During 2013 I’ve taken, developed and scanned over 300 rolls of black and white film.
I’ve shared most of my experiments in this little blog. It’s pretty much all in here, the cameras, the lenses, the films and developers, and the recipes.
Starting on the 1st of January I’ve decided to put my film cameras on hold and the arrival of the Ricoh GRD3 enhanced the will to stop shooting film for a while.
The truth is… I’ve not been very inspired for a while now… and a digital camera allows me to take bad shots in a much cheaper way.
However, as always when it comes to photography, things are not that simple.
The little Ricoh GRD3 is…. a joy to use. The results it delivers, in black and white, are amazing. There’s something about that little sensor that makes it special. It’s just addictive.
The Ricoh GRD3 is a great camera and it’s making me explore another kind of photographic situations like candid street pictures. The Ricoh is so small, and totally silent, that I just want to get close to people to take their picture. I’m discovering people’s faces.
I’ve been having a lot of fun and, at the time, that is enough. I will not turn into a “street photographer” and I don’t want to. I’m just going with the flow and trying to remember the most important thing, to have fun.
Take a look at these two newborn Facebook pages I’ve created to share some digital images.
(Click on the images)
If the Ricoh brought something new into my daily photographic routine, the access to a fully equipped darkroom has become my hideout.
I’ve been using the darkroom on weekends and I’m still remembering the basics but it’s all coming back to me. It’s like a time travel back to my student years.
Back in 1989 I was a freshman at Lisbon University of Fine Arts.
Many of the classes, like photography, were attended by both design and art students.
Right from the start it was clear that photography was a major link connecting many students despite wanting to major in art or design.
Those classes made me love photography more because I was beginning to understand how things work. Basic things like aperture, speed, exposure time, focal distances, depth of field… or even developing and printing.
That precious knowledge is a tool that’s been serving me well.
It serves me when I take my camera, it serves me when I develop and it is serving me now, 20 years later, in the darkroom.
I was not given any fish but instead I was given a proverbial fishing lesson.