In 1958 the great photographer Robert Frank took a series of images of New York’s street life with a Leica camera from a bus window, as in these series of photos that I took in my city Como with my trusty Lomo LC-A loaded with a Kodak Tri-X film. This is a tribute to a great camera and to a great photographer! Read more after the jump!
Some months ago, I loaded my trusty Lomo LC-A with a roll of Kodak Tri-X and took some photos of my city Como, which is situated in the north of Italy, from a bus window. I wanted to write another tribute to the great photographer Robert Frank and one of his lesser known works, titled “From The Bus, New York” taken in 1958. In this work, he saw a New York City bus as a mobile cinema of everyday life. This work showed his interest on cinema as well; in fact, during the 1960’s, he devoted himself to making films, only returning to the photography after the early 70’s.
I wrote a tribute to this great photographer in the series A Salute to the Masters. He is one of my favorite street photographers. I love his practice of “uncertain moments” over the more popular “decisive moment!”
In his series taken in New York, Frank used an handheld Leica camera in capturing non-narrative images of the city’s inhabitants. Meanwhile, in my series, I used my LC-A (it’s not a Leica, but it is an awesome camera. Try it!) loaded with a black and white film as in Frank’s work.
I’m currently shooting another series with a color film loaded into my Fed 3 camera. After developing the first roll, I was impressed at how the colors changed the perception of the environment where the people live!
The nice and bright viewfinder of my LC-A and the focusing zone method allowed me to take these photos quickly every time the bus stopped, before it began to move again.
Like Robert Frank, I didn’t care much about the composition, choosing instead to remain open to what happens outside the window.
As a visual purist, Frank never cared about sharpness, correct exposure, and bokeh. His images are free from these common concepts of photography. For him, the most important thing that the photograph must contain is the humanity of the moment.
My Lomo LC-A is a perfect camera to take this kind of photos: I don’t need to worry about time and aperture, concentrating only on the scene that appears in front of my eyes. Try it!
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