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Analogique – First roll of film with the Russian Tank

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My dear Canon AE-1 Program has been broken and on the repair shop for a few months now since the shutter release button decided to work only when he felt like it. I still have a few Lomos to calm my analogue fever, but as much as I love the sense of freedom when making photos with them, I miss the control and challenges that a manual SLR gives.

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One of the first things I noticed and kinda bothered me when I moved to Catalunya was the general lack of interest regarding analog photography – please feel free to correct me if I’m wrong, this is just my personal experience and I would love to discover that this is not true. Of course Barcelona is a big exception, there’s a substantial offer when it comes to second hand, vintage, retro and collectible preciousness with lots of flea markets, second hand fairs, dedicated stores and a strong analogue community, but on the rest of Catalunya the picture is completely different making it extremely hard to find a place to buy good film or developing without it being send back and forth to Barcelona’s studios.

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The streets of Terrassa

As with almost everything else in life, this turned out to be advantageous. If you are lucky enough to find a place with analog cameras – usually in the last row of shelves of a pawnshop – they are usually a bargain and under the market value. And this is how, one lovely afternoon in Terrassa, Catalunya, I found the Zenit 12 XP known as the Russian Tank – Weight: 0.95 Kg! – armed with a 58mm f2 Helios for a very cheap price. – for more info you can read the review on Lomography magazine.

The light meter is crazy and I’m still trying to figure out the meaning of the functions V and F on the shutter release button, but here are some photos of the first roll of film. Don’t expect anything fancy, we just wanted to see if all the functions were in perfect condition so there was no point in buying an expensive pro film and the cheap no brand one from the local photography store worked just fine.

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Frida on her “swimming pool”. We found this small lake in a parc near our house and Frida decided to start using it daily to combat the extreme heat

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Trying out the shallow depth of field

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Frida being cute an slightly cross-eyed

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Frida seconds before kissing the lens


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Parc Sant Jordi

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And Frida again… I’m sorry, but she really is my favourite model.

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I was trying to follow a How To turban tutorial I found on Pinterest to wear on a photo shoot the next day. I’m terrible with hair styles and was starting to get annoyed with my poor skills. Hence this face!


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Enjoying the shadow and cool breeze. Mr.Lazy is responsible for this image and I think it’s one of the few favourites I have of myself.


This is the first post of a new feature I’m starting called Analogique, where I’ll be sharing more analog photos from my other cameras as well. I’m planing to keep it as a weekly post on Tuesday nights, so I hope you enjoyed this one.

And now I ask you, where do you buy your film? Do you order it online or do you have a go to place near you? Do you have a favourite place you go to when you are looking to find a bargain analog camera? Please share your experiences and opinions in the comments bellow as I would love to know more about it.


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