My boyfriend and I plan on going to Japan in the next year or so, and we thought it would be fun to do doubles with someone who lives there as a way to mix both locations together and get even more excited about going. We were fans of Takuji’s work and luckily he was just as excited about the idea as we were.
We shot a roll of Klick film, 200 ISO, through our Fisheye 2 as well as a roll of Fuji Provia 400 through our LC-A+. Takuji shot over them with his Horizon (over the Fisheye) and his Lomo LC-A+. His photos showed up mostly on the Klick film, and ours did mostly on the Provia, however there were still some exciting shots in those batches.
The really exciting stuff was the film he sent us: Lomo color negative, 100 ISO, and Fujichrome T64, ran through his Lomo LC-A and LC-A+. We shot over the color negative with our Vivitar ultra wide & slim, not thinking about the fact that our photos would be upside down to his. But I think it was a good thing we didn’t realize and decide not to, because we really love the way his skies blended with our grounds, and vice versa. We had a couple of kismet shots, too. One photo he took of a boat out on water, and we took a photo looking over a bridge onto water…the two waters blend together! Also, on his picture of the “Foreign Correspondents of Japan” sign, we have an “Oregon Visitors Information” sign on top of it!
The other roll he sent us we shot over with our Lomo LC-A+ and then cross processed it. This batch turned out extremely well and I thought it expressed beautiful contrast between our 2 locations. Some of our shots are macro flowers, and they blend with his big city buildings to create a cool feeling. I especially like the photo he took of 2 people walking down a street, where our trees blend into the street and lead up to the people; I thought it was a very touching scene.
We are really pleased with the results this collaboration gave us, not only the pictures and the excitement of someday going to Japan, but the lifelong friendship that we’ll now have with Takuji. I’m sure we’ll be doing doubles again soon, and we can’t wait till the day that we’re shooting film in Tokyo with him!