Many fellow photographers that I know shy away from Street Photography, the idea of taking photos of another person without their permission is a bit of a polarizing topic both in and outside the photography realm. But there are many well respected and famous photographers who made their career doing that. It’s a subject I dable with on occation, mostly sticking to shorter lenses, or more unique cameras (like a Polaroid, or my Rolleiflex). A trip into Toronto to see my friend Sean’s Gallery opening gave me a chance to capture some street images, mostly on the long subway ride to and from my car which was parked at the far west end of the Bloor-Danforth line. I’m actually pretty pleased with the results of this week, it was hard to pick seven images, but as I got some shots outside the subways system, I kept the ones posted here to the subject of Transit people.
I broadened my horizons, and went W I D E, and when I mean WIDE, I’m talking panoramic wide…using one of the more unique cameras in my collection. After popping into the Lomography store to get a lesson on how to use the Horizon Kompakt, a Russian swing lens camera I took once again to the streets of Toronto to give it a go. The camera itself is what makes the whole concept unique, as I mentioned earlier it is a swing lens, a fixed 28mm f/8 lens, that will travel across a 120 degree arc exposing a thin slit of the film as it passes to create the final image which takes up approximately two standard frames. The best part, no batteries, powered entirely by a near silent clockwork motor. I got many stares as I stopped to use the camera as I wandered along.
So yes, this camera eats film, a roll of 36 will yield about 22 images, also with no meter in it you have to be careful about the film you load into it. Using the 400 speed film (Ilford HP5+) on that bright a day made a lot of the images unrecoverable, a 200 or even 100 speed may have worked better. But with a bit of work in post I was able to pull out some pretty awesome photos.
Horizon Kompakt – Обьектив ИНДУСТАР MC 8/28 – Ilford HP5+
The half way point already, can you believe it! And the project is still going strong! Week 26 is dedicated to two awesome friends of mine, Jay and Kat, who have opened my eyes to the wonder that is rail and transit systems. Something I’ve always been interested in, but they’re both just over the top, but in a good way. So I present to you the Halton County Radial Railroad museum, celebrating light and electric rail systems from the region. Located just on the outskirts of Milton they have a massive collection of both working and under restoration rolling stock from across the country, many of which you can ride on using the track system the property has on it.