Archive for May, 2010

Saturday, May 29th, 2010

appelhandjes

appelhandjes

An old camera has recently arrived at my doorstep, asking me if he could, despite his flaws and malfunctions, live with me and maybe come with me on a trip sometimes. Of course what he really wanted was to be used again, but he was too proud to say it. I saw through him easily, and I have to be honest: he was too good-looking to resist. I took him in.

At first everything was great, we joked around and had a good time. But then came the point where he had to perform. I gently cocked his shutter, and fired it. Almost without a sound and trembling with anticipation, he opened up his shutter blades and closed them again rapidly. So far so good. I turned the dial down to 1/4 of a second, cocked his shutter again, and fired. He opened up his blades quickly, made the softest whirring sound, and then did nothing.

After my inventory of the camera’s flaws (a sticky shutter that was unreliable at high speeds and not functional at all at speeds below 1/8 of a second and a view finder with festive mouldy patterns encrusted in it), I must say I felt ambivalent towards him.  I wasn’t sure what to do: get him fixed and pay the bills or throw him out and avoid the costs and the risk of wasting film. And like a cat that doesn’t know whether to attack the bird or just eat from the bowl starts washing itself out of pure confusion,  instead of choosing either option, I just loaded him up with a roll of 120 film.

Handed down

Handed down

Camera: Yashica D TLR with f/2.8 viewing lens and f/3.5 taking lens

Bank holidays

Saturday, May 22nd, 2010

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We have a lot of bank holidays, I recently realised. It’s weird to me to get a day off in honour of some religious happening that may or may not have actually happened and that none of the people I know really cares about. I gladly join the party, though, when we celebrate the fact that we live in a country that’s more or less ‘free’. But that’s only a bank holiday once every five years. Weird priorities? Yes. Is it important enough to change? Not really. Am I bummed out by that? No, not at all, this was just a little observation of mine that I wanted to hurl into cyberspace, along with a semi-appropriate picture I took recently that’s also pretty by itself.

Hello Dolly

Tuesday, May 11th, 2010

I promised, so here it is, the fruit of my screen printing efforts.

dolly-zeefdruk-losgezongen

Obviously it’s Dolly Parton, and she’s been divided into two colours. You can figure out any meaning for yourself if you want. I also made a version where she’s surrounded by a halo of some sort, but I have to tweak that part a little.

halftones and halo

half-tones and halo

Here you can see how the image is made up of half-tones, smaller and bigger dots that create the illusion of a grey-scale that you would be able to produce if you just transferred a black and white photo onto your screen.

Tell me what you think, don’t be shy this time, just humour me with a comment, I can take it!

Halftones

Monday, May 3rd, 2010

wasmachine-halftones