A few months back in the lackadaisical summer I started to fool around more with my holga (cheap medium format camera well known for ruining expensive film). I posted some of the color images here. I liked the way the images cohered, all sharing the same lo-fi qualities. I have been carrying the camera around a bit and trying to use it in different ways. I also started putting black and white through it. I’ve built up a pile of shots. Here are a most of them.
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Is shooting black and white kinda the equivalent if “eating your vegetables” for photographers? And is doing it on film different from converting a raw file that doesn’t work in color over to the dark side? These are things I’ve been wondering as I shot through a few black and white rolls over the last few weeks.
I was always reluctant to shoot BW as I thought color kind of my shtick, and justified my aversion with the expense, inconvenience and ability to convert any color film to BW in Photoshop. The last BW film I shot was when traveling Europe five years ago. After relocating to a new apartment a little further from my favorite photo labs I started to consider doing some of my own development, and as BW is a much simpler affair than color I thought I should shoot it a bit more. That and some recent work by a good friend inspired me to load in more of the stuff.
I’ve enjoyed my few weeks sans color. And have found myself focusing more on composition and varied tones of light. Shooting in BW from that start (not converting later) is making me look in a new way, to see photos where I might not have before. It’s a stripped down process, and I find myself focusing more on the essentials of the frame. Here are some outtakes.
Kodak TMAX 100, KODAK TMAX 400, ILFORD HP5 400
Dongdaemun fabric market, Tmax 100
Gwangjang food alley, Tmax 100
seoul flea market, Tmax 100
dongmyo backstreet, tmax 100
hospital and orchid, Ilford 400
cafe killing time, Ilford 400
bundang, Tmax 400
bundang, Tmax 400
subway, Tmax 400
carting around, Ilford 400 and Tmax 400
waiting, Tmax 400
junk for life, dongmyo, Tmax 100
Apartment, Tmax 400
lauren, Ilford 400