It is always very nice to spend your time with people that have the same passions and hobbies as you. Not very long ago I met up with a friend of mine, Jane, who, same as me, likes taking pictures with film and she takes really beautiful photos. Her pictures and herself remind me of Jane Austen’s books so it was very nice to take some photos of her. Here are a few photos taken by my with my film camera, an old Zenit-E.
I love portraits taken with film cameras. I believe it is more difficult to take a good portrait with a film camera, you have to pay attention more carefully to the light, to the distance and everything else. But film portraits are beautiful: the grain, the colors, the unexpected “faults” that the camera leaves on the photo and the fact that you can’t know for sure how the picture will come out.
There is a cathegory of film portraits that I particularly like taking and I enjoy seeing: “back portraits”. They have a feeling of melancholy, mistery, but also familiarity, it is so much more easire to identify with the photo. It’s like looking forward, to what is ahead…I think these kind of portraits are hopeful ones.
Below are some beautiful “back potraits” taken by some really talented people, whose work I admire.
Long ago i saw a picture of a soldier. That picture is now one of my favorites. On the back of that photo was written a beautiful poem for the girl that was waiting for him back home. That photo told me a story, allowed me to see something from a long time ago so I was able to feel and see at least a little part of that moment. In that photo was my grandfather. Growing up he told me the whole story of that picture, the way he met my grandmother, a free-harted girl, the way he went to war, and the way they met again after the war was over, in a beautiful Sunday morning. I believe that every photo tells a story, I believe that “a picture is worth a thousand words”. So, since I was a child i loved photography and I loved taking pictures.
Beside photography I also love words. I believe that words complete pictures, or add something more to them, a new feeling, a better understanding of that short moment when the picture was taken. This blog is about photography and words, about people, the people in the photos and the people behind the camera , stories and of course, about airplanes.