I realise I am a bit late to the party here, I meant to type this up during my Christmas break but life got in the way. While I was off work I was busy painting our kitchen, and since decorating is super boring, I got thinking about my failures and achievements during 2017. I guess the easiest way to do this is to look back at my new year’s resolutions from last year and see what I can tick off the list. So here goes nothing.
I recently took some time out to speak with someone I’ve been wanting to interview for a long time. Sean Lotman is a California-born photographer now based in his adopted home of Kyoto, Japan. He is one of the most unique photographers I know. It is rare to call a photographer unique these days, but I think that Sean’s work truly merits that description. His dedication to film photography and colour darkroom printing is awe-inspiring, and the resulting photos are sheer masterpieces. There is a lot of controversy about whether photography can be described as ‘art’ but I think in Sean’s case it is hard to argue that it is anything but.
As I am sure you are aware by now, I have been in the process of releasing my first zine ‘All We Have Is Now’ recently. I figured I might as well share my experiences and tips with you in case it is helpful to anyone else who’s thinking of releasing a zine of their own. I have a feeling this will be a fairly long post, so let’s get down to business.
Time for another interview, this time with the surrealistic guru Jack Simon (San Francisco, California) who took some time out to speak with me and talk about the production of his latest zine entitled ‘People of Earth’.
It’s interview time again! This time I catch up with Matt Gomes (San Jose, California). Matt keeps a photo diary over on his blog that I’ve followed for a while. The majority of my work forms a personal diary so Matt is someone I’ve been wanting to talk to for a while. I’ve been sharing my work over on Instagram for some time, but it was actually Matt that inspired me to start my own photo diary and to share my photos in a more chronological form. I really enjoyed our chat, and Matt shared some great insights for anyone thinking of starting a photo diary.
I’m flying out to Seoul, South Korea, at the end of the month to meet up with my best bud, JT White, and thought this might be a good time to tell you what I’m taking with me. This will actually be my first trip alone overseas, and since Faye is not coming with me (she usually wants to bring everything but the kitchen sink! haha) I can get away without having to check-in luggage which will save me time when I make my connecting flight at Heathrow. With only a 10kg weight limit though, travelling light is the order of the day.
In the past year, I’ve lost count of how many cameras I’ve tried. I’ve been on the search for my next camera ever since my Ricoh GR started getting problems with dust and debris getting on the sensor.
I’ve decided to start a proper photo/word diary inspired by Matt Gomes – look out for an upcoming interview with him!
It’s gonna consist of words/photos. In an effort to give less fucks about what other people think of my photography, I actually plan on posting every photo I take to it, so if you’re interested in seeing all the shit daily pics I take then that’s the place to do it. There’s a ‘Diary’ link up on the menu at the top of my site – or you can get to it by visiting endlessproof.tumblr.com
At the beginning of this year, I made a new year’s resolution to learn to develop and scan film at home and I can now say I’ve given it a go and thought I would record my findings in a few posts here.
The thing that made me want to experiment with film again, after not doing so for many years, was the aesthetic. If you’ve read some of my other blogs you’ll already know I’ve become pretty anal about the way my photos look. In my digital photography my post-processing had moved increasingly towards achieving that ‘film look’ so I figured I might as well just make the jump and see how it went.
The first thing I needed was a film camera, so I set about trying to find one I liked.