September 21, 2010

By Tony Kemplen: reflected self-portrait with Voigtlander Bessa-L camera

Tony posted @ http://52cameras.blogspot.com/

Taken with Voigtlander Bessa-L camera in week 37 of my 52 film cameras in 52 weeks project: 52cameras.blogspot.com/

At 12mm, this lens claims to be the widest angle rectilinear full frame 35mm lens available.

The front of the lens was only 15cm from the mirror.

Sometimes super wides seem like trick shots but this lens is superb for the self-portrait.

In many ways, the lens captures the way we see familiar environments. By that I mean it conveys what we know is there, even if it is in the periphery of our normal (50mm-like) vision.

Longer focal lengths frame away parts of the world and thereby alter they way we see the world around it. They can even renew how we see the world.

The superwide can confirm our familiar domestic vision - such a weird focal length and yet it may be the best lens to describe the quotidian. Nice work.

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