Sorry for another photography post, but I need to get this out. I have a list of other topics that I want to write about - maybe this weekend, but definitely next week after my final exam. Anyway... So this afternoon I shot my final images for the first roll of film in my Zorki 6. It was hot, humid and I was sweating so much after being outside only for a bit and doing some street photography. I was eager to get a roll of film shot with this camera to get some test images. So I shot through this roll and after I was done, I went to start winding it and I didn't have a lot of resistance. I was afraid that the camera wasn't properly transporting the film since loading it was quite a nerve-wracking process and the lack of a lot of resistance when winding it back up, so I'm afraid that all of my awesome shots never were actually made. While the memories are fresh and I have a bit of time, I want to tell you about them:
It started this past weekend. Over the weekend on Saturday I shot over 20 photos over the course of maybe an hour and a half. I had only my Zorki and my light metering app on my phone (more on that later) and I was motivated. I was in the absolute zone and nothing could get in my way. My lens was clean and worked, my film was fresh and I wanted to shoot. I went out with a friend of mine who just purchased his first DSLR and we walked around the first district here in Vienna together. My fingers were flying across the camera as I did my first series of street photography photos. But let me tell you about the photos and hopefully I can show them to you on Thursday night after I get them back from the lab.
On the way to meeting my friend I walked along the Danube Canal (the place where all my graffiti photos are from) and my way I got stopped by two French guys. They needed a light for a cigarette and luckily I always keep a pack of matches in my bag for just such occasions (a lot of my friends smoke) and so I said to the one with the smoke that I'd trade him a match for a photo. He said sure and once we got his cigarette lit, I snapped a great portrait shot.
Then I made my way on into the center of the city and as I was walking past the Vienna Stock Exchange (Wienerbörse) I saw a bunch of guys skateboarding in front of it and filming it. I stopped to watch and then an American woman asked me where something was. I told her where she needed to go and then asked for a photo. Done. Snap. After that I went back to watching the skateboarders. There was a group of them sitting around and on a bench and I asked for a shot. No problem. Turns out another one of them is also a photographer and they're from multiple countries and just traveling around Europe and the rest of the world skating in different cities. Awesome.
After that I met my friend and we began to walk around the center of the city. After snapping a few other shots, we found ourselves at Heldenplatz and earlier in the day was the gay pride parade in Vienna and everyone congregated at Heldenplatz afterwards. There was a stage, tents and all kinds of stuff and everyone was listening to music and having a great time, just lounging about in the grass. It was very cool. I stopped a trio of men and asked them if I could have a shot of them and after joking around with them, I got the shot.
Those were the most memorable shots. Then on Monday I went out again but this time with my girlfriend on the way to the movie theater. Before and after I was finding shot after shot of just great scenes. Everyone had ice cream or were sitting outside at cafes - the weather was warm but after the cold weather we've been having, everyone was enjoying it. I don't have a memory of any real individual photos but just a memory of the night with my girlfriend and my camera. It was just one of those days.
So I went into today with only a few shots left on the roll and I only had to take a small detour to get there on the way from home after work. I got some shots, just played with some stuff. Who knows. Then I got to the lab. Wound up the film and the knob I turned didn't seem to give me resistance and I wound the film up. I'm actually pretty sure, but I had to pay them to develop it and let me know. Only cost me €5 to get it done. Hopefully I didn't fuck up.