I met Martin Smith (www, Twitter) in January 2018 on a photo walk with @Givemeabiscuit during the Lumiere Festival in London. It’s not that often that I meet another Martin, and we soon realised we more things in common than our names. We were both carrying the same camera - a Leica M6 TTL - and were both shooting Cinestill 800T. After a quick chat we realised we had both picked up the M6 over a Nikon FM2n. We also both work in IT.
Quite the set of coincidences.
Fast forward a couple of months and I had been wanting to do a collaboration with somebody for a while and had been thinking about a double exposure project. Who better to double up with than somebody who was already my double. We had a chat and agreed a rough time period, and since Fujifilm had recently announced the discontinuation of their popular Agfa Vista 200 35mm film, we agreed to use this for the swap. Since we both conveniently had some rolls left from when Poundland sold them for £1 in the UK, the plan was set. We would each use a different camera, marking the leader to make reloading in the same place simpler, take our shots, wind the film back, mail it to the other person, swap cameras, then reload the film. This would give us two rolls of double exposures - one shot on the M6 and one shot on the FM2n. We both shot at EI 200 with no requirement on focal length or subject. The aim was just to take some shots and see what happened.
Martin shot his FM2n roll around the Worth Way between Crawley and East Grinstead and his M6 roll in Priory Park in Reigate and a few shots in London. I shot my FM2n roll during the London Marathon and the M6 roll in central London and around Rotherhithe and Greenwich.
We think they came out pretty successfully, and part of the fun of a project like this is the suspense of not having any idea what you're going to see. Seeing the results achievable with nothing but a bit of luck bodes very well for future experimentation. Almost all of our frames were aligned due to using the same camera and marking the leaders. We also had no problems at all shooting at box speed - good to know for the future!
Without further ado, here’s some of our favourites:
Priory Park, twinned with Chinatown
Welcome back for Part 2 of my post on my trip to Warsaw with a Leica M6 TTL, a 35mm Summicron ASPH, some Kodak Portra 400 and a roll of expired Fuji Superia 1600. I finished Part 1 saying that I need to spend some time understanding the meter as I’ve had a few photos that are very underexposed with bright light sources in them. I can say, however, that it performed well in dark areas. I’m really happy with this photo of Julia which was taken in very subdued light with the Superia inside the Royal Castle, which has an impressive gallery of art and period rooms.
I’ve just finished scanning the photos from my holiday in Warsaw with my girlfriend Julia, which spanned weeks 2 and 3 of my 52 rolls project. All photos were taken with a Leica M6 TTL through a Summicron 35mm ASPH. Three rolls were Kodak Portra 400 and one roll was Fuji Superia 1600 that had expired over five years ago and hasn’t been kept in a fridge.
Warsaw has had a particularly violent and sobering recent history. It's suffered through a huge amount of destruction, but looking at it you might not notice that anything's out of the ordinary. The city is in a constant stream of construction and renovation, giving it a chance to reshape itself into a particularly modern place to live. We had five nights here, and I’ll try and explain some of the interesting parts through a selection of photos below. The photos themselves turned out fairly well, and the M6 is a joy to use, but as you’ll soon see the expired Fuji film had a lot of noise.
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