Budapest Reel with Lomo Spinner

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Lomography Spinner camera makes for interesting motion when the subject is moving as well. Here the swirl of these Hungarian folk dancers is redoubled by the 360 spinning of the camera lens. It creates a kind of all-at-onceness that you can’t otherwise experience or take in with the eye. This image is a 30″ x 23″ print, scanned from the film and printed on Fabriano Artistico at Indian Hill Imageworks, VT.

Shot in Budapest. While roaming the streets, I walked  into a plaza and found myself in the midst of this festival.

Why I was in Budapest….

My friend Danielle and I were en route to Romania to volunteer for Habitat for Humanity. The build was a new home for a widow with two grown daughters; the three of them had been living in a one room dwelling with no indoor toilet, the one-room sat just next to the train tracks. It was the summer of 2011, and it was a scorcher. As we wore hard hats, face masks and goggles, sitting on Romanian scaffolding on the second floor to apply stucco to the exterior of the home… we were so hot, sooo hot in the over 110 degree sun, but we couldn’t help to not feel grateful for all that was back home.

With the crew: Kristin Holmes Rouse, team leader.

With the crew: Kristin Holmes Rouse, standing in white tee, our team leader.On the scaffoldingOn the scaffoldingThe home nearly finished in Cluj, RomaniaThe home nearly finished in Cluj, Romania

Pacific Fog

Point Reyes, California….I heard about the overlook, made my way up from San Francisco with cameras in hand including my Soviet-era, Lubitel remake and plenty of film anticipating the view of the Pacific at that edge of the world but I had to use my imagination because the infamous San Fran Fog rolled in. I wasn’t going to leave without a shot, so I climbed a hill in front of this tree, held the twin-lens Lubitel at my waist, and looked down through the lens just when these two young kids walked past.

Children walking through Pacific Fog, windswept tree at Point Reyes

(Don’t know what a Lubitel is, see below.)

Took the shot with 120 film, scanned to digital, and printed on handmade Amate paper at Indian Hill Imageworks, VT.  This paper has a textual quality that deeply absorbs ink and intensifies the density of the hues.

Soviet-era Remake

What Lomo film cameras have you used?