Shooting A Discontinued Roll

Posted on Jul 9, 2014 in Istanbul, Photography | 4 Comments
Shooting A Discontinued Roll

I am constantly learning about film photography. I’ve been shooting and developing it since I was 8 years old, but I’ve never formally studied photography. Whether it’s learning about new cameras, heretofore undiscovered photographers, or different types of film, I find the expansion of my knowledge to be as exciting as the photography itself. When […]

Seeing Double: The Wild Side of the Holga

Posted on May 17, 2014 in Photography | 2 Comments
Seeing Double: The Wild Side of the Holga

When it’s good, it’s REALLY GOOD. I’ve written twice about my struggles with my plastic Holga camera: the film that came out blank, the strange solarized color prints. I’ve gone through phases of completely ignoring the camera out of pure frustration. But recently, the Holga has been working for me in really wild ways. It […]

The Zorki Photo Challenge

Posted on Apr 28, 2014 in Czech Republic, Photography | 12 Comments
The Zorki Photo Challenge

Find an old camera shop, buy a cheap camera, shoot a few rolls with it. And extra points if it’s ex-Soviet. I received these instructions from Stephen Dowling of Zorki Photo back when I was in Kuala Lumpur. Stephen writes an enthusiastic blog about film photography; he is not only incredibly knowledgeable about analogue, but […]

Istanbul in Black-and-White

Istanbul in Black-and-White

Istanbul is overwhelming for the senses. The smells of coffee and fish and slow-cooked meat and exhaust. The  call-to-prayer echoing from every minaret. The sun on the Bosphorus, the yellow flash of taxicabs, the visual cacophony of a city of 18 million people. Photographing this churning, breathing, pulsing city never gets boring. I particularly like […]

What A Difference The Light Makes

Posted on Feb 20, 2014 in Istanbul, Photography | 17 Comments
What A Difference The Light Makes

Photography is all about light. With digital photography, it’s much easier to manipulate the light of an image you take. But the best pictures are always rooted in real life, in the way light is captured. It’s particularly important to chase the light when shooting film. Just as the camera you use or the film […]

A Holga Update: It Gets Weirder

Posted on Feb 7, 2014 in Photography | 22 Comments
A Holga Update: It Gets Weirder

This little toy camera continues to be a fickle friend. After the slew of wonderful suggestions I received about my Holga struggles, I felt re-energized to give my plastic camera another shot. (It helped that I realized that my black-and-white film was color process, and therefore developed in different chemicals. Silly me.) The good news […]

Something New For Me: Slide Film as Positives!

Posted on Dec 17, 2013 in Istanbul, Photography | No Comments
Something New For Me: Slide Film as Positives!

The first roll of slide film I ever shot was Ektachrome 200G, gifted to me by the friend who introduced me to the concept of cross-processing. I’d never heard of it– you develop slide film that should yield positives in the chemicals for negatives, and the resulting prints can range from super-saturated to super-skewed. That […]

A Guide to Cross-Processing

Posted on Dec 8, 2013 in Photography | 2 Comments
A Guide to Cross-Processing

I remember my first exposure to cross-processing. Back in college, I was lucky to have a lot of friends and acquaintances who were photography enthusiasts; most shot digital but a few dabbled in film. Facebook albums made it easy to follow each other’s work, and this was how I first saw the picture of the […]

It’s The People, Too: Ten Portraits

Posted on Nov 26, 2013 in Photography | 7 Comments
It’s The People, Too: Ten Portraits

When it comes to traveling, the people are as important as the place. Almost without fail, it is the places where I made connections with people that I remember the most fondly. Paris was beautiful, but the friendships I made in Prague (or Kotor, or Budapest, or Yerevan) were more beautiful. Even if the connection […]

What A Difference The Film Makes, Take Two

Posted on Nov 8, 2013 in Montenegro, Photography | No Comments
What A Difference The Film Makes, Take Two

I’m pretty consistent with the film I shoot—mostly because I buy the film I like in bulk. My primary color film is FujiFilm Superia X-TRA 400 and my primary monochrome film is Ilford HP5+ 400. But when I was in Vermont in July, the film-enthusiasts working at a camera store in downtown Burlington recommended a […]