Friday, 4 February 2011

My Mystic Me ~ 'Caught On Film'

Perturbing Self-Portraits
~ Caught On Film ~




My life used to be spent looking at bits of film like this isn't (it's all done with mirrors... or something).

Hours and hours spent in the dark room, the bathroom, fiddling away inside a darkbag changing reels and pouring in chemicals, getting the temperature just right and then some. The magic of the image appearing in front of your eyes, in a blacked out bedroom.

That was twenty years ago now. Now you can create 35mm film pics of all possible permutations with the tap of a screen (we don't even need to click buttons any more). What is the world coming to?

Well I like it, personally. Love it, me. Love gadgets and love the old ways, all at the same time and wrapped into one. The challenge is, to still keep coming up with something new. That's the deal. It amazes me more people don't seem to be doing this, or something, or just anything creative.

I have a cinema card which I laughed at when I signed up. For the price of just two films I could go to the best cinemas in Paris 150 times a month if I wanted; 5 times a day, non-stop, heaven!

I go about once every six months. Sitting in a cinema just isn't creative enough for me. I seem to need to be pounding the streets taking ridiculous numbers of shots I'll never have the time to process, because there will always be another bunch coming right along afterwards. It's scary. It never stops.

Well, it will one day. But by then there will be something to remember me by. If anyone wants to do any remembering. That was the guy who... kept the UGC cinema chain in business throughout the early years of the 21st century. But his photography didn't suffer for it.
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