I’ve been looking at these two photos for a while now and thought I would post them separately. They are some of my favorite shots from our trip to London last fall. I was trying to decide which one I liked better and kept flipping back and forth between the two. Then I put them side by side and that’s when it hit me that they worked great together as a diptych. I’m not a master at diptychs, but I really like them. I don’t usually put black & white shots side by side with color, but I like the context of the two. Reminds me of our time traveling through Europe.
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One thing that is nice about shooting film, (Kodak Portra 400 in this instance) is that it is what it is. With digital, especially RAW files, you have to always tweak something. Add a little contrast, desaturate the reds, add clarity, etc. etc. True, you can tweak film scans, but the basic color and tonal range is more there than a RAW file is right out the camera. Plus, shooting with that little Lomo, it just does magical things with the focus.
I shot this a week or so at the Portland Japanese Garden. Amazing place… highly recommend it if you’re visiting or haven’t gone before. Spring time is coming up and the blooms are quite beautiful here.
We took the Metro to the Louvre, so I didn’t see this entrance staircase until I was leaving. It’s really a pretty incredible feat of engineering. The spiral staircase floats around a column that doubles as an elevator and connects the outside courtyard to the belly of the museum. Definitely go in this way if you ever go to the Louvre.
I finally got to visit the Louvre on our most recent trip to Paris. The museum is huge and holds an incredible collection of art, I barely scratched the surface of what’s there. I did get to see some of the famous works including the Mona Lisa, Venus de Milo, and Winged Victory of Samothrace. Seeing those was quite an experience on their own.
This shot is from inside looking through the Louvre Pyramid. A trick I learned from shooting with my iPhone is that you can put small camera lenses in places you don’t normally go with bigger cameras. I literally stuck the lens right under the base point of the Pyramid and shot upwards.
These next few blog post will highlight some of my favorite shots I took on my afternoon there. All these shots were taking with my Lomo. And don’t forget to subscribe to my RSS feed if you want to keep up with the blog from the comfort of your own RSS Reader.
Tomorrow is a special day for me. It will be the very first time I’ve displayed work in Portland, OR. A few months back, my good friends at OFFICE invited me to submit work to a group show for the month of May entitled “My West Coast”. All in all, 8 photographers have submitted five photos that were all shot on Polaroid Land Cameras. Everything I shot was on black & white Fujiroid and there is no negative. I’ll just have these scans to remind me (assuming I sell all the shots).
It’s been a while since I’ve shot film (much less Polaroid), but it was so fun to go analog again for a project. I’ll be posting all five of my shots here over the next five days. If you’re in Portland, come out to the opening tomorrow, Wednesday, April 29 from 6 to 8 PM at OFFICE 2204 NE Alberta Street Portland, OR 97211. The event is sponsored in part by New Deal Vodka.