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Frank Machalowski

www.machalowski.de

2014 - 2018

photography

I often visit flea markets looking for old cameras or something like this. One day I saw a stand from a Frenchman who was selling a mass of very old photographs, only portraits. I bought some pictures from him. I had an idea in mind to do something with old vintage photographs but didn't know what. When I viewed the pictures at home I decided to transform all these people adding them to the present. It's about time, the past and the present. All people in these pictures are strangers from the past, most probably dead for a long time. Now they all come together in the present, like ghostly appearance on different locations and cities. For these series, I combined two photographs - one picture I took with my own self-made anamorphic pinhole camera and one old vintage photograph. The pinhole images are all 6x6 film photographs which I developed on my own and scanned the negatives. Then I also scanned the portraits. At the end, I combined these pictures using photoshop and added some 'ghostly' effects.