As I’m writing this, President Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin are meeting in Helsinki. This big event of course drove people to streets as well. I attended one of these big rallies yesterday, the day before the actual summit, in Helsinki on July 16th 2018. The protest was organised by Amnesty and at least few thousand people gathered on the streets of Helsinki.
Politics aside, I was very interested in documenting the event on film. I had couple of rolls of Kodak Tri-x kicking around, which became my film of choice. I shot mostly with my new Olympus OM-4 with 50mm f1.4 lens.
My plan was mainly to document and I wasn’t too sure how all this would look on film, stylistically speaking. I was hopeful, of course, to capture at least few somewhat artistic photos too. Realistically speaking though, I mostly expected to get pretty generic demonstration photos. I wasn’t trigger happy at all (even though full of inspiration), and I got really picky with my shots. On crowded events like these, it may seem like there’s a ton to shoot, but actually good subjects and compositions are really hard to find. Bearing that in mind, I mostly strolled around and really just tried to pick few good shots, that would justify shooting on film. I was worried that I wouldn’t get anything fancier than any of the thousands of iPhone shots that people no-doubt shot. To some extent, I think I succeeded in my goal. About 50% of the shots were pretty generic that could have been shot by anyone, but in addition to them, there were some fancy-schmancy keepers as well.
That’s all for now. I have actually some photos still to develop, which means I may and up writing a part deux of this post.
Graphic designer and a 35mm film photography enthusiast. I enjoy straight photography on natural/available light and in-camera techniques. I'm inspired by early and mid-1900's classic photojournalism, street photography and documentary photography. Currently shooting mainly with Leica M6 and Olympus OM-4.