I am very happy to announce a new podcast: Defend the Darkoom, which Bill Smith, Paulette Michayluk and I launched this morning. In the podcast we interview the artists of photography, stepping away from the gear and focusing on the art. We hope you’ll join us! The player for the first episode is below:
I am a naughty boy; I always seem to omit posting links to the film photography podcast I am part of, so here is the link to the latest episode of Classic Camera Revival! This time around we are discussing scale focus cameras.
Today a portrait of my friend and fellow podcaster Mike, taken in a pub using my Pentax ME 35mm camera. I haven’t used this camera much recently but got it out for the April episode of the Classic Camera Revival podcast, where Pentax was the topic of the day. The lens was a 50mm/1.7 and I was shooting wide-open on Tri-X film.
This time around I talk about my beloved Kodak Medalist 620 camera. I love that beast!
Some sample images taken with this camera:
I also talk about C-41 home colour processing with my kit from Argentix.
This week I have a chat with Toronto Street Photogapher Leon Bonin about his gift for fearlessly approaching strangers to take their photograph.
Some Examples of Leon’s great work:
I also talk about usability and old habits.
Imperfection is the common theme this week; I talk about how I love the artistic effect of the optical imperfections of the Helios 44/2 lens, and the copy of got for my Nikon, tricked out to work on a Nikon body, by this clever technician (fascinating video by the way).
The other aspect of Imperfection is a reflection on my piano lessons and music, and dealing with the ups and downs of the creative process.
Here are a couple of examples of the swirly effect that is possible with the Helios 44 series of lenses.
This week I speak with model/musican Kristen Au and her partner Karl Johnson about the challenges of modelling, and in particular life/art/nude modelling. It is a profession that does not get the respect it deserves.
Here is an example of work I have done with Kristen in the past.
For my 50th episode I thought it most appropriate to have as my guest my dear friend Ken Bole AKA “Scarborough Dude” who helped me get my start in podcasting over a decade ago. Ken describes his first camera, and how photography was different in the past compared to today. The show ends off with a piece of original music!
This week I am privileged to once again have the opportunity to speak with wet plate photographer Shane Balkowitsch. Shane has attracted a lot of attention recently for his project Northern Plains: Native Americans A Modern Wet Plate Perspective, as well as for a hard-hitting satirical image of Donald Trump.
We talk about politics, activism and commitment to a cause and how it is reflected in his amazing work.
Example for the Northern Plains project:
Archie D. Fool Bear, (Kokipesni) “Afraid of Nothing”, Upper Yanktonai Dakota Sioux
Donald Trump – “POTUS Revealed”
Model: Kevin R. Tengesdal