Thanks EM for being open to stretching the five frames concept for me.

These pictures were made on ILFORD PAN F+ film in an Olympus Pen S half frame camera. This camera is non-metered, fully manual and scale focusing. Because ILFORD PAN F PLUS does best when exposed carefully (and what film doesn’t?) I attached my Voigtlander VC-II meter to the hot shoe to help me out.

PAN F PLUS has very fine grain and can have very smooth tonality making it a great choice for smaller negatives. It can also build contrast quickly depending on exposure and development so it can also lend itself to a graphic look well suited to 35mm. My thought in this case was to expose and develop more for tonality and to leave contrast choices for later. The developer was Pyrocat HD.

The images follow below. Click or tap on one to open a zoomed gallery.


People often talk about using a small camera like a sketchbook and I think the analogy holds up for me at least so far as when I use a little camera like the Pen I allow myself to try quick ideas and to not be overly fussy in the doing.

I’ll go shoot like this when I feel it’s time to change my habits or get myself out of a rut. I’ll set some small challenges for myself and just try this or that and see what comes of it. Loosen up in other words. Here I thought about making consecutive frames that would relate to one another in different ways, and not get too hung up on making it perfect.

I’m certainly not the first to try any of this with a half frame and I pay homage to Ray Metzker with the last pair, letting image and frame line blend together, creating an illusion of a continuous space where objects double themselves.

~ Erik Gould

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Erik Gould

Erik Gould was born and raised in upstate New York, and now lives in Pawtucket, Rhode Island with his wife and young daughter. He is the museum photographer for the Museum of Art at the Rhode Island School...

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