film photography is, well, different. This is particularly true if you shoot black and white, process (develop) your own film and make your own prints. There is a certain organic and tactile nature to the process which I find enjoyable.
In the future, I’ve decided NOT to scan my negatives, but rather to scan the prints. This is an artistic decision and one that I feel will help me maintain the integrity of the process. But, that could just be me being a prima donna about the whole thing.
Here’s some photos taken with my Nikon F3 and Portra film. The camera is a work of art in and of itself, designed by Italian designer Giorgetto Giugiaro. The camera was produced in the 1980’s and survived in production until about 2000.
These shots were taken with the venerable Olympus Pen F, a 1960’s era HALF-FRAME camera that essentially cuts the 35mm frame in half and allows you to shoot 2-times as many photos on one roll. So, for exsample, if you shoot with a 36-exposure roll of film, you actually can take 72-images each seperated by a black frame line. This causes you to be thoughtful about what shot proceeds another and allows creation of the “diptych” (pronounced dip’tik). These are typically pairs of closely associated portraits, images or themed pictures. These were taken on a recent trip to Japan.
The original Olympus Pen F. Designed by the legendary camera designer Yoshihisa Maitani. This camera was built in the early 1960’s. It works perfectly almost 60-years after its birth. Amazing.