joanne lee

 

half-frame

A half-frame camera does exactly what its name suggests: for each exposure it makes, it uses half a normal 35mm film frame. What excites me about this little device - bought for less than a tenner on eBay - are the possibilities for in-camera editing: that is, the surprising conjunctions that can occur between images taken in proximity on the roll of film, but perhaps derived from different places, times or viewpoints. I rather like odd types of analogue camera, particularly those which have plastic lenses which record light in often unexpected ways, transforming quotidian environments into something approaching a dreamscape. (The high-priestess of the half-frame camera is Marcy Robinson: do go take a look at her beautiful book for Steidl.)