I visited Tours (France) for two weeks to learn the language, experience the culture and to take pictures. Those are actually my first tries in analogue photography, so keep that in mind when looking at the pictures :-).

Smena 8M  1x Agfaphoto 400   1x Kodak Gold 200

Chapter 1: The Travel

From Zurich, over Paris to Tours.

If you want to visit France from a neighbor country like Switzerland, chances are high, that the TGV (train à grande vitesse) is your best option. It’s very comfy and super fast (it only took six hours).

Both images have been taken at Tours‘ train station and both images are fairly interesting. The Kodak Gold 200 film is not able to project the actual colors and therefore creates this fascinating atmosphere, which actually feels genuinely true. Everything is so yellow-greenish, somber but still in active motion. A nice little touch is also given by the lens flare at the top of the first image.

Chapter 2: Day-Life

Vividness contrasts voidness

It is January in Tours, a city with 140’000 inhabitants. Although it’s freezing outside, you’ll still see people walking around, buying clothes (January’s left-over sale), eating and drinking in cafés and diners, visiting flea markets as well as weekly markets (as you can see in the first pictures above).

In spite of the vividness I partly captured, I also liked to focus on the empty streets in the morning or the fragile evenings when the sun sets.

Absorbing these fascinating contrasts between vivid joyfulness and blank, soaky streets was quite an experience. Imagine getting off a packed, loud bus and then walking through silent historic districts. That’s been the situation I’ve been in, while taking those pictures of emptiness. I wondered into which of these contrasts I belonged to? Or better, which of theses extremes didn’t feel that alienating? Running through the freezing old city, trying to get to language school on time, but then deciding to stop and taking pictures like those, full of suspense and tranquility at the same time…

The „coffee table picture“ is outstandingly interesting. Not because of it’s composition or content but because of it’s illusion. You’re might be thinking that I’ve photographed that image through a hole or just somehow darkened the corners.

I actually had to reconstruct the image for myself to understand why it looked that interesting. So: This oval table is in front of a wide window which lets in a lot of light – but only illuminates the table. The surroundings remain underexposed, which creates this neat illusion.

Chapter 3: Night time

It’s getting dark

It is getting dark. People are either driving home or already are home. Therefore, the narrow streets are pretty much empty. I love the atmosphere depicted in the following image. The Kodak Gold 200 film isn’t able to handle the darkness and creates these nice blackout areas.

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