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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? 

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!).

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…

GET TO KNOW ME: ADAM FRENCH

I've been shooting film since around 2009 with my first film camera of a Lomo Diana and then onto a beaten up Canon EOS 1000fn. Since then my cameras have been getting progressively more and more random and old. Most the time I now shoot on a range of large formats ranging from the 1890-1900s in Full Plate [6.5x8.5in - It's called John V2.0] to around the 50s with a 4x5 focal plane shuttered MPP Micropress and random barrel lenses, like the ridiculous 'Crazy Russian Lens, KO140M, a 140mm f1.8; in large format terms this is a 37mm f0.5 so it inhales light.

GET TO KNOW ME: ANTONIN LANGLINAY

I bought a digital camera some time ago. Even though I first took great pleasure in using it, discovering what photography is all about, I quickly became disinterested by the process (taking a lot of pictures and then editing them in Lightroom). In the mean time, my grandmother gave me an old Leica R4 with two lenses (35 mm and 90 mm) that she was no longer using.

GET TO KNOW ME: RAFA PRADO

Value. It is something I deeply consider in my film photography. Why am I shooting this picture? Is it going to rest in a hard drive or binder forever? Is it going to be shared on Instagram? Is it going to be hung on a wall? Is it going to be printed and sent to friend as a souvenir from a trip? In my opinion, often time a photo cannot serve all these goals. All of these means play a big roll in the perceived value of the photography by your audience. Sharing the 80 images you took of a trip in your group conversation is not the same as sending prints of selected photos in an envelope to your friends. 

GET TO KNOW ME: AMY PATERSON

My name is Amy, I'm 32 and I live in Ayrshire, Scotland with my husband, Kevin and our two little boys, Kit and Asa.  

I've been inconsistently shooting film for the last fifteen or so years.  My parents bought me my first SLR camera - a Pentax MZ-M - while I was at high school. I had shown an interest in photography (I've recently written an essay on my love for film, you can find it on my website) and so when I passed some exams off we went to Glasgow for a camera.