Sunday, January 21, 2007

Vintage Lomography

Using consumer medium format cameras from the 50's and 60's which offer the same luxurious amount of control like the modern Holga but using real glas as lens I create images with a similar look and feel. Why spent 50U$ on a hipp plastic lens when a Agfa Isoly can do the same (and I bought it for 5$) ?
I share this sequence of images with you covering vintage looks in the modern city of Singapore.
(Agfa Isoly and Kodak VC 160)

Saturday, January 20, 2007

Art or Trash ?

Coming back to my favorite controversial thoughts. Who or what defines photographic art ?
The artist, a certain style, a gallery, a critic or the artist's name, known in the scene ? Is "Fine Art" art with the perfect zone system and f64 or the blurry plastic Holga camera pics ?

I define the following panorama image as art !
It is representing my impression of moving around in an environment without meaningful subjects.

Friday, January 19, 2007

With the Billy Record in: South Africa

With a slight delay due to my huge backlog in scanning slides 2 more slides made with the Billy Record I from 1952. It is still amazing what a 50 year old camera without batteries and USB adapter can do !
The capeCape Point lighthouse

South Africa is a great place to visit. From sea to desert, from suburban rich estates to townships like 20 years ago. Safe to visit, but you should be more conscious about showing expensive equipment at the wrong place and time (this applies mainly to the city of Cape Town and Johannesburg).

Sunday, January 07, 2007


I just realized the blog is called XPan and Noblex, but I didnt publish any Noblex images yet. To compensate this 2 images from Bali Beach, early morning at sunrise. The camera is a great piece of equipment, both in 135 as well medium format. It creates unique panoramas, but a bit sensitive to non-even level during shooting due to its rotating lens.
Noblex 135 with Provia 100

Saturday, January 06, 2007

Color and BW

Welcome 2007 ! A new exciting photographic years started.
Closed the old year with an inventory exercise, check negatives, scan what was not scanned yet. Make my thoughts about the material.
I want to share this 2 shots from the same place in Switzerland, the Schoellenen Gorge, one in color, which appears a bit mystic, one in black and white, a more classic view.