Several months ago I did a pinhole film swap with Square Peg Pinhole (you may recall). While I was shooting my roll of Portra, he was working on a roll of Acros to send to me. This would be my first black and white film swap! I really like the results! Here are my favorites from the roll. Again we used a Holga WPC on the 6x12 mask. The last photo in the gallery made Flickr Explore, which is always kind of an ego boost.
As I mentioned before, on Worldwide Pinhole Photography Day I met up with several of my fellow pinhole photography friends in Amsterdam. When we stopped for lunch we put a roll of 120 film into a hat - a roll of pinhole that we shot before we left for Amsterdam. Then we passed the hat around and picked a roll. I picked Alex. I had to figure out what to do with his 6x17 photos on the roll. I finally decided to shoot 6x6 and do a triptych over his shots. For each triptych I did a self portrait, a shot of the "landscape" and a shot of some flora in the landscape I was in.
Click the images to see them in their wide angle glory.
As I mentioned a few posts down, I became interested in doing pinhole film swaps several months ago when I discovered people were doing them. As I thought about pinhole film swaps I came up with an idea. What if a person just sent an entire camera with film re-rolled to another person? My Pinholga is lightweight and cheap, so if it gets lost in the mail it's no big deal. Also, using the same camera would ensure the frames matched up. So I asked my friend Brendan if he would be interested in trying this and he was! I spent the next few weeks shooting a roll, then I sent it overseas to Ireland. I have to say, it was really fun seeing my little Holga on location in Ireland on Brendan's IG feed every now and then. And I am now thinking my little Holga needs more Transatlantic adventures...
I really love how the shots came out! I am really liking the way pinhole film swaps turn out in general and I really want to do more of them. The weird, dreamy nature of pinhole works well with the serendipity the double exposed image.
Here are my faves. Click the thumbnail for bigger.
I will get my camera back next week in Amsterdam - with a fresh roll ready to expose - so stay tuned for a round two!
You can see more (previous) film swap results from Brendan and I on my Flickr.
I really enjoy doing film swaps. I love the collaboration between my fellow film photographers and I love the serendipity that occurs. At some point I realized that people were doing pinhole film swaps. Of course I needed to do one too. It combines two things that I love! So I let fate decide who I was going to do my first pinhole film swap with. One day in January I mentioned on Twitter that I wanted to do a pinhole film swap. Within moments my buddy Herschel (AKA Square Peg Pinhole) said, "Yes! Let's do this!" I was thrilled! I've admired Herschel's pinhole work for quite some time and so doing a film swap with him would be quite an honor.
He suggested that we both shoot a roll and send it to each other and that we both use Holga WPCs. We decided on the 6x12 mask. I shot my roll that weekend and sent it off to Nashville where he lives. A few days ago I received the results via email (click thumbnails to see them in all of their wide-angle glory):
I am very pleased with how they came out! The pinhole aspect adds to the dreamy nature of film swaps in general.
The film we used for this was Portra 160.
And now that I've done another film swap I am wanting to do more! I've missed doing them. If you are interested in doing a film swap with me - pinhole or otherwise - let me know! It's a lot of fun!
Craoni, also know as Tony, is a friend that I know from Flickr. I "met" him when he saw one of the film swap photos I did with Brendan. He was kind of blown away by the results and wanted to try it himself so I sent some film his way. I used Portra 800 and I really love the results of this film. I kind of feel bad that I "wasted" a roll of this film on a film swap because it is expensive and so wonderful. But it had been sitting in my closet for awhile and I felt like I needed to use it.
I am very happy with how these turned out! They have a very dreamy quality to them.
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One day last summer my friend Inge alerted me and some other friends to a contest from Fluster Magazine. It was a film swap contest and she thought that I would be interested in participating. She was right (as you might have guessed). I was very interested. So I filled out the form so I could be partnered with a swap buddy. My buddy was a woman from Singapore and she would be the first shooter. I was really excited at the prospect of collaborating with someone from Singapore! However, two weeks went by and I didn’t hear a word from her. The person in charge of the contest emailed me to check in and I told her that my partner hadn’t gotten in touch yet so she said she would connect me with someone else.
A couple of days later I got a message from my friend Brendan. He said that his Swappa partner didn’t work out and they randomly partnered him with a person named Moni from the USA (me). I thought he was joking. I thought this was his funny way of asking to do another filmswap and so I went along with the joke. My initial assumption was that his Swappa buddy didn’t work out and he was the first shooter, so he had this film swap roll needing a home (crazy how the mind works at 5:30 in the morning). Eventually it became clear that this was no joke. And, indeed, I checked my email and there was something from the organizer introducing Brendan and I as Swappa buddies and giving us instruction on what to do.
So yeah. That was weird.
It just so happens that three of our photos made it into the finals and are in a book.You can preview and purchase the book here.
I did another film swap with my friend Inge last month. This time around I sent a roll of film overseas to Inge. I shot my roll at Bagby Hotsprings, the day I write about in this blog post, actually. She decided to shoot the roll while she was on vacation in Germany. The results are really cool! Here are more of my favorites:
I met Inge via Brendan when I first saw the film swap they did together. I checked out her photography on Flickr and was all, "I need to be friends with this woman." We have a lot in common, film photography and tattoos being a couple of those things. I am glad that she felt the same way because I have really enjoyed getting to know her on Twitter and Facebook. Inge lives in the Netherlands and took her photos in Amsterdam. She shot her side of the roll with an Afga Optima. She redscaled the roll and sent it my way to Oregon where I re-shot it on a walk around Sandy one Sunday evening. My shots are upside down which made for some interesting effects.
The idea of Amsterdam vs Sandy makes me laugh a bit. Sandy is so small town and hokey. I love my little town, don't get me wrong. But it is. I thought it might be fun to contrast my small town with Amsterdam, which in my mind is this mythological utopia of liberal goodness (I have never been there but it is on my list of Places I Must Visit Before I Die).
You can see more of Inge's work on her Flickr.
The more I look at this photo (from the latest film swap with Brendan of Aware Of The Void) the more I love it. I kind of want it to be somebody's album cover. I kind of want to start a band so I can use this as an album cover. I will name the album (what else) Friday Wonder.
Here are some other faves from this round:
When I took the photo above I was feeling a bit brave. I thought I would take some candid ninja shots of strangers. Unfortunately this dude in the food cart gave me the most hostile look known to man. It kind of freaked me out, frankly. It may be awhile before I conjure up the courage to try it again. The photographer is Brendan whom I admire for being able to take candid street photos of strangers.
This is a shot of a couple getting married under the St. John's bridge in Portland. I happened to click the trigger the moment the couple kissed. I didn't mean to - it just happened to work out that way. Interesting when that happens. I like the way the foliage from Brendan's shot gives more more depth to the photo.
I like the birds.
If you are interested in doing a film swap with me let me know! It's lots of fun.
If I had to blame my obsession with film phtography on a person it would be my friend Nick from Spokane. Back in the days when we used to go on "Photorolls" with the Spokane Flickr Group (years and years ago) he was dabbling in film photography. And doing interesting things with it! Like double exposures and pinhole photography. I remember seeing his stuff and saying in my head (in all caps) "I WANT TO DO THAT."
Six years later and I am doing that. And I am having a blast.
Inspired by the filmswap I did with Brendan, Nick suggest that we do an Oregon/Washington film swap. I sent some film his way and he sent some film my way. You can see the results of the film I sent him on his Flickr. Here are a few of my favorites from the film he sent me. The film he sent was 20 years expired so that is why it is a bit grainy and has a blue-ish cast.
If you want to swap film with me let me know in the comments! It's fun!
My International Filmswap with Brendan from Aware of the Void continues! He shot the last of the three rolls on Sunday - and even developed them himself so we could have results that day. I am so pleased with how they turned out! Here are some of my favorites.
My side was shot in Downtown Portland, Oregon and at Cape Disappointment, Washington. His side was shot in Dublin, Ireland. He blogs at AwareoftheVoid.com and he has a really good Flickr stream that you should check out too.
I mentioned awhile ago that I am participating in Aware Of The Void's international film swap project. I finally sent some film his way a couple of weeks ago, he shot a couple of rolls and developed them this past weekend and the results are AMAZING. Honestly. The serendipity of the way some of the images are super-imposed is nothing less than, well, what is the word? Metaphysical? I don't know. This is what I love about art. I love how things just happen. Art is experienced, rather than explained. And there is no way to explain this with words, so why don't I just show you.
My part of it was shot here in Oregon, some of it on a walk to Wahclella Falls on the Columbia River Gorge. Some of it shot at McMenamin's Edgefield in Troutdale. Brendan's side was shot in Dublin, Ireland. If you are interested in participating check out his really great blog, Aware of the Void! You can also find more of his excellent photography on his Flickr stream.