About

I wear many hats. This is one blog about a particular hat that I often wear. Each photo posted here was taken with a film camera. The shots were processed (usually by me) and then scanned.

This is a photo of me taking near the Spiral Jetty, UT. It was captured with a Diana Mini using Kodak Ektar 100 film. Oddly, I’m taking a photo with a Canon Rebel T2i. Go figure.

While trekking across the country in 2004, taking pictures along the way, I discovered my love for photography. When I got back, I decided that I wanted to do something with some of the photos that I took. I loved the way old medium format, square holiday photos looked and wanted to replicate that by using Photoshop.

I would spend hours, even days on each picture, painstakingly adjusting contrast, color, shadow, etc., just so they might look like old vacation shots captured on medium format film. It was no easy task. You had to get the colors just so, had to have the contrasts just right.

From 2004 through 2010, I performed this bit of hocus pocus on hundreds of photos. But when apps like Instgram came about, I got frustrated and simply stopped manipulating photos. I was immediately turned off by Instagram and to this day have never signed up or downloaded it. Out of simple curiosity (and bored with my stint in digital photography), I decided to start using film. I bought a $25 Holga from some guy in Hong Kong and began shooting.

Since then, I’ve branched out into other vintage cameras and have experimented with various types of film. I’ve even taken up developing my own color film at home (in my bathroom). We’ll see how all this turns out.

Other things you might like to know:
I live in Seattle, I’m vegan, I’m a screen printer, I like history, old roads and trains. Sure do.

22 thoughts on “About

  1. Hi there, I’m so happy to discover you! I find it great you have dedicated your web site on middle format and I really admire you for developing the shots yourself! Respect:)
    See you around!

  2. Im so excited to have found this blog! I normally have to jump around to a few different pages to research how some films work/look like when used (same with cameras). YAY!

    1. Thanks! I’ve accidentally amassed quite a collection of both filmstock and cameras – and over the past month have shot quite a bit more, which I’ll be adding real soon-like. YAY! I’m starting tomorrow!

  3. I’ve been following you since forever because I love the images, and never once commented, I don’t think. Just stopped by to see what your blog is about.

    Film photography is a dying art, I am afraid. I started out on film — my first job was processing film for a newspaper, but I haven’t worked with film in probably 15 years.

    Cheers! And keep it up!

    1. Hey there! Thanks so much! It was dying, to be sure. But it’s definitely making a sort of comeback in the same way vinyl records are coming back. There’s a small, but growing, base. A new film company is even starting up again. But regardless, it’s a whole bunch of fun.

  4. Eric – thanks for visiting my humble blog. I would be interested if you could tell me a little of your post-processing workflow? Especially interested in your development & scanning techniques.

    Keep up the good work!

    Duncan

    1. Hi Duncan! My workflow depends greatly on the film used. I process all my own film, both B&W and color. I then scan in the negatives (I don’t print my work since I don’t have a darkroom). As for post-processing, there’s really not much. I scan in the shots and save them as tifs. It’s all pretty simple, I think.

      Thanks!

  5. Great – more specifically, which developer do you favor: Rodinal, HC-110, D-76, etc.? Stand Development? And lastly, I am interested in what type of scanner you use? The local place where I get my XP2 developed is going out of business, so I am looking at developing at home. Any tips appreciated.

    1. So far, I’ve used only Rodinal 1+50 dilution. Except for really old film, which gets Rodinal 1+100 for an hour with an agitation at 30mins (semi stand). I’ll eventually get around to D-76.

      The scanner is an Epson v500. It’s not amazing , but gets the job done. I like it well enough.

  6. It’s really nice to see photographers that learned from the ground up, and to see that you’ve grown it in to a wonderful collection of art is great. Do you plan on shooting large format anytime soon? Going through it is a wonderful process that I believe is irreplaceable.

    1. Thanks! Large format? I’d maybe like to someday. It does quite fit my style or budget, but there’s really no reason I shouldn’t be pushing the boundaries of both.

      1. Large format is great because of the control it gives you since it’s an all manual camera.

        I really hope you do give it a chance, honestly, it’s a great way to shoot because it allows you to really slow down and breakdown every step of the way.

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