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Posted on October 23, 2013
This week there’s been a slight change of plan – I’m not driving to Moscow anymore, I don’t fancy the idea of traversing Belarus, I’ve heard a lot of bad things about the country. Also, visas are needed for Belarus and Russia, which would add nearly £1000 to the cost of a trip that I’m already planning on a very tight budget. So, I’m driving to Crimea in Ukraine instead, it’s about the same distance and I’ll get to go through Romania on the way back, a country I’ve always wanted to visit.
Joining me on this epic road-trip will be writer and very good friend, Trevor Gibbs. Trevor has been my ‘partner in crime’ for a few projects, the last one being our joint essay on Yellowknife and the surrounding area in North West Canada. Trevor has travelled extensively all over the world, knows his stuff and is generally good to have around, he also loves a good road-trip…
Road-trip images – Mamiya 7II and Kodak Portra 400 film
Portraits – Fuji X-Pro1, edited using VSCO Film
Posted on October 15, 2013
This week I’ve started planning my next big adventure, a road-trip of epic proportions – The Isle of Man to Moscow and back – a 4000 mile round trip. I’ve been all over the world, but never this part of the world, and what better way to see it?
This probably isn’t a lot of people’s idea of fun, but I can’t think of anything better; load a vehicle with supplies and just drive, stopping off whenever and wherever you like. Another thing that really appeals to be is the minuscule amount of planning that’s needed – no flights to book, no connections to miss and no accommodation to pay for (I’ll be sleeping in my vehicle…) As I said, I have no plans as to who or what I’ll be photographing, it’ll just be anybody or anything that I like the look of.
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 June 17, 2013
I don’t know why, and I certainly don’t know what it says about me as a person, but I can not leave film in a camera; when I load a roll, whether it be 36 images on 35mm or 10 on 6x7cm, as soon as I start shooting I have to finish it. I don’t load film into a camera until I see something I want to shoot, so I can be driving along a road, see something that catches my eye and that’s it, the shooting frenzy begins. What normally happens is that I’ll shoot six or seven frames on medium format, but then I run-out of steam, but I simply can’t put that camera back in my bag until it’s empty, so I invariably end-out just taking pictures of the most inane objects – sheds, lamp posts, road signs…sometimes even my own feet.
All the colour shots here were made during my last trip to Yellowknife. They are all the last frame off each roll of film.
The strange obsession doesn’t end there, it can actually manifest itself on an even grander scale – at the end of shooting a project in another location, whether it be close by or in another country, I CAN NOT take any unused film home with me…I know, I have some kind of compulsive disorder.
The shots below were made at about 1am in Yellowknife, five hours before I was due at the airport to fly home. I shot about 15 rolls of film in less than 20 minutes…
I think I need to stay away from casinos and horse racing tracks.
Posted on May 15, 2013
***ALL COPIES OF THIS HAVE NOW BEEN PRE-ORDERED***
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.
***ALL COPIES OF THIS HAVE NOW BEEN PRE-ORDERED***
Posted on May 6, 2013
At the beginning of April, on my way up to Yellowknife, I stopped off in Ontario, Canada, to see Ned. Since my own brother caught the slightly earlier train two and a half years ago, Ned is the closest I have to a sibling. This was the first time I’d actually seen Ned, in the flesh, for five years, but I climbed into his van at Lester B Pearson airport and we picked-up like we’d seen each other a couple of weeks before. I spent 3 days and nights with Ned, we drank a lot of beer…I wrote 4 days worth of diary during a 7 hour stopover at Calgary airport before flying north. I was very tired and very hungover…
“April 2th 2013 – I touched-down in Toronto just before midnight on Monday April 1st, reclaimed my bags and then underwent the usual 1 hour customs interrogation that I only ever get when I fly into Toronto. I walked out into an empty arrivals hall expecting to see Ned, but no, he was stuck in a snowstorm halfway between me and his home, further north, in Owen Sound. I sat and drank coffee and surfed the free internet. Ned finally arrived at about 2am, my biggest worry was that he might not have had time to pick any beer up, this worry proved unfounded. I’d asked Ned to get “a few bottles”, when I opened the sliding door of his van to put my bag in I noticed he’d bought two case of 28 bottles. Excellent work.
We arrived at our ‘hotel’ in Hamilton at 2.30am. Now then, I’m using the term ‘hotel’ very loosely, because it wasn’t a hotel – hotels don’t have shared bathrooms, communal kitchens and dormitory bedrooms. Youth Hostels do. The young man who had waited-up for us was less than pleased at our late arrival, but still insisted on giving us a full guided tour of the building, during which I made the mistake of attempting to negotiate a cast iron spiral staircase wearing just socks. It was only Ned grabbing my arm that saved me from a trip back to the UK in an air ambulance with multiple limb fractures. We got to our room and cracked open a case of Bud’, I fell asleep, fully clothed, at about 5am…”
Posted on April 30, 2013
Sorry, there are no girls, just cars, I needed a catchy title and ‘cars and girls’ sounded good. You were tricked, I’m afraid…but hey, while you’re here, you may as well have a look at some cars.
Canada, not just Yellowknife, turns me into some kind of abandoned car enthusiast, it’s bizarre. When I’m at home I never really feel the urge to document cars of any kind, let alone ones that have been left to rot in driveways, but the second I’m off the plane I notice them everywhere! It was the same when I was there last September. But I shouldn’t complain, because old car photos are VERY popular, they fly out of stock photo sites like veritable hot cakes.
I shot all the images here using a Mamiya 7II, 80mm lens and Kodak Portra 160 film. On a technical note, for all the paranoid film shooters, I travelled through 9 separate x-ray machines with 80 rolls of 120 film. In Toronto I was subjected to my usual 2 hour interrogation and all my film was passed through the big industrial checked baggage machine and I can tell you now that there has been no ill effects whatsoever on the film.
On another technical note – some people ask me how I colour manage with film scanning, how do I know it’s correct? I work on a colour calibrated Apple iMac, which I personally think is always a good start. When shooting film I include a colour card in the first shot of every few rolls of film and then work from that. I’ve seen my images displayed on older screens and they can look terrible, colour wise, but unfortunately there’s nothing I can do about that…and sorry again about the girl thing. My bad.
***All images are strictly copyright to Phil Kneen***
Posted on April 29, 2013
All Images made with a Holga 120 Pano 6x12cm camera and Fuji Acros 100 film in the Hamilton (Ontario) and Yellowknife (NWT) areas of Canada. I wasn’t going to take this camera with me, but I’m so glad I did now. The scenery, the weather, everything lent itself to grungy monochromatic images like these. It’s got me thinking about experimenting with a bit of pinhole photography…
I’m starting the long process of scanning and cataloguing 70+ sheets of negatives from my latest trip to Yellowknife, the ‘serious’ project images. So I’ll be spending a lot of time in my basement over the next week or so. Time to get iTunes on random shuffle!