In your bag No: 1690 – Ricardo López Risso

Ricardo enjoys being a man lost in time with these throwback goodies in his daily pack

When I was 8 years old, I had my first medium format camera, a double lens toy camera that my dad gave me for Christmas 1972, it lasted a week. It fell apart, but I was impressed with what I saw through the plastic viewer. The following year, my father with great zeal taught me to use his Agfa Karat 36 rangefinder camera, my fixation on these devices would be definitive.

I used the Agfa Karat 36 and a Kodak Brownie Six-20 between 1980 and 1995, until in Peru it became difficult to acquire black and white film and chemical supplies for development (the laboratories for black and white film had almost disappeared) , so I put photography on hold, but kept increasing a collection of cameras.

In 2007 I bought my first digital camera, an Olympus E500 and then a Pentax K5, determined to make a definitive leap into the digital world, but after an exhaustive exercise with those equipment, I decided to return to chemical film.

Why the technological regression? Digital has its advantages: light weight, versatility, variety, software, productivity, speed, competitiveness, low learning curve, but it does not have the charm of what is done by hand.

Before the quarantine, I had scheduled for a weekend to shoot with the Yashica 635 camera (I have it 24 years old), the Orwo 127 film rolls (expired in 1985); the following weekend, shoot the Ilford XP2 film with the Nikon F2 camera and the following weekend shoot the Kodak Proimage 100 film with the beautiful and simple Ricoh Auto 35 camera. Then use the Yashica 635 camera again to shoot the film films. E100 slides; then with the Nikon F2 camera to shoot the E100 135 slide roll. Once the cycle with those rolls of film was finished, I would start another with other cameras.

During the quarantine I have dedicated myself to testing films expired between 15 and 30 years; reconstruct a large format camera and take pictures of common objects such as stones, pieces of concrete, stems, dried flowers, insects.

The photo shows the equipment that I use frequently to leave home in the cycle that interrupted the quarantine: Yashica 635 cameras, two Alpex auxiliary lenses; Nikon F2 camera; Ricoh Auto 35 camera; Vivo tripod (Japan) heavy but safe; monopod (I carry it in my hand) helps me support the weight of the Nikon or the Yashica when I am exhausted; filters; Pentax spot photometer; LunasixF Gossen photometer; Vivitar Auto Thyristor 550F flash; brush and air bulb to clean lenses; Rolleiflash adapted with an electronic system for use with the Yashica 635 and of course a generic backpack.

Ricardo Lopez Risso

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