Yesterday I've shown in a post the picture "to be a camera-being".
This picture seems like a photo-collage, but it is a sandwich from two photo-collages.
From the first collage I only used the figure at the left side. I cropped it and used the second collage as the back layer. Both collages are - like the collage "café brasil" - too large for my scanner. I put them together in Photoshop, but you can see the transitions very good.
"camera being", brasil, 2008
"over exposure", germany, 2006
The result is the sandwich-photo-collage "to be a camera-being":
... What they does is just to open a little window and capture it. The world then writes itself on the film. The act of the photographer is closer to reading than it is to writing. They are the readers of the world."
The city of Heidelberg is one of the most attractive touristic hot spots in Germany. Of course tourists are very important for the city, but if you (you are now a habitant of Heidelberg) always are compelled to take care of the crazy tourists and their snapshot attitude, you'll get very bugged!
No, this nice lady isn't my mother and I wasn't a tourist, I was an observer!
My tool to shoot this scene was a Zenit ET by BELOMO with the magnificent Helios 44M - 7 MC 2/58mm lens on a Rossmann 200 film.
Sometimes a photo laboratory works really bad. And the results are very sad.
I've shown an example of a crashed film (a Kodak Portra 160VC) in an older post.
But the worst thing which happend to me, was that a laboratory developed two Ilford FP4+ films (it's a b/w-film) as C41 (it's just for color-films and a few special b/w-films). The result, you see scarcely anything on the negatives.
Here is an example scan from a "good" negative:
Yes it's a bike, my GT Ricochet. I used my Canon EOS 10 and the Canon 4-5.6/28-90mm lens.
I think, that the laboratory believe that all b/w-films are like the Ilford XP2 super 400 or like the Kodak BW400CN, because both films can be develop with C41. But even than the laboratory can do mistakes.
In this case I photographed on an old military cemetery in Hannover, Germany. It was winter and everywhere was snow. I used the Ilford XP2 super 400. The camera was the good old full mechanical Porst FX 4 (Praktica Nova 1b) with a Porst 2.8/55mm lens and a Sky-Filter.
I don't know what the laboratory did, but in this case it's the perfect thing which could happend. The scenario seems like after an atomic bomb catastrophe. The whole atmosphere gets a dramatic, depressive, disillusioned and morbid touch. I think it's a good picture against war!
Another film was an Agfa Portrait 160, okay here is only a part of the film trash:
Yes it's a girl. Here I used the Exa 1b with an Enna München Tele Ennalyt 3.5/135mm lens.
They are fake-trash-copy-toy-cameras of the worst kind. But they work. The typical lens of the Canomatics isn't very sharp, rather like a Lensbaby, but the effect is a little bit different. Anyway, it's a kind of a soft focus lens.
I bought my Canomatic Meikai AR-4367, which seems like a very bad copy of a Minolta 5000 AF, on a flea market in Germany for 5 Euro.
The name Meikai was first used by the japanese camera manufacturer Tougodo, for example the Meikai ELX.
Now a picture with the fake Meikai AR-4367 MADE IN CHINA with an original Meikai MT-118 flash MADE IN JAPAN: I use the camera for landscape impressions. It's not fine-art, but it makes unforgettable impressions:
"morgue 1", germany, 2006
The Pouva Start I used for the first time in Brasil. I'd loaded it with an expired Kodak Portra 160VC. The bad-news-good-news-scenario: the photo laboratory crashed the film, but the result is very cool:
As I bought my Ricoh TLS 401 on a flea market, the salesman gave me with the camera and the original lens two trash lenses. Both are "Auto Exaktar"-lenses, made in Korea.
The first lens is a 2.8/35mm and the second lens is a 2.8/135mm.
Both lenses work only with the f-stop 2.8, the apertures are simply dead. I have a few lenses and so I didn't need them.
Some days later I had an idea. I took a hammer an crashed the front lenses of both lenses. Why did I do this? I just wanted another effect! Now I call them "Special FX"-lenses.
Many people think, that you can't take a photo with a damaged lens, but it works.
Here are two example shots with the "Special FX"-lenses. The camera I used was a Porst FX 4 (Praktica Nova 1b).
"temporary failure", germany, 2006
... A friend saw this photo, and he fell in love with my model. He wanted to be introduced to her, and wouldn't take no for an answer. I said to him: 'Come round, she's at my place'. And I showed him [...] 'the girl': it was a plaster model of the Venus de Milo [...]. Do you think it's the camera that does that?"
... There's no point trying to find out if it's an art. Art is a thing of the past. We need something else. You've got to watch light at work. It's light that creates. I sit down in front of my sheet of photographic paper and I think."