1. Before digital (and outside of Polaroids), photography was filled with such forced perspective. No matter how quickly you worked, it was common for hours—if not days, weeks, or longer—to pass between seeing the image through the viewfinder and reviewing it in the darkroom. Digital technology scrunches these slow, drawn-out processes together.
  2. Some more archival shots, from my LOMO-LCA 35mm

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    From my Lomo-LCA camera, which is currently being used as a second 35mm film camera, in 1/2 frame mode. As a 1/2 frame camera, a 24 shot roll turns into 48 shots a 36 roll 72, needless to say I haven’t put all that much film though it in the year or two I’ve had it. I don’t see this as a problem, it allows some serendipitous results like these and these from Paris in 2011

  3. Loading a 1960s model Hasselblad back

    So, I recently bought a second back for my Hasselblad 500cm. My first back was an 80s model and very straight forward to load. The second back however was a 63 [Serial #TPXXXX] model and was completely different to the back I was used to. Thankfully I found this video after spending an hour or two trying to nut it out. Only lost 2 rolls of film in the process! God I love the internet!

  4. DODGE AND BURN [follow this tumblr NOW!]

  5. photojojo:

It’s true, Kodak has officially stopped production of acetate film base, one of the key components of camera film. Reddit user ApatheticAbsurdist notes that Kodak has enough stock to keep producing film for a few more years, but it’s safe to say the announcement is another blow for film lovers everywhere.
Kodak Stops Producing Key Component of 35mm Film
via Reddit / Photo by Arno Jenkins

I’ve been using t-max 400, 120 film for over 25 years; please Kodak; don’t make me start all over again!

    photojojo:

    It’s true, Kodak has officially stopped production of acetate film base, one of the key components of camera film. Reddit user ApatheticAbsurdist notes that Kodak has enough stock to keep producing film for a few more years, but it’s safe to say the announcement is another blow for film lovers everywhere.

    Kodak Stops Producing Key Component of 35mm Film

    via Reddit / Photo by Arno Jenkins

    I’ve been using t-max 400, 120 film for over 25 years; please Kodak; don’t make me start all over again!

  6. Reductivism?

    Painters and sculptors are well known for their approach to making art and using materials, processes and approaches to pare back their objects and ideas to their most simplest. But what of photographers? Why do they not choose this path? I’m going to paraphrase Joel Meyewrwitz here as he justifies his move from black and white to colour 35mm film to an 8x10 film camera. “If colour describes more, then why not use larger film?”

    I however am trying to find a tool that does the opposite, describes less, in a way though that it still resembles a photograph, in all the controversial ways photographs affect us. Think Barthes’ punctum here.

    I spend a lot of time making pictures with a variety of cameras, the smallest one is basically a USB stick with a crude lens and a shutter, and an on off switch. Then there is my iPhone, and with two 35mm film cameras I carry everywhere. One of these cameras is a lomo. I use it in 1/2 frame mode. I may take several months to put a roll of film through it. It gets pulled in and and out of my bag on a whim. When I eventually process the film, I get to see and remember things I had photographed. Occaisonally there are strange serendipitous connections between images. Here’s a few examples from 2012.image

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  7. Seriously want one of these!

  8. Where has time gone?

    Well the last time I posted was last year. It seems however like an eternity ago. The reasons I guess for anyone who cares is that, well I have been busy.

    My 'empty shops' series is moving a head in leaps and bounds, I have even even deliberately gone out in search of potential subject matter, which has proved to be quite successful. However, I am still thinking over my response to the terms of service issue that instagram created late last year. What has happened somewhat fortuitously is flickr launched a new mobile app that FINALLY brings the complete experience to the iPhone. Consequently I have been uploading that series directly to flickr. Currently I am at about 45 images with more to dribble in slowly over the coming days and weeks. I have also ‘locked my account down’ to make it private as one early tech journalist speculated that images that were set this way would be safe from the ravages of Zuckerberg instagram after the new terms of service took affect; we will see, shall we?

    In other news. This summer I have FINALLY gotten off my sorry arse and hauled myself into my darkroom and made some prints for a couple of possible exhibitions next year; watch this space.

    Summer and darkroom! I hear some of you exclaim? Well the light here in Australia is a total dog’s breakfast from about 9:00 am to 3:00pm. This year I’ve managed to bite the bullet and get into the relative coolness of the space and have a tinker and splash. Which in hindsight makes me realise I am a little rusty with my skills, so I need to get back in there some more. Again; watch this space. However I am reminded of how reflecting back over old work as contacts one can draw new ideas and inspiration even 15 plus years after the shutter was tripped. An approach I have yet to quite integrate with digital.

  9. In another decade or two I think we’ll understand the exact nature of this fundamental change in photography,” says Burley. “How will this change our idea of the photograph as document, evidence or imprint of the real world? How will these changes affect the ways we capture, collect and store our personal and collective visual histories? What impact will these changes have on photography as an art form, a social or political tool, as a form of reportage? While my work doesn’t attempt to answer these questions directly I hope it at least provides a record and interpretation of photography at this significant moment in the medium’s history.
  10. Archive & Organise.
The part of the process that can be disheartening or exciting.
Six rolls of 120 from a period going back about 6 to 8 weeks, some days I’d shoot 3 or 4 rolls in a pop others only a frame or two. 
With these six rolls, today, in my current frame of mind and with several projects simmering away, I feel there are 3 or 4 potentials in amongst these shots.

    Archive & Organise.

    The part of the process that can be disheartening or exciting.

    Six rolls of 120 from a period going back about 6 to 8 weeks, some days I’d shoot 3 or 4 rolls in a pop others only a frame or two. 

    With these six rolls, today, in my current frame of mind and with several projects simmering away, I feel there are 3 or 4 potentials in amongst these shots.

  11. s2z-pic:

My Bridge series is growing as I trawl my archives scan the results,  and locate other bridges and photograph them, or in some cases lie this one in Glenferrie Road Hawthorn re-photograph them.

    s2z-pic:

    My Bridge series is growing as I trawl my archives scan the results,  and locate other bridges and photograph them, or in some cases lie this one in Glenferrie Road Hawthorn re-photograph them.

  12. More uploads from my series ‘Bridge’.

  13. This body of work spans over 10 years, with a couple of major breaks in the last 8 or so. Having rediscovered my joy for film this project is now back in full swing.

    This body of work spans over 10 years, with a couple of major breaks in the last 8 or so. Having rediscovered my joy for film this project is now back in full swing.

  14. Todays Location Choice


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  15. Gearing up for the day. #nofiltter #cameras #film (Taken with Instagram at s2z studio)

    Gearing up for the day. #nofiltter #cameras #film (Taken with Instagram at s2z studio)