Pocket Film Antiques

The first week of October I went on a little road trip to Louisville, Kentucky, for the MWSPE conference. I knew I wouldn’t have much time to take photos, so I only brought one camera: my Minolta Weathermatic A, which is my only camera that shoots pocket film.

And, for some reason, I really wanted to shoot antiques with pocket film. I thought they would look good with the grainy quality of the film. Since my family was going to Kentucky with me, I knew that stopping at antique stores was inevitable– so I was prepared, and I was not disappointed.

One of my favorite things about antique stores is the collection like quality of a lot of their display cases. So much Coca Cola memorabilia, paperweights, light bulb thingies… Also, shout out to the last image of the carnival ride set up– I have a fondness for the dog(?) chillin’ in the middle of everything.

When I got back from my trip, I still had a couple of shots left, but was eager to get the cartridge processed. So, I took some photos of my apartment, including my roommate’s cool looking bed (sorry, Claire, but you have good taste.)

As always, I want to shoot more. Chicago has some great antique shops, so maybe when I’m not living the grad school life, I can check them out. Until then, this will probably be a thing I do when I go on road trips.

Happy Shooting!

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Film from a Time Ago

A time ago, in some months far away, I had two lomo films that I shot and needed to get developed. Thing is, I was moving to Chicago, where a lomography store is, so I just kinda held onto the rolls for a monthish and got them developed once I moved. So, really, everything is from the fourth of July.

 

I finally shot my roll of Lomography’s 110 Red Scale, which I’ve held on to for I think two years now? I’ve just had it for a really long time and FINALLY shot it. The colors came out interesting. I’m curious as to why the one photograph of the Battle Creek Air Show came out in purples and yellowish-whites, but I love it and would have loved it in other photos.

I also hot with my Diana for the first time, with Lomochrome XR Purple 120 Film. I was doing multiple exposures without realizing it, because on the Diana you have to remember to wind and to stop, because there isn’t a like, automatic stop like there is on normal film cameras. You really have to pay attention. I’m not a huge fan of that technical part, but I still enjoyed shooting with it.

I love hot air balloons. Is it next summer yet so I can see more?

Getting more use out of 110 pocket film is a goal of mine, mostly because I have had one of my 110 photos win a prize and another is currently on exhibit in Massachusetts. So, I’m just kinda like, “Why not shoot more?”

You should try it sometime.

Happy Shooting!

The Story of the Girl from Bath

When I was in Bath, I did a shoot with my friend, Caroline. It was done on my Minolta Weathermatic A with expired 110 Pocket Film from Fukkatsu. I dressed her up in my classical-looking dress and dragged her around in public all day. Here are the results:

This is the story of a girl who is lost in a different time. When I initially thought of doing this shoot, I was thinking I was going to have a classical shoot, as in I would just stick Caroline in front of old buildings and such. However, when we were driving through the city, I saw a motor bike parked up against a Georgian-style building. Do you see where this is going? Well, you should because you can literally see the photo shoot above.

So, she is a girl in a classical dress that looks eerily similar to the gauze-like fabric that is portrayed on Roman statues, and has a lace collar and cuffs, reminiscent of the 19th century. She is in a city that is just like her- only she doesn’t have the trimmings of the modern-day world. Juxtaposition, my friends. Juxtaposition.

As for the quality of the photos: I love the grain, I love how she seems to glow in some pictures, and I love the faded saturation. These elements fit the narrative I was going for extremely well. Hooray for adding to content!

It is always such a thrill to shoot in different formats. I’m looking forward to trying even more things during my stay here! I really wish that there was a LomoLab near where I live in the States, because it is super convenient to drop off my fancy/weird/rare film and be able to pick it up within a week, instead of mailing it off, praying it gets to NYC, and waiting over a month to get the scans. I’m going to miss this luxury.

Yesterday I went to the White Cliffs of Dover and did another photo shoot with a friend. Now, to wait for the slides. I shot it with tungsten film, so here’s to hoping I get the effect I desire. Even though trying new things is cool, it’s still risky and anxiety inducing. Mais, c’est la vie.

Happy Shooting!

Once upon a Roll of Pocket Film…

Yet another detour from my London adventures, this time to talk about the joys of 110 Pocket Film.

Once upon last October I did a project called Post Apocalyptic Capitalism and while shooting the film I also took photos on my Minolta Weathermatic A, didn’t fill up the roll, and had it lying around my dormitory for the remainder of the school year except for one snowy day I randomly took it out, until Memorial Day, when I broke it back out to take photos at the beach, didn’t take photos at the beach and instead took photos in a nature park, shipped the film off to the LomoLab in NYC, and just recently got the scans via email and now here we are, an egregiously long sentence later, with the photos from above mentioned escapades.

This is my second roll of 110 Pocket Film, and I still love it. I love the grain. I love the softness. I love how some images are high contrast and others are low. I’m planning on shooting a roll this upcoming weekend when I go to Wessex, so seeing these made me more excited. This roll was Lomography B&W Orca 100 ISO 110 film, available at Lomography stores and the Lomography website, if you’re interested in giving it a go. If you’re in need of a pocket film camera, they sell for cheap on eBay and you can sometimes find them at thrift shops for like 99 cents.

Also dem lens flares and glares. Mmm. Quality.

Happy Shooting!

 

Pocket Film and Minolta Weathermatic A

Remember back in forever ago I got my Minotla Weathermatic A? I finally used it in August, when I had a reason to take it off the shelf and learn how to use it properly. The thing with underwater/weather proof cameras is that there are only a few conditions where you can use it. I mean, you can use it whenever, and maybe I’ll use it for non-water-esque purposes in the future, but for now I want to play with it in all the conditions it was made for. Ideally, underwater. So I went to the beach.

In the middle of August I took my camera with me to visit a friend and her family while they were on vacation to Lake Michigan. It was the first time I used my Minolta Weathermatic A, and I was super excited. Everything worked, I had film, and it was a brand-new experience. I was being extremely picky with it though, since the film itself was pricey and I knew getting it processed was going to be expensive as well. So I didn’t fill my roll of 110 film while I was on Lake Michigan, a result of this frugality. Below are my favorites from there.

I knew that pocket film would have a grainy effect, but I didn’t expect it to be so atmospheric. In some photos, the result is almost ethereal and dream like. I love it. I took my camera with me when I met up with my boyfriend on campus at MSU, and I took some pictures by the river. I even took a picture of him, and the result is interesting enough to take note of.

See how his skin glows? I have no idea how that happened, and I kind of wonder if it has something to do with the amount of light reflecting off of his face and bouncing off the lens. I’m also a fan of the random red dot things in the first image, which make appearances in other photos. I don’t know how those ended up there either, but I’m 100% down with these happy accidents!

I finished my roll of film the last day before I went back to school, when a group of friends and I went to the beach to do my couch shoot for my Domestic Series. We figured while we were there we should go swimming and have a good time. Water? Good time? I brought my camera.

The last two are striking because my friends are splashing each other (and me, in the last one,) but you can read the water as light. It makes me wonder if the Minolta Weathermatic A is hyper sensitive to reflective surfaces, which is interesting because it’s a camera made for use near water. I like that about it, it makes for interesting photography.

I got my 110 film from lomography, and I sent it to them to get developed. It took about three weeks total- it was torture. I am not patient, and everyday I was checking my email hoping I got my digital copies. They did a good job and I am very pleased with the results- the wait was worth it, as much as I hate to admit it.

I really want to do an underwater photo shoot with props and a narrative, but the weather is too cold now. Next year it will happen. In the meantime I will prepare for snow fall!