Explore the International Film Swap, a group of film photographers swapping rolls of film across the globe to share experiences, moments, and frames.
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How many swappers do you have in your group?
We started with Yahoo! Groups (because that has a facility for creating a database, and I thought the film swappers will feed their postal addresses
there), but unfortunately, not many people use Yahoo, these days.
The highest number we have is in our VK.com group, which has recently hit a high of 200 members. Quantity wise it’s the highest, but activity wise, we are still working on it. I can’t speak Russian, so I appointed two enthusiasts one
Russian and one Belarussian (I had to learn they both are different) who help me out when I have language barriers.
The highest activity is on our WhatsApp group, though it has only 49 participants. At least 10 members of this group are always engaged in one or the other film swap project. At least two members swapped film proliferated with many others. A few rebels in this group have planned out triple and treble (4 times) exposures as well. They should be taking some time, though, to realize the projects.
Reddit is about to hit 100 members, followed by Facebook.
Shot on film by Lobster contributor, Anton Novoselov
What are some tips you have for people wanting to start shooting with film? Do you have a favourite camera?
One of the 10 rules of Lomography is, “Do not think. Just shoot!” Well, I think, that should be the rule. We have a separate group called “Analog Photography India” which encourages film photography, but for film swappers, we have lots of tips. To make it easy, I made a blog and I circulate it to whoever asks for tips. All Russian cameras are my favourite cameras. Particularly Russia’s first ever SLR, Zenit or Zenit-S, has given me many sleepless nights with its physique, color and contours. I also often fantasize a Smena hanging around my neck (because of the color contrasts and saturation it renders.) I own none of them, but one day I will.
Shot on film by Lobster contributor, Denis Ivanov
How can people join your group and start swapping film?
Simple! We are on all social networks. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Reddit, VK.com, Tumblr, and more. Anybody can join any of these networks, shoot an under-exposed roll. Announce it on the groups and start swapping film.
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