Tuesday, May 17, 2011

a photowalk in Bayview

The ALC met again last night and a new member joined the crew. Welcome Dylan! Dylan is Brenda's neighbor and currently is a house photographer for The Rave. He also brought over a slew of fun film cameras including one fabulous waist-level viewfinder camera. The perfect reminder that I need to get one since they are the perfect camera to use for street photography.

We went for a photowalk around Bayview on one of the windiest days of the year. It feels like Chicago around here lately. After the rolls were finished, we headed back for another fest of appetizers... cheddar/bacon stuffed mushrooms, basil & garlic pasta salad, cherry salsa & chips, bread cheese, Mexican corn, graham crackers with maple frosting, and lemon-blueberry cake. This is a big reason why camera club nights rule - yum!

We exchanged the rolls of film we shot and loaded up our cameras for round two. Next mission = shoot our new roll of film for the double exposures. We'll bring the films to the next meeting and I will take them all in to get processed at the same time. Plan to see a post of these images when the project is complete! 

Until then, a teaser of a few images from the new Diana Mini. A post is in the works with a review on this fun little camera. 




Tuesday, March 22, 2011

sangria, cupcakes & film | the inaugural meeting 

meet the founding members:
Angela | the Marketing Pabstketteer photographer, mainly shooting live concerts and musicians from analogue to digital to experimental, have camera will travel, addicted to the Caribbean & Paris  
Brenda | the doctor, currently taking photos of her patients. the DIY'r of the group, recently made a great tilt-shift lens from a plunger and a medium format lens, Boston Terrier owner/lover 
Rob the photo major at art school, experimental photo shoots - many props come from American Science Surplus (including full size weather balloons!), in New Orleans almost every other week
Brandon | the musician, the producer, the iPhonographer resident of the group, loves green bean casserole 

the basics: 
objectives of the club | to shoot in a more relaxed environment, to shoot for the love of shooting and not always worrying about critiques, to shoot more, to explore more of where we live, to eat and drink, to be more active in learning about photography, to be more creative more often 
location | taking turns hosting camera nights at each others houses. food and drink always included. gatherings held once a month
activities | photo walks, photo road trips, exhibit tours, camera swapping, exploring photography themes, movie nights, darkroom work, group Blurb book, group photo show, guest speakers... 

"photography remixed" project #1
shoot - rewind - shoot
Everyone in the group was given a roll of film. We made sure that everyone had something different - one 120mm color, one 35mm color, one 35mm black and white, and one 35mm redscale. In the next couple of weeks we will each shoot through our roll of film. When done, we will pass it to the next person to load into their camera to shoot the double exposure. (remember, you must make sure to take underexposed photos otherwise you may get a blurry white out. double exposures are never guaranteed!) It'll be interesting to see the double exposures that we come up with. Photos will be posted on this blog after our next ALC meeting.

Polaroid wishes & Kodachrome dreams,


Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Plastic Fantastic | the beginning

Photography has been a part of my life as long as I can remember - learning from my father at a very young age. The obsession with lo-fi photography started for me about 4 years ago. It was at this time the Lomographic Society started making reproductions of the famed lo-fi camera from the 60's, the Diana, which I promptly purchased. It was a whole other world, different from anything I've ever learned in class or on my own.

Since then, I've been on a mission to absorb as much as I can on this creative, experimental world of film. 4 years and 15 cameras later, here we are starting a forum to share. The more this community bands together, the more we can bring awareness to this wonderful art form and possibly my favorite style of photography.

This month I'll be meeting with the inaugural members of the camera club to decide on the direction we'd like it for go and to plan out a few projects and events. Stay tuned for lo-fi fun times ahead!

Polaroid wishes & Kodachrome dreams,

photos taken by Angela Morgan Photography