This was shot with a Rolleiflex 3.5E with a Xenotar lens. I enjoy composing with two eyes on the “photo” on the large focusing screen, instead of in a viewfinder through a tunnel to one eye. Have you had this same experience? There is something about looking it with both eyes that lets me see the finished work as if it’s a small contact print. I don’t find that I get the same feeling with a digital camera’s viewing screen. But with the Rollei–maybe because it’s analog–it takes on the feeling of the finished photograph.
I think people find looking into this old box camera not too intimidating. It’s slow, it’s quiet, it’s kinda nice to look at!
I wonder what would be the result if you compared the portraits from the Rolleiflex to say a Canon 5DmkII, and not just the film look, but whether the expressions would be significantly different with the Rollei? Is there a warmth and relaxation present that you don’t get with the large Cannon aimed at you? Your thoughts?
Ah, musings on a summer day!