These are my new eyes.
It’s a 16mm Bolex camera, a classic, before the reflex lens. It still runs.
Thanks to the wonderful people at the Visual Arts Development Awards (VADA), I get to teach myself how to shoot and develop 16mm Black and White film.
The first roll is shot, and after a few hours in the basement darkroom with toxic fumes, a tonne of (quasi-calculated) guess-work, and some help from Kelly, I finally pulled some pictures out of it (and a mild sensory-deprivation buzz.) woohoo!
Turns out I don’t know how to use a manual camera very well, The focus and exposures are all over the place. I’ve been spoiled with the auto-everything of the digital world. Time to learn some things.