Monday, November 24, 2014

Elizabeth English - Me and my film cameras

Elizabeth English is an English photographer, currently based-in Edinburgh, Scotland. She started shooting when she was in sixth form college and mostly shoots portrait combined with nature and seasons, forests and beaches.

Elizabeth who has just been featured on Shooting Film over 1 month is using a Zenit B, a Zenit-EM and a Canon AE-1 for 35mm, a Yashica-Mat LM for medium format and a Polaroid Spectra. She also loves to shoot self-portrait and has some photos that she shot with her film cameras would like to share with us.






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Beautiful Moroccan Street Photography with Medium Format by Kordian Handzlik

Kordian Handzlik is a 28-year-old Polish photographer based-in Krakow. He first got into analogue pgotography nearly 8 years ago “when I shot my first roll with Fed 5B rangefinder”.

Kordian who has joined with us in a project called "5 Things I love about Film" for 10 months currently uses a variety of different film cameras, but Hasselblad 500 C/M is one of his favourite analogue cameras. He loves traveling everywhere and shooting people that he met. His photos are mostly street, they are simple but very emotional.











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Sunday, November 23, 2014

Street Hockey

Street hockey is a variation of the sport of ice hockey where the game is played on foot or inline or roller skates with a ball or puck. Both ball and puck are typically designed to be played on non-ice surfaces. The object of the game is to score more goals than the opposing team by shooting the ball or puck into the opposing team's net.

The term street hockey was started in Canada at some point in the early 20th century and has variations called dek hockey, ball hockey, and floor hockey. Dek Hockey is used almost exclusively in the United States, and Ball Hockey is used primarily in Canada, Europe, and Asia.

hockey game Quebec city by highwaygirl67

Enthusiasm Ice hockey game in Harbin. by Pavel Kurpashi

The Hockey Fun by Inside_man

face off by mhartford

** by RaedAbughazaleh

Untitled by toulouse goose

playing hockey at the frozen river by fedyasch

ice hockey by peter tjallinks

Untitled by NPenguin

world championship by subway rat

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Weegee and Hypo, His Assistant Chimpanzee in the 1950s

Hypo was Weegee’s assistant in the 1950s and 60s. Hypo did much of Weegee’s printing from the mid 1950s to late 60s. Weegee would give Hypo some negatives and a bunch of bananas and let him, well, go bananas in the dark room. This is the principle reason Weegee made so many “distortions” during this period. The “distortions” were made by a chimpanzee!

Weegee and Hypo, ca. 1952

‘Hypo’ my assistant, ca. 1952

(via Fans in a Flashbulb)

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Interview with Polina Washington

Polina Washington is a 23-year-old Russian photographer, based-in Saint-Petersburg. She started shooting when she was 15 with digital but currently shoots mostly fine-art portrait with film.

Polina, one of the artists always have specially creative ideas in photography, who was featured twice on Shooting Film accepted to join with us in an interview where she would like to share more of her work.

- Can you tell us more about you?
I’m a 23 years old photographer from Saint-Petersburg, but actually I don’t really like the title 'photographer'. I used to think of myself like visual fairy tailor. I collect invisible worlds and mysterious moments which are hidden from the reality.



- What does photography mean to you?
Photography means everything for me: I catch moments, keep a visual diary and express my feelings through the self portraits I usually do. It won’t be much to say that I can’t imagine my life without shooting. I guess  it’s not me who is responsible for the style and vision I have: shooting made me this way and I feel like an invisible hand is tending me. About a year ago this «hand» lend me to the forest. Since that moment I’m looking for inspiration in a deep and pathless woods, where I try to escape from time to time. Living in a big city is annoying and modern human has almost lost this powerful connection with nature. My work is to show people that our souls are reflections of Mother Nature.



- Your film photos are so amazing and we know that you always have creative methods to make them more impressive, especially multiple exposure photography. Can you share with Shooting Film readers more of your work?
Everything started from multiple exposition. I completely fell in love with this method after buying Nikon FM2 camera. It was really something fresh after simple black and white documentary photographs I used to do. So I started to work with it. I usually try not to think about technique side and special aspects of working with multiple exposition because I like the idea of 'sudden shot', but all in all I’m pretty versed in this method and I know how lights and shadows connect with each other. I try to teach myself not to think too much before taking a shot. Its putting me off from shooting more. Not so long  ago I started  experimenting with soaking film and here I see a huge field of experiments. I had been studying chemistry and film processes in University but forgot everything completely.  Now i have no idea about the result with all this new soaking liquids I try and I love this way of mystery.



- Who & what are some of your influences?
Mostly I find inspiration in paintings. Here your fantasy grows from a white blank paper sheet, you’re completely free in creating your own reality . If you start exploring, you will find that there are  lots of gorgeous painters who are not so big-named like Van Gogh or Leonardo Da Vinci but still have an impressive art. For example I really love Francesco Balsamo, Theodor Kittelsen, Edvard Munch, Benhamin Konig, Sophie Lécuyer, Miles Cleveland Goodwin, Mikhail Vrubel, Caspar David Friedrich, Viktor Vasnecov and many others. All of them created very special worlds around nature. In photography I’m blown away by many talented artists, but  Robert Moses Joyce, Michaela Kniziova, Alison Scarpulla and Aëla Labbé are my favorites.



- Do you have any photography projects in future? 
I’ll have some collaboration work in future, mostly in jewels. I’m very interested in these kind of projects because here it’s like a connection of two worlds, two visions. If the atmosphere between my art and jewels (or other stuff) is close, there won’t be no problem in shooting pictures. Also it gives  me an opportunity to meet beautiful and talented people: for me it means a lot.



- What can you say to people who want to try analogue. Any tips?
Forget all the photographic rules and turn to yourself deeper: we all have our own special universe, try to reach it!



Polina, thank you for the interview!

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Saturday, November 22, 2014

Coral

Corals are marine invertebrates in the class Anthozoa of phylum Cnidaria. They typically live in compact colonies of many identical individual polyps. The group includes the important reef builders that inhabit tropical oceans and secrete calcium carbonate to form a hard skeleton.

A coral "head" is a colony of myriad genetically identical polyps. Each polyp is a spineless animal typically only a few millimeters in diameter and a few centimeters in length. A set of tentacles surround a central mouth opening. An exoskeleton is excreted near the base. Over many generations, the colony thus creates a large skeleton that is characteristic of the species.

Hereunder are some analogue photos of wonderful coral undersea.

Under the Sea of Glass - Redux by T. Scott Carlisle

Untitled by davidhartstone

Coral by taylorsling

{film.157} by Buttons Magee

coral reef by schattenwerk

Coral by Let It Be Raw

Colonize by mathewm

000048 by sleepy people

Untitled by sivibe

サンシャイン水族館 by empitsu88

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Lucio Volpe - 5 things I love about Film

Lucio Volpe is a 39-year-old Italian photographer, based-in Monza. He currently shoots mostly portrait on film with his Minolta X-370s and Polaroids.

Lucio who has just  been featured on Shooting Film today came back and would like to share his main reasons that make him still love shooting film.

1. I love the colours and emotions that can provoke the grit and dust on every film.



2. Not have the ability to immediately see the result of shots taken, this makes me more careful about what to photograph.



3. Analogue photography longer reflects reality and is able to make us see also what at first escapes, we say that he has a soul more poetic and delicate.



4. I really enjoy going into the store to choose films that later use.



5. Watching films developed through light is so wonderful and magical.



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