In this new and ongoing series, we have selected some of the most enthusiastic film photography fanatics and asked them 5 simple questions that gives us an insight into their passion for all things analogue. We also get to see some of their own photographs. Today, we talk to Ben Wolfarth.
Name: Ben Wolfarth
Occupation: Charity Worker
1. Tell us about yourself in three sentences maximum?
I am a photographer from Liverpool UK. I live, breathe, drink, eat, dream photography. My new year’s resolution is to make 1000 origami paper cranes.
2. Why do you still shoot analogue?
Well, I actually started out shooting digital, but for me, I didn’t feel as if I was thinking about the pictures I was taking and got bored very quickly. It wasn’t until I picked up the Diana F+ that I really got into photography. Digital photography limited me, I had to think about focusing and exposure rather than looking through the view finder of a DSLR and clicking. But what’s really kept me hooked to film is the creativity of the physical product and using manual cameras, it’s only me taking the picture, it’s me who created this picture and not the AF or exposure compensation, or anything else auto.
3. What photographic equipment (cameras, films, and accessories) do you usually have in your bag?
My standard kit is usually my dad’s old busted up Zenit-E covered up in tape to keep it shut with a beautiful Pentacon 1.8/50 piece of glass. Probably the best thing about this camera is that nothing works, seriously! Along with that, usually redscale film or expired film just to get those lovely bohemian dream like tones. I also usually have an original folding model SX-70 too (I love it so much I have two!), because it is fact that this is the best camera in the world, and if you don’t know what it is, Google it now! The SX-70 is a beautiful camera, the most magical camera ever, “unfold, focus, click the red button, shield the film and pop in your pocket to keep warm because it loves you.” I usually feed my SX-70 some PX 680 film with an ND filter to stop it down to about iso 125-ish.
4. Share a trick of yours that will always result to a great photo.
Find somebody in a day dream, use a wide aperture, shoot into the sun and click. This insure’s a beautiful dreamy natural portrait.
5. What photographers influence your work?
There are a lot of photographers that inspire me, everyone in a different way. First of all Mijonju, he’s kinda like a drug dealer of cameras, he got me hooked. If you’re familiar with the work of Lukasz Wierzbowski you will agree that there is nothing right with his work but everything is perfect, He has a talent for conveying a mood through the medium of photography in unique way. Other influences that follow are the likes of Brandon Montz, Ryan Kenny, Mr.Huggie’s and many more artists that make beautiful work!
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