Vincent Laforet and Cheap Camera Challenge

Digital Rev challenged Vincent Laforet to see what he could do with an old film still camera and a Lens Baby on the streets of Hong Kong.

Vincent Laforet on his experiences:

I’ve been thinking a lot lately.   About everything.   The business.   Our “craft” and the economics and sustainability of what we do as creatives in this ever changing world.   But that’s for a later post perhaps, and I always tend to think too much anyway…

Sometimes the best things in life are simple.   Trying to keep things simple or “basic” in our technology-driven times seems to be getting more difficult every year, if not by the minute.

In this case it was a “Cheap Camera” challenge that lead me to shoot with a Canon A2E, a Lens Baby lens, and two rolls of film – the subject of the video below.  

A chance meeting with Kai and the folks at DigitalRev was made possible by a tweet, during what was originally meant to be a short connection between flights in Hong Kong that I decided to turn into a 3 day visit on my way back home from a job in Bali.

I can tell you it was terribly refreshing to shoot film.   We had no plan.  No script,  no storyboards or teams of folks working on a crew.   We didn’t even know where to go, nor have anything set up to shoot.    This was my last day in Hong Kong and the only deadline was a flight at 11:45 p.m. that very evening.  That gave us a healthy 4 hours to shoot 72 exposures on good old celluloid.    No LCDs to “chimp” with (a term we use to describe the act of looking at a rear LCD and jumping up and down and showing your friends as you see a nice photo…)   

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