I always liked to imagine some stories behind all the pictures I’ve seen in my life. By the time i started taking pictures by myself, it changed a little bit. With my pictures, I like to remember to the exeact time, places, and mainly situations when they were taken. And I cherish most the ones that I took only with a chain reaction of coincidences and unexpected things. And this is one of them.
I never had warm feelings for winter. Well its a freakin’ cold season, so why should you feel anything else then cold? I tried the whole winter to take some pictures, but it was a series of failures. And all of a sudden we went for a few days vacation to a mountain cabin, so I said to myself “Yeah, this could be it! Some nice sundset over the white mountain tops etc. etc. blah blah blah” so i packed my camera, my skis, cross country skis and headed up north. Well, as you can see, there were no sunsets, only snow, snow, snow, and more snow falling from the grey-white sky. I’ve lost all hope, so when dad said that we are going cross country skiing (which I particulary hate) I said yes. The trip could be specified as white hell. 8 kilometers of rising on aslipery snow, through a snowy blizzard, which got only worse when we got on the mountain ridge. I was pretty tired, with heavy backpak (I carried my Nikon, my Zenit TTL and five lenses) and then it happened. I heard some noises which were oddly louder than the wind, so I looked back and a DOG SLEDDING was catching up with us! I starred quite shocked, cause I never seen one before in my life. The dogs and two guys rushed around me, so I screamed “Will there be more?!” and in answer i heard “Yeaaaaaaah.”
So I stopped. took off my gloves (hell, it was freezing) and pulled out both my cameras. I stood there for fifteen minutes, then the second sleding showed up, it was wery blurry, snow was everywhere, I could feel my fingers, but I managed to set time and aperture and I took picture with Nikon. Then I waited for twenty minutes, this time with Zenit in my hands, but the dogs eventually showed up.
It was a hard trip, and a hard day, I fell asleep right when I got to the cabin and I had to eat pills for a week, but it was totally worth it. I got my picture of people on the top of the mountain, the picture of the never-stopping dogs, in the most unexpected time and place, as I sign for me that everything is still possible. That the good things can come up right out of the haze, when least expect it. And those things you will remember for the rest of your life.
So, here it comes. This is the first sign of spring. Finally.
Well, I finally managed to get this enlarger home. As soon as I will finish the last 35mm film I have, I’ll start using it and posting results here :)
The Blue Sunset