Tag Archives: 35mm Film

The Dream Songs

While some photographers are dreaming of the next spec to be introduced to digital SLR technology, there are those who think the crappier the camera the better.  While that might be a bit of an exaggeration,  some of us do consider distortion, blur, light leaks, and vignetting to be features rather than qualities to be avoided in our photographs.  We are the lovers of toy cameras.

the dream song

the dream song

Toy cameras are inexpensive cameras made mostly from plastic, often including even the lens.  The Diana camera has been around since the 1960s, whereas the Holga didn’t arrive on the scene until 1982.  There are many, many more types of toy cameras, but the two with which I have worked most often are the Diana camera and the Holga.  I actually prefer the Diana camera, and, among my Diana cameras, I even have my favorite, for each Diana camera is unique.

Though the name implies play, many artists are serious about low-fidelity photography.  A good online resource for you, if you are interested in working with toy cameras, is toycamera.com,  which is associated with Light Leaks Magazine.  There is also an annual Krappy Kamera contest and show at the Soho Photo Gallery.

This collection of my own toy camera work emphasizes dream and memory.  I made all of the photos with either the Diana camera or the Holga.  It’s not the season of the year that is important in the set but the way in which the photos yield to the suggestion of dream.

The two following photographs are double exposures taken with a Diana camera of my children at Lake Superior.

daughter of the sea

daughter of the sea

spirit selves

spirit selves

Walking out over the ice of Lake Superior…

a poem for one voice

a poem for one voice

visual disturbances

visual disturbances

Shooting into light and mist with a Diana camera…

from light and mist

from light and mist

Winter dunes of Lake Superior shot with Holga…

the dreams of a stranger

the dreams of a stranger

Finally, I’m currently having a sale in my Etsy Shop.  The price for all the items in the sale items section have been reduced.  At least one photograph in that section is a toy camera shot.  If you don’t have an Etsy account for shopping, you can always contact me by email about purchases.

Elinor
elinor@equivoquephoto.com

The following 8″x12″ print on Kodak Endura professional paper is now listed 20 USD.

untitled portrait

untitled portrait

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Portraits, Film, and Light

In our home, photography is a fact of life.  Every member of the family has been a photographic subject or the one behind the lens at one time or another, and for me that adds up to a lot of portraits of family and friends in my body of work.  While I have taken my fair share of digital portraits, the portraits in film are the ones I love best, perhaps because the results of black and white digital conversion still cannot compare to the range of tonality one gets with black and white film types.  I happen to love black and white portraits.

The following photo, The Naturual, shows my youngest son’s love for my favorite Diana camera.  Each Diana camera is different.  His favorite camera always seems to be what my favorite is at the time.

Photography is a family affair.

Photography is a family affair.

Sometimes the playmates of my children find their way into the frames as well…

an untitled portrait

an untitled portrait

Here is an angel among us.  Look at the hearts in his eyes.

un ange parmi nous

un ange parmi nous

It’s nice to remember the longer days during these, the darkest, coldest, shortest days of the year.

girlfriends

girlfriends

More memories from the neighborhood…

a boy child

a boy child

My lovely daughter…

lovely

lovely

My youngest son with my oldest son’s girlfriend…  My youngest has the brightest eyes you’ll ever see.

bright eyes

bright eyes

And finally a portrait of the artist herself… a very old portrait!  It was taken with my late grandfather’s old Pentax.

Pentax ID

Pentax ID

Finally, through Decemeber 23rd, if you purchase any item from my Etsy Shop, you will receive an extra photograph!  You may contact me about availability for gifts, either through Etsy or via email at elinor@equivoquephoto.com.  Here are some of the photos currently offered in my Etsy Shop.

Becoming Light

Becoming Light

unspoken truths

unspoken truths

In the Form of a Dream

In the Form of a Dream

a poem in light

a poem in light

lost in translation

lost in translation

water, evening, poetry

water, evening, poetry

and summers lease

and summer's lease

frozen ghosts

frozen ghosts

morning song

morning song

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