An Analog Experiment – The Continuation

And then more then a year had gone past…

It has been a while since the last blog post. Which doesn’t mean that there has been no photography in the meantime. Both my digital and analog cameras still get a regular workout. I just haven’t gotten around to writing about it. I thought it might be a good idea to change that. Starting with and update on the analog experiment.

35mm experimentation
35mm experimentation with Canonet QL17 GLIII

It has taken a while to figure out how and when analog photography would be able to fit in. My first steps into this world were with 35mm film. While this experimentation was fun, it ended up feeling to similar to shooting digital for me. So at a certain point, a search for something different started. One of the possible alternatives that popped up pretty quickly was 120 (or medium format) film. This turned out to feel like a completely different shooting experience to me. “Big, loud and clunky” would be an accurate description of the Bronica I use. And that could be a disadvantage. But it turned out to be exactly what I needed. The view through its waist-level viewfinder is simply gorgeous and the slower process (no internal light meter and fully manual camera settings) results in a relaxing shooting experience. Even if mechanical hiccups can sometimes creep up on you. Like the film not advancing, resulting in a dozen shots overlapping on the same frame…

Accidental Multi Exposure
When the Bronica S2A doesn’t advance the film in between shots

After answering the “how” question, there was still the “when” part of the equation left. It didn’t take long to realize that for me, landscape photography is still a digital game. In order to keep doing analog photography, a different subject would be needed. And since I couldn’t figure out what to shoot instead, this caused the analog experiment to be put on pauze a couple of times. Until it hit me early this year: during most of my lunch breaks at work, I go outside to take a walk or a short bike ride. A whole city that can be captured on film. Instead of looking for special shots, just look for the everyday. What is my “everyday” might be the “special” or “unusual” for somebody else. And since all cities are constantly evolving, the everyday of today may become the nostalgia of tomorrow. So that is where analog photography has been able to fit in for me: shoot the everyday during my lunch break. Which can take many forms: the trash containers on trash day,

Trash Day
The trash cans on trash day.

the start of construction after a building was torn down,

The start of construction.

the tip of the new city hall against a summer sky,

Hasselt City Hall
‘t Scheep, the new city hall of Hasselt.

or just an empty parking lot on top of the Delhaize.

Delhaize parking
The Delhaize parking lot.

And still experimentation continues. Like taking some 35mm film and testing out what happens when it is pushed through a 120 film camera, resulting in a photo with sprocket holes.

Sprocket hole photography
35mm film, shot using a 120 Bronica GS-1 film camera.

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