Last year I took part in Photographia, a project that encouraged the use of cameras from the volt of Museu da Imagem em Movimento (M|i|mo). The gear collection used to belong to a well-known Portuguese TV channel (RTP) and some professional photographers. The cameras hadn’t been used since they were donated to the museum—until the launch of Photographia.
Most of the cameras were ready for shooting, some needed a simple clean-up, and others needed more than just TLC. Among the cameras were Werra, Rolleiflex, Linhof, Leica, Balda and many other great models. I was lucky to have tested them all. Twelve photographers were invited to shoot with these cameras and I was one of them. The best photos were included in a special museum exhibition.
For my exhibition photos I used three cameras: a Rolleiflex K8 T3, a Leica DRP and the best of them all, a Linhof 220. I loaded them with Lomography XPro Slide 200, Redscale XR and Earl Grey. The Leica, unfortunately, gave up. There was a problem with the optics and most of the photos were ruined. The Rolleiflex worked like a charm and I really enjoyed taking photos with it. The Linhoff really blew me away; it is a strange-looking camera that produces excellent images.
I feel grateful that ecO-Cultural Association and M|i|mo chose me to be a part of this project. It was an honor to be part of the conservation and repair of these cameras. I really had the time of my life.