Running 35mm film through a camera designed for larger film formats creates an interesting framing device for the subsequent image - that is, the sprocket holes and the film itself. A digital photograph, by contrast, is independent of the medium it is printed on. It exists all on its own, separate from any specific material until printed on something like paper, acrylic, canvas, or metal. But exposing an analog photograph over the film's sprocket holes and scanning the film strip from edge to edge permanently marries the photograph to the medium that carries it. Below are a selection of images I've made using this technique. This is an ongoing project with more to come.
ANTIQUE FILM CAMERAS
Originally conceived as an effort to photograph landmarks with cameras made in the same year as each landmark, this project is currently in infancy while I build up a fleet of antique cameras. 120-format film has been around since 1901 which means 120-format cameras made over a century ago are still usable with film manufactured today. Below is an assortment of photos from old cameras. I enlarge the negatives using traditional darkroom techniques (usually 11x14), then scan the enlargements to produce most of the images for online viewing. Each darkroom print is a handmade object microscopically different from every other copy, and scanning the enlargements rather than scanning the film helps the characteristics of the traditional workflow come through.