"Perhaps one reason Navidson became so enamored with photography was the way it gave permanence to moments that were often so fleeting."
Mark Danielewski, House of leaves
Why do we shoot film?
It's actually mentioned in our tagline - film is retro and timeless. Much like vinyl records, film photography is currently experiencing a renaissance in the realm of art and appreciation. With photography and editing technology in a state of constant advancement, we find it can be a very comforting and nostalgic experience to return to an antiquated medium.
It's a much more tactile, kinesthetic experience than shooting digital photography - from loading the camera to developing the film, it's all created in your own hands. Post-production editing is not often utilized, as we find the film results are quite unique and lovely without any extra help. It also calls for more patience and attention to detail - the amount of photos you can take are limited. Each shot must be precise, as they are all precious (and pricey!).
This is one of our favorite film manipulations! It is done entirely in-camera, by simply keeping the film in place instead of advancing it - this allows the photographer to take two images that are overlaid on top of one another, on one single frame. We have been working on mastering this technique for several years, with multiple types of cameras and films.
The trick is in the light and shadows - where there is darkness in the first image, the second/overlapped image will appear. You want both shots to have some light areas and some dark areas to create contrast and allow both images to show through. L&E utilizes two techniques currently; 1) shooting both images at the same exposure so they are both equally pronounced, and 2) shooting one image slightly overexposed, and the other slightly underexposed - this allows for one image to be more prominent than the other.
Have more questions about film, cameras, or development? Feel free to reach out to Sarah for tips and tricks! Discussing film and sharing knowledge is one of our favorite activities. We've found the film photography community on instagram is particularly gracious and supportive, and we want to continue emulating that energy.
Interested in a private film photography lesson? Fill out the form below to get started. Prices and perks are based on what you can afford; what we use is based on your interests. Film and cameras are provided (unless you'd like to bring your own!)