Why do you make photographs? I want to try documenting memories. Magical chemistry of analogue photography brings a tangible feeling to the past. In my stay at home, I was scanning some old family photographs. Photos hiding in the old pages of photo albums are fading. What about the negatives?
Here in this photo set I have recent photographs from Brussels. In December 2011 there was a major strike in the public sector. I was out for a short walk to the flea market and then to the center with my old Lubitel. This fresh memory was documented with an expired Kodak dia film and cross processed. I know it is under-exposed, pointing out to a very bad quality photography skills but I like them because you loose your reference in time.
This photo set is documenting street happenings. Nothing extraordinary except for the police riding horses. Green tones dark feeling bring the economical problems in Europe. A chaotic feeling also makes you sick when you look at the multiple exposure and the crappy scan of the negatives.
A terrible year to be forgotten is almost done. It’s time to pack my luggage, Istanbul calling.
With some numbers in 2011, I got twice freshly pressed on WordPress.com. In May with road companions and in September with textured. So this two posts entered the top 5 of my annual post stats. As I was bloggin in Turkish before, most of the search terms are still the same. People arrive to this blog by searching “flea market”. I am frequent visitor to the flea market in search for expired films, super8 movies and also toy-cameras. Actually today I made my last visit for this year and returned home with two b/w films and super8 travel movies from Italy and Spain (dated late 50′s).
This year the blog extended more readers and more comments to the posts were made. I have to mention Julia with her daily comments.
It is still early to say welcome to 2012 but just in case I will not have time in the coming days I wish you happy new year!
In the past few weeks I have posted photos from Poznan. Poland provides nice setting for street photographers. Last week I got my roll films developed in the lab. I have taken my Lubitel 166U with me to this business trip. I had two days and three rolls of films to do photography, so I ended up with 36 (12*3) analogue photos. My film stock was Kodak Ektachrome 64 (expired), Ilford XP2 400 and Fujichrome Astia 100F (expired). I had the positive expired films cross-processed. Kodak Ektachrome is one of my favorites (will be posting that set later) but Fujichrome Astia is the craziest film stock. I ended up with vivid images. Well the big surprise was with the first photo above with the workers of the tram line construction site. This frame had suffered a damage during the processing which I loved.
I walked around the city not as a typical tourist. I had my map and marked few locations to search for roll films or used cameras. Well my efforts in this respect was FAIL, films were expensive and there were none cameras on sale but I was able to document some nice scenes from Poznan. Colors were purple and turquoise after the processing. I done multiple exposure, too.
In Poland, most houses have some sort of yard. I found that scary at night times but during the day it provided nice shadows from the behind.
I kept walking in the shopping street. Poland with the capitalism is changing very quickly…
Inevitable changes in the city provides a nice contrast with the old trams and statues.
At the end of the day my photo-trip was a complete satisfaction. With this roll, I have used a UV filter with my Lubitel.
When I sit alone on a bench I try to leave my thoughts there. I just keep talking to my self. This is the case for the two who sit next to each other facing the lake. I do not know where their thoughts are located.
Lubitel 166 Universal
Ilford XP2 400
Process&Scan by Limelight
“stepping stones” is the project I am currently occupying myself with. Last month during my stay in Turkey, I did not had much time or the energy to do photography but even then I managed to shot two rolls with my Lubitel 166U. You can check the additions to the project below.
Here is a mini project that I have done in Brussels. By using a roll of Kodak Porta 160VC in my Lubitel 166 Universal I walked in the city. Camera was placed on the ground and photos were taken. Enjoy the sideshow.
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