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.
Note: I bought this strap with my own money. I was not asked to write a review, and can assure you that my opinion of the product is honest. I don’t do a lot of product reviews, but this one I just had to tell you about.
I was in the market for a new strap for the Pentax MX that my Dad handed down to me, when my friend Nick introduced me to Lucida Straps. I’m a sucker for anything handmade, and when I saw how beautiful they looked I just had to get one. Nick told me he has four of them, so I guess that’s as good a recommendation as any.
Here’s a little piece that Josh Ethan Johnson has written about self-publishing his first photo book, Endangered Species. Enjoy!
I’m a photo/video guy who’s lived in NYC for 6 years. Last summer I realized I was ready to dip my big toe into the NYC gallery art world so I self published my first photo book. I threw a big launch party and called in all favors. My hopes with the book were modest; to materialize this body of work, meet other photographers, have a glossy portfolio to put in front of galleries and publishers, and make millions. Did it work? Yeah. All but the last part.
In case you missed me talking about it on Instagram, I was recently challenged by Pablo Strong to spend some time using a disposable camera. I kind of liked the idea of having to work within the limitations of a disposable camera so I agreed and Pablo sent me a Kodak Funsaver. And that’s when the dreaded creative block struck me.
Hi, my name is Matt and I am a recovering hoarder of photographs. For years I kept all of the photos I took and I ended up in an unimaginable mess. My best work was being hidden in a sea of shit photos that were cluttering up my Lightroom catalogue. I had lost sight of what it was I was trying to achieve other than collecting thousands of random snapshots. It was time to take some drastic action.
First off I should apologise for not posting for a while. With the stress of moving house, being overworked and a generally busy social calendar I just haven’t found the time! Hopefully that’ll change from here on in, especially as winter approaches and shooting gets harder – you already know I’m a fair weather photographer!
Anyway, onto something new. I’m going to start asking other photographers to join me in conversation about our work and see where it takes us. I don’t know about you, but personally I get a lot of joy from talking to other photographers, learning about what it is that makes them tick and I always find I learn something that I can take away from the conversation. I do this with my photography buddies anyway, so I figured I might as well post the conversations and hopefully you can also get some benefit from it. I’ve kept it pretty informal, because I want this series to be more conversational rather than a straight up interview.
The first photographer I approached was Phoebe Lee (Instagram: @shabberdoo) and she was kind enough to agree to take part. I’ve admired her photography for some time, so thought it would be worth striking up a conversation. Here’s how it went.