Hi, my name is Philipp, I’m 38 years and like to photograph on film. I loaded my first roll of film with my brother at the age of 12 and since then I’ve been taking photos more or less. Sometime after my early introduction, my brother got an old Minolta SRT from our uncle who died a little bit later. This SRT laid around in my closet until I found it again and restored it and it lead me again back into film photography.
I started with another two SRT-101s, an SRT-303, followed by a few other Minolta’s. Always the same… BUT then… a defective Nikon FE found me. There was a fault in the battery compartment: it wasn’t there anymore. After few days of thinking and repair work, I got it to work and my love with her began.
A few rolls of film later I think we’re a great team and I hope it keeps running a while longer until it eventually breaks. It’s only a matter of time, so I have to enjoy what I have. Until now I used to shoot ILFORD HP5 PLUS or ILFORD FP4 PLUS, but — I don’t know why — I wanted to try Kodak Tri-X pushed to EI 800 in a dark lighting situation. I have a thing for moody dark blues pictures… I had heard Tri-X is a wonder for push processing, so I thought I should get some nice dark pictures while playing with light.
We decided to go to the BMW Museum in Munich. I thought it should give me an opportunity for good results with classic BMW cars in moody dark surroundings. In the museum, I had a playground full of new, mid-aged and classic cars. There were lots of photographers, but I think, I was the only (and lonely) one still shooting on film. Lots of people looked twice after I had to wind my film to the next frame.
I have to tell you…I was so excited to see the pictures and had to develop the film immediately after coming home. 5 frames of the result I want to show you all. It’s really hard to choose the 5 best out of 36. I hope, you like it.
I wasn’t there for the last time, that’s for sure, and I invite you to come with me.
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