We all know these horrible holiday-snapshots with a face covering almost all of the nice landscape/building/lake/tree/whatever. Usually they also feature one of those fake smiles and an outfit that has tourist written all over it. They are probably the most boring images one can take on holidays. Or are they?
Last summer almost all of my friends became so annoyed with me constantly taking pictures of them when they were least expecting it that I started to do more self-portraits. Then I saw some japanese woman taking pictures of herself in front of the famous Karl-Marx-Memorial in Chemnitz, Germany. She held the camera one arm’s length from her face and took the picture, that was it. That became the inspiration for a project that I am working on wherever I go.
I just take my Diana Mini in both hands, hold them stretched out in front of my face, grin and take the picture. I try to get myself in the middle of the picture and keep the same distance but of course they are all a bit different. So far I have pictures from Hesse, Delphi, Olympia, Udine, Venice, Athens and Belluno.
Of course you might ask “What is the point of all this?” Well, I think that the “digital age” which made it so easy to produce hundreds of pictures in minutes without any efforts changes the way we take pictures and how we look at them. By bringing these subjects back to film I hope to raise some questions and possibly give some answers! As I continue to travel I will try to add more locations and try to make them look more like each other.
The Diana Mini is the ultra-compact, petite version of the Diana F+. This camera takes soft-focused, lo-fi images in 35mm and allows you to change between half-format and square shots with a flick of a switch. Get your own Diana Mini now!