After 122 Months, a Return to Film

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This wall is near the Cobbler’s Bridge in Ljubljana’s old town center, the first picture I shot on film in ten years and two months. I intend to make many more.

This journey ‘back’ began innocently last fall when on a whim at a flea market I dropped €22 on a Zenit EM and a roll of Ilford 50 ASA black and white film that was two years beyond its expiration date. My edition of the Soviet workhorse SLR was released in 1979 for the 1980 Moscow Olympic Games, but the brand dates back to 1952.

Soviet workhorse
Soviet workhorse. Heavier than a Macbook Pro.

It came with a Helios-44, a fixed 58mm lens with a f/2 – f/16 aperture range. Combined, the camera and lens weigh about as much as my MacBook Pro. And is much louder, too. I like the smell of the leather case.

Below, a small handful of shots –all low resolution scans– snapped quickly during a late lunch hour in and around Ljubljana’s city center. I was happy to see that not only did the camera actually function admirably, so too did its built-in selenium cell light meter. Bottom line: I got my €22 worth.

Next lesson? Testing the patience that shooting film requires.

Tivoli underpass
Tivoli Park underpass
Ribji Trg
Alley between Ribji Trg and Mestni Trg, or Fish Square and Town Square
Celovska Street
Celovska Street
Congress Square, Ljubljana
Congress Square
Museum of Contemporary Art
Museum of Contemporary Art

And finally, this very unintentional triple exposure. I’m still not sure how it happened.

triple exposure

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