Photography Exhibition in London - TimberYard Seven Dials

Photography competitions something I have never tried before. Why? Maybe I'm scared of rejection or maybe I didn't think my work was worth posting or maybe it is simply a matter of having right selection of images to display that show an interesting subject matter with depth.  I feel photography has to say something rather then just be a picture.  Take your mind on a journey.

I submitted three images that were taken in Morocco, in Agadir Airport which summed up my first trip to that wonderful country. 

Photos were taken on Kodak Portra 160 Film using Contax G1  camera. 

This was a great opportunity to print and frame these images so I said why not. They also qualify in my mind as giving viewer an interesting story to imagine. 

I've had these photographs printed at Labyrinth Photographic (My local Lab). John does an amazing (award winning) job.  What was more challenging is getting frames done for these. I found craftsmen at London Picture Centre and they helped me out with this. I was on a very tight deadline and they managed to do the job very quickly. They don't have a website but easy to find on google search. 

The competition was organised by Timber Yard Coffee Shop. They have two locations in Central London. The one in Seven Dials currently has many lovely photographs on display including mine. Hot Shoe Magazine were also offering prizes to Winners in Runner up. ( I was the runner up). Timber Yard do a lot of work with artists so please check out their site to see if you can participate https://tyuk.com/events/ty-art-competition-exhibition/ . They also have an Award Winning coffee. The gallery runs until 8th of February 2017.

Big Thanks to Labyrinth, Timber Yard, London Picture Centre, Hot Shoe Magazine and my Friends. And Special thanks to Morocco for incredible memories.

Overdue Post

Portrait of Mario Lopes by Dan Korkelia

This is 2017 and I don't make new years resolutions. I want to make this blog a bit more lively and to write more about my experience and pleasure of shooting on film. 

The good news of 2017 so far that I found exiting is that Kodak decided to bring back Ektachrome slide film. I never was able to try that and am really looking forward to giving it a go.

 

Meanwhile, here  is a recent portrait I took in Portugal Madeira of Mario Lopes. He is an owner of couple of bars/cafe's in Madeira and also an excellent VJ. Taken at night using a red lamp which was standing on DJ table. This is Kodak Portra Film.

 

 

 

 

My Local Lab

To my mind, wonder and magic of film photography really happens in photographic laboratory. The people who work in the labs are the magicians and I so love the way they work. 

 

My local Film Lab is Labyrinth Photographic ( http://www.labyrinthphotographic.co.uk ). Labyrinth is located on a very unassuming Roman Road in Bethnal Green. It’s located in a basement with low ceilings, filled with smell of chemicals and lack of airflow. There is no stuffy receptionist, no tills and not customer databases. It’s a place where they turn your film into negatives and prints. 

 

Labyrinth is well regarded as a place to develop professional quality film photographs, no digital printing here, this the world of analog. Yes they would do a digital contact sheet for you at very reasonable price and they also offer high resolution scanning with spot removal. You will get a WeTransfer with images which works great. This is not a 1 hour development lab. If they are busy with some serious work, prepare to wait for your negatives but it’s worth it as they will take good care of them.

 

Bringing my rolls of film there is a pleasure, they are usually very busy but it’s fun to watch them work and have a brief chat while dropping or picking up your order. 

 

I consider my self to be completely uneducated in how film development works. Yes I have seen the process and know what is involved but it still is not something you can claim to know unless you done it a few hundred times yourself. The same goes for printing from negatives.  If I ever get the time and opportunity to have someone with experience show me how this process works that would be wonderful. Until then I just want to leave it to professionals like people from Labyrinth. 

Photos: Paris 2016. Eiffel Tower, Bridge of Seine, Notre Dame | Kodak TMAX100

 

Today, I dropped by there to pick up a print I shot in Morocco and as John was busy I just hanged around the lab seeing what others were doing and asking them questions. It was a wonderful atmosphere. 

Photo: Boy, Morocco 2016 | Kodak Portra 160

Have a great day and keep shooting film.

 

Hope this didn't sound like a promotional post for Labyrinth. It's just a lab I use and if you have some good words to say about labs you use, do drop me a line.

 

Details for My Local Lab:

Labyrinth Photographic Printing

Address:
121 Roman Road
London E2 0QN
Tel: 020 8709 9961


Email: lab@labyrinthphotographic.co.uk


Opening Times
Monday to Friday 10:00am – 7pm
Weekends by appointment

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Post 1.1

This is a follow up to the first blog post. I have developed the film and thought it would be prudent to post the actual last exposure that made me think about starting this writing challenge.

I've been collecting topics that are of interest to me and have been making notes and planning future posts. For now this is just a a small ping to show I'm still doing this. 

Here is the actual last exposure which was developed this week.

London, January 2016. Dalston.

London, January 2016. Dalston.



The Last Exposure

The Last Exposure

What to do with last exposure? This thought has been on my mind this past weekend and I’ll elaborate on it in just a moment. This is my first blog of any kind and I’m a little uncertain where it might lead. I find chatting to my friends about photography something gets a bit messy and certain topics don’t get enough conversation time or get effectively explained during a debate. This is my effort to put some of my photography related thoughts onto a page (read screen) and elaborate on my feelings about them.

 

As this is the first post and the question that provoked it was fairly clear I decided to call the blog and this first post the same name. The title does sounds a bit dramatic maybe or nostalgic  or sad but it’s far from it. And it’s not coming of age story like the “The Last Picture Show”. I also apologies for messy writing technique and jumbled thoughts. If you read this and get angry with me about my gramma then I’m sorry. 

 

Coast of Hastings, UK. Hastings Country Park. Kodak Portra NC160

 

 

While I was walking through London streets on fairly chilly but bright Sunday afternoon with my new/old 35mm camera I’ve reached a point on roll that said 24. This was an Ilford XP2 24 exposures black & white film not the usual 36. So I asked myself, do I burn the shot quickly or do I wait for something worthwhile to take a photo of? 

 

I could have not given it a second thought but I let myself think on subject a bit longer. This question seems to have those two obvious answers at first or even one if you just want to get on with taking more photos. In the digital age where memory cards are extremely large and there is no 12, 24, 36 etc exposures limitation of film to concern yourself with this question doesn’t even come up. I have never found myself thinking my precious memory card is full, there is always more space. And power of delete button on the back of modern camera allows quickly to discard photos at an incredible pace. 
Let us just think for a moment what happens, photos take by photographer and meticulously composed just few moments ago are trashed forever before evening leaving the camera or to be seen by anyone. It’s a little sad, the lack of care for the photo you taken seems side effect of a digital era. At the same time this sort of power to discard is what makes digital photography so attractive, you don’t need to think about consequences of what you are shooting largely because there is no cost involved and no limit to how much you can shoot. It’s a great for quickly learning basics of photography and getting to grips with such alien concepts as aperture, shutter speeds or ISO. 
Of course this method leads most unsuspecting budding photographers into a territory of bad habits as well as creating the world we currently live in where photos are so numerous that we never see most of them as they are hidden away forever on personal computers and bulging external hard drives. Will we ever discover another Vivian Mayer? It’s unlikely personal storage devices will live long enough to be excavated with something amazing inside.

 

Recently I’ve shooting more and more on film, I find it interesting to be discovering a different side of photography. My personal style of shooting in terms of quantity has always been on a conservative side, even when shooting digital. Some project/assignments do demand a large volume of images with variations which I produce. When not shooting for a job it’s fun to set self imposed limitations which range from very general such as take less pictures to only limiting to one type of subject. On film limitations happen by naturally. 
When shooting on film you can certainly do the same but lets return to a subject of cost. Certainly the monetary cost of film is higher than digital so some people would be reluctant to waste a frame. Just about every time I photograph a person using a film camera I hear a familiar question “Isn’t it expensive?”.  But it’s a bit more than just money.

 

My friend James (his twitter)  on Coast of Hastings, UK. Hastings Country Park. Kodak Portra NC160

 


As I’m writing this post and processing information in my mind, it feels that each exposure is more precious because film as a medium has undergone a change. It’s a more precious, physical world of photography that we have lost with digital revolution. Back in the days, to see a photo you had to physically have it printed. And the pleasure of not knowing and not seeing the exact result of what you have just taken a photo of was a lovely experience in itself. Not finishing the roll quickly prolongs this pleasure. You can argue why not just finish the roll (sometimes it does finish without you noticing) and load the new one and enjoy shooting that? That is a valid point, if there is an abundance of subject matter, absolutely finish it off and go on to the next roll. 
In reality we don’t always go on amazing trips and some of us don’t get a chance to point our lens at something interesting every day so the matter of just burning a frame and moving on to next roll seems a valid one.  Of course as you do finish that last frame it’s another joyous and precious moment that awaits you and that is loading your next film roll and prepare to take your first exposure. Which sounds like a good subject for another post.