Sudden feelings to analogue imperfections, fromTanja.
There is an infinite amount of stories an image can tell — about the subject and the photographer. These two photographs are not visual essays on the ambivalence of all things or a romantic memento mori. They are moody poems that remain unedited but still change unceasingly.
First there is the pure excitement of taking a picture: Setting everything up, holding my breath, and releasing the shutter in what I hope to be just the right moment. No preview, no test run, no correction mode. There is no way of knowing how the final composition is going to turn out. This uncertainty makes the final moment of disclosure all the sweeter.
Then there is the satisfaction of seeing the picture: It feels like reading a poem out loud for the first time and discovering a whole new meaning while the words sink in. Translating a sudden feeling into a raw and imperfect analog aesthetic helps me track it down when I need to reconnect. It can also be a means of capturing a brief moment of inspiration.
Now you see why I so rarely show portraits to anyone: It feels very personal and intimate to me. With the help of the wonderful community of other analog enthusiasts at BerlinOnFilm, I found the motivation to get involved and gained the confidence to show another side of me.
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by Tanja Trinckler