In our fast moving world and the flood of images by smartphonographers there actually still exist some people who truly dedicated themselves to a slower lifestyle.
You’re thinking of Slow Food? No, I’m not talking about that even if it’s in trend for already quite a while to enjoy such food, photograph it and to share with the Instaversum.
Whatever! Back to the topic: Surprisingly there is a relatively big community on Instagram devoted to slow photography – the analogue photography.
While scrolling through the mass of pictures it is not always easy to identify how or with which technique a photo was made – and anyway: Who really cares? The main point is that it looks good, fulfills temporarily aesthetic standards shaped by advertisement or the Influencers of the Instagram scene. In case it looks „vintage“ – yes, there exist all those wonderful filters with which everything is possible.
Yet still you can find them – the true analogue photographs.
Of course these are also digitized in a certain way because otherwise they could not be shared with the Instagram community – an interesting subject for debate – but for the moment it is not of importance.
I just want to give you a short visual insight into the wonderful world of analogue photography and show you how various, multifatious, creative and experimental it can be.
svenborosch shows that even with a cheap 35mm film from the drugstore it is possible to shoot a great picture with wonderful colour saturation. Would you have guessed it as a shot on film?
An expired reversal film, a pinhole camera, a good eye and baam – nebofever creates an image which is outstanding even compared to a digital photograph.
This urban wanderlust-like picture by _baunovart_ (author of this article) was shot with the same camera model Lubitel as shown in the cover photo by gonzo601 – a soviet medium format camera from the 50’s, 60’s.
A bit more experimental it becomes with this multiple exposure by wasted_films, who develops all his black and white films on his own and who works a lot in the darkroom.
If you love creative multiple exposures you definitely should not miss the the pictures by hodachrome. Surrealistic worlds and juicy colours are his signature.
Of course the instant photography should not be missing here. But have you ever seen something like this? It’s a emulsion lift – a very special technique to work with by urizenfreaza.
Ever heard of a film soup? So this is how it can look like if you put your film into soap, lemon Gatorade, vinegar, curry and cough syrup. wendylaurel creates here a psychelic seeming atmosphere.
Those of you who like the very abstract, should check out the works of riawank. She experiments with different synthetic substances and their effect on the film emulsion.
If you got excited now to discover the world of analogue photography, just check out the cupboards of your parents or grandparents – most probably you might find a camera in there. I hope with this collection of images I could inspire you to put your smartphone or digital camera aside and set your photographic fantasy free for the analogue way.