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Time for some more fishy photographs…
This is Spot, the Snail. The big white one, that is. I named him Spot because he has a black dot on his shell…you can’t see it in the photo because it’s on his butt. He wasn’t born that way, I put the dot there so I would be able to tell which one is him. It’s sort of a paradox thing… the dot is there so I can figure out who is Spot, but he wasn’t named Spot till after he had the dot… time travel can be confusing sometimes.
With all the road work and construction going on around the office, I have been wanting to take some pictures of the giant watermain tubes for a while.
I finally threw some film in my Canonet and went around on Sunday when I figured nobody would be around. Oops – they were working Sunday! I stopped and took some shots anyways though.
There’s something about the big massive roundness of these watermain sections that I find oddly compelling. They are over 2 meters in diameter – big enough to stand in.
Technical Details: Shot with Canonet GIII QL17 using Silvertone ISO 100 aka Agfa APX 100 film. Pushed to ISO 400, processed in T-Max 1:4 for 12 minutes.
Have you heard about this Lomography stuff? It’s sort of a ‘movement’ thingy. They use these Lomo LC-A cameras, or Holgas, or Dianas… the point is using a cheap / crummy / mediocre camera, expired film, ‘shooting from the hip’, cross-processing with the wrong chemistry, whatever – so the end result is sort of the opposite of carefully composed properly exposed photography.
Perhaps its a little like throwing cans of paint at a canvas, and calling it fine art?
It also reminds me a bit of the Dada movement from about a hundred years ago, sort of an anti-art movement, where the Dadaists were rebelling a bit about what the modern world was calling art, and they went in some wierd directions to sort of call attention to the pretentious silliness of it all. (Yeah, I actually learned stuff in the Art History classes in highschool.)
Anyhow, so the thing with Lomography is that ‘bad’ is ‘good’, or something along those lines. That you find the beauty in the results you get, and you don’t know what you get till you get the film back. They do caution that you can’t expect every shot to be a masterpiece, you might only get one good shot out of a whole roll…(**)