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From the archives - two Mayan girls on their family farm. Las Canoas, Solola region. Guatemala, 2002.
First, the format. This was photographed on a Russian "swing lens panoramic" camera. Horizon 202 35mm model. The lens rotates 120 degrees during the exposure. To keep the distance from lens to film on the same plane, the film inside the camera is on the same axis of the curve that the lens travels, i.e. the film does not lie flat as with most cameras.
A standard 35mm photography frame is 24x36mm. The Horizon 202 frame is 24x58mm. The angle of view is 45x120 degrees. Similar models cameras are the Widelux and Noblex. Actor Jeff Bridges has a book out of panoramic photos he has shot on film sets on his Widelux.
That invites the discussion of what is a portrait vs. what is a landscape. The common thought is that a portrait is just the head and shoulders, a face, a headshot, usually vertical. Even paper orientation in printers is defined as portrait or landscape mode. But that feels limiting to me.
Environmental portraiture is broader, literally. It includes the environment a person inhabits, their tools, their life, and can be vertical or horizontal.
The common thought about landscape is that it is for capturing broad vistas. Jeff Bridges' photos, although wide, are intimate, often shot in dressing rooms and backstage. This photo, while wide, is a portrait.
As with most of my black and white work, this was photographed on Kodak Tri-X 400 ISO film. #guatemala #panoramic #horizon202 #trix400 #blackandwhite at Las Canoas, Solola, Guatemala