South Africa on a Nikon F

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I am a Brazilian photographer that shoots film. I’m from the digital era, but since I burned my first roll of film in an Olympus Trip 35 five years ago I hadn’t stop. Last year I sold my remaining digital camera.

Film photography for me is more about the process and the experience involved, the photochemical experience that I feel very deep. Inside a roll of undeveloped film is uncertainty, and I love to live in a world of uncertainty.

Traveling to South Africa, I found a Nikon F SLR – made famous in the Vietnam War – with five old lenses just waiting to take pictures again, the perfect gear to keep my passion alive. After six rolls and a lot more confidence, I loaded it with Ilford Delta 100 for my last challenge of the trip: crossing by train from Cape Town to Johannesburg.

Aboard of the Shosholoza Meyl in a 35-hour ride, me and my girlfriend spent many hours watching the delightful landscapes roll by and the humble people living next to the rails. I tried my best to tell something about this country and to put not just 1,500km in a single roll of film, but a bit of the soul and gratitude that I experienced in the country.

All photos taken with a Nikon F, and Nikkor pre-AI lenses: 28mm f3.5, 35mm f2.8, 50mm f1.4, 105mm f2.5 and 200mm f4. I developed it in my on Caffenol-C recipe and loved the increased grain that resulted.

All photos taken with a Nikon F, and Nikkor pre-AI lenses: 28mm f3.5, 35mm f2.8, 50mm f1.4, 105mm f2.5 and 200mm f4. I developed it in my on Caffenol-C recipe and loved the increased grain that resulted.

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