Maria Westerbom - Film Photographer and guest bloggerI am an avid hobby photographer who is obsessed with the creative process of film photography. I handle the entire process at home, from developing film to printing in my traditional darkroom, and have also recently started to learn more about alternative photographic processes.
I have been photographing since the early 1970s, with a couple of breaks, but have learnt a lot in recent years. I constantly strive for creative development to find my personal expression.

I have taken photographs since early childhood. My dad photographed and had his own darkroom, so it has always been a natural part of my life.

Zero Image pinhole camera 4x5, Ilford FP4+ sheet film 4x5
Zero Image pinhole camera 4×5, Ilford FP4+ sheet film 4×5

When the digital age began, something happened to me. First, I mourned my photo hobby for about five years, then “gave up” and bought a digital SLR. A couple of years passed and I upgraded to a more advanced model, but soon realized that it gave me no pleasure at all. I was just so bored with my images.

About this time I realized that film photography was not at all dead! I found the Lomography site and it was so much fun! A strong community of people who love to experiment with their photography. A desire to experiment that I had not had before awoke in me. Various films, processes, cameras,etc …

Zero Image 2000 pinhole camera 6x6 Ilford PanF+ 120 film Developed in Ilford Ilfotec DD-X
Zero Image 2000 pinhole camera 6×6 #ilfordpanf+ 120 film Developed in #ilfordlfotecddx

There were some very stimulating and rewarding years, but now I feel that I have found my personal style.My first choice is always black and white film. I love how with black and white so much is left to the viewer’s imagination.

Working with films that give me excellent details and beautiful grains whether the image is high or low exposure is a fantastic feeling



I can then work more with the image in the darkroom. I’ll never be finished with a black and white image!

I have found that the process of film photography has helped me to deal with stress and its negative influence in my life in a positive way, and the one area where I really find peace is Macro photography

I love to load any of my cameras with my favorite film, put on one or a couple of extension tubes or the macro lens and walk around (or crawl) in my garden and look for the almost otherworldly universe that we usually do not have time to see.

And sometimes I get surprised when someone that I have not paid attention to is standing and watching me …

Hasselblad 503cx with Makro-Planar 120/4 and extension tube 32+16mmIlford FP4+ 120 film

To load one of my pinhole cameras with an IR filter and infrared film is also something that feeds my creative mind, and gives me the most stunning and unexpected results.


Zero Image 2000 pinhole camera with Wratten 89B IR filter #IlfordSFX @ ISO 3
Zero Image 2000 pinhole camera with Wratten 89B IR filter #IlfordSFX @ ISO 3


Also, I have become old enough to not care when someone is protesting;

You can not photograph flowers with black and white ???

Well, I can, and I love it!


Hasselblad 500 cm with Planar 80/2,8 and extension tube 56 mm Ilford HP5+ 120 film Developed in Ilford Ilfotec DD-X 1:4
Hasselblad 500 cm with Planar 80/2,8 and extension tube 56 mm Ilford HP5+ 120 film Developed in Ilford Ilfotec DD-X 1:4


More info and image galleries on my two blogs