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Posted on September 1, 2013
If I ever happen to be stranded on a desert island, an unlikely scenario, but let’s go with it, and for some reason I’m stuck with one camera and a bag of one type of film, what would they be? I won’t waste your time going through the cameras that almost made the number one spot, I’ll just come straight out with it – the Holga 120 Pan and a big bag of Kodak Tri-X 400 film.
This camera cost £70, which is actually extortion when you consider that it’s made entirely from plastic, including the lens element. It’s not even a particularly high-grade plastic either. It has one shutter speed and two apertures…and that’s about it. But stick a roll of Kodak Tri-X black and white film in and the results, in my opinion, are beautiful, a combination that creates a look that keeps me coming back for more, time and time again.
Enough said – pack your bags, we’re crash-landing somewhere near Fiji.
Jamie Helps, Chapel Beach, Port St Mary, Isle of Man
Hazel Walsh, Colby, Isle of Man
Yellowknife, NWT, Canada
Posted on July 18, 2013
I’m not sure if it’s the unexpected hot weather on the Isle of Man, but I’ve had a lot of offers from people, male and female, to model nude. I’m not complaining.
This is artist and photographer, Hazel Walsh. I made these images over the space of a couple of hours using a mix of digital and film (Holga 6×6 and 6×12, a Leica R6 and a cheap Nikon compact 35mm).
Hazel is leaving the Isle of Man in a couple of days to start a new life in Berlin.
Posted on July 4, 2013
Sometimes I don’t want to write anything, I just want to post a few random photos that I’ve taken over the last few days. Today is one of those days. I take a camera everywhere – to the pub, to the corner cafe for a hangover breakfast and while walking my dog, Leica, along the coast. I photograph my feet…
Posted on June 15, 2013
The film v digital argument is as pointless as asking, “Which is better, toast or Corn Flakes?” – they both taste great and they both have their own place at the breakfast table.
This week I’ve been eating toast and cornflakes…AND yogurt!
This week I having been shooting with a Fuji X-Pro1, a Holga GCFN and a Holga 120 Pan
Posted on June 11, 2013
I’ve neglected film photography over the last few weeks, not out of choice, it’s just that the type of work I’ve been doing has been better suited to digital. I have missed film though, so last week I went on a two-day film shooting binge – I put a couple of cheap Chinese Holgas and a load of film into my bag and shot everything that caught my eye.
All the wide shots here were made on the Holga Pan 120 6x12cm, a £60 import from China, the plastic lens is so bad, it’s good! Film is Ilford HP5, an emulsion that I’ve never really liked, but I’m warming to it…
Posted on May 30, 2013
“An artist’s career can be segmented by moments when there is the realization of a need for change or the necessity to shake off the rust and webs that develop after reaching that unchallenged place of comfort” - Domenico Foschi, photographer.
I discovered this quote a few days ago, as soon as I read it I realised that I’m in that place, that unchallenged place of comfort. But it was a revelation, bordering on an epiphany, I’d go as far as to say. This was a bugle call to start afresh.
Over the past few months I’ve fallen into the trap of making ‘safe’ photographs, I’ve stopped photographing for my own pleasure, and isn’t that what it’s all about? I like taking photos of my feet! And I enjoy creating the more alternative type of portrait. So that’s what I’m going to do!
Posted on May 25, 2013
I was talking to a college student this week, I asked him why I hadn’t seen any of his work recently, his reply bemused me – “I’m getting a Canon 5D mark three in a few weeks, so I’m not shooting anything until I get that, it’s like ten times better than the camera I’m using now…I want to shoot my ideas on the best kit…should I get the seventy to two-hundred?”
Amazing. This talented young artist has actually put his photography on hold because he doesn’t want to ‘waste’ any of his creative ideas on what he considers to be inferior camera equipment. I was going to point-out that the Canon 5D mark III isn’t actually ‘The Best’, if he wants that then he should really be saving-up his student grant for an 8×10 inch film camera, but I’d have been wasting my time, I think.
What is ‘The Best’ camera? It’s the one you have with you, of course. I always have at least one camera on me, usually two – a 35mm film compact and some kind of digital, at the moment it’s a Canon G15 or a Fuji X-Pro1. If for any reason I can’t take a small bag out with me, I always have my iPhone in my pocket. People have become obsessed with megapixels and millimetres to the detriment of actually making photographs, we should be shooting with what we have, not what we think we should have.
If I ‘saved-up’ all my ideas to shoot on the best possible equipment, if I didn’t take that photograph outside the pub because I only had my iPhone, then I’d never get anything done.
Top to bottom – Fuji X-Pro1, X-Pro1, iPhone 4S, some toys, Nikon TW20, Holga GCFN, Canon G15, X-Pro-1, Olympus Mju II, Nikon TW20, Kodak disposable, Canon G11.
Posted on May 15, 2013
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In the next few weeks I’m going to be publishing a selection of my Canada project photographs, mainly images shot in and around Yellowknife, but also some from much further south, in Hamilton.
I’ll be presenting the images over 16 pages in a quality tabloid newspaper format (the photograph below is a sample from the printers, the shots aren’t mine). The print run will be strictly limited to 500 copies (numbered and signed).
I will send copies to whoever wants one, on a ‘first come…’ basis. There is a small cost of £5.00 (UK) to cover postage (worldwide) and handling.
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