Analogue Photography

 

Black and White Photography

Subject: Selfie

In the aesthetics of photography the analog technologies are formative. But it is also important to deal with them in photography itself. Analogue photography represents a material antithesis to digital photography, in which the photographer apparently always has the 'programmed image' under control.

The magic of analogue photography lies in the aesthetics of film material, in images that are 'imperfect'. Typical 'mistakes' in exposure to film, blurring, incidence of light, under- or overexposure contribute to this. Photographing on film can be a challenge. In contrast to digital image production, the photographer can only check the image after it has been developed. You can only see after the processing whether you have exposed too short or too long or whether other 'errors' influence the photographic material. The unpredictable has a special appeal. The pioneers of photography experimented with optical devices and chemical processes, and thereby found out what cameras make possible.

The pinhole camera is the simplest optical device that can be used to create an image of an object. If you use it to expose black-and-white film, you can develop your own black-and-white film in the black-and-white laboratory and then expose your own black-and-white photographs on paper. In the process of developing and exposing in the laboratory there are many possibilities to influence the result, at the same time it is necessary to work with the 'errors' and the 'imperfections' of the pinhole camera exposure.