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Best of 2013

(January 1st — December 31st, 2013)

Yischon Liaw

Palumbo Playground

Jook Leung

Havana Calotype Photographer aka Cuban Polaroid

Havana, Cuba

April 2, 2013

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Havana, Cuba in front of the Capitol building (Capitolio). There are few places left in the world where you will find these homemade bellowed cameras being used as a paper negative camera with a built-in darkroom. This process of recording an image on a piece of photographic printing paper is called a Calotype.

The photographer exposes a sheet of paper for the negative, develops it inside the camera. Another step photographs the paper negative to obtain a positive, usually adding a new background. So the develop, stop, fix and wash process happens twice for the final print. Along with the homemade tripod there are bottles of chemicals and a container to wash the prints.

A young lady hawks the sample prints to passerby tourists as the elder photographer adjusts this equipment for the next sitting. Hard work in the heat of a midday tropical sun.

The Cuban Polaroid http://blog.baquephoto.com/?p=132

360VR Images by Jook Leung http://360vr.com
Sony Nex 5n, Rokinon 7.5mm fisheye

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