analogic portrait


Untitled by Anna Laznya

Analog portrait of my friend Cécile / 


Sandra and the misty sea.
December, 2015.

Back when I first met Sandra, we made a little photoshoot near the Barceloneta beach. We had a beautiful view of the misty sea, a rather uncommon view of the sunny Barcelona. I shoot some portraits of her with my Mamiya M645 and she did the same with her Mamiya RB67. It was funny to compare the weight and characteristics of our sister cameras :)

When I developed and scanned the roll, I found that all the photos had a very strange dotted pattern all over them. I still don’t know if something went wrong in the development or if the rolls that I used were faulty (I bought a bunch of Rollei rolls at the same time and this pattern happened with all of them, even using different chemicals). At the time, I was so depressed with life and photography that I didn’t wanted to share or do anything with them.

Now, I’ve realized that in film photography, there may be mistakes like this, but it’s all part of the process, and I’ve learned to accept them in a different way, as a part of an experimental work. I don’t seek perfection, in fact, one thing that I love about film photography is that it’s not perfect. It’s a completelly manual process, and accidents can happen. And they can give you some unexpected results, ones more pleasant than others. That’s part of the magic of chemical photography.


Night time is the best time.

Shot in San Francisco on the same roll of Portra 800 on my Mamiya C330, lovingly named Bergamot.

(1) Devin of Pentaxia in the mists of the Rainbow Manor (2) Astra of Pentaxia in the double exposed jungle of the Rainbow Manor (3) Megan, pausing in the darkness of SOMA.