Analog Photography: Salem, Massachusetts

Analog Photography: Salem, Massachusetts

Photographing Salem on gritty black and white film.


A couple months ago, I took a trip out to the east coast (my second favorite coast) to do some shooting around Boston and Salem. Here I'll be sharing the finished black and white film shots from my time in Salem. I shot mainly Lomography Lady Gray 400 speed film, and I was pleased with the way the shots turned out.

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In this shot, I liked the leading line of the houses up into the corner of the frame, and the texture of the film really shows.

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I liked the framing of this shot, and I liked the almost 3d feel of the plate on the street.

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The classic witch shot.

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Another classic witch shot.

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I liked the detail of this shot, and the door had a nice texture that was accented with film.

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This was an interesting statue that I found in downtown Salem, so I wanted to shoot it. I also liked the old style houses in the shot.

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Here is a little street shot that showcases the Salem Newspaper.

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I liked this shot of two of my friends walking down the street. The framing is nice, and I thought the whole frame was balanced.

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This is a simple shot, and I liked how the light fell on the fence.

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I liked the way the fence bends here, and I liked the bokeh of the gravestones in the background.

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I liked the extreme contrast here and the silhouette that was painted on this statue.

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This is just a classic street shot, but I like it because it helps to sum up Salem in downtown. These last two shots are texture shots, so I'll end the article with those. I hope you enjoyed seeing Salem, and I highly recommend visiting if you ever get the chance!

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I don't know about you, but I cannot seem to get to the golden shade that I so desperately want. Think I'm silly all you want, but being tan makes me more confident. Now, working 40 hours a week, during prime sun hours doesn't exactly help this dilemma, so I have taken the matter into my own hands. These are a few of the VSCO Filter pre-sets that make me feel just as sun-kissed and stunning as I aspire to be, from the comfort of my cubicle.

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3 Reasons I Love The Subjectivity Photography Has Given Me

At the end of the day, art is still subjective.


I've been told that photography is the easiest form of art, that all you have to do it snap a photo and you're done. These days, pretty much everyone has a camera, whether it's a DSLR (digital single-lens reflex), SLR (single-lens reflex), film, a Polaroid, or a phone. But, it's about what you choose to shoot, how you do it, and how you edit it, that can really set you apart from everyone else. Now I'm not trying to say that photography is better than other forms of art, in fact, I'm not that great at drawing and painting, so I really don't have room to talk. But there are a few reasons why I love and enjoy photography so much, and I'm going to talk about why.

Capturing a Moment.

In many cases, photography can capture a moment in time. Maybe a happy moment, or the complete opposite, a moment of surprise, or fear. It's something you can look back on and remember what you were doing, or what was going on during your life at that time. Because of photography, I can look photos from the past, and know what was going on, and what everything looked like

Phots can make you feel.


Have you ever looked at a photo and thought to yourself about what was going on in during that time and place. The colors, scenery, objects, etc. can bring forth different feelings, and convey certain emotions. Has looking at a photo every made you feel a certain way? Let's take portraits for example. Has looking into someone's eyes, made you feel what they're feeling? Even just a little bit. Pain, sorrow, happiness, excitement, love. Looking at someone's body language, can you tell what they're feeling. One of things that I like about portraits is that.

Not all phots are taken or edited the same.

Different photographers can take the same photo and edit completely different. Or using the same props, a photographer can all come up with different ideas on what to do with those props and what to photograph.

At the end of the day, art is still subjective, and what I like and don't like, may not be the same as you or anyone else. But, with photography, there's always a story being told and there are many ways to tell it.

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