It’s all been done before – we know… Thing is, how do we interpret it? TtV does limit us in the sense that there are now a few unofficial rules, made more than anything, to give the flick TtV pool some consistency.Disassembling the cameras is a no-no, as is using photoshop to create the TtV effect (no longer a technique then, right?). It’s been fascinating watching how the standards have been set over the couple of years that TtV has become a tad popular and when you get down to it, TtV is no more limiting than using a basic camera. And we know what amazing images can be produced using the most basic of cameras.
What are we working with in TtV? When taking pictures it’s composition in square format, controlled edge blur using aperture and mastery of the contraption. Then possibly some PP work in photoshop or some other editing software, cropping, colour saturation etc. So throughout those steps, we make decisions (or not as the case may be) and each decision and action contributes to the final outcome. So these actions we take form our interpretation of the technique each and every time we complete an image.
It’s about wanting to do it, wanting to take photos, obsessive some might say but a passion like that usually delivers a unique interpretation. Valcox puts it well…”When you limit yourself and view the world in this wonderful, backwards way, then take day in the life photos, your own personality, and love for color and subjects comes out even when you’re not looking for it.”