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May I present to you, the first stages of a little project I began work on in February. Little Pink Camera Project. Why Little Pink Camera Project? Well it does exactly what it says on the tin, I am creating images using a job lot of little pink disposable cameras that I bought.
I’ve always loved film and using analogue methods. When I was at uni, I was so reluctant to switch to digital, although ironically I was the first one to make the switch after a few problems made using a darkroom nearly impossible, but more on that story later. Towards the end of last year I decided I was feeling pretty jaded with a lot of things about the Photography world, from the sheer amount of Photographers that are out there now, to the images being produced and also my own frustrations at being in a bit of a creative slump.
It would appear that the nineties are having a bit of a revival at the moment, not only the fashions, but there are a lot of Photographers producing work that have that kind of aesthetic to it, which reminded me so much of my old collection of ‘The Face’ magazine. I decided to take this as a starting point to trying something new, so I began drafting up some mood boards on my Pinterest account. If you’re interested, you can check it out here: https://uk.pinterest.com/grrlish/lpcp-inspiration/
Once I gathered a few ideas. I purchased the first batch of cameras. I had a group shoot back in February so that is where I debuted the idea and shot my first few rolls of film. Naturally, as with the beauty of film, you never know what you’re going to get until you receive the images back from the printer, so of course there are going to be varying levels of successes and failures, but I’m sure the more I do it, the more I’ll get used to what works and what doesn’t.
The first batch of images definitely reflect this fact, some things were a flat out epic fail, it’s so easy to forget the whole finger over the lens thing on a range finder camera! However, there were definitely some amazing images too, I got exactly what I was looking for a couple of times, and I have already decided that I think the images work better indoors, with flash than with natural light. Then again, once the brighter weather comes I could change my mind about that.
A few people have asked me why I don’t just load up a roll of 35mm in my old SLR, but the truth is, I quite like working with restrictions. I feel like as a Photographer, my skills are pretty limited in the digital world, I’m certainly not as confident or clued up as a lot of people out there, I’ve just always tried to make the best of what I can do. Using the disposables means I am free to explore the limits of what they can produce using what I already know, and by stepping out of my comfort zone in one go.
I’ve really enjoyed doing this so far, and I am definitely investing in my second batch of cameras once my invoices are paid. I will try to write a little bit about the process and experience with each new lot of images, as this is definitely a learning process and there is still a long way to go, but I am very excited about what I can create.
For now, please enjoy a selection of the best images from my first few trial shoots.
That’s it for now. A nice selection of raw and gritty images, in the literal sense!
I hope you enjoy, I can’t wait to see where this project goes.