Wordy Wednesday #111 “ Planned Obsolescence”

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I’ve always been fascinated with wide-screen images and own Jeff Bridges’ book of panoramic images that he made using a Widelux camera on the sets of some of the movies he’s appeared in. It inspired me to shoot film with a Russian-made Horizon 202 taking exposure readings using a Gossen hand-held meter. The Horizon, you see, is an all-mechanical camera, no batteries included, no batteries needed.

Having a camera with a 120-degree view on a 24x58mm film format and a 28mm focal length lens changes your way of looking at images and framing them. When combined with what must charitably be called an approximate view seen though the viewfinder and no focusing capability (I guess that’s tough to do with a moving lens) the experience puts spontaneity and maybe even a little inspiration into your photography.

After having the film processed, I hand trim the negatives by hand and place the strips in one of the film holders that Epson provided with the one of their old scanners. After scanning and tweaking the images in Photoshop suddenly I’m Jeff Bridges, Nash Bridges, Brooklyn Bridges, or one of those guys.

Author: Joe Farace

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