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nostalgia ~ Before Selfie!


Before the Smartphones came into existence…

Before the love-hate phenomenon called Selfie was invented…

the only way to take a Selfie – individual or group (wonder what was it called then!) – is to set the timer of a camera, focus on the subjects (Mrs & Jr Swamy in this case, with space left on the right for Swamy), press the shutter, run like hell and take the place, pose and pray the focus didn’t change before the shot was taken! Now imagine doing this with a film camera :O

Anyway, this pre-Selfie era group selfie (is it Groupie!) was taken using a Canon Digital Point & Shoot camera (bought at a duty free shop in Changi airport, during one of Swamy’s business trips) whose resolution was…

hold your breath… and puhleeeze don’t laugh hysterically…

5 megapixels!

Though Mr & Mrs Swamy are posing with their megawatt smile, hoping to get the shot right (who knows how many iterations it took), Jr in the middle (must’ve been only a few months old) must’ve been really wondering “Why is Dad running and falling near me.. again & again.. when Mom is quietly lying down beside me, frowning & smiling, alternatively?”

~Swamy | @PrakashSwamy

nostalgia is the new Swamygraphy series by Swamy for old time(r)s’ sake!


nostalgia ~ 2×2 Brothers!

Just like any craft, photography is fun too. While in this DSLR age, anybody who can afford a camera can start their photog journey with the help of a multitude of online courses & ‘how to’ visual guides, in the good ol’ days of film SLR, every trick of the trade was learned by trial & error. Until the film is developed & printed (Swamy used to always print two sets of pretty much every film roll, so one of them could be sent back to his parents & younger brothers in Madurai), it’s practically impossible to know the result of any experiment. 

The models in this pic are Swamy‘s youngest brothers Prasanna (@prachastudios) & Bhaskar. Yep, just the two of them, twice over, in the same frame. No digital editing (which can simply be done on a smartphone these days) & no other gimmick, other than using a filter (screwed on the lens) to expose the same film twice. The outcome depends heavily on stability of the camera (tripod & remote shutter release are a must), the background (key is to find a point of merger – of the two parts) & of course, Lighting. 

~Swamy | @PrakashSwamy 

nostalgia is the new Swamygraphyยฉ series for old time(r)s’ sake. 

Nostalgia! ~ Pixseries, for old time(r)s’ sake

“Nostalgia” ๐Ÿ’ญ ~ a new pixseries, looking back into enchanting slivers of time, through the Swamygraphy lens ๐Ÿ“ท (did ya know Swamy used to be a serious amateur, who spent a fortune ๐Ÿ’ธon photography equipment ๐Ÿ“ธ๐Ÿ“น๐ŸŽž & even got fab ratings online๐Ÿ‘, in the film SLR era๐Ÿ‘ป, when platforms like Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, et al didn’t even exist ๐Ÿค— & even Google was relatively unknown as Yahoo was the King๐Ÿ”ฑ) – not for reliving the past ๐Ÿ“Ÿ๐Ÿ“ป๐Ÿ“บ(which is like willingly adding to the already humongous pile of karmA๐Ÿ˜’) but to let go of the long gone, yet still cherished, past, ๐Ÿ‘‹ once & for all (umm.. twice, may be ๐Ÿ˜œ)