CAMERA: Contax 645 + Zeiss Planar 80mm f2
FILM: Kodak Portra-160VC
DEVELOPED & SCANNED: Carmencita Film Lab
LOCATION: Hallstatt, Austria

Introducing Michelle Mock. Michelle is a portrait and wedding photographer that relocated from Central Florida to Vienna, Austria. “Hallstatt has been on my list of places to travel for a long, long time. So my husband planned a trip for just me and him to take while over a holiday weekend from July 8th through the 10th. Which, in my opinion, is just the right amount of time you’d need to truly enjoy it. Hallstatt is a small town on Hallstätter Lake with incredible 16th-century Alpine houses and a Gothic Catholic church that sits on the lake’s western shore. Its population of 900 people made the whole visit a very personal and intimate one. It was kind of hard to get lost in the town (aside from the crowds that would bus in for tours); you’d run into people from your hotel, people who had served you for breakfast, etc. And while I love getting lost in a crowd, there’s something to be said when someone says hello to you from across the road because they remember you from last night’s dinner.”

“One of the things that drew me to this small town was the views. Seriously. If you have never heard of Hallstatt, google it. Right now. The images that come up are mind-blowing…and coming from someone who’s seen it in real life, the pictures don’t do it justice. You just gotta go, if for nothing other than the incredible views. You can access the views of this colorful unique town from the lake side or from a small trolley car that goes up the side of a mountain. Go to the lake and take the trolley car up. Your eyeballs and brain will thank you.”

“I shot this series on Kodak 160VC. I had read some pretty sketchy things about this film and how it’s pretty difficult to nail the exposure on (you really have to overexpose it), but I figured I’d give it a shot and just see what happened. Well the day I decided to use it and load it, it was super overcast…like really overcast. I was certain these would all be muddy, but I shot it anyway and man, am I glad I did. The results are my favourites of Hallstatt.”

“In this roll we had walked up through the town to the small church and as we made our way I captured some of what I saw. As you went up the mountain to the church there were these incredible views. I mean. Incredible. You can also walk behind the church and go up a bit higher which we did. You could see the Austrian flag painted on the side of the stone mountain and some of the stone crosses. It was a really magnificent trek up the mountain and despite a little rain, it was absolutely worth it.”

“I’m working on mastering German and photographing my new city. When I’m not practicing German and photographing, I enjoy traveling to new places, searching for the perfect white chocolate mocha, indulging my love of calligraphy, and drinking coffee with my favourite person, my hubs.”

Check out more of Michelle’s work on her website and follow her on Instagram.
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