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The Lomo diptych and the LC-Wide

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.

written by llcooldawe

3 comments

  1. juzifer

    juzifer

    My problem with the half frame is, that i never know, which two pictures will be on one photo... So I often take three pictures, which contraste or underline each other or show diffrent perspective on one subject. How do you know, if you got the right two shots on one photo?

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  2. llcooldawe

    llcooldawe

    @juzifer Good question. What I did was from the very start shoot pairs of photos; the challenge was to get them to scan as the pair I intended. I used the "Photo Studio" program that came with my Canon scanner (9000f). Under Input Settings I set Scan Area to Auto Detect then I clicked on Preview. At this point I get dotted lines around the frames, usually the wrong frames. However these can be moved with the mouse and resized to select the right frames. So you do not have to know if you have the right two shots on one photo, make that choice when scanning. If you do not scan your own negatives, your method of shooting in threes is best.

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  3. juzifer

    juzifer

    I use the same scanner, and I really like it! Works great.. I just thought, you might have an analog trick... :)

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