Remember the old days and the analogue sound of typewriters? With this tipster you can take your old mechanical typewriter for a Lomographic revival. Use your old mechanical typewriter to intervene on your old films.
What do you need?
- A mechanical typewriter without ink ribbon. The hit of the typebar in a mechanical typewriter is stronger than in an electrical one; for this intervention method, the stronger the hit, the better the result.
- Exposed and processed film.
What to do?
- Place a piece of film on the platen (the typewriter roller where you normally place the sheet of paper). The film won’t roll like a sheet of paper, so you need to hold it on place and move it when necessary with your own hands. You can place it with the emulsion upside or downside.
- Hit a key on the keyboard. If you look closely at the film, the typebar has imprinted it. You can even feel this imprint with your fingertips. Remember, the stronger the hit, the better the result, so don´t be shy with the keyboard.
- Hit a key on the keyboard. If necessary, adjust the film. Type. Adjust. Type. Adjust. Let the analogue percussive sound of the machine take you away.
- Take your film to the lab and ask for a print. You may need to explain that the film is “damaged” but you want to print it anyway.
- Pick up your prints. Scan. Share.
- The films that collaborated in this experiment suffered irreversible damage; if you are a control freak about your negative archive, don´t try this.