Of all the things I know
I understand almost nothing

vrijdag 31 augustus 2012

4 Agosto 1944

More than seven centuries grew the Borgo Pittiglioso to stunning beauty. Then the Nazis undermined the streets to the Ponte Vecchio, and the Americans blew them up.
Gone forever.
Un altro scempio di guerra.

Sixties Gevaert (?) in the 1938 Kodak620

woensdag 29 augustus 2012

Then and now 38

 Sometimes it is impossible to find Firenze di Allora. Yes, I did find the Via dei Cavalieri - at least the name. It still is very small and short, and maybe the wall at the left? Or the door over there? Those two stones, perhaps?

There was photoQUELLE in my Praktica; Albinar 28mm.

dinsdag 28 augustus 2012

Tin Pan Alleys

Shanghai in the 1962 Click II

Ilford in the 1956 Contina

zondag 26 augustus 2012

High Noon

38° C, and rising.

In the Agfa Click II was Shanghai GP3, Rodinal.
In the Kodak Instamatic was AgfaHDC200, Colortec.


No, of course I was nòt only enjoying the caffè con gelato at Ponte Vecchio, Fior di Panna at La Carraia, or spinaci at Giannino.
I was looking for "Firenze di Allora".
And sometimes even found it!
Here, for instance, La Giustizia, by Francesco Ferrucci del Tadda. And, ladies, you'll find Salvatore Ferragamo nearby, but mind your steps...

1963 Ilford in the 1938 Kodak 620

zaterdag 25 augustus 2012

Shanghai adventure

Like I said below: "every film..." and this one had back paper fog. And dripping, as you can see. And didn't like my green filter.
The rain is nòt their fault.
 I hope.
It's the Van Limburg Festival in Nijmegen, rather nice, actually.

donderdag 23 augustus 2012


And then, suddenly, I remembered: things like these were hanging in my oculist's waiting-room, decades ago...

About food

This Blog is about analogue photography, so first the gruesome details. I had foggy 1976 Verichrome in the 1951 Bencini, 127 film. More about that: Flickr photostream erwinruys.

And now the important stuff.
You all know, probably, the famous view. Enjoy it for a while and then turn around 180° and enter the Borgo S.Lorenzo.
You´ll find the palazzo Medici Riccardi, the Mercato Centrale, the San Lorenzo of course.
And, at the left, Giannino in S.Lorenzo. In my opinion the best ristorante in Florence. Real food - Tuscan food. Try the "Grande Piatto della Tradizione", ravioli al tartuffo, agnello, bistecca - and more. And very nice people too. Don't miss it! And click on the Label "Migliori" below for more of the best.

Ciao amici! Non mi mancano soltanto le crespelle, ma sopratutto la vostra gentilezza. È stata una festa da voi, grazie.

woensdag 22 augustus 2012

The Italian Connection

"When in Rome..."
So I bought a Ferrania micro AG.s and discovered that it doesn't fit on my Italian cameras. Bought Sylvania flashbulbs and those are made in the USA, and the cubes in Belgium.
But when the going gets tough, I get trodding through Florence and found Sylvania! WOW!
And some of them still did work. So this post is not about arty expressionistic photography, but about  hope and resignation.
Good for my soul.

btw - all these old colourfilms (Minolta = Kodak, Quelle = probably Agfa, and AgfaHDC) are done in Tetenal Colortec.

dinsdag 21 augustus 2012


This very friendly man was taking pictures for all his friends. I met him in front of the Caffè Perseo, where you can have the best Icecream-composition in the world.
But: the waiters are as cold as the ice, they just tolerate you...
Well, we hàve been to Paris, so we don't mind, do we?
And the coppa Perseo ìs delicious.

It's 1976 Verichrome in the 1951 Bencini.

maandag 20 augustus 2012

The Yawning

I am the proud owner of an almost complete 1962 Click-II: camera, filters, hood and working flash! So I loaded that with those big old bulbs and they really got me through the night. Normal problem with flash outside: no reflecting walls, but those (clear) bulbs have enough power, as I found out.

On modern Shanghai, this time not dribbling, but with strange black spots. Every film an adventure, how do these cunning Chinese dó that?!

La Mattinata

At first I sat there with my succo di pompelmo pretending to read my com'era Firenze 100 anni fà; then I just sat there.
For an hour or so.

zondag 19 augustus 2012

Tropical morning

I thought it was an Ilford FP3, but they never made that in Belgium, so probably I had sixties Gevaert in the 1938 Kodak 620. And I made more mistakes, as you can see.
Luckily Jeroen had coffee, sausage and nice bread, there were lots of cormorants (and horse-flies) so: very nice morning.

vrijdag 10 augustus 2012

Back to BatenBurg...

...because I have a soft spot for this lovely village since I made a documentary about the stunning organ they have in the old church.

It is small, sometimes the car is bigger than the house.

Near the ruins is a charming, almost hidden garden, and at the river you'll see avocets and spoonbills, shelducks and terns and all kinds of plovers and - well, that's more for my other blog, where you can also see: the mill. Of course they have a mill! Very analogue.

zondag 5 augustus 2012


Very scary this morning: a lonely biker was hunted down by - well, maybe some bacteriae in the 1982 HP5. The weather got better and better, but the little bastards didn't go away.

Ilford HP5 in BW&Co Tabloid, 1957 Юпитер-8 on the Киев

donderdag 2 augustus 2012

Then and now 36

Once upon a time Nijmegen was a famous flower city for tourists. Today I had a déjà-vu from the late sixties, when I visited sunny Czechoslovakia.
Yes, it is the same avenue, railway station in the back,  and there are still some fountains.

BW&Co Tabloid still going strong on FP in the Olympus half frame.

woensdag 1 augustus 2012

Mills in Tabloid

The 1926 BW&Co Tabloid developer does produce a stronger fog on the 1973 Ilford FP, but that doesn't affect the image, nor the weather. In the 1982 Agfa Optima.

The mill above: "Progress", in Oeffelt.
Left "de Hamse Molen" in Wanroy where I tasted the cherry pie, of course, from B. Maassen. Sweet!