"The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes." Marcel Proust

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Notre Dame 2


  1. Hi Carol,

    I've been to Paris a few times but never thought of taking a Holga with me to record it. That's very brave! As another returning to film, the biggest difficulty I have just now is finding the courage to leave my DSLR at home when I go out shooting and rely on my Rolleiflex. In fact, I wrote a post about just that on the blog I recently started up: http://theonlinedarkroom.blogspot.com/2011/10/scary-really-scary.html

    I love the different look your approach has given to Notre Dame Cathedral. Well done!


  2. Hi Bruce,
    Thanks for commenting on my blog. I never really thought of myself as brave for bringing my Holga to Paris though. I did bring and shoot with my digital but they were always the standard family vacation shots. I "see" in a very different way when I am using my Holga. I am more present in the moment when I use it and my photos look very different from what I generally shoot with my digital. I do use my digital camera as a way to "warm-up" and get into my "seeing" mode though. After all film is expensive and involves a whole different level of commitment.
    One thing that helps me shoot with my Holga/film better is letting go of the outcome. With digital it is all about outcome. I think the instant feedback of seeing an image on-screen right afterwards actually detracts from the process for me. And for me photography is more about the process of being in the moment, being present to what is right in front of me, than anything. Even if none of my shoots turned out I was able to expereince Paris in a more direct way.