For decades now, I’ve been photographing Silicon Valley. In fact before it was commonly referred to by that name. Though this contact sheet is fairly boring on its surface, I thought what’s missing is interesting. Looking at the empty parking lots, I struggle to remember what is there now. In the spot where I took the photo where the St Joseph’s church is, I think is now the San Jose Museum of Art (?) The big parking lot might be where the 88 is now (?) The pawn shop is still there I think. And I forgot how bad graffiti was even back then!
And speaking of vintage technology…. with the lightbox setup already in place, I figured there were some other vintage tech items to photograph.
I’d recently purchased a 16mm film reel from Urban Ore as a prop. So I tried a few of the yellow/blue polarizing filter shtick like with the cassettes.
The effect isn’t as dramatic, because there isn’t enough of the clear plastic to do the rainbow effect. But I did like the general hues given the background.
I also really like the plain pattern of the film with the backlight peeking through and the slight curve of the lines.
I also had a good time playing around with the film leader.
Unfortunately, my light table is too small to show the entire reel.
Dropping a color gel behind the setup added a bit of drama.
Looking at some of these, I thought they might work well as book covers, so I made up a simple mock book jacket as a sample of how I think these images could be used.
I’ve got all these cool old analogue items around me. Truth is I’m something of a hoarder- especially when it comes to gadgets and tech stuff.
At some point recently I thought it would be fun to plop some of my old cassettes with clear plastic cases on a light table.
Then add a little rainbow effect with double polarization.
And if that wasn’t enough- I used a yellow-blue polarizer for following effects (see two photos below.)