched to color. So if my calculations are correct, next post will be color.

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Seattle – August 2016

 

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Seattle – August 2016

Notes: All from the same roll and shot with the Spotmatic SPF and the Super Takumar 28/3.5. Tri-X 400@1600. This camera really needs to be taken apart and and get some work done. I can start to see that for the faster shots (1/500 and 1/1000) there’s at least 4 different exposures in the same shot. We’ll see.. of course I’m still using it.

Business trips are bad for your health

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Melbourne – July 2016

As part of making up for the time lost on this blog, here’s a little something from back in July. I had the amazing opportunity to travel to Melbourne for work, and I couldn’t pass on the photographic opportunities.

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Melbourne – July 2017

Unfortunately it was July, winter over there, so low temperatures and short days. This didn’t stop me from pushing my tri-x to 1600 and shooting away.

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Melbourne – July 2016

I didn’t come away with much, just a little more than 3 rolls of Black and White, three more of color, and a very special (my first) Ektachrome I shot in one breath on the Great Ocean Road. But I’ll save that one for another blog post. Oh yeah, and some digital that I’m not even considering.

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Melbourne – July 2016
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Melbourne – July 2016
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Melbourne – July 2016

I feel a little out of place mentioning anything related to digital in this all film post, but I can’t express how much removed I feel from the shots taken with the x100s while I was there. I think it’s mostly because I consider them simply too much work. I’m getting as lazy as ever lately. The work here is all manual (develop/scan) and I’m also not good at all at manipulating pictures, that I really started to dislike post-production aspects. But film, whatever comes out, I just like to accept it for what it is. I may bump the shadows a little bit (just shot #5 on this post), but that’s the most manipulation you’ll see. And that’s just another reason why I love film so much.

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Melbourne – 2016
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Melbourne – July 2016
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Melbourne – July 2016

Always ending my evenings there with a beer. Oh, and this trip is where I ended my really good diet run. This and the trip that followed to Seattle.

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Melbourne – July 2016

After I fully recover from this surgery I plan to get back on the health train again. But for now, I just ate another piece of chocolate and going to close it off with a smoke before going to bed.

NOTES: Once again, Tri-X 400 pushed to 1600. These shots are all from the same roll shot with my faithful Spotmatic SPF with the lovely Pentacon 28mm 3.5. I developed these with about 3 month delay just last week. It will also very likely be the last batch I’ll develop for the rest of the year. Between packing, temporary living, house hunting and all, I’m pretty sure i won’t be able to do much in the next few months. But then again, I built a pretty sizeable backlog. 

September weekend in Melendugno

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Melendugno – September 2016

It’s been a rough few days. I’m stuck at home 3 days after surgery, barely moving around around the house.  Aside from western medicine i’m curing myself with Netflix and Youtube (to include endless Fail/Win compilations, first person action videos, photography documentaries and the occasional Vlogs – guess i’m making up for not being able to go outside..).

 

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Melendugno – September 2016

Then I remembered that I actually did have a life before being in my PJs for almost a week, so I figured this would be a good time to sort out my archive.

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Melendugno – September 2016

 

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Melendugno – September 2016

Well, the funny thing is my physical inability to move almost resembles how I treated this Blog in the past months. Even though I have not stopped shooting (almost entirely film) , this venue really didn’t see much of it, which is the opposite of why I created it in the first place. It was supposed to be a way to track progress, and give me random memories years from now of the places I’ve been, people I met and things I experienced.

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Torre Sant’Andrea – September 2016

But there’s still time to make up for it. The shots have been taken, the rolls have been developed (late) but scanned. ALL. And so this makes up for quite a lot of backlog I have ready to upload and talk about.

This is the unfortunate (or best?) thing about film. There’s no real-time. Everything happened already, mostly some time ago, but it’s never too late to bring it up to surface. I’ve been pretty much half way around the world in these last three months (which is also the reason why I didn’t get to do any real vacation), but by looking  here, I wouldn’t be able to know it.

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Torre Sant’Andrea – September 2016

 

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Torre Sant’Andrea – September 2016

 

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Torre Sant’Andrea – September 2016

 

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Torre Sant’Andrea – September 2016

 

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Torre Sant’Andrea – September 2016

 

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Torre Sant’Andrea – September 2016

 

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Torre Sant’Andrea – September 2016

NOTES: These were all processed and scanned by the Photo Lab in Grottaglie. Unfortunately I did not have the time to scan them myself. Luckily the lab didn’t damage or scratch them this time around. I think this is Kodak color plus 200 , but it could be Portra. I’d have to go back and check the negative. Shot with the Olympus XA.

Burn em down!!

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Munich – June 2016

Too too many rolls of film stored on my shelf. 15 BW, 10 Color, plus 3 loaded in separate cameras. That’s too many for my taste. Lots of good stuff though…. Cinestill 800, Portra 160, bunch of Tri-x 400, Rollei Retro 80 and 100…. I’m good! Stop buying shit goddammit!!!

Countdown

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2015 – Brindisi

5 rolls of Black and White are here on the table and I might develop them in the next few days, we’ll see…

4 rolls of color are already at that shop and I’ll pick them up Thursday. I’ve been travelling the last week and don’t have much to share right now until I develop them.

I’ve been in 3 different countries this past week. Denmark – Germany – Italy

I’ve been looking into purchasing an Olympus XA for the past 3 months. In the last week I purchased 2.

I have good night of sleep ahead of me tonight. I’m very tired and I hope to feel well rested when I wake up.

 

Fireflies

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Munich – June 2016

Been here in Grenaa these last few days and surprised by the amazing quantity of daylight this time of year. I’m about to go to bed (it’s 10:30pm) and outside it looks like it’s 7:00pm. Weird but nice for photography. I think I burned a roll and a half of tri-x pushed at 1600 and a kodak color from the XA. I’m going to leave it at that for the little newcomer. I still need to know if the focus works, and my gut feeling is that it doesn’t. More to come on that. Keeping my fingers crossed.

The picture above came out way better than how it looked live.