We are back with another exciting Doubles With You!This time we are zooming in on this candy-toned album by Erika Grendelova, otherwise known as erikagrendel, and Marta Huguet Cuadrado, aka marta1901!
What camera did you use and what film did you swap?
Erika Grendelova (EG): I used my good friend, Lomo LC-wide. For this particular double, we used a Lomography X Tungsten 64, which Marta sent to me.
Marta Huguet Cuadrado (MHC): I decided to use the Lomo LCA+ because it seems to be one of the cameras that people use the most for film swaps so I decided it was a good option. The film was Lomography X Tungsten 64 because I think that doubles look nicer when they have some homogeneous look.
What did you take pictures of and where?
EG: Those were mostly random scenes and pictures. That time, my friend Terka and I decided to go for a walk around the Prague Castle. I was trying to choose the best layers with details like walls and flowers but the weather that day was unpredictable and it rained a bit so I had to think quite fast.
MHC: I shot in three different places. One of them was Madrid, the city where I live. The second one was Segovia, which is a really amazing city with very impressive Roman architecture and lastly Munich, since I took my camera there and needed to finish the roll soon!
Did you and your film swap partner talk about a theme for this film swap? Why or why not?
EG: We talked about general things you need to decide before the film swap – the film, the camera, but we did not talk about the theme. We discussed some random beautiful things in our towns. I do not remember why we decided to shoot that way, but I guess it gave us a bit more freedom to just walk around our favorite areas and shoot the best parts we know.
MHC: No, we decided to keep it casual. It was my first swap and I wanted it to be surprising!
What do you think about this film swap’s results? Please share with us your favorite photos from this swap.
EG: I think that the results are pretty awesome. As I said, it was a bit rainy when I shot so the lighting conditions were not at best but still the pictures look mostly wonderful. Lomography X Tungsten 64 is a great film and I am sad that it is no longer getting produced.
Here are some of my favorites:
MHC: I think it was a nice album to start with the film swap tradition! I think the roll we use was a big success. The tones we got are giving the story a nice background.
My favorite shot from the album would be:
Both Erika and Marta picked this photo as one of their favorites:
Any funny or strange occurrences during this film swap?
EG: Nothing that I would recall. Only that some layers met in a quite funny way. They still make me smile. For example, on this picture I love how the layers met – morning coffee in tulips.
MHC: Since it was my very first film swap, I was really really scared of it! I remember I needed weeks to start shooting it! And I have to confess I have a lot of rolls left to be swapped with people. But I am pretty exigent so I am afraid they will have to wait until I find a good idea for them. So please, everyone on that list forgive me! :)
How long did it take you to finish the swap?
EG: Well, I still have not finished one roll from Marta and as far as I know she still have two from me to shoot. Getting the rolls was pretty quick. The only problem is that you are not always gonna be in a mood to shoot doubles. Sometimes, you can get a bit mean and just save the roll just for yourself but I really love film swaps. It is a great way to visit places I would not have gone to and a great way of keeping in touch with other lomographers!
MHC: Uhhh, the first part didn´t take too long because I got Erika’s parcel pretty fast. But I didn’t immediately shoot over the rolls she sent me because, as I said, I like to have an inspiration first to achieve the result I like and film is not cheap at all. I want everybody to be happy with our collaboration and that takes time!
Would you like to do more film swaps soon? Anyone in mind? Or a theme maybe?
EG: Well, of course yes. I would love to shoot more, but this year is a bit hectic for me. I hope I will have more time soon to finish some double rolls that are still waiting for me. On the other hand, I would love to do some film swaps with somebody from other continents. So far I have visited USA and Europe so maybe someone from Asia?
MHC: I have some people already on the list so… yeah! They will happen anytime soon. As for themes, I am feeling more and more comfortable with portraits lately, so I think I will like to shoot some doubles where my layer features some female portraits lit with artificial light, and probably in black and white. That’s the very first thing I want to try!