This summer: beautiful weather. The sun shines brightly. Even on the Normandy coast it’s almost warm. So we took the train to Trouville, the beach closest to Paris. Yes, it almost looks like summer. This is what the seafront looks like. Once again, in those lovely Rollei Retro 80s tones…
Sometimes life knocks you sideways: I spent too much of September and October working, and I’ve allowed things to get ahead of me. Now I have another short (enforced) stay at home, so time to catch up. The photographs are still there, in their folders, scanned, waiting to be printed or sent out around the world.
This one is from a summer’s walk around Paris with this fine-grained ‘old school’ Rollei Retro 80s film. (Technical details: For those in the known, this is one of those ex-surveillance films from Agfa which are distributed by Maco in Germany, the other one is Retro 400s. They are nice films, but one has to be careful developing and loading as the film base is very thin. But developed and exposed right they can produce nice tones).
In total, I spent almost ten days in Copenhagen, most of those spent in meetings at the University. But I did have some time to walk around town and look for photographs.
Looking back on those photographs now, I don’t feel I was particularly inspired. There are a lot of photographs of sea and people on bicycles. Here is a photograph that does not feature either the sea or a bicycle.
I can only hope for better better photographs in other cities…
Now, Copenhagen. Walking around on the city on a Saturday evening just after I arrived, I came across a round tower in the city centre. Inside, it looked like this:
A smooth brick floor curves resolutely to the top of the tower. Some soft evening light shone through the windows.
Of course, I discovered once I got to the top that the Rundetaarn was once an astronomical observatory, built in 1642, thirty years before the Paris Observatory. Peering through a window near the top one can see instruments and telescopes. Today, the centre of Copenhagen, like the center of Paris is no longer an ideal location for observations, at least of celestial objects.