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Four Lenses

A few more shots from my Toy Camera, two of my favourites from the roll of film. It can be scary sometimes, trying new things.

I hadn’t used a toy film camera since I was a little girl, and when you’re used to the control that you have over a DSLR it can be nerve-wracking to take photos on something where you have much less control. Fixed shutter speed, fixed aperture. The only thing I really have control over with this camera is the speed of film that I put in it and the direction in which I point it when I hit the shutter.

Not like a DSLR, where you feel as though you have absolute control over the most minute aspects of the image you’re creating. Perhaps it’s good to let go every now and then.

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The more constraints one imposes, the more one frees one’s self. And the arbitrariness of the constraint serves only to obtain precision of execution.

Stravinsky

Perhaps it’s good for me to try a little guess-work, it’s exciting for sure… not knowing exactly what will happen. I realised after this first roll of film that the 200 speed didn’t do as well in quite as bright light as I thought it might. I put some 200 speed film in the camera again and perhaps it’ll fare a little better in the light we seem to have at the moment: intermittent clouds and softer sunlight.

Because of the nature of the camera, each lens capturing an image directly after the other, I am going to try to get a little more movement in my next batch of images. We’ll see how it goes.

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