What are diptychs, you might ask? And why shoot diptychs with the Olympus Pen FT? Originally, a diptych was a picture or series of pictures (as in an altarpiece) painted or carved on two hinged tablets, or panels. In photography, they are a great tool for storytelling. You can have two images which can be from the same photo walk, or they can be visual opposites to show a contrast of ideas. The Pen FT is a half-frame camera. Two half frames comprise a single frame of 35mm film! This is a challenging and fun way to compose and tell a story. You can use two images shot one after another on one piece of 35mm film!
Olympus Pen FT
If you have read any of my other posts to this site, I am a big advocate of stretching outside your comfort zone. Most of the time this involves trying out new film stocks (which I still and always will encourage). This can also be achieved by trying different cameras or different formats. This option usually leads to a severe case of G.A.S., Gear Acquisition Syndrome. I, like most photographers, am a victim of G.A.S. But the trouble comes when you have so much to choose from that you have a hard time making a decision.
When I returned to analog photography, I followed several Instagram pages, websites, and Youtube channels to learn and see what I had missed in the days that I had been gone. From the Youtube pages of Matt Day and KingJvpes and of course the websites like 35mmc, Japan Camera Hunter and Casual Photophile. (Side note: if you don’t know who any of these people are or don’t follow them, I suggest you do cause it is just fun to see the different takes on photography and film. Just like here! *smiles*)