Issue No. 12 – June 2016
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Canon EOS 2000, Polaroid 450 Land Camera
“I lived in Viet Nam for two years almost twenty years ago. I returned last summer and wasn’t sure what to expect. Over two decades, the country has experienced explosive economic growth and expanded by 16 million people. Viet Nam is a place of energy, progress, and hustle, but it also is a warm, friendly and peaceful country full of natural beauty and bursting with entrepreneurial and creative energy. These images, focus on small, quiet moments in the oftentimes chaotic whirlwind of that place (something you can also experience in Hong Kong). All of the images try to capture the traces of human presence, the ways that we shape, create and leave our mark everywhere we go.
While I use my phone to capture snapshots, I use film cameras to take photos. The extra time necessary to manually focus, read a light meter, and frame a shot for a single image forces me to slow down and notice something more than I might otherwise. The third photo, entitled “Hong Kong,” was taken with a Canon EOS 2000 using expired Kodak film. The other images were created with a Polaroid 450 Land Camera using Fujifilm FP-100C peel part instant film. This film is sensitive to airport x-ray machines, and you can see “light angels” on some of the shots. Sadly, Fujifilm discontinued this film in February making this type of photography no longer possible. Blue Moon Camera develops my negatives and does a bang up job every time.”
Ivan Faute is a writer and occasional photographer who now lives in Virginia. His recent prose appears in Rathalla Review and Axolotl Magazine. This summer, his stage adaptation of Cris Mazza’s novel Disability premiered at Planet Connections Festivity in New York. His film photography can be seen at theleeroybrown.tumblr.com and ivanfaute.org.