Looking back at 52 rolls in 2016

This article is being published simultaneously on EMULSIVE! So in 2016 I have been shooting film as part of my 52 rolls project, which I first heard about on EMULSIVE. I thought that I would write up here what I learned! So, my final post. My own personal goal for the project was to shoot at…

Week 52: In Between

In between Christmas and the New Year, that is. I have always found this week to be strange. Maybe you are familiar with the story about the Gregorian calendar reform? Pope Gregory changed the calendar around, and days suddenly disappeared. In the UK, apparently, in the 1700s eleven days were suddenly removed from the calendar.…

Week 51: Noel 2016 (Paris and Versailles)

In this post, I will share some photographs I took around town and on Christmas day when we visited Versailles for a meal with ML’s family. The weather was very bad. Terrible. Overcast and almost no light, so back to push-processing again. When one morning I saw heavy fog I rushed down to Montsouris to…

Week 50: Back in Paris

Back in Paris once again after more than two weeks’ of travelling. And one of the good things about working here is that we often have meetings at our institute. Some friends dropped by my office for coffee, which was nice, and I got a ‘meta’ version of the conference photo (that’s what happens if…

Week 49: Marseille

The day after returning from LA (see my previous posts), I left for a two-day trip to Marseille, my last trip of the year. Here are a few photographs from my trip. I actually lived in Marseille for a few years when I first came to France, so I know the city quite well. But…

Week 48.3 Joshua Tree

After driving up from the Salton sea, we checked in to a small house I had found on airbnb. It was excellent. The next day we were up at dawn. The first thing we visited was the Noah Purifoy outdoor sculpture park, which was only a few minutes’ drive from our house. It looked like…

Week 48.2 The Salton Sea

So, after a week in meetings, it was time to hit the road once more. A friend and I had decided to visit Joshua Tree national park, and on Friday morning I was idly looking at google maps and saw that the Salton Sea was not so far from Joshua Tree … so why not…

Week 48.1 Pasadena and Caltech

So, the real reason I am in the US is not to take photographs but to attend a meeting at Caltech about the Euclid satellite. Yes, there is still more than four years before launch but there is a lot of work to do. Although it is primarily a European mission, there is strong American involvement:…

Week 47.2 Santa Monica

Is there anything better than waking up far from home in place you don’t know with ten rolls of unexposed film in your bag? I have only been once or twice in the Los Angeles area but I’ve not really seen anything at all. I knew that I wanted to see the coast, so why…

Week 47.1: Downtown LA

My last trip of the year: a week-long expedition to Pasadena. I had time to visit a few places before and after my meeting, and I’ve just finished scanning and developing all the film I took there together with a short trip I made to Marseille immediately afterwards. That’s 12 rolls in total (that brings me…

Week 46: Troquetology

Week 45 and 46 fell during the wonderful “festival des Troquets”. This was a series of events meant to celebrate the publication a new book from Jacques Yonnet. I already wrote about Yonnet on my blog several years ago. For me, his “Rue des Malefices” is one of the greatest books ever written about Paris.…

Week 45: Momentous events

A momentous week. This is what the terrace of the IAP looked like the day after the results of the American election, and this is what one of my co-workers at the office looked like. On that day, I put whiskey in the coffee. Friday was a public holiday, and there was some wonderful weather,…