Norderney on film pt.1

Last summer (2014) I went to Germany, concretely to an Island which I didn't know of its existence, in fact, as my german geography is almost non-existent I didn't even know that Germany had Islands. 

But without even thinking about it (only a few hours ruminating) I accepted the proposition of going there to work (2 months) and therefore improve my german.

I must admit that my relationship with the island is something very peculiar, let me explain why:

I went there completely alone. So, when I arrived there, I found myself in a foreign country, don't know how many km far away from home and with a language which I had barely spoken in the last few months. (Must say it looked promising right?).

So here starts my definition of the island: It's a beautiful and a too small for anyone used to living in a city piece of land (only 12km long and barely 2km wide). And while it's a really beautiful place I had one of the worst experiences there. A few weeks there were like living in hell, countless hours of work and a solitude accompanied by the deserted island after 4-5pm plus it's never summer there( as the weather changed every 2 hours and the temperature was always cold) made an interesting cocktail which I hope to be shown and transmitted in the photos I took, as my only escape and therapy there was to have a bike ride with my cameras and walk walk walk, countless hours of walking in the endless beaches of the island.

Overall I can say it was useful, I learned a lot there (both from life and spiritually, even when having a bad time, that helped me specially) but I say this now, after almost 4 months of being back from there. Nobody can imagine how much I hated that island and how nostalgic it's making me right now to see the photos from it.

After all this amount of words here comes what I think about Norderney: I deeply hate and like this piece of beautiful landscapes hell. 

All the photos have been taken with a Yashica Mat 124G and a Nikon F3 on Kodak Tri-X and Portra 400

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In Paradise with the Hasselblad

Little is left to say how special was this trip to the mountains. 

It was like a dream come true, everything was as I wanted it to look like, a cold, foggy and rainy day. And although it was mid winter I didn't get angry because there was no snow.

I think the Hasselblad has something magical and makes you see the world in a completely different way compared to all the cameras I've used and owned. Some of the photos look as if they were about to pop and get out from the screen or the paper.

It's not about composing in a square and seeing the world inverted as I had that shock when I bought a Yashica Mat 124G. It may be that I'm in love with the Hasselblad and everything related to "her" but I'm definitely experiencing a different way of shooting and viewing things.

This was my first trip with the "little" Hassie, and since I had taken these photos I've been wondering how would they look, as I was trying a new film in some conditions I've never shot before and I was shooting with a new camera.

I could be writing the whole day about how wonderful this camera is and how much I'd love to live isolated in the mountains as we did for a few days but I think it's better if you sit down, relax and take a look to that wonder that is nature.

All the photos have been taken with a Hasselblad 500 c/m - 80mm f/2.8 CT* and Ilford HP5+

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