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For this thematic project I decided that I wanted to make a camera/lens with a spherical aberration effect. You can see an example of that effect on the photo below.


I thought this type of effect would suit my practice and the type of projects that I've made so far. I especially had my project "Dicht bij mij vandaan" in the back of my head while choosing to make this camera. It's a project about vulnerability, emotional and physical closeness, and a whole lot of other feelings. There are some photos in this project that don't have a clearly visible subject in them; it's all a bit vague, but it feels really soft and "warm". I wanted to see what the spherical aberration effect would have on those type of photos (example, see below).

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So the files below are the result! I'm actually really happy with it, even though it turned out to be way more abstract than initially intended. I really love the colours and the soft light. I tried a few different things with the shutter speed, but it mostly depended on how fast I could get the shutter back into the camera. Now that I'm really happy with the results I definitely want to shoot again with this camera. I think I'm going to try shooting in a setting that's more like my Dicht bij mij vandaan project.


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