Posted on November 19, 2012
When I went to Yellowknife in September with friend and writer, Trevor Gibbs, I’d planned it to be a one-off trip to document life in and around the small city. We arrived, and within only a couple of days I realised that this wasn’t going to be a short-term project, there’s enough in one street alone to keep me busy for months! So, I’m going back.
It’s not only Yellowknife that interests me, it’s the whole of Canada, I love the place. So, on the 1st April 2013 I’m going to fly into Toronto and drive the 5000 kilometres across Canada and up to Yellowknife, photographing anything that catches my eye. I also love a good road-trip, and this is going to be the Mother of all road-trips!
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All images more made on a Mamiya 7II camera, 80mm lens, using Fuji Pro 400H film. All images copyright Phil Kneen
Posted on November 15, 2012
If Kodak Tr-X is my heroin, then Fuji Instax is my Methadone. Instax keeps me going in between hits when I’m waiting for film to be developed. Fortunately, Instax isn’t anywhere near as expensive as class A drugs and it certainly isn’t as damaging to your health – you can pick-up a good second-hand Fuji Instax for less than £50. I get my film off Amazon for £15 for a pack of 20 shots. Each shot is a truly individual.
A technical note to anyone wishing to experiment with class A analogue – although Instax is an ‘instant’ film, the image can take up to 2 hours to fully ‘come-up’ and show all the colours and tones.
Posted on November 12, 2012
My entire website is actually an attempt to convert every photographer in the world into shooting film. My quest is to send-out subliminal messages every few days via the medium of WordPress…my plan is coming together nicely (rubs hands together, big booming Dr Evil laugh, etc, etc)
The most common argument I hear for nor getting down with celluloid is that shooting film is too expensive. It’s not expensive – I shot all of these images using a second-hand Olympus Mju-II compact loaded with Fuji Pro 400H film. The film cost £3.50 and it cost £7 to have it developed and scanned at Peak Imaging – that works-out at a mere £0.29 per shot. Twenty Nine Pence! What can you buy for that? A packet of Tesco own-brand instant noodles, that’s what. Nobody wants to sit and look at packets of noodles for very long, believe me.
Point and shoot – it’s that easy.
Posted on November 11, 2012
For the first time in over ten years, I don’t own a digital camera (apart from the one on my iPhone). I sold the last of my Canon 5D mk2/7D based kit about three weeks ago, and thus far, I haven’t missed it. I’m not anti-digital, I will eventually buy into a digital medium format system, probably Mamiya or Hasselblad, but I don’t need to for the time being. A few months ago I took the conscious decision to not take-on any more commercial work, weddings, etc so that I can concentrate on the various projects I have on the go at the moment. I’m shooting all of these projects on film.
Posted on November 4, 2012
‘You take the pictures, we’ll do the rest’ – That was Eastman Kodak’s catch line when they introduced the Box Brownie over a hundred years ago. The Brownie was basically a disposable camera, you bought it pre-loaded with film, took your photos, sent it back to Kodak and they would return your snaps along with your camera, re-loaded. Box Brownies sold in their millions.
Kodak have come almost full circle, now on its financial knees, the only thing that this bastion of the photography world sells much of is modern Box Brownies – the crappy plastic disposable camera. Every wedding I’ve ever shot professionally has had disposable cameras on each of the guests tables. You rarely get to see the results from these.
I love the look you get from these cameras. They are normally loaded with 800 ISO film, so whatever light you shoot in, you’re going to hit something. Focus is ‘hit and miss’, to say the least…
I bought a job lot of 50 Kodak disposables – 25 waterproof and 25 with flashes…for some reason?
Posted on November 3, 2012
The ‘Old Leather Chair’ project has been busy this week, I’ve shot another 14 people, which now brings the total to 22. My idea of stopping at 50 now appears unlikely, the whole thing has grown legs, if you’ll excuse the pun…is that a pun? Probably not, but some chairs do have legs. I don’t think mine does though.
I’ve learned a few things this week, things that after shooting film for years now, I should know – ALWAYS use a tripod, the picture quality improves vastly when using your 3-legged friend. ALWAYS use a handheld light meter and trust it. ALWAYS get your friends to come out and play when you’re shooting with heavy props, they can carry stuff while you prance around being arty.
I’m shooting the whole project using a Mamiya 7II camera, 80mm lens and Fuji Pro 400H film. I’m now also using my Sekonic light meter properly…
If you do feel the urge to use any of the images on my site, for ANY purpose, without my permission, please think again. It’s stealing.