Continuing the upload from the visit to the ExCel Centre in London for the MCM Comic Con event. If anyone can name the characters for me, that would be great, as I haven’t the foggiest. I did learn from this event. I realise that I need to be more selective about background, and to direct the subjects better, not just take their snapshots with crowds behind their heads, in any available light. It did give me the chance to use the Lubitel 166B TLR camera – albeit with Ilford film. Still, these events present a great opportunity for free and willing portrait models. I hope some of them find my photos and are happy with them.
Been out all day but had so little time to try out my stinking new Sony nifty fifty (the Sony AF DT 50mm F/1.8 SAM prime). Still, managed to squeeze in a few, as to speak. Exhibit one, Nita’s cleavage in the car. Is that a fair test? I have fiddled with these (I mean this photo), in Gimp 2.8 open source software, including using the Orton Effect plugin. Works though I think? This is my kind of equipment review. Better than those boring photos in other review test shots, eh?
Test exhibit 2: The dog’s toy teddy bear. Poor thing has no future, it’s destined for defluffication (or is that defluffification?) in the near future. Here it lays on the living room floor, awaiting it’s gory fate. Poor bear.
And here’s the maestro himself, caught not in the best light for ISO 100. Flint the young lurcher dog. Poor bear.
Those autofocus compact 35mm film cameras were getting so good during the late 1990s, shortly before digital came along. I love old family snapshots as I call them. I loved those boxes of family photos that we all had, and are now threatened with extinction, or at least, lacking the richness of odd, unselected, poor shots that told so many tales. So I’m gradually sieving through a box of film negatives from the 1990s, and CCD scanning them. I keep coming up with beauts, and treasured moments like the above one.
Family snapshots – a forgotten treasure and art. Social history.
Things have changed so quickly, and we forget so much in a such little time. There I was, snapping photos on a compact film camera in 1999. I had been using film cameras since I was a boy, when I started with a Kodak Instamatic on a 126 film cartridge – passed through Polaroids, and then onto a series of 35 mm compact point & shoot cameras. My brother owned a Canon AE1 SLR, and I was envious of that camera. I grew up in the age of film.
I bought my first digital camera I guess around 2000. My local camera shop wouldn’t sell digital cameras, as they were said that they were not up to scratch. I was told, “anyway, a 35 mm photo only costs a few pennies”. My first digital was a horrible Chinese Premier camera with a tiny internal storage. I didn’t look back though for 12 years – I then progressed onto digital Canon Powershots, then Fujifilm bridge cameras, then onto D-SLRs. Why on earth would I go back to film, with my instant, digital images?
Well here I am in 2012, and I’m enjoying my rediscovery of film. It’s not dead yet. Absence makes the heart grow fonder. It really is rediscovery, I’ve become so use to digital over the past 12 years, I had no idea how much I’ve forgotten. I even found it difficult to load a film! Old SLR cameras like my brother’s AE-1 are now cheap as chips. People are surprised when they see you with a film camera – you get questioned on the difficulty of finding film (actually it’s still plentiful in the case of 35 mm rolls). It’s incredible how quickly we forget. Who would have thought that the tradition of film photography would die so suddenly, so quickly in the minds of the masses?
The above photo (I scanned it from a 35 mm film negative yesterday) is also representative of another tradition – the family holiday (vacation in US English) snapshot with a point and click camera. That is a fine tradition, and I’m not ashamed to have been part of it. It’s just that all too often, the modern digital descendant is not printed. We rely to much on digital storage – these are key family memories that should be printed and stored – kept in boxes and albums, presented in frames – not enjoyed for a few weeks on the soft memory of a mobile phone or lap top only to be deleted or thrown away. Think about printing them. You wont have a box of negatives to fall back onto.
1. Our desktop computer died yesterday. Lost all of our digital images and videos. Actually it keeps happening to us. I’m ok with it. Just pixels.
2. I was just watching Good Cop on the BBC. The lead part’s father pulls out a cake tin of photographs. He told his son that the tin came from their wedding cake, and that the photos were of him and his late wife. He said, that the photos proved that she had existed.
Take my advice, whether you shoot in digital or film, make those prints. Make photography about people.