Typewriters. Typecasts. Olivetti Style.
Thank you. What a great post.
Congratulations on winning. Nice photos. I've seen Russian cameras before. I have never seen any photos taken by them until now.
There's something about a good, old-fashioned photograph that can't be equaled by the best digital equipment: it has to do with the texture, the grain, the color balance, etc. These old-fashioned photos are becoming more and more popular among the digital natives, to the extent that software like Photoshop actually include filters to add "grain" and "age effects" to digital images. Sure, they are mere travestis pretending to imitate a good original, but the fact that the tools exist says a lot, in my opinion. That said, what a fantastic Chevrolet 1957!!! I'm impressed with the way the lights reflect on the shiny surface. And the first picture, is that a breaker wall by the sea? I find the composition and the whole image very powerful and evocative. The grey sea and the sky almost of the same shade, the wet stones, the waves... it gave me the chills, I could almost feel a cold breeze blowing from the sea. Autumn, indeed!
Glasnost photography, good term.I'm glad the postcard with "the" inventor of "the" typewriter arrived promptly.
Your photos, as well as those of your sister, are beautiful. Although I'm no photographer and rely completely on my digital set on auto, I still feel a little sad that one day film will be no more.
@Luis, @Bill, thanks for your comments.@Miguel, I agree, the Chevy photo is cool. As to the other photo, that's the breakwater by Lake Michigan in Hyde Park, Chicago. It's called The Point. You're right, it was a cold and windy afternoon indeed.@Richard, yes but I am still waiting for... okay, I'm pushing it. ( :@Dana, I think there's a good chance that there will be a remnant of film photography. It happened to Polaroid instant/lomography.
I keep seeing similar rigs on shopgoodwill, but now that I have a decent setup I resist them. I'm more interested in where/how you had the b/w processed. I have to unearth my darkroom supplies from the basement. Till then I'm stuck with color.
With Richard in the Lomography shop in the summer, we learned that their whole range was based on fairly cheaply made, but bom proof, soviet era cameras. Zenit and Practika SLRs occupied an important niche for hard-up photographers learning the ropes in the 70s. Oh, and that emphatic noise of the shutter release? That's the iron curtain opening and closing in the blink of an eye!
@Peter, there used to be a B&W photo processing service in my neighborhood, gone now. My sister's in Manila and a number of photography studios still do B&W.@Rob, "...the iron curtain opening and closing in the blink of an eye!" Haha, that is quite spot-on!
Ton, these are wonderful photos! I keep telling myself to try film again. I do not miss the low light limitations. I remember an era when ISO 800 was fast and really horribly grainy. Much of my shooting is at dusk and late in the evening in the ISO 1600-3200 range.But there is a quality to film images that is hard to capture with digital. I'm recovering my love of shallow depth of field with the right vintage lens and modern adapter combination. The grain and texture, however, are still elusive and I am not a huge fan of post-processing to the point where the original feel of a place is totally gone.The funny thing is that the most toy like camera I have is the one on my early iPhone. That will be lost with the inevitable trade up to 4G. Chicago is one of those places where 3G just does not work.
@Dwayne, "But there is a quality to film images that is hard to capture with digital." Absolutely.
I have some vintage cameras myself - my grandfather's Exakta VX and Voigtlander Bessa 6x9, as well as a couple of Polaroid packfilm cameras that I use regularly. It looks like the lens on the 3C produces very sharp images - they look fantastic!Here at our house (I haven't posted a story about it on our blog yet), we have an old Sears typerwriter in the basement. One day here I'm going to yank it out and tinker with it. Really like your blog and the things on it!
@Douglas, thanks for the nice comment, glad to hear you liked I dream lo-tech. Do come again.
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