Most of the times I visit new places during holidays or weekend escapades I avoid touristic hot-spots and I never buy any souvenirs except a postcard for myself. I don’t send postcards from the places I visit to my family or friends and it’s because I am not a great writer – it happened in the past that I sent a postcard that looked like this:
Greetings from *INSERT PLACE*
True Story, Bro
Now I know I am more into more authentic and close to the nature type or retreat, that’s why I take photos for my own postcards.
Exactly one month ago I went with my girlfriend (also a photographer – IG and WWW) to São Miguel island and we stayed for a week in Mosteiros. It was active and at the same time relaxing week for the both of us and we miss that place since we came back from there.
We took some rolls of film with us and I had my DSLR with me as well, but surprisingly, we did not run out of film nor did I need to use my secondary memory card. Guess we just needed the rest we got there?
In my previous post you can see a special photoshoot we did with Joana (and more on her Instagram), but the more colorful and holiday-vibe photos can be seen below. We have some prints in offer, if you are interested in buying some of those and we will be happy to share a small part of our trip with you – just let me know!
PS. These photos are from 2 different rolls – Kodak Gold and Kodak ColorPlus.
We came back from São Miguel a few days ago and of course we miss being on holidays. But at the same time we are excited with all the photos we brought from there. One of the most interesting things we did was a photoshoot for my girlfriend @joanarainer
The idea was to go to an abandoned hotel early morning and hope for the thick fog. In São Miguel, however, fogs may come and go at any time, so we were not sure what to expect. Thankfully, the fog was merciful for us and we could realize our vision at the first attempt.
A colorful dress was nicely contrasting from the surrounding dark concrete and at times the fog was not allowing us to take a photo from further than a few meters. But we managed and the results can be seen below.
Lately I focused more on taking analogue photos, but I still do take some shots with my DSLR. Not as much as before the lock down though, but below you can find a set of random photos I took over the past couple of months.
By the end of May I ordered a couple of expired rolls of film from Narc and Ilford Delta 100 was the first one from the lot I tried. Its expiration date was January 1998, so I wasn’t sure of the results. I used it on my trip to Tomar, but most of the shots were taken in Lisbon. Below are a few examples (also posted on my Behance profile).
You heard about the “couple goals”? I met a couple who have plenty of common goals. One of them is film, another cinematography and another is pictures. And many more – I am sure of it! Our story started pretty funny and I remember this very well today. I was walking around the flea market in Lisbon, on the lookout for some cheap film and cameras (by the way, I failed to find “cheap”) and I saw this girl shooting sneaky photos of people in a cafe where I stopped with a friend for a beer. I approached her because it was the time I was very interested in street photography of this kind – non-invasive and quiet. Big bonus for shooting that with an analogue camera! I didn’t want to be a pain, so I just asked if I can see her gallery online and we exchanged our Instagram accounts. Totally worth checking that! It turned out that she was only visiting Lisbon, but will be back shortly. And you know what? We met again! We could talk a lot about photography and I also learned from her, which really matters for me. She seemed like a genuine person, who was not afraid to share her skill with (almost) a stranger. And if she was so cool, how could her boyfriend be any worse? Not at all! They are both filmmakers and cinematographers, both talented and knowledgeable. And most important fact is that they are both giving their true opinions. Real stuff only. And I am so happy that I could go for a photowalk with Giulia, I am happy that I could shoot some videos with Gonçalo. I am even more happy that we could have some drinks and dinners together. But I am sad, because I miss these two amazing souls, who live their lives happily in Italy now. Can’t wait to meet them again. But why am I even telling you this? It’s because these two people are important to me and I miss them a lot! And they gave me a roll of Portra 160 for my birthday last year! I only shot it recently, because I had some issues with my camera, but here it comes. You can wipe your tears and enjoy the photos – or if you dislike them – cry again.
To Giulia and Gonçalo – thank you very much for this gift 🙂
Below you can find a table with links to my friends’ works:
I think it’s OK to admit that I made a mistake. Mistake – because I didn’t change ISO on my camera after shooting a roll of Portra at ISO 160. So when I inserted a new roll of Ilford HP5+ it was shot at the wrong speed. Or “wrong”? I only realised this by the end of the roll, but it has been saved – by developing it shorter than standard ISO 400 roll of this kind. So basically I have a roll of Ilford HP5+ ISO 400 shot at ISO 160 and developed as ISO 200. Feel lost yet? 🙂 Fear not, it came out from the tank in a good shape. Check the result by yourself. And if you want to see more, check out the rest of the photos I liked on my Behance page: https://www.behance.net/gallery/97319531/Ilford-HP5-%28200%29
And now a bonus, because it brings good vibes. We met this man, the goat keeper, and he was very happy to allow us take a photo of him. Do you think he would be even happier, if he received a print of this picture? 🙂
Didn’t publish anything in here for a while, but doesn’t mean I am idle – at least not in photography 🙂 Using all this time spent at home I am shooting some more film. A roll of Portra and an expired Ektachrome 160T are waiting to be developed in a lab. But I finally developed a roll by myself. Well, almost by myself 😉 For a start I took a roll of Fomapan 400 – it’s cheap and if something goes wrong > out to the bin. So I didn’t really focus on finding amazing frames for this roll. But it turned out to be a beginner’s first success. Below you can find a few examples and the rest of good in my opinion frames you can find in my Behance profile: https://www.behance.net/gallery/96444293/Fomapan-400
Special thanks to a very talented photographer, Joana Rainer, who helped me with all this!
While I am writing this, there’s a roll of Ilford HP+ hanging in the bathroom drying and waiting to be scanned 🙂
Back in 2019 I decided to take part in a collective exhibition organized through a Facebook group – Lisbon Analogue Photography. The initial plan was to show our photos in 2 different spots – Livraria Ferin and Ler Devagar – both are libraries located in Lisbon, Portugal. The final decision was that exhibition consists of 7 photographers and each will display 6 photos taken with a film camera. As the title says it was photos of Lisbon presented through the unique vision and framing of each one of us.
Unfortunately, the exhibition at Ler Devagar had to be closed early due to the current situation and instead being on display for nearly 3 weeks, the place was closed after around a week or so.
Nevertheless, it was a great experience for me and I believe the other photographers share the same feeling. Even more special for me, because it was my first exhibition ever. At this point I would like to thank each one involved in organizing the whole thing and allowing us to display our frames at their spaces.
No more talking – below is a collage of my photos I printed for this exhibition.
I decided not to add any titles and just leave it for the viewer for interpretation.
Just wanted to quickly let you know that opening of our collective exhibition happened yesterday and this time we are exhibiting our analogue photos at Ler Devagar in LX Factory. You can see it all for free until 22nd March.