Cutting Edge Retro
By Amy Evenson
22 Jun 2008
I love contradictions. I love pairing things that have nothing whatsoever alike and combining them together - like an antique quilt in my modern bedroom. Or heirloom roses with black pansies. Or, in this case, a digital camera with a TLR from 1951.
I've always had a love for all things antique - I blame it on watching too many old movies and reading novels about kings and queens during my formative years. I am also an unabashed geek who loves science fiction and techy new gadgets.
My biggest challenge when learning photography is finding a way to combine my historical fascination with the capabilities of digital photography. I began by shooting antique items - anything that looked old and dusty - but the images came out too crisp, too saturated, and simply too new.
Then I discovered "through the viewfinder" or ttv photography. This technique uses a digital camera to shoot the focus plane of a vintage twin-lens reflex camera. By combining the two cameras you have the post-processing capabilities of digital with the vintage feel of the TLR. You can combine the old and new to create something familiar, comfortable, but unexpected. History geek meets tech geek. My life is now complete.