Bit of a random ask, but I'm looking to come over to the U.S to do an internship soon and was just wondering if you had any advice about the city of New York. And if you knew of any independent small institutions to work at, I've already applied for MOMA, I would like to split my time thou between another photographic based company. Love your blog by the way, thank you in advance
Thanks so much!
As for your question, I really wouldn’t be much help with that, as I too would love to find some places to work at. However, I do see tons of galleries and other creative venues looking for interns via craigslist, so maybe just have a look there and send your resume and interests to every place that seems relevant. newyork.craigslist.org
First off, I absolutely adore your blog. Your photos are beautiful and inspire me to explore film photography!
I'm sure you get asked this a lot, but I'm wanting to buy my first film camera and I'm not sure what would be the best to get. I don't want to spend a ton of money as it would be my first therefore would undergo a lot of trial and error. I've checked out the "toy" cameras from urban outiftters and lomography.com and considered one of those since they're pretty cheap, but I didn't know if they'd even be worth it. So I was just wondering what your recommendation was on a good first film camera and your opinion on those "toy" cameras? Any help would be greatly appreciated!! Thanks!! :)
mwawwww, thank you! :D
one of the first film cameras I tried out was a holga, nothing wrong with that. you can see some photos I’ve taken with mine here. they’re fun to experiment with and yes, super cheap. however, where it gets expensive is the actual buying and processing of the film. so really it depends on if you want to shoot medium format or 35mm. 35mm will be cheaper and may be a good place to start learning.
lomography.com does have some 35mm toy cameras, but if you want to have more control, as in being able to set your f stop and shutter speed, you may want to start shopping on ebay for a manual 35mm. you can find some older ones that are nice and still fairly cheap. I’m a big fan of any of the Praktica cameras. Yashica makes some good ones too. just browse around and find something that looks fun, then do some research on it before buying. I think you will be able to find something good and still stay on a budget.
i was wondering what kind of camera you use for your 35mm shots. i read that you take your film to cvs- i own a holga 135 and walgreens ALWAYS ruins my pictures or an entire roll of film. has this ever happened to you? i'm thinking of just mailing it out somewhere rather than risking my film again.
I use an old Praktica L2. it’s a german camera and has some weird quirks, but I’m completely obsessed with it and won’t use any other 35mm.
about the developing, yeah, the drugstore labs can be not so great and i’ve had them mess up a few things, but it’s never that big of deal. if you have something important, it may just be safer to send it off or try to find a professional lab in your area. or maybe try to find another wallgreens or cvs, every now and then the person working in there actually cares a little bit and they’d be less likely to mess it up.
One last one...when you are shooting, what are you looking for--do you have plans or ideas or visions that guide you? Or do you just let things unfold? And...how many photos do you typically take in order to achieve what you are looking for?
Thanks for all the insight!
I’m a real big fan of just wandering around with a camera or two. I feel like every time I’ve tried to plan something, it doesn’t go the way I’d like it to. Since I only shoot film, which can be pricey, I don’t take very many photos at all. Which I think is a good thing, because it forces you to really think about what you’re doing and look for something special to use your film on. Typically if I head out for a walk and am set on taking some photos, I’ll probably end up shooting less than 20, at the most. Today, I took 5. :)
cool, thanks, what do you find yourself shooting with most of the time?
love your shots, by the way...awesome composition (coming from a novice...anyway)
typically my go to cameras are my Praktica L2 (for 35mm), Kowa Six (for medium format), Polaroid 430 land camera (peel apart polaroids), Polaroid 680 slr (type 600 polaroids), Pentacon Six (for medium format), and most recently my Mamiya Universal Press, which is a medium format camera with a polaroid type 100 back.
hope that helps in some way :) and thank you for your kind words!
I have a 1940s Polaroid Land Camera Model 95A and a Polaroid Sun 600 LMS, and would like to find film for them both. I'm familiar with The Impossible Project, yet, they don't make any film for the Land Camera (only the Sun 600) ... would you happen to know where I purchase some, or of any alternatives?
Secondly, I was wondering where do you get your 35 mm film developed or do you develop it yourself? Can you recommend any drug stores, or similar, with good photo labs or any affordable professional labs? I uncovered my grandfather's old 1980s Olympus AZ-200 Super Zoom, in the drawer of a writing desk, and would like very much to take it for a spin.
Thank you kindly for sharing your "nerd" knowledge with us! You take really lovely photos!
hi there! unfortunately, you won’t be finding any film that will work for the 95A. those used polaroid roll film, which they quit making probably in the 50’s. every now and then you can find some on ebay, but it most surely won’t be any good. I have one of these too, and it’s just there to look pretty on the shelf. :) if you’re wanting a land camera that you can still get film for (type 100 film, the peel apart kind), look for a land camera 420 or 430. there are several more, but those have been my favorites.
for 35mm developing, I usually just drop it off at my local cvs if it’s color film. if it’s black and white, I’ll take it to a professional lab, which is Duggal here in New York.
good luck with your cameras, it sounds like you’re off to a nice start :)
I do my best to stay away from it, but I do use photoshop sometimes for small things. especially if I scan my own negatives, because you tend to lose a little color and contrast. the rest of the time I only use it for dust removal or if i’m feeling wacky and want to mirror something.