May 31, 2011

Industrielandschaften - Mannheim, Deutschland, November 1985


Three years later, also on November, but on a very dissimilar mood from my previuos post, I felt an urge to shoot urban landscapes.

The Rhein (Rhine) and Neckar rivers are the home of one of the most important European inland ports, spreading around the German towns of Mannheim and Ludwigshafen.

I decided on medium format equipment for the task, bringing along the Hasselblad 500 EL/M and the Rolleiflex T.

Wish I had done these photographs in large format, but that was still zukunftsmusik...

So, will you please excuse me for some inaccurate perspective?

Shot with Hasselblad 500 EL/M + Rolleiflex T

Technical Data:
Cameras - Hasselblad 500 EL/M + Rolleiflex T
Lenses - Carl Zeiss Tessar, Planar or Sonnar (Distagon?)
Film - Kodak Tri-X + Ilford HP5
Developer - Kodak D-76 1+1
Location - Mannheim, Germany (last one on the border to Ludwigshafen)
Date - November 1985
Scanner - Epson Perfection 4990 Photo



  1. Gee, the gorgeous composition and tonality exceeds the lack (where?) of alignment by many orders of magnitude. Can´t wait for moody weather and grab my 500C/M in Heidelberg ;-)

  2. Maximilian KellnerJune 8, 2011 at 2:22 PM

    Found your blog one morning before leaving home for my job. Actually looking for some information about the minolta srt I was led to this page by google. I became stuck reading and forgot my job that day. Did arrive one and half an hour too late.

    Hope, there will be some more text and pictures in the next time. Impressive black and white photos, especially those from portugal in one of the older posts. Places, where i within my usual 2 week holiday would never reach.

  3. Hi Volker and Maximilian,
    Thank you for your kind words, I am always amazed how much German people are often touched by my photographs! It seems that the Germans feel much more identified with my images, than my country people. Maybe living in Germany for 16 or so years has made me develope a kind of half-way German sensivity that appeals to you?...
    Maximilian, I had to laugh about your story...
    By the way, Portugal is only 2 1/2 hours flight from Germany, two weeks is not such a short time...
    Maybe you should come and visit us sometime.
    Greetings to both of you,