We are back with another exciting Doubles With You! This time we are zooming in on this candy-toned album by Erika Grendelova, otherwise known as erikagrendel, and Marta Huguet Cuadrado, aka marta1901!
We asked Erika and Marta to share the story behind this lovely collaboration and here’s what we got:
What camera did you use and what film did you swap?
Erika Grendelova (EG): I used my good friend, Lomo LC-wide. For this particular double, we used a Lomography X Tungsten 64, which Marta sent to me.
Marta Huguet Cuadrado (MHC): I decided to use the Lomo LCA+ because it seems to be one of the cameras that people use the most for film swaps so I decided it was a good option. The film was Lomography X Tungsten 64 because I think that doubles look nicer when they have some homogeneous look.
What did you take pictures of and where?
EG: Those were mostly random scenes and pictures. That time, my friend Terka and I decided to go for a walk around the Prague Castle. I was trying to choose the best layers with details like walls and flowers but the weather that day was unpredictable and it rained a bit so I had to think quite fast.
MHC: I shot in three different places. One of them was Madrid, the city where I live. The second one was Segovia, which is a really amazing city with very impressive Roman architecture and lastly Munich, since I took my camera there and needed to finish the roll soon!
Did you and your film swap partner talk about a theme for this film swap? Why or why not?
EG: We talked about general things you need to decide before the film swap – the film, the camera, but we did not talk about the theme. We discussed some random beautiful things in our towns. I do not remember why we decided to shoot that way, but I guess it gave us a bit more freedom to just walk around our favorite areas and shoot the best parts we know.
MHC: No, we decided to keep it casual. It was my first swap and I wanted it to be surprising!
What do you think about this film swap’s results? Please share with us your favorite photos from this swap.
EG: I think that the results are pretty awesome. As I said, it was a bit rainy when I shot so the lighting conditions were not at best but still the pictures look mostly wonderful. Lomography X Tungsten 64 is a great film and I am sad that it is no longer getting produced.
Here are some of my favorites:
MHC: I think it was a nice album to start with the film swap tradition! I think the roll we use was a big success. The tones we got are giving the story a nice background.
My favorite shot from the album would be:
Both Erika and Marta picked this photo as one of their favorites:
Any funny or strange occurrences during this film swap?
EG: Nothing that I would recall. Only that some layers met in a quite funny way. They still make me smile. For example, on this picture I love how the layers met – morning coffee in tulips.
MHC: Since it was my very first film swap, I was really really scared of it! I remember I needed weeks to start shooting it! And I have to confess I have a lot of rolls left to be swapped with people. But I am pretty exigent so I am afraid they will have to wait until I find a good idea for them. So please, everyone on that list forgive me! :)
How long did it take you to finish the swap?
EG: Well, I still have not finished one roll from Marta and as far as I know she still have two from me to shoot. Getting the rolls was pretty quick. The only problem is that you are not always gonna be in a mood to shoot doubles. Sometimes, you can get a bit mean and just save the roll just for yourself but I really love film swaps. It is a great way to visit places I would not have gone to and a great way of keeping in touch with other lomographers!
MHC: Uhhh, the first part didn´t take too long because I got Erika’s parcel pretty fast. But I didn’t immediately shoot over the rolls she sent me because, as I said, I like to have an inspiration first to achieve the result I like and film is not cheap at all. I want everybody to be happy with our collaboration and that takes time!
Would you like to do more film swaps soon? Anyone in mind? Or a theme maybe?
EG: Well, of course yes. I would love to shoot more, but this year is a bit hectic for me. I hope I will have more time soon to finish some double rolls that are still waiting for me. On the other hand, I would love to do some film swaps with somebody from other continents. So far I have visited USA and Europe so maybe someone from Asia?
MHC: I have some people already on the list so… yeah! They will happen anytime soon. As for themes, I am feeling more and more comfortable with portraits lately, so I think I will like to shoot some doubles where my layer features some female portraits lit with artificial light, and probably in black and white. That’s the very first thing I want to try!