A snowy Easter on the Darss documented on black and white film

Recently I had some time to dive back into my library of shots. In particular, I was looking at images depicting snowy scenes for inspiration as it’s going to be winter soon.

As soon as I realised that there’s going to be quite a bit of snow, I opted to shoot black and white film for most pictures. I still had Kodak TMAX400 and TMAX100 in stock which I shot at stock speeds and pushed to ISO1600.

The “Weststrand” on the Darss. Translates to western beach. Shot on TMAX400.

I often spend the Easter holiday with my family on the Darss, a peninsula in the Baltic Sea in eastern Germany. Usually there is no snow whatsoever at Easter, but 2013 was decidedly different.

Hide and seek with easter eggs in the snow. Shot on TMAX400 at 1600.

What makes the Darss special is its great diversity in landscapes. First, there is the “Weststrand”, which translates to western beach. The Weststrand is rough and windy with sometimes large waves, swell.

The “Weststrand” on the Darss. Translates to western beach. The wind shapes the trees. Shot on TMAX400.

Every year, the sea robs parts of the beach and it continuously shrinks.

The Darsser Urwald, the jungle. TMAX400

To get to the Weststrand, you have to walk through the “Darsser Urwald”, meaning the Darss jungle. It’s a very thick mixed forest of pine trees, alders, and oaks set on a carr.

The icy Nordstrand shot on TMAX400.

From the Urwald you can either go west, to the Weststrand, or north to the Nordstrand (northern beach). Its waters are very calm compared to the Weststrand. The beach grows every year, as the current carries most of the sand eroded from the Weststrand to the Nordstrand.

That Easter, the current carried across mostly ice instead of sand.

Breakwater walls covered by snow and ice at the Nordstrand. Shot on TMAX100.

Ice and snow formations on the breakwater walls were decidedly impressive.

Finally, the Darss also offers fresh water inland waters, akin to sees, which connect to the Baltic Sea through small straits.

The view from Hohe Düne towards inland water, shot on TMAX100.

The inland waters are referred to as “Bodden” or “Boddengewässer”, which stems from the German word “Boden”, or ground. As you might’ve guessed, the Bodden is very shallow and similar to marsh in places.

Osterwald at the Bodden, TMAX400

The city Prerow is one of the major cities on the peninsula. Originally a city defining the shipbuilding industry and fishery in the region, it transition to be a holiday destination.

The Pension Holland shot on a cloudy day on TMAX400.

However, there are still many buildings around from past times. You can spot colourful wooden doors around the city.

The next day was a lot friendlier and itself to try some medium format Portra 160 shot on a 6×6 camera.

As the snowy weather came to an end, I opted to switch from black and white film to colour again. Therefore, I took the shot above with a Rolleiflex 6×6 camera and when scanned in high quality the setup produces stunning images.

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