LIGHT & PLASTIC LENS

Course : Type Systems
Instructor : Scott Tong
Semester : Fall 2011
Keywords : Blurry / Low Resolution / Dreamy

This project was about exploring one of San Francisco’s subcultures and using these observations to make a book. I went with the San Francisco Toy Camera Meetup Group, a Bay Area subculture that is passionate about analog photography. Christine Zona, the group’s organizer, introduced me to their imperfect photography. In the digital world, people can easily add filters from mobile apps to make pictures simulate film photography. These people, however, appreciate the true beauty of happy accidents where light is distorted by a plastic lens onto the film’s negative. I wanted to make this book for people who have never experienced the analog world of a plastic lens’ effect on light.