Old abundant factories always make a good target for photography. Most of them are locked up and access is really prohibited due to an increased risk of accidents. The gate of the old factory for photo chemicals and film in Berlin Koepenick was wide open just inviting me to step inside and have a look. I took some shots of the two buildings left and right but didn’t like the outcome with houses on each side and the big nothing in the center. To be honest, I do struggle with images of architecture and a wide angle lens on the camera.
I took the much better shots inside even though I find it quite icky. I don’t like the feeling of garbage, broken glass and the rubble under my feet. However, the view from inside is worth the minor suffering. I walked about around on the first floor and got stuck on the stairways where I shot the rest of the role. I used an ISO 100 film and was a bit concerned about the low light. I just set the camera on aperture 4 and 1/60 speed … even though the meter was measuring at least one stop more in the darker areas.
A relatively new warehouse behind the older building turned out to be a greenhouse. It’s amazing how fast nature takes over its old terrain again. The factory was just closed about 2 years ago and trees already started to grow inside the place.
All images were taken with a Hasselblad 500C/M on Adox CHS 100. The film was developed in Agfa Rodinal.
The Stalin statue in Budapest was erected in 1951 as a “present” of the Hungarian people for the soviet leaders seventieth birthday. But the life of the monument happened to be quite short: During the of the Hungarian October Revolution in 1956, the massive bronze statue was torn down and cut into pieces. The protest was suppressed by he soviet army but the statue was never re-erected since Stalin was dead and his policies were pretty much out of favor
However there is more to see at Budapest’s Memento Park. It’s a quite wide and open terrain with a collection of statues and monuments of Hungary’s socialist era. Here are some of the unknown soviet soldier who came with the Red Army to fight the Nazis and their allies which included the conservative regime in Hungary. No wonder the soldier statues of the socialist realism always portrait them as winners of history which is quite humoring looking at the course of history.
There were also the statues of Bela Kun and Muennich Ferenc, two Hungarian politicians from the same era with different fate. Bela Kun was a communist and revolutionary who led the Hungarian Soviet Republic after the end of WWI and the fall of the Austrian-Hungarian empire in 1919. I didn’t even know that Hungary was the second Communist state following the Soviet Union. The power of Bela Kun didn’t last long since Romania invaded Hungary and handed the power to the Social Democrats. Bela left Hungary and become an important operative of the comintern (the communist international) serving Germany, Austria and Czechoslovakia. Finally he lived permanently in Moscow where he was accused of Trotskyism and disappeared during Stalin’s great purge in 1937. He was rehabilitated in 1956 as part of the de-Stalinization but it was only known in 1989 that he was actually executed in a Siberian gulag in 1938.
Muennich Ferenc was also member of the government of the Hungarian Soviet Republic in 1919. He fought as a member of the International Brigade against General Franco in Spain. After WWII he returned to Hungary and became a police superintendent in Budapest. During the uprising of the people against communism he became interior minister in the Imre Nagy government but defected to Moscow to return after the revolution was put down. Later he had several minister posts under Janos Kadar and was Hungarian prime minister between 1958 and 1961.
All images were taken with a Hasselblad 500CM on Adox CHS 100. I used a strong orange filter to enhance the blue sky. The film was developed in Spuersinn HCDnew, a fine grain, two step developer.
I have no idea what made me stop in Linden, a small village between Munich and Bad Toelz. Maybe I was a bit hungry and the sign of Gasthof Baur invited me to check it out. What I found was a place that looked just normal and open for business but yet it was closed. Only dozens of cats strolled around the place and seemed to have taken over the place. I had my pinhole camera with me and I took some shots on color negative film just like the friendly ghostly cat.
When I returned a couple of days ago the friendly cat and all the others were still around. When I entered the former biergarten, a grumpy old man sat on the porch which might have been the owner of the restaurant, August Baur. We exchanged a couple of words which made it clear that I wasn’t really welcome there. However, I wasn’t asked to leave either. I took some images with my Voigtlaender Brilliant 6×6 camera.
I used and Adox CHS 100 which I developed in a self-made coffee chemistry which can be found here. The film looked a bit pale after development but it was fairly easy to scan. Grain and contrast are quite ok. Also sharpness is really not bad. Maybe I can tweak the recipe a bit for the next rolls.
1000ml (1l) Water
45g Instant coffee
24g Washing soda
20g Vitamin C
10min developing at 20C. agitation: 1st minute and afterwards each minute 5 times.