Inspired by nostalgia for mix-tapes and an excuse to shoot more film, the Melbourne Silver Mine recently held what we hope to be the first of many film swap projects.
The project, aptly named “The Totally Awesome Film Swap Project”, gave participants an opportunity to shoot an entire roll of film in a style they don’t typically shoot in.
The 18 participating MSM members were randomly matched with another participant. The only real rule was that the roll had to be 35mm and could be processed in c-41. Naturally, some decided that rule was lame and shot what they wanted to anyway.
Participants were then given a few weeks to shoot and process the film. A set of prints plus the entire roll of negatives was to be handed to their assigned partner.Many of us found giving up an entire roll of images a little unsettling.
As is the case with any shoot, not every frame on every roll was perfect. There were some brilliant shots and some, not so brilliant. The opportunity to share work, and discuss each member’s approach to shooting their partner’s style made for some laughs and a really great afternoon. Even the sun came out for the event.
Some of the resulting images can be seen below:
More pics from the project.
Here are some pics from the swap meetup, at The Boatbuilder’s Yard, South Wharf on Saturday 29th October 2011.