Culture Clash - Bolivia // El Salvador

"You don't take a photograph, you make it." 
Ansel Adams


To "make" these photos I taped off the lens of my old russian Lomo LC-A diagonally. The top left half is taken in La Paz, Bolivia. Back in El Salvador I reloaded the film and taped off the other half to expose the bottom left halves of the photos all over El Salvador. Additionally the colors and the grain result form cross-processing the slide film during the developing.
Obviously the results are random compositions of two cultures clashing. Two frozen moments melting. Isn't this what our travels are all about? Random moments that we absorb on our journeys.







 


Color and Light


“Today, photography has become quite homogenized. 
It’s become a lot of pretty pictures or eye candy.” 
Art Brewer

cross processed slidefilm - Chile 2012

For me a photo is a moment frozen in time. After having used digital cameras for more than 12 years, I bought myself a 30 year old russian Lomo LC-A 35mm camera on ebay. Soon after I bought an even cheaper 70's Twin Reflex Lomo Lubitel that uses 120 film. I was hooked. I have been chasing "perfect" photos for the last few years with my DSLR. But what is a perfect photo? Does a "moment frozen in time" have to be super sharp and with as less noise as possible? I used to think so, but I changed my mind.
I love my little imperfect LC-A. It produces great "moments frozen in time" and the use of film gives you endless creative possibilities. I love to multiple expose film. I love taping half of the lens off and reload film in a different environment. I like to cross process slidefilm. I like the anticipation of waiting for the developed result. This blog is about moments of analog imperfection.

For me a great photo is all about color and light.

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