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3 March 2018

Saturday matinees long ago let us escape from the ordinary world to the island of the Swiss Family Robinson or the mutinous decks of the Bounty. Why not, we thought, escape the usual fare here with Saturday matinees of our favorite photography films?

So we're pleased to present the 139th in our series of Saturday matinees today. You're getting two videos today, both providing a little perspective on the industry.

The first is a charming and brief (just 35 seconds) clip by Neil Howland called The More Things Change:

If you've got a minute, you can see it twice. And you'll want to. Short as it is, it goes by quickly. And you might, as we did, like to relish the appearance of an old friend. Like that Argus.

Howland used a Panasonic GH5 with a Metabones Speed Booster XL to mount a Canon 100mm f2.8L on it. And the weather helped too. In the comments, he notes, "This is what happens when I'm trapped inside on a rainy day!"

It's expertly edited to move through a few settings on old and new gear, showing just as the title promises that the more things change, the more they're the same.

Howland says he was inspired by William Mease. And Mease's Cameras // A Look Back Through provides our second perspective:

At roughly a minute and a half it isn't much longer than Howland's epic. Mease explains:

The inspiration came during a walk through a local flee market on a Saturday morning. The contrast of today's camera footage and the grainy nature of old footage felt compelling as a project to put together into one sequence.

The audio, he points out in the notes, was key. "In any video audio drives your sequence. This video was a great example of that," he astutely observes.

A careful look at both videos will notice the absence of the smartphone. We'll let that speak for itself.

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