These photographs are part of a series shot using old 24x30 cm sheet film, and a
self built giant camera . I wanted to experience again - in this age of digital
perfection - the phenomenon of analog photography, and the sense of wonder and
surprise that I had felt when first learning about it. Also, shooting portraits, I could
share this proces with others and find out what kind of image would be produced
by the interaction between my subjects and this uncommonly huge and slow
camera. The exposure time was 45 seconds, and I asked everyone to close their
eyes for one photo, and open them for the next one. Even with their eyes closed,
they do not look asleep nor dead, they are lost in thought, maybe daydreaming.
They are almost defenceless, as if passively delivered to the camera. With their
eyes open, it is quite different: Being photographed becomes almost an action,
they are willingly giving something of themselves away. When asked about the
experience, they all felt it had been quite intense, and that the images were very
revealing of things not normally visible.
|what the sitter sees|
|testing the camera|
|The set up|
This is me in front of the self made 10x12 inch. studio camera.
Everything was made with recycled materials, the films are almost 40 years old!
I still can't believe it works...
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