Wednesday, August 24, 2011
When you’ve lived with someone for a while, as I have with Geoff, you start to develop your own vocabulary -- or, rather, you start to externalize your own internal vocabulary without feeling embarrassed about it. This isn’t something that we talk about very much outside the confines of our apartment, although I do love it when friends share their secret vocabularies with me. A term that we use quite often and which I would like to discuss today is “milky pix,” which is pretty fun to say. For a long time I had been struggling to describe a particular photographic quality -- I would say, “I want this picture to look like those washed out ones,” "I want this to look like it was taken in a cloud," or “I want this to be ghosty.” But those words were never quite right. Once we had the term, identifying milky pix became much easier.
Lately we have been collecting milky pix that we come across on Flickr or other websites, and I thought I would share them here on Hila’s blog, where I think they are right at home.
I love these pictures for their light and soft, desaturated tones. Quite often they seem to be taken on beaches, on overcast days. They can be hazy, and they are always dreamy. Sometimes they are taken with a little camera called the Minolta Hi-Matic, sometimes with medium format cameras, and sometimes even with Polaroids.
It is a goal of mine to take some milky pix of my own. I’ve come close (some of my colour photos taken for Other People’s Houses, for example, might be close) but I’ve never quite gotten there. There is magical combination of film/exposure/light that I have yet to achieve, but hope to, one day.
Image Credits (from top to bottom):
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9. negli angoli.
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