Photographing In Analog Gives Me So Much Satisfaction

Photo Project, Photography Inspiration

Written by Zoey van Mierlo
Zoey is a 28-year young dancer, born and raised in The Netherlands but living in Lisbon for the last 4 years. With a bachelor's degree in Dance and a screaming traveler's heart, she has a lot of interests and passions. Besides being a freelance content writer and social media manager for Photography Playground and co-founder of Area-Cinzenta, she is a supervisor at Indie Campers.

Analog Photo Project by Joaquim De Oliveira Gonçalves

Alright. A little photography history lesson. Nowadays we all shoot with our beautiful, fast  DSLR digital cameras. What you shoot is immediately visible on your screen and you have a hundred chances to make the picture just right.

But for more than 100 years the only way to take pictures was with an analog camera or film camera. Film photography is photography that uses a chemical process based recording medium (e.g. photographic film or plate).

Analog pictures are made with a film roll inside your camera and by going through a chemical process in the darkroom you see the results of the pictures taken.  It’s a beautiful magical evolution from shooting to creating the physical picture.

I remember this evolution very well from when I was a young girl and I would join my mom in the darkroom 🙂

It is this magical process that keeps Joaquim still shooting pictures in analog nowadays. 

analog photo project, Joaquim De Oliveira Gonçalves, lisbon street photographer, black and white photography ©Joaquim De Oliveira Gonçalves, Lisbon, Portugal

Joaquim started to photograph at a young age already.

“I was usually the designated photographer for family vacations.’

Later on, he started to be more interested and he read a lot of books about photography and photographers.

“In my mind, I decided there and then that this is what I wanted to do as a profession, I bought a camera and started to shoot and develop at home.”

Street photography is my all-time project.

Joaquim became an Art director and Designer for several advertising agencies but continued to photograph.

Nowadays it’s really part of my life as a second job, although I don’t have assignments in photography, I make my own. Street photography is my all-time project.”

analog photo project, Joaquim De Oliveira Gonçalves, lisbon street photographer, black and white photography ©Joaquim De Oliveira Gonçalves, Lisbon, Portugal
analog photo project, Joaquim De Oliveira Gonçalves, lisbon street photographer, black and white photography ©Joaquim De Oliveira Gonçalves, Lisbon, Portugal

Because he is mostly a street photographer, he never leaves the house without one of his cameras.

He is also very into portrait photography, “……but street photography is without a doubt my favorite approach to photography, my vacations are usually to travel abroad for my street photography projects.”

The reason street photography is his niche, is because life is his main inspiration for photography. Everything around him could become a photograph or an essay, living things or not. 

“I always try to look for the photo which is beyond the obvious, which is hidden somewhere waiting to be found.”

analog photo project Joaquim De Oliveira Gonçalves, lisbon street photographer, black and white photography ©Joaquim De Oliveira Gonçalves, Lisbon, Portugal

Photography is an art form and one of the questions I always ask the people I interview is, how much is it just for fun and how much is emotional?

For Joaquim, both are inherent, like for many other artists out there.

He has a lot of fun taking his pictures, especially with film.

That feeling of calm and reflection before each shot, the waiting for the results, it always gives me a special sense of fun and joy.”

For the other part, it’s completely emotional as well. Being involved with photography makes him completely committed to that unique moment and when he starts to shoot he needs to be emotionally involved, there is no other way. His mind is only in that moment. 

“Nothing else matters.”

analog photo project, Joaquim De Oliveira Gonçalves, lisbon street photographer, black and white photography ©Joaquim De Oliveira Gonçalves, Lisbon, Portugal

Being that emotionally involved and being aware of what happens internally, makes you receptive.

Conscious of your progress and process. Evolving and learning are all part of that and as long as you keep shooting you never stop that process. 

“You are the best piece of gear you have, it doesn’t matter what you use, just shoot.”

analog photo project, Joaquim De Oliveira Gonçalves, lisbon street photographer, black and white photography ©Joaquim De Oliveira Gonçalves, Lisbon, Portugal

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You can follow Joaquim on Instagram @joaquim_photo

Zoey van Mierlo

Zoey is a 28-year young dancer, born and raised in The Netherlands but living in Lisbon for the last 4 years. With a bachelor degree in Dance and a screaming travelers heart, she has a lot of interests and passions. Besides being a freelance content writer and social media manager for Photography Playground and co-founder of Area-Cinzenta, she is a supervisor at Indie Campers.

Photography Projects

We at Photography Playground love photography projects. I lovingly call them Obsessions & Fascinations. Because photography projects arise out of a fascination for a specific subject. Very quickly that fascination can turn into an obsession. Nothing wrong with that.

All of a sudden you see photo opportunities everywhere and you find yourself doing odd things because you just have to follow that creative impulse.

This monthly blog series is an ode to the obsessed and fascinated humans among us where we make room for photographers to showcase their photography projects.

Do you have your own photography project you would love to share with us? Can be anything you photograph on a regular basis or for a limited amount of time. There needs to be a common theme, subject or thread in the photos.

Get in touch with Zoey van Mierlo who is the coordinator, curator, and writer of the series.

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