[vi:n] III

We’re nearing the end of another year, and this might be my final post in it, so have an aphorism:

If those seemingly endless months have taught me anything; it’s that life doesn’t care if you work hard. There are no absolutes – you can’t ensure anything, no matter the sacrifice. There is no equivalent exchange, for things don’t have objective value, factual worth, to begin with, stemming from a lack of true objectivity. I’ve been trapped in the notion that effort must necessarily be rewarded at some point, equating it to a law of nature, a sizeable unit of measure. It doesn’t work that way. It doesn’t work any certain way and, without a doubt, for any immediate purpose, in light of the eventual death of all things, thoughts and records on our rewinding road to eternity. I wonder why nothingness is the highest floor of this vacant building, and how my feet climbed those stairs so tirelessly, if not naturally. I wonder what I’ll have to (de)(con)struct from here to keep moving forward – to find sense, create meaning, and maybe in the process; salvation.

 

Below is the conclusion to my Wien series. Two images of the general hospital.
 
 
 
 
 


R e m i x

 
 
 
 
 


U n t i t l e d

 
 
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[vi:n] .II

Yet again I’ve come to realize that I’m still doing a lot of things I can’t stand and think in ways that ultimately burden me, in an irrational attempt to conform to invisible norms and guidelines set by the mirrors that surround me.

And here I really only care about what furthers life and helps make this stay more of a fascinatingly fun ride.

Writing a manifesto might not be a bad idea.

 

What does that mean for my photography? For starters, I’ve never considered or called myself a photographer. Because I’m not and never will be.

All I seek is personal truth and to conquer what is in a joyful manner – by whatever means available. Utilising freedom of mind and following my instincts is what I can do until I’ve figured out more.
 
 
“a lo di me” is now “A Swirl Of Ivory And Red” and features a bunch of new poems. Check it out.
 
 
 
 
 


P h a s e

 
 
 
 
 


U n t i t l e d

 
 
 
 
 
The second one was shot with the lens mentioned in the previous post. Rich, interesting colors and it is very sharp, especially considering how loosely constructed it is. Russian lenses are growing to be a favourite. P h a s e was a bit of a pain to make. Shooting the moon is frustrating with less than a focal length of 300, because you can’t get lunar detail. I also really, really feel like it’s time to evolve my style. I want to focus more on color, expressing what isn’t there and growing a scene into something that is only somewhat based in reality, reigning over it supremely. Such was part of my original vision, which I can safely say I’ve lost sight of. I’ll go back to the roots for whatever I do after this series about Wien and will try something else.
 
So long.
 
 

[vi:n] ..I

Vienna’s architecture and mood are the center of this nocturnal series of posts. As promised, I’ve directed my attention to the city’s historic locations. What occurred to me while strolling around town was that I’ve never really bothered to take a good look at those buildings before. They’ve always been there. They weren’t going anywhere. And most of all – they were a tourist kind of thing.

- What a limited way of thinking.

While I used multiple lenses for this series, the idea was also to test my new Industar, a Soviet-era copy of early Leica designs. You’ll find images from that lens in the next entry.
 
 
 
 
 


E u r o p a

 
 
 
 
 

U n t i t l e d

 
 
 
 
 


V #

 
 
 
 
 
Wide-angle galore. I don’t like the modern rendering characteristics of this lens (14mm pancake), which become especially evident in processing. It’s like there’s only macro and no micro-contrast. Variation of tone between “details” almost doesn’t seem to exist, which results in things feeling blown. That being said, there are no other good, cheap wide-angle lenses for m43 and I got it as a kit lens off Ebay for even less, so I won’t complain. Plus, the size is incredible and perfect for street photography and being inconspicuous, even though I don’t try my hand at that anymore. At least not in the traditional sense.

V#’s inversion is an experiment of sorts. Creating it was terribly fun and it’s easily my favourite. I’m glad I don’t carter to the eye of the public.

More images should be due early next week.
 
So long!
 
 

Cellophane

I’m all bogged down with real world issues, which makes it unpleasantly hard to gather energy for more interesting pursuits, such as creating things. And here we are in full-blown autumn, presenting what is probably my favourite color palette of the year – what a waste!

Anyway, have a couple of experimental images I finished just recently. Taking the abstract approach is always reassuring, because it shows that you can do quite a bit without having to rely on the sun, which will undoubtedly make itself scarce in the months to come. Even just being resourceful with some light source and shutter speeds at home can get you all kinds of unexpected results.

 

Plus, “7 seconds night flight” is now “a lo di me” and features the third sonnet of my crown.

 

Images, go!
 
 
 
 
 

T h e D e s t r o y e r

 
 
 
 
 

U n t i t l e d

 
 
 
 
 

W i n d o w p a n e

 
 
 
 
 
I’ve been inspired to attempt more night time architecture and cityscape images, after re-discovering the beauty of inner-city Vienna. Don’t expect anything soon, but do look forward to them! All thanks to the nourishment my eyes and ears received from experiencing a stellar concert at one of the city’s historical venues and finally watching The Third Man, which I now believe should be required watching for every Austrian.

 

So long!

 

 

Night Time Is The Right Time .4.

I intended for there to be more images, but what the hell.

Fact is, I frequently get the urge to delete this blog, and all its contents, safe for maybe whatever 500px portfolio selection I currently have.

All the more weird is that this doesn’t seem to apply to my poems to that extent. They are terrible, but I actually enjoy most of them.

My general tastes are morphing into something peculiarly nondescript, which may just be alright.

Food for thought, hm?

 

 

 

 

S S S

Spittelau Space Station

 

 

 

 

 

L o s t / W a y

 

 

 

 

 

As for lyricism, I’m stuck at writing my third crown of sonnets poem. Can’t write what I don’t feel.

 

So long.

 

 

Zero State

This latest episode of my quest helped me remember why I’m so smitten with creating imagery in the first place. It’s the sense of wonder and excitement that makes itself present when you bear witness to the sublime – and often subtle – allure of a state in time; only to conquer its reflection.

Playing with the cheap legacy glass I got online, I went to Vienna’s most prominent urban development site. A location I’ve been meaning to check out for some time now.

All images were shot hand-held, because I couldn’t be bothered to set up the tripod. Gear is a drag, literally.

 

R e v e r i e

I made this with an old Jupiter lens that copies the optical design of the Zeiss Sonnar. What can I say – I adore the otherwordly colors and they have me believe that my previous aversion to color may have only been dissatisfaction with my digital lenses’ way of handling it. Wide open, the 85 has a soft focus effect that can already be considered specialty and is not very easy to use.

 

S e c o n d  S e a s o n

This image and the following were made with a Yashica lens that essentially does the Zeiss Planar formula, except that it actually uses Zeiss glass and was assembled in the same factory even. I don’t know how it compares to the real deal, but build quality is amazing and it is sharper than my 45mm ZD, which is considered quite sharp. Plus, it has this thing. People call it Zeiss 3D – I don’t know – which appears to just be good micro contrast. It makes things pop by transitioning smoothly between the zones. I’m trying to do more high key work also, so here you go.

 

W o o d / W i r e

The construction site will eventually blossom into quite the location on the outskirts of Vienna. A good deal of this little “town” will apparently be centered around housings for businesses. They even have a rather big artificial lake.

Black and white is simplicity and – being a core value of my aesthetic consciousness – will always matter to me. Playing with focal planes here… I want to attempt focus stacking some time soon.

 

U n t i t l e d

Macro contrast is really good too. And that’s shooting without the hood, which has yet to arrive. There’s so much at that location I couldn’t frame in my mind in time. I’ll need to return sometime.

 

All in all, I’m very glad I gave vintage lenses a shot. Being a student, I simply don’t have the money to spend on modern auto focus hocus pocus. Prices are a complete joke in comparison, and so is build quality. Not to mention, I focus manually anyway and like the rendering characteristics of the older lens designs. I’m sure of this now that I have the contrast to my “modern” looking auto lenses, which I’ve used for the majority of my work so far.

The downside to old, adapted lenses is that they are bigger, heavier and need an adapter, which adds to the weight and length still. Luckily, I have big hands and keep to the <125mm side of things anyway.

 

There’s yet another bargain FSU lens yearning to be used.

 

Also, I’m on Twitter now, in hope of connecting with more like-minded people. Updates on images, poems, inspiration etc. Please follow me @roundtableism!

 

Next is probably an architecture feature.

 

So long.

 

 

When at a crossroads I met…

 
 
 
 

B a n q u e t

 
 
 
 
 

U n t i t l e d

 
 
 
 
 

D e v i l ‘ s B l u e

 
 
 
 
 

T i n G o d s

 
 
 
 
 
Expressive experiments.
 
Playing with a new lens.
 
City scenes next.
 
 
So very long.