While in Chattanooga in December I found a second-hand film camera I’d been eyeing for a while, the Russian Horizon 202 that shoots 120° panoramic pictures. I took it for a test-run in the streets of Cleveland before it (unfortunately) froze on me. Now I need to get it fixed, which is all the more frustrating since I really liked how some of these shots came out.
Canon A2, 50mm, f/8, 1/500s, ISO 100
Film: Adox Color Implosion
While in Chattanooga I discovered a wonderful photography shot called Space Junk, and they had films I’d never heard of there. I picked a few up, including this Adox Color Implosion. Faded colors I really like, but the grain is way above my normal tolerance. Still, a few shots in the roll came out OK, despite the grain. I quite like this one, feels like Vintage America.
No Time for Shopping
Canon A2, 20mm, f/5.6, 1/60s, ISO 400
Film: Fuji Pro 400 H
If you follow this blog regularly, you probably know that I enjoy this kind of street shot with one person walking parallel to the plane of the shot. In fact I probably abuse these kinds of shots, so recently I’ve tried to engineer a bit more relevance between the walking figure and the background. I think I may have succeeded with this shot of Old Town Warsaw.
Canon A2, 20mm, f/5.6, 1/100s, ISO 400
Film: Fuji Pro 400 H
Walking the streets of Warsaw’s Old Town (Stare Miasto) on a late afternoon, I steeped into this side street to find this fantastic wall covered in scratched graffiti. I really love this photo, and the colors of the Fuji really shine here.
Banishment, Polish Style
Canon A2, 50mm, f/4, 1/40s, ISO 125
Walking around Warsaw’s Old Town I tried to capture some interesting street scenes. Of course, the contrast between the religious statue on the side of one of the many churches and the urban style clothing of the man in front caught my eye… Shot on Ilford FP4+.
Canon A2, 50mm, f/4, 1/500s, ISO 125
Whenever I have a little bit of time travelling, I’ll aim for two things besides interesting spots to photograph: jazz concert venues if it’s evening and second-hand record stores if it’s daytime. In Dublin I found directions to Freebird Records, a great find. But I got a photo out of it too! Shot on Ilford FP4+ film.
Cashless in Cobacabana
Canon 7D, 32mm, f/5.6, 1/640s, ISO 100
Cobacabana in Bolivia is a small city by the shores of lake Titicaca that is famous for the church of Our Lady of Copacabana. Poverty there though is as visible, if not more than it is anywhere else in Bolivia, and even on the wholy grounds you see many women begging. Heartbreaking… I don’t normally do much colour street photography, but in this case the contrast between the bright colors and the misery seemed to call for a colour treatment…
Chatting on the Stairs
Canon A2, 50mm, f/8, 1/250s, ISO 125 (Ilford FP4+)
As I was walking around Trinity College on this gorgeous sunny day last June, I saw these students chatting and reading textbooks on the stairs of one of the buildings, and despite the somewhat unseemly garbage bin I decided to shoot. I’m glad I did, there’s an interesting imbalance in the symmetry of the shot that I find quite appealing.