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A community feeling by Matthew Thompson

Portrait photo of Matthew Thompson

Matthew Thompson is a reformed Canadian professional photographer. He enjoys travel with family, riding temperamental old motorcycles and shooting medium format film in his Rolleiflex. He runs Twin Lens Reflux, a photoblog showcasing his travel experiences shooting film in a modern world as well as opinion and reviews. Continue reading “A community feeling by Matthew Thompson”

Unleash that Reticulated Film Python

Black and white photo of Ribnar MazumdarHi my name is Ribnar Mazumdar and I am a hybrid photographer.

Hybrid in the sense, I almost always shoot film but also enjoy my only digital camera – the Leica M Monochrom 246 and a digital workflow that includes Lightroom and Photoshop.

I love alternative photographic techniques like dry plates and brushed on emulsions. I am a darkroom fanatic – always exploring new ways to mash up digital with traditional analog techniques. I love all kinds of print processes – cyanotypes, salts, van dykes to name a few. I shoot all formats right from 35mm half frames up to 8×10 large format. Continue reading “Unleash that Reticulated Film Python”

A Family connection

Black and white photo of Pierre Killmayer

Pierre Killmayer is an amateur photographer from southern France and lives in Paris. From a family of photographers, he started to take pictures as soon as he was old enough to carry a camera. He began using a decidedly diverse array of cameras (Pentacon, Hasselblad, Lomo, Olympus PEN, Ikonta,…) and by the age of 12 was autonomously developing his own films and printing his photos. His stylistic predilection tends toward architectural photography, but he also enjoys fixing and using old cameras. In order to master the whole photographic chain, he recently began creating his own chemicals.   Outside of his homemade darkroom, he likes to meet people who also share his passion. For him, film photography is an infinite playground, where everyone can contribute. Continue reading “A Family connection”

Portraits in black and white

Black and white photo of Chris McPheeChris McPhee is originally from Manchester, England but has lived just outside Toronto, Canada since 2003. He started shooting with a Petri GX-1 bought from Dixons in 1982, moved to digital in 2005 and now shoots both digital and film. He values the thoughtfulness that film enforces over the ability to get a quick fix from the DSLR. Having made a move back to film he’s now taken advantage of the tremendous second-hand prices for analog equipment and has set up a darkroom so he can develop and print his own films. Continue reading “Portraits in black and white”

Self-portraiture as Catharsis

Black and white photo of Corrine PerryCorinne Perry’s evocative and deeply personal self-portraiture is a reflection of her natural melancholic temperament. Through the process of photography as the re-creation of memory space, she is offered a cathartic release. The resulting photographs highlight a distinctively dark and intimate struggle, enabling the viewer to connect with the work on a personal level. She currently resides within the West Midlands and studied photography at Birmingham City University graduating in 2012. Her work has been exhibited at galleries including TATE Liverpool, Croome Court National Trust and The Beaney Museum, Canterbury. She was a guest speaker at The Bluecoat, Liverpool as part of Look 15 Liverpool’s International Photography Festival and more recently at The Photography Show, Birmingham both with Redeye Network.

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So – Apparently film is dead?

Brandon Donnelly by Abi Smith PhotographyMy name is Brandon Donnelly and I have been studying photography for little over a year now.

My introduction to photography was rather bizarre. After being with my partner for a short time, I was invited to her sister’s wedding. Feeling rather uncomfortable as a new member of the family, I took my sisters Canon Rebel DSLR to keep me company. My logic was that if I found myself plummeting into an inescapable awkward scenario, I could wander off with my camera capturing the special day. Continue reading “So – Apparently film is dead?”

Disconnect – Krisztian Bedynski


Kristian Bedynski profile picture

I started taking pictures on the streets of Budapest around 2008. I switched to film shortly after, as that’s what suits me best.

My main goal with my photography is to document the world that I experience, broaden my vision and establish some kind of balance with photographs taken in overlooked, “insignificant”, undocumented places. Let this be a supermarket, a not so pretty underpass with or without people in Eastern Europe or anything else that inspires me.

I believe in self-learning, and I’m always up for something new to explore.

I adhere to a strict code of conduct. I don’t believe in photoshop, don’t do much if any post processing and it has to be an exceptional day for me to crop an image.

I use Ilford’s Delta 400 for most of my work and use XP2 Super when I need my results fast.

I was born in 1988, which meant that I got a first class ticket to experience the world converting from analogue to digital during my childhood. We would listen to walkmans and rewind tapes with pencils while also figuring out how to use the computer to play our favorite games. Continue reading “Disconnect – Krisztian Bedynski”

On Reading – stealing from the best


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Ron Hammond

I have been actively photographing for over 50 years, full time since retiring from a long career in scientific software and control systems. While largely self-taught, I formally studied photography at the Keenan Center for the Arts in Lockport NY, privately with Russell Drisch in Buffalo NY, at Bellevue Community College, privately with Nick Hansen in Seattle, at the Photographic Center Northwest in Seattle, and at the Coupeville Center for the Arts.

My heroes are the great humanist photographers; Andre Kertesz, Helen Levitt, Peter Turnley, Edouard Boubat, Milton Rogovin, … and especially Willy Ronis and Robert Doisneau.

Like my heroes, I am much more interested in people and their everyday lives than in spectacular places or momentous events. One of these heroes, Robert Doisneau, described himself as a “fisherman of images“. I like the metaphor of patiently waiting with baited camera at an interesting time and place.

On Reading — stealing from the best

Nearly all of my photographs organize themselves into loosely defined, open-ended projects that are never finished but often stop at an interesting place for a portfolio, show, or hand-made book.

People often ask; “Where do you get ideas for your projects?” British photographer and educator, David Hurn says; “Our advice to photographers is best expressed by Calvin Trilling: ‘The immature artist borrows; the mature artist steals.’ So steal from the best.”

I’m certainly stealing from the best for this one. In the 1970’s the great Andre Kertesz published a charming book titled “On Reading”. Quite a few years later I stumbled upon it in the public library and not too long after that my wonderful wife (at the time a used book dealer) found me a copy of my own. It has since been reprinted in paper cover but my vintage hardback is way cooler.

The Seattle area (where we live) is more than a bit bookish so it isn’t at all hard to find raw material for my own “On Reading” project. In fact, I sorted through my negatives and found quite a few already there and I’ve added to the project from time to time ever since. People who are reading are easy marks — lost in their book the rest of the world kind of fades away. Here’s one from Honolulu:

“On Reading #25” -Fujifilm GA645, HP5 220

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Masterji’s Story


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Jason Tilley

Soon after leaving my staff photographer’s position on the local newspaper where I’d been employed for the previous 5 years and with the luxury of in-house film processing no longer a convenient option I began using my local city centre professional colour lab, in Coventry.

During the accumulating hours that I spent in that lab waiting for my 35mm films to process, watching small colour prints dropping from the conveyor belt from the end of the machine, I watched a short Indian man shuffle in through the door of the lab collect a small package of photographs then shuffled back out again. It was not until 2015 I discovered that the diminutive and unassuming figure was Mr Maganbhai Patel, the photographer known as Masterji. Continue reading “Masterji’s Story”

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