Some time ago I bought a couple of rolls of Svema Foto 400 from FPP to try, and last week I was finally going to develop them. Now when it comes to developing times I always check with the massive dev chart or just google if it’s not there, and usually there’s no problem with finding it.
Not this time. I’ve spent a couple of hours for sure trying to find how long I should develop this film at box speed in HC-110 and didn’t succeed.
This wouldn’t be such an issue, hadn’t I put the film into the tank. I’ve got six more rolls in the queue so I would definitely find something to do while waiting for the answer.
Finally, after several days of waiting, I decided to risk it and go with someone’s suggestion to develop the film using the time for Rollei Retro 400S as it’s the film on a thin synthetic base quite similar to what Svema feels like.
One of the greatest leisure activities we have in our desert is hiking. Because it’s scorchingly hot from June to September, it’s only in autumn and spring when we really can enjoy this. But when we do go out it is an amazing experience.
The juxtaposition of people and mannequins is quite a popular trope. After all, there's a lot of symbolism as well as parallelism when you put a real person next to a plastic human-shape object. We've seen it many times in many places, not only photography of course, and mannequins were even used to scare us in one of the episodes of Doctor Who, as I remember now. But anyway, it's not my point.
The point, however, is that I'm guilty of using that trope too, and in case of this photo life just threw this chance at me to take. Funny, though, that I've posted another photo of people and these same mannequins some time ago. In both pictures, the people are kinda strange looking in some either work or just dirty clothes, while the mannequins are all slick, clean and finely dressed. It's like as if they look at us reproachfully and say: "Hey, get yourself some clean dress already!"
One of my new year resolutions this year was to start printing my photos and I’ve done it as described here.
But somewhere in the back of my mind, there was an ambition to make a photo book. And today, after long hours (and days) of selecting, reviewing and putting everything together I’m proud to present the resulting book called “Street Frames”.
It is a collection of my favourite street photos I’ve made since I picked up my first film camera back in 2012. The project I was talking about in my article on Emulsive has also made its way into the book.
Following some good advice from my fellow blogger Yuri, I’m going to use the printed copy as my portfolio and maybe will be able to organize a small exhibition here in my area. For anyone who may also be interested in the book, it’s available through Blurb both in print and PDF.