Falling Through The Lens (hereafter known as FTTL) is an incredible photographer and if you don’t already know her work then I’d really encourage you to take a look at her website. I was privileged to collaborate with FTTL on a pinhole filmswap, and here are the results of one of the rolls.
For those of you who are asking what a pinhole filmswap is and how you do it, this gives me a great opportunity to give you the lowdown.
- First – find a photographer to collaborate with, most Pinholistas I know will love to do this with you
- Decide on film format, type, ISO etc (generally I have shot 120, and most filmswaps result in two rolls being exchanged, one colour and one B&W – but there are no hard and fast rules)
- Shoot, remembering to underexpose by one stop (this is important as it gives the best chance of getting the multiple exposure effect)
- Re-roll the film (ideally before mailing it)
- Mail your film to your collaborator (who will hopefully be mailing a roll to you at the same time)
- Shoot the second roll (re-rolling first if needed, and underexposing)
- Develop and marvel at the results
When I’ve participated in filmswaps, I have never shared any details of what I have shot with my collaborators, this makes the results all the more surprising. Sometimes, like in this roll, the results can be very subtle and it takes a while to separate the two images…even if you can do that. It might be though that you really end up with a strong contrast between the two images. Either way, the results are exciting and I’d really recommend you giving this a go (if you want any more tips please feel free to contact me). There’s a pinhole filmswap group on Flickr if you want to see more results.
My thanks again to FTTL for collaborating with me on this spot, in this case images are copyright by both of us (all rights reserved) and should not be used without prior permission. Happy Shooting!