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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.

Notes

  • The films that collaborated in this experiment suffered irreversible damage; if you are a control freak about your negative archive, don´t try this.

written by holgardo

14 comments

  1. mafiosa

    mafiosa

    Awesome idea. I love the results <3 Thank you for sharing!!

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  2. holgardo

    holgardo

    Thankyou you for reading and commenting @mafiosa

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  3. pam-stach

    pam-stach

    this is so awesome!!!

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  4. aguillem

    aguillem

    so cool! and I love the results!

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  5. holgardo

    holgardo

    Thank you @pam-stach and @aguillem

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  6. asharnanae

    asharnanae

    cool idea, wish I had a typewriter!

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  7. holgardo

    holgardo

    It's not too hard to find a typewriter @asharnanae :-)

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  8. 134340

    134340

    brave! :)

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  9. holgardo

    holgardo

    Thanks @134340

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  10. littlekoala

    littlekoala

    I love it! I wish I had a typewriter too!

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  11. holgardo

    holgardo

    Nos son tan difíciles de encontrar @littlekoala seguro encuentras una casi regalada en algún mercado de pulgas :-)
    Gracias por leer mi artículo

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  12. littlekoala

    littlekoala

    El problema es que no tengo sitio en casa. Pero cuando me mude a una mas grande la compro seguro :)

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  13. tak_nie

    tak_nie

    AWESOME!!!

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  14. holgardo

    holgardo

    thank you @tak_nie

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