December 10, 2011

December 2, 2011

November 16, 2011

November 13, 2011

Where plants are born and grown

Got some film developed, and here are some shots from an old one - probably from spring of 2010. It's a greenhouse and some plants from a seed plot (I hope I've translated it right - it's a place where plants are grown for sale). Those greenhouses were closed, I guess it's not allowed to come inside, but I've managed to sneak in for a few seconds to take the first photo. The second one is from an area where already grown plants are sold.

October 18, 2011

Leaking twilight

Another frame from that obviously damaged roll from borrowed Pentax 67, which I've scanned not so long time ago.

October 14, 2011

Winter tulips

Last December one guy lent me his Pentax 67, as I wanted to try it. I shot one roll of Fuji NPZ 800, and after that it was lying on my desk for several months, and I believe it affected quality and color of those photographs, and also high ISO speed made them grainy.

Tulips in December

October 10, 2011

Raining every day

It's been dark all day, and it never stops raining, from light drizzle to cold showers, and I didn't want to go outside. I even decided to skip my last class, which was supposed to begin at 9:00, but yesterday I set my alarm on 10:15, as I thought it's going to be at 12:30.. And only in the morning I realized I was wrong, and, as it was already too late to go, even if I went right away, I woke up, had some breakfast, and spent the entire day doing nothing. It's only 7 pm here, and the light is almost gone already and the sky turned dark blue.

I feel kind of sad, as two weeks of study are over, and it feels like I don't have anything else to do. I don't have enough money to go travelling, and when I'm looking for a job, I can't find anything suitable, as most of them demand higher education (and mine isn't finished yet), or some professional skills, or years of experience. I wish I found some job at a coffee shop, or some cute clothing store, where it's not required to work 12 hours a day (how is that even possible, roaming around the hanging garments all day long?). I guess I'm too fastidious and have too much demands.


Yeah, weather forecasts were true: yesterday seemed to be the last warm day of autumn, with sun, golden leaves and blue sky. I had several classes in the morning, so I saw the first rays of sun breaking through the clouds while driving to my university (I decided to take a car on Saturday, because it was a weekend and roads were free from traffic jams.

After my classes were over (luckily, earlier than everyone expected) I headed home, had a quick meal and then went to the park, as I decided earlier, for a walk. I don't know why I took three cameras with me, I regretted it, as they were very heavy and not comfortable to carry. Also it was almost hot (at least, I felt like it was summer, dressed all October-y), so my walk wasn't very long. I took some photographs with both digital and film cameras, but I didn't like digital ones, so I won't show you any from that day, maybe when I'll develop the film.

And today was much colder than yesterday, I woke up late and heard the rain, I've opened the window and sat on my bed, still sleepy (I guess that rain and cloudy weather do something with our brain, and also pressure changes, so we sleep more and feel drowsy), listening to its sound. Trees looked brighter, in contrast with dull sky and wet trunks and asphalt. I spent the entire afternoon watching films and drinking tea, and only around 5 pm went outside and headed to the same park I've been to yesterday. It was getting dark, and my hands were freezing, but I took some photos, saw a squirrel, but didn't take any hazelnuts from home, though I had a few. Maybe next time. This was a short stroll, as it was already evening, and in this weather it was pretty dark in the forest, so I went back home. I always enjoy this feeling of coming inside the house, so warm and light, and there's also hot tea and food! :) And here are some photographs I've taken today (digital, as I decided to take only one camera today, he-he).

October 7, 2011

October has come

It's October already, and it's getting dark earlier every day, sometimes I turn the lights on at 2 am.

I've been ill (I thought I won't get that flu, but sadly I did), and I had to get better as soon as possible, because my university started on Monday next week, and it was Wednesday already. I had a fever, but fortunately I got better, and was able to attend my classes on Monday.

I haven't posted anything since then, didn't even touch a camera, because I'm quite busy now, and will be until it's over (sometime next week). I really want to take a walk in the park, collecting leaves and then putting them inside books to dry, and take some photographs, before the snow (who know when it's going to start this year, maybe early, maybe in December). October weather is really confusing, I get up in the morning and have to wear a hat as I walk to the underground, and later it's getting slightly better, but the wind is chilly, and even if the sun comes out, it's not warm any more. I hope for the next couple of days, the forecast is quite optimistic, but after that - true autumn again, with rains or drizzle, windy and cloudy. Sometimes I like it, sometimes I'm just tired, as I think of upcoming months of greyness and dullness.

I hope to update soon again!

These photos are from near out summer cottage, taken on a rainy day in August

September 21, 2011

No Indian summer

Autumn is unevitable, and with every gust of wind, every leaf turning yellow and falling down, with birds flying across the cloudy sky, I feel it. There were a few days when sun came out, and it was almost warm, but weather forecasts are quite sad.

I feel a little bit ill, but not sure yet. Hope it's going to pass.

I have 3 weeks of school starting 26th of September (less than a week), so I got to be cool and ready for it. At least, I have to go to sleep earlier, and not at 2 or 3am.

September 15, 2011

Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World

Finished reading "Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World" by Haruki Murakami (in Russian translation) for the second time. It's one of my favorites, I guess, though I like all of his books - I've read almost all of them, including short stories. There's just something about them, mystery and reality, it's bizarre and true at the same time. There's adventures and unexplained, and wise bits and relations, and overall mood in his stories touches me, I relate to his characters and it feels familiar, even if it has never happened to me, it still gets me. Many people read his books just because he became popular and got into mainstream, but that's not the reason I love him, never was. I've read "Wild sheep chase" about five years ago, and it instantly caught me, and I still feel this way, the way I felt that rainy August for the first time. And now, when the end of summer comes, I read his books again. Never get tired of them.

September 13, 2011

To Destory A City - To Destroy A City

Another album I've been listening too this week - self-titled, by Chicago band To Destroy A City. It will be released in the end of September, but now you can check them out on their website.

Perhaps, it's not as good as Explosions in the Sky, but still it's a very descent post-rock piece with some electronic and industrial elements.

September 12, 2011

Explosions in the Sky - Take Care, Take Care, Take Care

I've been listening to this album for a few days now, and I should say it's very good, as all their albums. I love these little quieter parts, background melodies and rhythm change throughout the songs. But that's all words, you should listen yourself.
Explosions in the Sky has always been perfect for me, to listen to their albums on early autumn days. I remember sitting in the dark sometime in October, in an empty little park, and laying on a bed, with headphones on, in blueish twilight..

Autumn flowers

I like this kind of flowers - without unnecessary perfection and pretense. Those humble beauties, growing in someone's garden, washed with dew, bent with wind and weight of raindrops, they smell like bitter autumn morning. Sun is almost gone, and their leaves reflect the greyness of clouds.