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Ripple Effect

It wouldn’t be easy to put into words the various factors that took me to here.

It includes a wish (that no doubt many of us share) to move beyond the slick, glossy screens of digital technology, where things are so quickly swiped, clicked, liked, forgotten.

It includes a wish to learn to sloooow right down as part of the practice of photography.

It followed on directly from trying to learn more about the ‘proper’ functions of a camera and finding it frustrating to fathom what we’re asking a chip to do, when it’s expressed in the language of film that had real, tangible, chemical qualities ~ a physical reaction to light ~ and wondering if I would better learn by seeing how the real works, rather than the copy of it.

Perhaps there’s more to it than that.

Perhaps there’s less.

In any event, some or all of these things have got me experimenting with film.

I anticipate there might be further ripple effects.

ripple effects

ripple effects

Comments

Jane says:

I was so interested to read that you are going back to the ‘old way’, Joanna. You have sparked an interest in me. My Dad gave me a Minolta SLR for my 21st birthday. I still have it of course, and I now find I am itching to see where I can buy film and get it processed. What did you do and for interest, to blog that photo did you scan it to your computer I guess? Anyway, I understand what you say about slowing down. I find that with my small digital camera I click away frenetically and hope that something will turn out. With a film camera each press of the button matters. I love your photo of the swan. She seems to be saying ‘follow me’. I just might!

Joanna says:

Jane, yes I too often press rapidly and hope, which while effective in leading to shots that work can leave me feeling a bit disconnected from the end results.

Re the processing, you can get films developed as a scanned version and sent to you on a disc. I’m doing that rather than getting prints as I don’t want to end up with boxloads of prints, especially when I’m still experimenting.

There is a cost in processing of course, though cheaper than investing in a new camera 🙂

It’s a minolta from the 80s I’ve got. I love the feel of it, and it is helping me to slow down.

Jane says:

That’s really interesting information thank you Joanna. I will look into it.
My camera is a ’70’s version! SRT101.

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