In the mines of Potosí I took few nice shoots, but didn’t purplish then until now, because there is so much more Information that would be needed for the reader to understand the prominence of this unique place. I’m still to lazy to write about all this interesting town, so I’m writing down just few small facts:
The Town Potosí is married to its mines in the big Mountain Cerro Rico and its more than 300 mines. Now days no one really know how many mines there are, or even got a map of all the mines. Already the Incas where digging here for silver. In the 17th century it was the biggest and richest city in whole America (north and south!) and one of the biggest at the world, bigger than Rome or Madrid at this time. But the slaves and indigenous-workers called it the entrance to hell, the most of them died. The working conditions at this time have been even worst than today, and even today the mineras (often still children) are digging with their bare hands. No one know how many human died there, but there got so much silver out of this one mountain, that the worldwide silver-price dropped, and one of the first big inflation in Europa begun.
Nowadays the place is out of silver, but zinc, tin and other materials are still “worth” of digging. At the same time its quit easy for tourists to find a guide to visit this mines, but the conditions here are so tough, I was quite happy when we got out of this dusty transitions and its thin but unbelievably hot air.
Its more than interesting to read about Potosí, so if you got some time, just google around!
I only finished few of the many photos I took in Bolivia. Here I’m showing few Impressions from the Salar de Uyuni and the area around it. The Salar is a huge Saltflat on the Altiplano at around 4000m above sea level. The climate is really tough, as the temperature goes from minus 20′C up to 20′C during the day. But also the area around (up to 5000m above sea level) is one of the most beautiful landscape I have ever seen:
now, after some days of acclimation I found some time to publish some photos I took with my camera. My first flight from Frankfurt to São Paulo was at night so I couldn’t see anything. I would liked to see a bit of Africa…
But the connection flight to Lima, started in the Morning and I had 7 hours with a really great view to the big rivers that I think belongs to the Amazon. Later I had hours to watch the snow-covered head of the Andes. On the top is a great plano where the I could see the Lake Tikitaka. This hole area is so high that I thought I’m almost able to touch the ground out of the plane. At the cost the mountains incline suddenly. But what I first thought where the water, where in real clouds that covered the see, and couldn’t pass the mountains.
Here I spent the most of my time of the last three years… Now when I had my last exam I took my self-made pinhole-camera with me.
Like the most I came by bike. I was always in a haste, nearly to late.
Some time ago, I posted some Photos I made with a self-made Pinhole camera. At that time, I had big problems to find a shop that could scan my film. As I already wrote, I was looking to get a scanner.
Now I finally could borrow a negative-scanner. It’s a really cheap and low quality one (MEDION E89000 bought at ALDI), but at least it is a scanner. I didn’t get the scanner-software working, but after a while of trying around, I noticed that Ubuntu recognizes the scanner as a webcam (?!). So, I’m able to “take photos” with it. It’s a dirty workaround, and the quality could be better, but it could be also worse, so I’m still satisfied.
So here now you can see some more photos I made with the pinhole camera. You will probably recognize the most of the Photos from last time, but as I scanned them now by my own, I show them again to you.
Many of the “new” photos are double exposure. I didn’t plan to do so, but when I took the photos I just forgot to wind the film forward.
Some time ago I found a manual how to build a pinhole camera out of a matchbox. of course I had to try it. Knowing that I won’t get high quality photos out of it, I used a technique that’s called “cross processing”: Instead of a normal negative film I used a slid film (positive film) but then I gave it to the shop for processing with the normal chemicals for a negative film. This normally messes up every kind of colors. In combination with the rough picture that comes out of pinhole camera, I thought it could become a cool combination. I didn’t knew that a slid film needs a much more accurate exposure than a normal negative film, so most of the pics are wrong exposed, so it didn’t work for most of the Photos. But I still got some nice shots.
Later I had problems to find a shop that could scan the processed film, as the automated machines do not like films that do not follow on the normal side ratio, are positive and are totally wrong exposed. Also the one shop that has done it, missed the most of the Pictures. Afterwards I had to inverted the Photos by PC and re-calibrate the contrast. As the Scans where .jpg I couldn’t do much further. But for a fun project I got some cool pictures out of it. I’m still wondering how you can do real photos with that kind of simple self-made tools.
what I should do:
but actually there where so much other interesting stuff around
Last week I bought a pretty old lens on E-Bay. It was so cheap that I couldn’t regret it. Now it has arrived. It’s a Sigma zoom 28-80mm 1:3.4 – 4.5. It’s so old, I have to set everything manually by my self, even the aperture.