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I walk toward the Olympic Harbour, to the Moll de la Marina. There you always meet tourists, and therefore people trying to survive selling something.
And then I start taking a picture (quite bad) with the Polaroid SE600 I have with me, with instant film Fuji 100pc (thanks Fuji!).
-“Give me one minute, I’ll do it!” – is my answer.
Now I’m worried because the light is quite low, I had no tripod, I started feeling responsible, I have to make him a nice picture!
You should know that both tourists and emigrants share the need to be portrayed with something symbolic: the Golden Gate, the Colosseum… …the 2 towers of the Olympic Harbour, in this case.
He poses. I shoot!
-“Take, you can even hang it if you wish” – I tell him showing the framed picture.
I worked with children, and in that moment I recognized the same “focused” happiness.
Sometimes I need a situation that reminds me what #Analog photography is and what an #instant #film can do for #happiness.
It works at 1/60 or B time, with f/11 aperture, 120mm film for 8 shots of 6×9.
Once I got it from Pep, I had to immediately start walking around and take my first 8 B&W shots, finding the correct light exposition.
Lomo(graphy) cameras are already “mainstream”, but keeping that allure of Soviet Union that charms many of us photographers, hipsters, nostalgic and makers.
I find that among the (growing) amount of these cameras, one of the most significant is the Lubitel 166.
For its aesthetic, viewfinder, focusing… its personality!
Your are not taking your Lubitel with you to take pictures, you are going out together at most or, usually, your Lubitel is taking you out.
To take a can and convert it into a pinhole camera is something that many photographers have done and will keep doing for the next millennium.
A positive black&white paper is the sensitive support recording the light and image, following the ancient camera obscura principles. The negative resulting is the either scanned and inverted into a positive image, or simply reprinted with another black and white paper.
Distortions and a plethora of defects enrich the resulting pictures, as only such an analogue technique can obtain.
It’s time for me to start showing another side of my photographic activity,
one of my oldest passions, but kept for myself until now.
Pinhole photography entails endless considerations, totally ignored here.
Images and suggestions, views of the world through a tiny little hole, in a infinite variety of cameras’ shapes.
Here we go… silently and slowly
I love all kind of films, slides, plates or phisical support, and keep riding the sweet old style analog photography.
But more I love graphic and photography “tout-court”.
Thus, the digital era offers tools and more options, that not to explore would be unwise.
I am wise, and here I present some small projects, realized through a mobile phone’s camera (iPhone4).
Blending pixels: here’s what I got.
I saw a Modern city instead, with more 19th than 21th century in it, quite decaying and musty and somehow rotten.
Grey? NYC is grey, indeed.
This made me decide to shoot some Red Scale films, to obtain images returning this mood .
Easy to understand why Coney Island is a big part of this reportage.
– images gallery –
Specs: Canon AE1 – 50mm 1.8 FD – Red Scale
It’s an old cotton mill, a huge structure in the Northeast of Italy, active from the second half of ‘800, and since around 1980’s inactive and left abandoned.
The project presented is a slow reportage, the result of several months of exploration around its different areas together with long exposures.
This work is influenced by the Japanese aesthetic concept of “Wabi-Sabi” applied to a typical Industrial Archaeology reality.
From its original structure typical of early XX century industries, now the landscape shown through these pictures (large and medium format with Mamiya and Linhof) becomes a newly created post-industrial stage with its peculiar scenery.
A similar process of sedimentation to that that these walls and elements went through, has been applied to the images’ capture process, using closed diaphragms (/16 to /32) and long exposures time to transfer these layers to slide films.