Tuesday, 7 October 2014

Paraty Photography Festival 2014 - Afghan Box Camera (lambe-lambe) results.

So, these are a few results with my Afghan Box Camera (also known in Brazil as lambe-lambe) from few weeks ago at the "Paraty em Foco", a photography festival that happens every year in the Estate of Rio de Janeiro. We've set up the camera at the central square in the very pictoresque town of Paraty and the results are great, but more than that, we've interacted quite a lot with the passers by that were really interested on how the camera worked. We've had few volunteers!

Tuesday, 23 September 2014

Afghan Box Camera

I've spent a couple of very busy months on building and testing my Afghan Box Camera, a sort of "instant camera" from the past. The camera is basically a light proof box where, besides working as a camera, it also works as a darkroom. That's because all the  image processing is made inside the camera soon after the shot it's been taken. For this, a tray with a developer and fixer is placed inside so the photographic paper can be processed.

I've followed the brilliant work of Lukas Birk and Sean Foley from the Afghan Box Camera. If you're interested on more about this sort of cameras I highly recommend checking out the site. I've also built a Tumblr page where I've been posting all stuff related to my project: lambemovel.tumblr.com/

And here are some of the test I've made so far...

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Hand-tinted Albumen

I have done some prints with the Albumen technic using digital negatives. The quality of the print is ok comparing to the orignal shot in 35mm. I have printed the tweaked file in a normal inkjet printer using a simple tranparency sheet so I can't really expect much quality to be honest...

The great thing about this picture is that I could test some watercolours onto the print. This image was printed on Hahnemuhle proof paper which is cheaper and yet really good, I love the way the colours rendered onto the Albumen.

It's a shame I missed some of the details in the shadows, especially in the model's face, but I guess the colours really added some atmosphere to the shot.