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Photographing a Bad Place with a Lomography CN100 Film Roll

In my other articles, I wrote about the beautiful color tones of the Lomography CN100, a nice C41 film for taking pictures in this beautiful summer season. This time I want to talk about an unusual way of using the faithful color rendition of this film.

In the first days of July, I wanted to make a reportage on a very bad place in my city, the Ticosa area, a disused industrial area with the ground full of poisons. To represent and denounce this ugliness, I chose to shoot pictures in color, using a film with good and faithful color renditions. together with a toy camera with a plastic lens, my new La Sardina DIY that I won in a Lomography competition. I bought my last pack of 3 films at LGS store in Milan few days before the closure of the shop. I’ll continue to use this film, buying it online in the future, because it is cheap and reliable.

I didn’t want a razor sharpness, so I used La Sardina for the first time. With the unavoidable optical aberrations of a plastic lens, I wanted to leave a sense of loose in the pictures, a light surreal and dreamy touch (without overdoing it, as it does when you use the legendary Diana F +)!

At the same time, the use of this film allowed me to respect the color rendering of the surrounding reality.

Photo by sirio174

The striking orange color of the plastic fence, combined with a jumble of colors and the idea to not include any reference point in the composition are deliberate choices to accentuate the sense of degradation of this area of my city Como.

Photo by sirio174

Generally in a bad place there are ugly colors. So, with these pictures taken without a dominant subject, and with a deliberate disregard for the chromatic harmony, I want to emphasize that this place is really unsuitable for men!

For this reportage, I preferred the faithful tones of this film instead of cross-processing a slide film. This is the sad reality of this area.

Photo by sirio174

The plastic lens has allowed me to get a contained contrast despite the presence of a bright sun.

Photo by sirio174

I didn’t emphasize the decay using the grain, so this film was perfect for me even in this case.

Photo by sirio174

The film has performed well both with the sun behind the shoulders as in slight backlight

For years this area has been awaiting decontamination, and even now the work continues, albeit at a slow pace. When will we see a nice park instead of this desolation?

written by sirio174

1 comment

  1. jourdanlynch


    Great!, I am working on something similar, a street photography project using portra 400 to document where I live... it is a very bleak, ugly, hopeless place... the apartment blocks and buildings look like dirty concrete cubes and everything is grey, polluted and overgrown due to government neglect... home to most of the cities unemployed and anti-social.

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