“Shiiiiiiiit, what has happened? I am such an idiot!” That’s exactly what I thought when I was looking through my recent scans from the lab. But what had actually happened? It began with a roll of CineStill 800t. That very roll sat idle inside my SLR with just four frames exposed, all shot during the night. Meanwhile, spring had arrived, and I felt my interest in night photography rapidly waning. Thus, I decided to swap cameras mid-roll and transplanted the film into my M6. “With my orange filters I could easily correct Cinestill’s blue cast and shoot it during daytime”, I thought.
As it turns out, an orange filter intended for black-and-white film is intended for: black-and-white film. The filters heavily over-compensated the film’s character, leaving me with images soaked in an orange-yellowish mess. However, after I applied – in some cases fairly pronounced – color corrections in Lightroom, the results appeal to me. They remind me of the different effect films sold by Lomography.
I shot all images on a cloudy afternoon at the Engesohde cemetery, one of the oldest cemeteries in Hannover. I especially like the statues from the late 19th / early 20th century. These angels radiate dignity and sadness. It’s a special kind of pathos that got lost in the contemporary cemetery architecture. (Dave English reported on similar statutes at the Melaten cemetery in Cologne.)
It’s years ago that I discovered cemeteries as valuable subject for my photography. As with the one in Engesohde, I focus on the rather historic parts – or even chose cemeteries already put out of service. Until now I almost exclusively portrayed them with black-and-white film. I considered this choice as an appropriate way to deal with the gravity of these places. But I must say, I also like this accidentally “bichrome” representation.
By the way, this is not the first “5 frames with” post that deals with images from Germany shot on CineStill 800t with a Leica M6 – you can find another here.
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