Film photographer in action

Is this a Golden Era for Film Photographers?

Ok, right off the bat I’m not saying this is a golden era of film photographers. Certainly the time period when everyone had to shoot film was the golden era of film photographers.

I’m talking about a golden era for film photographers, in that there may not be a better time to be one.

Lets start with becoming a film photographer. The barriers to becoming a film photographer, mainly money, time, and knowledge, have been virtually eradicated. Now there’s a certain amount of prestige

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Camp Pellston bunk room

Urbex: Camp Pellston in Northern Michigan

Back in 2008 we were vacationing “Up North” which here in Michigan pretty much means north of the Zilwalkee bridge. In this case it was way north up in Cross Village, Michigan. My wife went for a drive to get some things at the store and drove past an abandoned building on the way back. It was on the corner of Camp rd and Pleasant View Rd.


I had just started getting into urbex photography and was super interested. She told me it looked like a compound of some sort with fences and barbed

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Lee Plaza Ball Room

Back in the Urbex Saddle

So a lot of my portfolio is urbex/rurex stuff. Urban decay, modern ruins, the subject fascinates me. Photographically it’s so interesting. Abandoned structures are places out of context. We have contexts for schools, hotels, factories, etc. When the building is empty, when the windows are blown out, when the ceiling tiles

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Mac's Bar wall of pinups

Retro Pinups at Mac’s Bar and Rumbleville Underground Clothing


Mac’s Bar (118 N Michigan Ave, Saginaw, MI), Old Town Saginaw’s number one spot for elegantly crafted cocktails and upscale eating, is proud to feature the pinup photography of Darkroomist.com. He has been photographing women in the vintage pinup style since 2003. His images, and his reprints of vintage negatives have a classic, alluring beauty. Its a perfect fit for our establishment and helps patrons fully immerse themselves in the glamor of that a bygone era.

All the works displayed

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people need art

People need art


I’m not Ezra Croft but I totally believe this sentiment and strive to create something different people can enjoy, myself included. There are tons of artists, photographers, painters, potters, and designers that all want to make your world a little stranger for the better!

Motel Pinup 4

Motel Pinup 4


Link is to uncensored version

This is a slight departure from the rest of the Motel Pinup mini-series. Usually I try to incorporate retro lingerie to help define the genre I’m working in and that’s absent from this shot. While shooting in this kitschy motel room I noticed these snow shoes could look like wings with a person between them. The idea for this shot came in a sort of stream-of-consciousness. I asked the model what she though and she liked the idea. The image has a fairy

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Developing Your Own Film – KISS

Mark F. O’Brien, Guest Blogger

KISS- Keep It Simple, Stupid. A piece of advice that was often used by engineers. I first learned how to develop my own b&w film in the early 1970s, as I was in an informal photo class in my high school. My first self-developed film was Kodak Plus-X from my Instamatic camera, and yes, i still have those negatives. It would be another 25 years before I was developing my own film again, and that first whiff of fixer brought it all back to me. Enthused

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