This is a short blog on the conceptual and artistic challenges of shooting half frame diptychs with the Lomo LC-Wide.
The first half frame pictures I took with the Lomo LC- Wide were accidental. The plastic frame had not been inserted in the camera before shooting. I must have accidentally switched the camera to “HF” on the bottom plate (no wonder it took so long for me to finish that roll of film). Since I did not notice the camera had been set to half frame, I shot with the lens cover fully open. The result? I got unintentional double exposures with half frame overlap (a Lomo experience).
For the next film I put the plastic half frame mask in the camera. This time I took a very deliberate approach to shooting the half frame shots in pairs. This became a visual exercise, a challenge. Shooting in this manner became the photographic equivalent of a sketchbook. I shot this roll of film in photographic pairs, trying to create mini narratives. Each time I took a shot I would look for a second shot that would give a different point of view or moment in time. I tried to complement and contrast ideas in each pairing. Challenging myself to take one image then find a companion image that conceptually fits. Like a sketchbook, this became a method for developing visual concepts and ideas.