Iron Man was by far my favourite movie of the year [jks], and I still get a contact high from pretty much everything to do with Iron Man. Most of my Iron Man goodness has to come through Matt Fraction's Invincible Iron Man comic these days, or by re-watching the movie on Blu-Ray.
So I was pretty excited when Daring Fireball [df] linked to a photo book by Jeff Bridges, who played the film's villain, full of behind the scenes photography [jb] the book is mainly personal shots of the cast and crew working on the film. While there's a little with the suits of armour used in the movie, the majority are these really nice slice of life pictures taken in black and white.
I'm really impressed with the wide angle photography and did a bit of looking around his site to find out what kind of camera or software he might be using.
Most of the photographs I take are done with a Wide-Lux camera. It's a panning, still camera. I use the 35mm version. It's got a 28mm lens that pans nearly 180 degrees. Instead of a traditional shutter, it has a slit that, as the lens pans, exposes the film.
The Wide-Lux is a fickle mistress; its viewfinder isn't accurate, and there's no manual focus, so it has an arbitrariness to it, a capricious quality. I like that. It's something I aspire to in all my work --- a lack of preciousness that makes things more human and honest, a willingness to receive what's there in the moment, and to let go of the result. Getting out of the way seems to be one of the main tasks for me as an artist.
It's an interesting effect, and if I was rich and was not comitted to sticking with digital photography it sounds like a camera I wouldn't mind playing around with. I'm not rich, and I don't have any real compelling reasons to deal with print photography, so I'll give that a pass.
The photos are nice though.