The “Kulturpalast” in Dresden is one of the most recognizable architectural icons from the East German modernistic era of the 1960s and 1970s in the heart of Dresden. It received a complete overhaul over the last decade and was re-opened in April 2017. It is now as beautiful, in fact even more beautiful, than ever before. That’s true for the outside façade that stayed true to its origin as well as the modern interior that kept most of the references to the original design as well.
As I had mentioned here before it’s always a nice surprise to discover the photos you had taken quite some time ago when you bring back a film from development. Also, seasons seem to become somewhat meaningless, because at least as in my case, it can take up to six months or longer until I manage to finish 36 exposures on a roll of film.
Same with today’s picture. Apparently taken in high summer (of 2018), it’s quite refreshing to see it in the middle of (allegedly) winter, lest we forget how summer feels like.
Going on a hike on a public holiday when autumn is showing off its best side on a bright and sunny October day is already very rewarding. Bringing back home some images that make you relive the day is yet quite another.
All pictures taken with a Leica SL and a Leica Summilux-M f/1.4 50mm ASPH.
Another shot from my little “touristic” stroll through the Dresden Zwinger.
As you know by now, from time to time I like acting like a tourist in my own hometown. I do think that by going back to places you walk by almost every day and you start looking a little bit closer you always find new perspectives and new details you had never realized where there.
This is a photograph taken in one of the stairways at the Dresden Zwinger looking down into the courtyard. Probably not the typical picture a tourist would take. Nonetheless I thought it provides an interesting perspective.
A couple of days ago I managed to finish my roll of Lomo XPro 200 film that had been sitting in my Leica MP for about half a year. I don’t know about you, but I need a creative push from time to time to deliberately take my camera with me. And that although the Leica is so darn small. Most of the time I just leave it at home because I can’t be bothered. Too bad.
The good news is that after such a long time it becomes quite an act of surprise to see what I had photographed ages ago. So expect some more analog frenzy coming this way on my blog, and let’s discover together what I thought was worthwhile capturing at the time.
First, a shot at my local Starbucks where I sometimes tend to go to work. In the morning it’s fairly quiet so I can serenely enjoy the first rays of sunlight and the scent of freshly ground coffee.
In my last post I featured some photos from the Dresden “Museumsnacht” aka “A Night in the Museum”. On our way to the exhibitions of course I couldn’t restrain myself from taking some random shots of the famous Dresden architectural heritage. It always feels a bit funny acting like a tourist in your own hometown, but Dresden is just such a marvel in so many respects, I can easily deal with the awkward feeling.
Went a bit overboard with the post processing with this image. But sort of liked the punch in this case. Incredible also how well the Leica SL is rendering in Black & White conversions.