FERROPOLIS

It never ends to amaze how analogue photography can be unpredictable and imperfect but also beautiful. Through a series of accidents and coincidences the unexpected can take you to dimensions never imagined. Creating an identity never thought of before.

Analogue cameras have always fascinated me and I love getting familiar with them.  In my first year of Photography School we had Landscape Assignment. One Sunday I bought an used camera - the Exa.Ia - at a Flea Market. The Exa.Ia is 35mm film SLR camera made by Ihagee and produced between 1964-77. The special about it is that it has a collapsible top-view finder.

I decided then to take it to a road trip of outside  Berlin - a somewhat metal city in Gräfehainichen, a city near Dessau, famous as FERROPOLIS. I spent a day there photographing my impressions and perceptions of this weird place. I shot one film with the Exa. Gave it to the lab and when I got it back I found that the camera’s film transport system was defective. This was just one of those moments that it was meant to be. 

 

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