Matthew Joseph has developed quite a reputation for wide angle photographic landscapery. He wasn’t always a slick ‘every shot’s a winner’ exponent of this photographic genre however. In this edition of the Whole Roll Project he shares his first ever Super Wide Angle roll, shot with a 15mm lens strapped to a Voigtlander Bessa L.
Processed: At that place in ChCh where Matt used to work.
I thought I’d first share a contact sheet from almost 10 years ago. It’s not a fantastic roll, it’s not even an ok roll, but it is a special roll, it was my first time using a super wide angle lens. There is only one decent shot on it.
The camera, a Voigtlander Bessa L & 15mm Super Wide Angle had sat on the second hand shelf at work for ages. One day a colleague of mine decided to put a roll through it for fun and when I saw the results I was in love! So I decided to have a go.
It was a sunny, Winter, Sunday afternoon in Christchurch (a rare event) and I had just finished work so I signed the camera out, put a roll of film in it and took some photos on the way home.
What is that thing down the bottom of my frame?
Frame 6: Fifty. The only decent shot on the roll, I may have originally uploaded it to photo.net, some douche canoe on Flickr didn’t like that I had put the sign in the middle, oh well. A version of this photo once even appeared on men’s undies.
The problem was I was holding the lens like it was a normal focal length – so what you are seeing is my left index finger bent under the lens. If you kind of squint at the photos it looks like I am mooning the camera in a strange way.
So there you have it, being awesome at super and ultra wide angles is not something you’re born with. There was only one decent shot on the whole roll and it still didn’t discourage me from liking wide angles and trying again, it may have even made me more determined.
Earlier this year I managed to get some finger under the lens of my 43mm for the Mamiya 7, it was wider than I thought it was, which is a good thing.
Next time I am going to share one of my best rolls ever!
Thank you Matthew, I’m pretty sure you can shop some of those fingers out, or replace them with meerkats, – at least your finger obeyed the rule of thirds.
Yep – a new lens can mean a whole new world, and for the bolt-on viewfinder using types out there, it can mean the occasional “digital” photograph… heh.. get it… digital… digits,,, hmmmm….
Try the wine!
Thanks for your contribution Matthew. Our next Whole Roll Project will deviate from the pattern so far and transform into a Whole Pack Project, as we share our first instant film a whole Pack of Fuji FP 3000B shot by Lea Williams on a Polaroid 220 Land Camera.
If you’d like to share a whole roll with us, don’t let me stop you.
Until next time, keep on believing.