Mark Watkins (@mpcwatkins) — Out and about in Norway. Writing a book & #oslometrodiary. Often a bit too curious. Trying to tread lightly.
What did I do for this image? Bought the film, lugged it with the camera four hours in to Molladalen, climbed a ridge, shot the frame, developed the frame, spent all evening tonight coming to deeply appreciate the ubiquity of dust (particularly on negatives), skipped dinner, cursed at Epson Scan, and then, with my last scan, finally made something I was happy with. I could have done that with the wind still on my face if I was shooting digital, but don’t you appreciate this picture more knowing that there was a process? I certainly do. Film is harder, but it’s worth it. #filmisnotdead#shootfilm#ilfordfp4
The past few days have been interesting. I’ve experienced an almost overwhelming return of my inspiration for photography and film making. For the past two years really, I just didn’t have the energy for it. I wasn’t inspired and didn’t have ideas (usually not in short supply with me) for visual work. . But the past few nights, I couldn’t sleep because there were so many going around in my head. So I’m making steps. Yesterday, I finally put my Hasselblad in for service (which won’t be cheap), bought 20 rolls of film, and stopped by a print shop to ask about prices to print a zine. And that was just yesterday. . Honestly, I’m not so sure what’s happened. This all started picking up speed when I bought a new film camera, but the camera is not what’s inspiring me. So what is it? I’m really not sure. Perhaps now I know I have the mental space to put energy towards producing visual work, and so my imagination just does its thing. Whatever it is, it sent me digging through the photos and videos I did shoot over the past few years but have been buried away. There is a lot there actually, and I like a lot of it! . So I’m bringing things out, working again, shooting again, writing down all these ideas before they turn into dreams. This one is from the southern coast of Norway with the one and only @ninameijer. More to come. #muse#ninadoingthings#norway#vista
A sampling of Dutch doors. Something I noticed was that even though all the houses basically look the same, you’re hard pressed to find two of the same door. This is for aesthetics I’m sure, but perhaps also for the practical benefit that you can tell which house is yours if you come back late at night. #netherlands#samesamebutdifferent
I’m back in the Netherlands doing a lot of walking, a lot of standing on corners, a lot of following strange streets just to see where they lead, and a lot of living inside my head. Have come across tram tracks covered in grass like this a few times, and somehow I just love the sight of it. Looks like nature laid out a carpet, though of course the real story is the opposite. But that’s what being out is all about – thinking, imagining, letting things come to me. It’s good so far. #writing#netherlands
I just arrived back in the Hague after two very full weeks where I’ve absent on social media. It was Easter holidays and then a short week preparing everything for my departure. I’m back to the regular program, so expect the 9th edition of #oslometrodiary later today and my normal supply of coffee, bookstores, and the outdoors in the near future. In the meantime, here are some moments from our travels over Easter. #holidays#ninadoingthings
I think I’ve come to a place where I can fairly evaluate coffee. By which I mean I can taste something and say “oh, I like that because so and so” or “ I don’t like that because of so and so”. That doesn’t sound like a huge accomplishment, but before I would always think that I’d messed up the brewing process and thus had bad coffee. But now I know my process and trust myself enough to know if something tastes poor, it’s on the coffee, not on me. A notable moment, I think. In this photo, I was trying my hand at a stovetop siphon maker, which unfortunately didn’t deliver the greatest results. #markdrinkscoffee