Just some thoughts.
Hi my friends,
Lately I have been writing structured blog entries ? What the hell ! Ain’t I the guy who mixes up 10 ideas in 2 sentences leaving chaos behind ? So here we are today with a real old-school Gauthier Blog. There might be something interesting here, but you will have to read a lot of bullshit to find it.
Yesterday was the last day of winter shooting
Yesterday it was -10 °C, and by tuesday it will be +10 °C. So I had to go out yesterday and shoot some pics. I decided to do something daring. Instead of going to my usual spot, I chose a different one. I had to do a 25 minute drive by bike to get there. And when I got there, the sun started to appear through the clouds. It was so nice. I was constantly walking over small ponds and stuff, and I could hear the ice cracking below my feet. The inevitable happened and the ice broke and I was up my ankles in freezing cold water. It was strange because it did not feel cold. But in fact it was normal, I think, it was somewhere between -14 and -10 °C outside and the water was probably +2 °C, so it did not feel cold. At first.
I redscaled an expired Fujichrome 400 and a Fuji Superia 1600. I also had a Kodak panther PRZ (expired 1995) in my Belair.
Here are my 3 favs, one from each camera. Fuji GW690, Belair and La Sardina
I love my Holga 3D Stero
I love it because it has two lenses and because I love masks. So I can make a mask for each lens and shoot a special kind of doubles. So yesterday I made myself a little mask, one behind each lens. The first mask was just a piece of see-through paper to make a blurry shot. the second mask was only a paper border creating a frame. I dropped in my favorite Kodak panatomic film (this one expired in 1973 (only two left (I bought them to use them like this in a Holga)). Let’s say I am happy withthe results. This was controlled lomography. I got the result I was aiming at. The first pic was not a double. See the difference (I know it may be the best shot, but I wanted the blurred unsharpness)
Become a member of my Flickr Group
I have a Flickr group, a real cool one with only two members. It’s called Lo-Fi Portraits. I noticed my lo-fi portraits are not welcome in most groups doing ‘serious’ frodography, so I started my own group where only analogue lo-fi portraits are allowed. So if you are on Flickr feel free to join my group and start up some great discussions. I really would love to have a discussion like ‘Could the arse of donkey qualify as a lo-fi portrait,’ the groups is here: Lo-Fi Portraits
I also have a second group which allows only Lomo-pics taken in Belgium. currently there is only one member, being me. Lomo Belgium If you have shots of Belgium, post them there.
Some people just don’t love Lomography
I read this on someones wordpress blog: Lomography was about the unpredictable collaboration between the imagination of the shooter and the natural qualities of the film. Now, it is just about taking crappy photos and selling cheap photography equipment at inflated prices.
How many times did I already hear this. When I meet fellow lo-fi photographers ( don’t call them lomographers because that’s an insult!) they always say the LSI sells plastic crap at inflated prices and that lomography is all about taking blurred partyshots with a fisheye.
I see lots of great pictures here. I agree however with the guys saying Lomography is not an art but a brand. Whatever, it’s my favorite brand ! (next to Lucky Strike and Fisher Price).
Greetz Your Friend Gauthier