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Slovakia

As some of you know, I went to Bratislava in November 2017 because I had work in a exhibition there, so here’s the full story!

I was involved with a group called INTAC, They were founded as an international art collaboration project out of OCAD University in Toronto, Canada. They have been working with students to creating collaborative art projects all over the world since 2011.

I was contacted by a great photographer who was involved with the program at OCADU called Giselle Mira Diaz. I was invited to participate in a film swapping project, initially it was just the pair of us, but due to Giselle and INTAC this particular project ended up with multiple people swapping films all over the globe.

Swapping the films led to some truly unpredictable results within the images.

The images above were show on a film I received from Saanni from blank, being a colour film and having no idea what had already been shot, I decided to load the film into my Canon AE-1 program and shot the whole film with the camera upside down. The intent being that if there were any landscapes on the film, then it would create an interesting effect.

The images below are from the film I shot and then sent to Giselle. I’ve always preferred working on ilford HP5+ as it’s what I’m most familiar with. The images overlapped almost perfectly, cell for cell.

The work was exhibited as part of the INTAC collection in a show called Anatomy of the Soul. A beautiful collection of works by young photographic artists all over the world.

Our work was featured as not only as part of Anatomy of the Soul, but as a part of larger spectrum of work. Bratislava was hosting their European Month of Photography. The city was filled with various exhibitions and galleries throughout the month. We tried to see as many as we could, one day we actually visited about 7 exhibitions in a single evening!

The exhibitions in the festival covered all areas of photographic practice, From fine art photography on display in a church, to gritty documentary photography in a listed building and abstract works in a disused shop at the bottom of a block of flats.

During my stay we decided to go and check out Vienna, the capital city of Austria. I only got to spend a. Few hours there, but in those few hours I got to see the grounds of the Palace which was worth the trip!

The experience was one that I wouldn’t have missed for the world. Someday I’ll return and spend more time exploring the culture at my own speed.

Olympus XA2

This camera has served me well over the years, it’s tackled at least 4 festivals and more nights out that I care to remember. It’s ultra compact and easy to keep in a pocket or bag without any worry about space or weight. That being said, the camera has a metal body with some plastic components. This leads to a highly durable camera.

Olympus XA2

The Olympus XA2 is a 35mm point and shoot camera made in Japan by Olympus between 1980 and 1986. The XA 2 and in fact the whole XA line were designed by Yoshihisa Maitani , he was also credited with the creation of of some of the most prolific camera lines that Olympus ever made including the OM and Pen series cameras.

It is an automatic exposure camera, with scale focusing, very similar to the LOMO LC-A. This leads to a lighting fast camera that requires very little adjustments to the settings.

I’ve used the camera for all sorts of photographic work including three consecutive years at Download Festival. It’s compact and smooth design makes it easy to carry on day to day basis. It has a fantastic, high quality lens that creates beautiful images in any lighting situation. This camera is one that everyone needs in their collection, however the price of them is quite inflated as of this post being written. I was lucky to have mine handed down to me by my mother, but to buy one today you’re looking at paying at least £100 to get one in good condition. This camera is a classic as far as compact 35mm cameras go. If you get the camhance to use you, I guarantee you’ll instantly fall in love with it!