Things you see when hiking in a desert


Olympus 35DC, Fujicolor Superia X-tra 800.Elifaz, 2016.
One of the greatest leisure activities we have in our desert is hiking. Because it’s scorchingly hot from June to September, it’s only in autumn and spring when we really can enjoy this. But when we do go out it is an …

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What about those mannequins anyway?

Olympus 35DC, Fujicolor Superia X-tra 800. Eilat, 2017.
The juxtaposition of people and mannequins is quite a popular trope. After all, there’s a lot of symbolism as well as parallelism when you put a real person next to a plastic human-shape object. We’ve seen it many times in many…

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Huh?

This portrait of my son became one of my favourite family photos straight away, but the irony here is that it was shot by accident. I couldn’t remember taking it and later I realised it was one of the first “technical” frames in a new roll. I’ll allow myself a bit of old-sock rambling and say that this photo would never happen if I used my digital camera. No need to shoot photos in order to advance the film, thus no accidental pictures like this.

 

Enjoying the sunset

Living by the sea was never my dream or goal, it just happened that we live on the coast. That’s why, I guess, we don’t go there very often. But once in a while, it is so relaxing and calming to come and enjoy the sound of waves and the view of the mountains lit by the setting sun….

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Identity Crisis

Am I an artist?

This is the question I’ve been asking myself a lot lately. When reading other photographers’ blogs and listening to podcasts, for example. The authors are all acclaimed photographers whose work is recognized and praised and whose passion for photography helps them earn a living this way or another. I look at their work and see the vision, the emotion and the hard work put behind it. I see that they really thought everything through before pushing the button, and because of all that, they have the full right to call themselves artists. And I?

Am I an artist?

I’m asking this while revamping my website to look more like a portfolio. I know if I were to do this properly I should have looked through all my pictures first, choosing the best of the best and being my own cruelest curator. In my defense, I want to say that I’ve done some of that but haven’t boiled it down to the creme de la creme. Being your own critic and curator is hard and takes time to learn, which I never did and that’s why my portfolio looks like a mess.

Am I an artist?

Looking back at all the time I’ve been shooting photos, I ask myself this. Since day 1 of my photography adventure, I saw myself as more of a Gary Winogrand type of street photographer, if you excuse me for such a comparison. As I learned later he used to roam the streets shooting almost everything and oftentimes not caring about composition or whatever photography rule can apply. “I photograph to find out what something will look like photographed”, it’s the quote usually ascribed to him. So I tried to do exactly that, shooting everything of interest without any projects or assignments, or any agenda whatsoever. But as I started sharing my photos more and the more I was involved in watching others’ work, the clearer I saw the need to reevaluate my principles. What is my message and should there be one? What is my style and vision, and how do I develop them? Am I just a person who takes pictures of what’s in front of him or…

Am I an artist?

 

The answer’s still eluding me.

It’s this time again…

Olympus 35DC, Fomapan 200

And I’m not going to talk about the holiday season, sorry.

It’s been a hard month, a hard year. If you ever read my posts past the photos you might know that almost three years ago I moved country. We’ve lived at one place since then until this December when we moved house.

It’s not nearly as stressful as starting a new life in a new country of course, but it’s not a Sunday parade either.

Needless to say that because of all this turmoil my photo activity has suffered greatly. Almost no new frames shot on film, very few pictures done with the phone, not mentioning social activity – this is the first post in a long time.

It’s all quite understandable and I’m not complaining. There’s another thing that bothers me.

With all this stress accumulated lately, I find it really hard to take pictures. I mean, what could be more inspiring than a new place to shoot, right? Well, one could say, but here I am, struggling to see anything worth photographing around. And what is even more frustrating that I’m living in a town now, which should give me a creative boost for new street pics.

And yet, it doesn’t seem to work this way.

I was wondering: what can I do to rekindle my street photo spark and feel the taste of shooting streets again?

How do you prefer to deal with such blackouts caused by stress and troubles in life?

Self-developed Rollei film and a question

Some time ago I bought a couple of rolls of Rollei Retro 80S to try out. Last weekend I finally developed and scanned them and here some results.

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As you may have noticed some of the photos turned out very contrasty, while others are really fine. And there were some really gruesome results as well, on which later down the road. Both rolls were developed together so the reason for such an outcome escapes me. I’ve got a couple of ideas, though, and an old developer is one of them. After developing these two rolls it turned yellow, and I’ve read that it might be the sign it’s gone.

Both rolls were developed together so the reason for such an outcome escapes me. I’ve got a couple of ideas, though, and an old developer is one of them. After developing these two rolls it turned yellow, and I’ve read that it might be the sign it’s gone.

Another reason is wrong agitation time or/and speed. I’m still learning to develop film, and moreover, this time I used my new dev tank, so maybe I agitated too fast or something. And there was also a moment when I started agitating without setting my timer right, so somewhere in the process, I could have agitated the rolls with less interval than recommended. It doesn’t explain those fine results but I couldn’t come up with any other theory.

Whatever the reason the negatives came out so transparent in some frames that my scanner had troubles defining the limits. It skipped one or two completely and cropped a little bit some more. I managed to save a couple of photos from oblivion and they look like this.

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Any ideas why the photos turned out so contrasty and transparent? What did I do wrong?

Rose Man

 

Olympus 35DC, Fomapan 200
Olympus 35DC, Fomapan 200

After some relatively clear and straightforward challenges, this one is again… challenging. I didn’t quite get the idea of transmogrifying after the first read, but now I hope to have found a good match for the topic.

 

It might be too late now for the Halloween costume ideas, but this rose bouquet outfit seems quite scary.