GET TO KNOW ME: LENA RODIN BRASLAVSKAYA

My name is Lena, I’m 27 years old, I like to think of myself as a citizen of the world since I have lived in many places and tend to move around a lot. I was born to a Russian/Jewish family residing in the tropical concrete forest, Panama City. I was raised in a multi-cultural environment and I owe my polyglot prowess to my upbringing. I am fluent in 5 languages.

Although I have a burning passion for languages and dialects, my second most beloved past-time is photography. I must say I have always had an interest in photography, since my teenage years. I always had a compact digital camera with me till I turned 17 and bought my first SLR. Ever since then I have been learning and mastering my visual perception of the world. Despite shooting digital for the longest time (and I still do) I first stepped into the world of analogue photography almost a year ago.

GET TO KNOW ME: EILEEN JONES

I am Eileen, I am from east coast Canada, and I refuse to replace the broken LCD screen on my digital Nikon. 

I’ve owned this camera since I was 16, moving on from the first spark that made me love documenting through photography- a smartphone camera. A few years ago, it fell on the floor and the LCD screen was no longer- but what does this have to do with film photography? 

48 - KARL BAILEY

This zine joins a collection of travel-based zines, though it has the added quirk of being 48 images shot in 48 hours. I really enjoy it when an artist produces something under some form of creative limitation. In this case, I adore the selection of images Karl has opted to include. It makes me consider which images he might’ve excluded because of the self-inflicted constraints. It gives each image included an added weight.

Podcasts for Film Enthusiasts

Although I enjoy watching the occasional YouTube videos, my main consumption of photography related media is via Podcasts, I can listen while commuting and also on my mobile whilst at work.

There are literally 100s of photography podcasts out there, which cover everything from pinhole photography through to digital.  There are plenty of film photography podcast and I'm going to list a few of my favourites, this is not an extensive list as there is many more out there, and once you start listening to a few, you will soon pick up on new ones.

SHOOTOUT: March 2019 - Happy Accidents

Now it’s time for March’s SHOOTOUT, and it’s a pretty awesome one! We’re stoked to have Jules Le Moal being the judge for this one, and he’s donated a very special zine: Useful Idiocy. If you’re fortunate enough to already have a copy of this zine, you’ll know how great it is. It’s certainly a wonderful zine to have in anyone’s collection.

GET TO KNOW ME: JACOB SEDLACEK

If photography was a language, I would be striving to become fluent as quickly as possible.

It all started in the summer of 2015 when I saved my money to purchase a brand-new Canon t6i. I knew almost nothing at the time, my lack of knowledge about the used photography market frustrates me today… Knowing that with a little effort and research, I could have purchased a used kit capable of much more than the kit I bought then for nearly $900 (maybe a 5Dmkii with a nifty fifty for almost half the price. yikes!).

Punk on Film

I'd like to kick off by sharing my recent exploits in photography with you, most notably my first band shoot! Last weekend I went and shot @punchbagband in rehearsals at Airtight Studios, Chichester. Was great fun, learned a lot about shooting groups especially. I found one of the most important things during the shoot, above others, was having fun and making your subjects comfortable and relaxed. I wanted to shoot the band as they would normally be - I essentially just acted as a friend and got them to pretend I wasn't there and eased off the pressure to look good, or to put up a false front. That way I could focus on composition, as I didn't have to worry about framing or posing them - I just wanted to portray what the band was really like as an observer.

Shooting Wide

A few years ago, I managed to get hold of a somewhat legendary analog camera, the Fuji TX2. It's better known in Europe as the Hasselblad XPAN II, but it's in effect a simple rebrand of the exact same camera. It's a rangefinder with a very limited set of optics, and for a very good reason: it shoots superwide panoramas, exposing two 24x36 frames at the same time. The XPAN II was released in 2003, so it's not an old camera. Only three lenses exist: a 45mm f/4, a 90mm f/4 and a rare as rocking horsesh*it 30mm f/5.6. I own only the former two, and to be honest rarely if ever use the 90mm. 

Film Photography YouTube Channels

I may or may not have a YouTube problem.

I absolutely love the film community - I wouldn’t be doing this if I didn’t. Part of the film community that I have enjoyed a lot is the YouTube film community. There are many great channels out their producing great content. There’s POV shooting videos, darkroom tutorials, zine reviews, behind the scenes of exhibitions and more. There’s lots to learn from them and I almost guarantee that there’s something for everyone from the below list. The below list shares why I follow them, and provides you with a direct link through to their YouTube channels.

GET TO KNOW ME: ANDREI MARIUS

My name is Marius, I’m almost 27 and I’m from Romania but right now I live in Zagreb, Croatia. I'm a Franciscan brother (for more information it's easier if you are google it) and I studied theology in Romania, preparing to become a Catholic priest. I have one more year to study before I finish the faculty but as of now (october 2018-september 2019) I have a break: for one year I don't study theology and I'm here in Zagreb to have a new experience, to know a new culture, to meet new people and to learn Croatian language.

Film Swaps Exhibition

For more than a year now, I have been swapping rolls of 35mm film with people from across the globe. For a long time, I wasn’t sure where this was going to go and what to with these piling negatives. But pushed by a collecting spirit and the encounters leading to more encounters, I kept shooting. But the truth is, once again, that I am simply exploring my own curiosity, and this has become a little game. A little like an “exquisite corpse” played with strangers, mixing affinities with coincidences.

GET TO KNOW ME: MIKE PAUL

Hi, I’m Mike, I’m 34 (35 in April) from the UK.  Originally from Brighton, on the Sussex coast in South East England, I moved to Cardiff in 2006, where I’ve been living ever since.  IT Project Manager by trade, father of 1 (cat), I try my hardest to shoot as much as I can in my spare time.  It can be rather sporadic, as can my train of thought, so be warned…

SHOOTOUT: February 2019 - SURREALISM

This month’s theme is SURREALISM. This is deliberately quite a loose brief, so feel free to experiment. Steven liked the idea of ‘surrealism being the art of combining of dreams and reality’, and so interpret that how you’d like! Maybe you'll try cross processing, lens-whacking, shooting expired disposable cameras, or whatever else you can dream up. We can’t wait to see what you come up with.

"Why do you choose to shoot black and white?"

A few days ago, I submitted a question to Nick Mayo of Nick Exposed for a Q&A he’ll be publishing soon. As I asked him the question, I realised that I didn’t have my own answer to the question, and so I have written this JUST A THOUGHT article outlining my thoughts.

The question I asked Nick was “Why do you choose to shoot black and white?”. When I asked him the question, I provided two quotes where photography greats referenced their view on the subject.