Ups and Downs

Film photography is different from any other art form in one way. We’re all afraid it’s going to die. It reminds me of a comedian who talked about how hard core surfers are. In no other sport do athletes face the real possibility of being consumed by a wild predator. No other art form is threatened in quite the same way. If film, paper, and chemicals are all things that need to be done in large volumes to be profitable. If the prices go up too much, demand drops off, volumes read more

Digital Preview of Whitney Nicole!


Yesterday I did a shoot with Whitney Nicole. We did some fashion-y stuff as well as pinup. I shot two rolls of Fuji Neopan Acros, a roll of Shanghai GP3, and a roll of Efke 100 of the pinup. Here’s a preview taken digitally.

Just a quick end of printing session pic


This is what I managed to kick out of a session. Of course there were more copies, but these are the prints I worked up that afternoon.

Lomo, the love/hate relationship

I love the Lomo community. I like their enthusiasm and spontaneity. I like that they are a part of the film community and we really need all the members we can get. I enjoy the Lomo aesthetic.

I hate getting lumped in with the Lomo community. While I do have a Holga, the vast majority of my work is taken with a “serious” camera. My goto film camera, the Bronica SQa is a whole new world compared to a Holga/Lomo camera. Accurate shutter speeds? Removable backs? Interchangeable read more

FB vs RC paper

There’s a near religious debate in b&w photography over paper. See there are two kinds, the first and original paper with the emulsion directly on it, fiber or Fb (fiber base). The second is paper that’s essentially been laminated, or resin coated, RC, and the emulsion sits on the resin.

Why is there debate? Because we theoretically know how to make fiber base images last a very long time. Wash all the acidic fix out during processing and sepia or selenium tone the image, store read more

Don’t Quit!

Ira Glass is the man. I’ve listened to many “This American Life” and this bit of an interview really speaks to me as a creative person. This year started off well photographically but sort of lulled in the middle. I’m trying to get it moving again but sometimes worry if I’m losing “it”. I can tell you I do a little when you go for a long time without practice. Each time it seems to come back faster and I generally end up surprising myself. So my read more

Leena Allure shoot, digital preview


On Saturday I had a shoot with the always awesome Leena Allure. I shot 5 rolls of Fuji Neopan Acros as wll as about 500 digital shots. We started with a film-noir-meets-pinup idea I came up with. Transitioned that into a remake of The Machine Shop’s logo (not pictured below). Then we did a hear/Valentines Day set before finishing with a Halloween/witch themed set. It was EPIC. We worked for about 4hrs total. Here are some digital priviews read more