In this new and on-going 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 and hopefully get some sneeky tips too. Today, we talk to Slumbernaut.
Occupation: Time Traveller – documenting the early 21st century.
1. Tell us something about yourself.
I arrived here with the intention of spending only a short amount of time in this era, but it’s a great time to be into photography. I’ve decided to stay and document the things that I see as I travel the world, and I’m especially interested in urban decay, abandonment, and lost cities (like Pripyat, Ukraine).
2. Why do you still shoot analogue?
When you shoot with real, physical film and unreliable vintage cameras, there’s a certain level of taking a chance with your shot that you can’t emulate no matter how incredible your new digital camera is. I typically use expired film and roll the dice with one hour drugstore processing, then scan my negatives at home. I like the randomness, the creative mistakes, that the film itself has a hand in the production of the image. I’ve had rolls where nothing’s come out at all, and rolls where every image was a surprise.
3. What photographic equipment (cameras, films, and accessories) do you usually have in your bag?
I’ve got several of the half-frame Olympus Pen-EE cameras, an Olympus Trip 35, a few different multi-lensed cameras, a Nishika N8000 3D, and other random cameras that I’ve picked up at thrift stores and on the internet. I also carry several rolls of old, generic, mistreated film. I like to mess with the negatives once they’re processed. Bleach can do some pretty destructive and interesting things to a negative.
4. Share a trick of yours that will always result to a great photo.
Find an atypical angle. Get closer to the ground!5. What photographers influence your work?
Anyone with a camera who’s passionate about what they’re doing is pretty inspirational to me.
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