Fort Saginaw Mall

The Fort Saginaw Mall

The Fort Saginaw Mall was the first enclosed shopping mall in Saginaw, Michigan. It opened in 1966. K-Mart was one of the original anchor stores and remained as the final tenant before closing in 2004. Over the years it housed a Burlington Coat Factory, a Movie Theater, Federal’s, Norman’s Sporting Goods, 5-and-dime stores, a Pharmacy and more. Photos of the inside look beautiful in a mid-century kitsch sort of way.


I took this shot in 2008. I was new to urbex and really wanted to read more

Skull Vodka Decanter

Skull Vodka Decanter print available!


Please ignore any dust, it comes from the scan and is really noticeable on dark backgrounds.

If you like Skull Vodka you might recognize this. A friend of mine had one and I just had to borrow it. 

Setup for the shot was pretty easy just a light tent with a black background. 

I shot this with a Graflex Pacemaker press camera with a Kodak Aero-Ektar lens, on some expired TXP320 film. Stand developed for 1 hour in Rodinal 1:100. 

The end of Chinese (photographic) films?

For a while now I’ve turned to inexpensive film made in China to experiment on. These tended to be Shanghai GP3 and Lucky SHD100. Both iso 100 films, both could be problematic at times but their low price made them very appealing for not-so-critical, fun photography. Both were (are?) made in 35mm and 120 with Shanghai also having a 4×5 and bulk 35mm products.



Lately it’s been hard to find. There’s still some on Ebay but it’s price has gone up considerably, around read more

Skull Decanter 

My apologies on this picture of a picture. It’s difficult to take a good shot of a bagged glossy print. Plus is 11×14 so scanning isn’t an option and it’s fiber base paper which means it curls which means it will find reflections! 

 

 
If you like Skull Vodka you might recognize this. A friend of mine had one and I just had to borrow it. 

Setup for the shot was pretty easy just a light tent with a black background. 

I shot this with a Graflex Pacemaker read more

Follow me for a minute while I talk about a picture of a mushroom.

Sure it sounds weird, but I’m excited about this picture of a weird mushroom I took the other day. If you’re interested in large format 4×5 photography, stand development, Kodak Aero-Ektar lenses, niche films, etc., then this might interest you. If not here’s the picture and the link to purchase it: 🙂

Large Format 4×5 photography
I kind of made a new years resolution to shoot more large format 4×5 stuff. I used to really be into it and I read more

Shanghai sheet film instructions. 

If you have any problems with Shanghai sheet films like this: 

  
Simply refer to this handy document 😜: 

1974 BBC Documentary on the Gandolfi family and their hand made cameras

A fun video on the art and craftsmanship of handmade, large format cameras.