Week 5: Castle in the Water [Disco Foxtrot]

It took longer than I anticipated, but my darkroom upgrade is nearly complete and I can start printing again. I replaced my compact enlarger because of its limitations with medium format: small print size, enforced cropping, and needing to cut negatives into strips of three. I picked up a couple of enlargers for cheap on…

Week 3: Quiet snow [Disco Foxtrot]

We had our first snow of the season this weekend so I rushed out to one of my favorite spots while the light was still good and before the snow began to melt or get trampled. It was a very quiet place Sunday morning, with only a few footprints to be seen. I had one…

Week 2: Swing and a miss [Disco Foxtrot]

I’m heartened (not “pleased”) to see that I’m not the only one having problems getting their processes nailed down at the start of this project. This week I photographed a 300-year-old wine crane on the banks of the Rhine in the Rheingau. The light was flat because of the overcast skies and I was struggling…

Week 1: Resting place [Disco Foxtrot]

Mainz’s Hauptfriedhof (Main Cemetery) has a great collection of memorials from the mid- to late-1800s. Contact sheet: I’m not really “working the shot” here. One of the temptations of cemetery shooting is to go from monument to monument too quickly, since there is so much to see. I thought 8, 9, and 11 were the most…

Week 0: Disco Foxtrot [Introduction]

My name is Disco Foxtrot (nom de guerre). I’m an American who has lived in Germany for more than a decade. I’m interested in photography of historical places and objects, especially those that may be relatively unknown or mostly forgotten. This year I’ll be shooting with the Rolleiflex that I inherited from my wife’s grandfather…