The look

This photo captures a girl giving a somewhat scathing look at her colleague. Or at least that’s what you would assume looking at the photograph in isolation.

It’s something that we see regularly in the media – particularly the press and news sites that make use of still images – where an image will be chosen to suit the tone of the article in which it is used: a sneaky look on the face of a politician the paper is opposed to; the beaming faces of parents with their healthy new baby; the triumph or despair on the faces of athletes; the shadowedy, unkempt look of someone charged with criminal offences. Each representing just a fraction of a second in that person’s existence, and each picked as being the right image to match the tone of the story being told. How often would another photograph, taken just an instant before or after the one selected change the whole feel of the image?

In my photo below, it looks very much like a dissaproving glance is being given, but the reality of the situation is that these girls were smiling, laughing and apparently getting on like the best of friends. My single captured instant is just out of context. It’s a fairly innocuous example, but it goes to show that, while a picture may paint a thousand words, the slightest movement in time can result in a whole new story being told.

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Canon Sure Shot Z135 & Kodak Portra 400.

Taken on 17 June 2019

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Three wise men

Taken on a morning wandering around the flea market. I used my Olympus Trip 35, which hasn’t had an outing in quite some time, but it’s a lovely little camera. Unfortunately the weather was windy with frequent showers so the market was underpopulated both with visitors, and also with stalls themselves. I still managed to get a few nice shots on the day though.

That said, the Fomapan 400 negatives are quite thin – this is the third time I’ve had this (with three different cameras), so I’m not sure what’s amiss. I’ve not had any issues with the film under-exposing before that I can recall. Oh, well, back to HP5+ for my next 400 speed shoots anyway.

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Olympus Trip 35 & Fomapan 400.

Taken on 14 March 2019

Interesting things

I timed this shot just right to get the chaps face in the gap between the items, but I like the stuff on the table too, from the frog golf caddy in the frock coat (with red cap), the Leica slide projector, the skull-topped canes and all the rest.

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Yashica Mat 124 G & Lomography Color Negative 400.

Taken on 29 March 2018

Alfresco refreshments

I shot a roll of Lomography Color Negative 400 for the first time this week. I wasn’t sure what to expect, but the results are very nice, with pleasing colour, and I’m very happy with it (especially as it only cost £10 for three rolls). I used a full roll wandering around the flea market taking photos of life around the place. The light was nice and I got several pictures I’ve very happy with, but here’s a shot of people enjoying a tea break amongst the market stalls.

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Yashica Mat 124 G & Lomography Color Negative 400.

Taken on 29 March 2018

Browsing

I took a number of photos around the flea-market this week using the Yashica Mat 124G. I was hoping for a bit of a Vivian Maier-type result and, while I don’t think I’ve necessarily achieved this, I’m still pretty happy with a lot of the shots I got.

I’m using white borders at the moment which, while looking nice on Flickr, have little impact on this blog given it has a white background anyway. 🙂

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Yashica Mat 124 G & Kodak Tri-X.

Taken on 29 March 2018

Looking a little gaunt

A large model human skull for sale at the flea-market today. Apparently it lights up (or so I overheard the stall owner tell another customer). The hat is a nice touch, I feel.

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Yashica Mat 124 G & Kodak Tri-X

Taken on 29 March 2018