Lightbox Wednesday #44: Selfie Special Edition

I started taking self portraits with my classic film cameras for fun. As I became a more competent photographer, I used selfies for metering tests and close focusing.

My very first photography selfie was not with a film camera at all, but with my iPhone. I found a cool Kodachrome mirror on eBay and took a photo of myself after I had proudly hung it in my den.

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My second one was with my first Polaroid Land Camera. I shot this at the end of a very long night of doing some intense camera repair work to get this old camera to eject exposed film properly. I treated myself to a nice glass of wine after I got this image. Or was it two glasses?

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When I started this journey back into film photography, I wasn't very concerned with organizing my images. I was just shooting film and having fun. Earlier this year, when I started this Lightbox project of cleaning up my archives and labeling all of the images I wanted to keep, I realized that one of the unexpected benefits of shooting a selfie on many of the rolls I'd taken was that it allowed me to clearly identify the camera and lens I was using at the time.

Since that revelation, I have made it standard procedure to shoot one selfie either at the start or end of the roll to assist in future archiving. I am also considering adding a slate card in the shot to identify film used.

What started out as goofy fun became a benefit. Here are some of my selfies through the years.

 Nikon F2

Nikon F2

 Hasselblad 500c/m

Hasselblad 500c/m

 Nikon F2AS

Nikon F2AS

 Minolta XE-7

Minolta XE-7

 Leica M3

Leica M3

 Pentax Spotmatic

Pentax Spotmatic

 Pentax LX

Pentax LX

 Mamiya 645

Mamiya 645

 Olympus OM-4

Olympus OM-4

 Leica M9-P

Leica M9-P

 Nikon F4

Nikon F4

 Pentax ME Super

Pentax ME Super

 Canon P

Canon P

 Nikon F2AS Vertical Shot

Nikon F2AS Vertical Shot

 Olympus OM-2n

Olympus OM-2n

 Leica MP

Leica MP

 Pentax MX

Pentax MX

 Olympus OM-2n Black Body

Olympus OM-2n Black Body

 Pentax Spotmatic Chrome Body

Pentax Spotmatic Chrome Body

 Leica M-P typ 240 with EVF

Leica M-P typ 240 with EVF