I am happy that there is forum now for analog photography, so I wanted to introduce my self and invited you too visit my B&W album.
Photography is my passion, since 1986 I am intensively busy photographing people. As a matter of fact, always in a social-documentary way. Like this I made a series with the title: "visions of life" A series of pistures of people being photographed in their own, so familair environment. I have also taken al large number of portraits of people with a, for me, very characteristic charisma. just straightforwardly photographed in their own backyard with available light in a studio-like surrounding, consisting of a black cloth hanging from the washing line.
The last couple of years I am beginning to explore street photography and with a lot of ups and downs I have acquired the skills of this form of photography also. In that way I have been cruising through Paris for a day or ten with my camera and have I traveled for 5 weeks through China together with my sister-in law, who is a interpreter / translator of the Chinese language. As a photographer I am a member of two photo groups: Delta F and Fotogroep Soest. These are groups of photographers with a limited number of members. For about once a month we come together to discuss our photographic works. Both groups are related to the Fotobond (Photographic union of the Netherlands) which is an umbrella institution for Photography groups. All my photographic works I finish myself in the darkroom en the last couple of years I am exclusively working with the mid-size format Mamya 6 MF with the 50 /75 mm lens.
Photography: "WILLEM WERNSEN"
Member of the national discussiongroup “Portret” and of the national group “Black & White” ;.
B.M.K. ( Master Class)
E.FIAP Photographer.Excellente - Federation Internationale de l' Art Photografique.
My name is Ivan Shukster and currently living in Medicine Hat in the extreme southeast corner of Alberta. I first got into photography in 1973 as part of a college program I was in. Got hooked. For many years my wife and I went out on weekends with cameras and explored the world (at least that part that can easily reached by poor students). Wife got a job at a camera store and got a Pentax Spotmatic F system (could use the college's lenses). Later traded a broken motorcycle for a couple of bicycles one of which I then traded for a Rolleichord. We often had a make shift darkroom as we moved around a lot. Also for some years had a darkroom at work.
Somehow drifted away from black and white photography and professions and then most of my photographs were slides to document work or landscapes ( I am now a geographer). And into wildlife photography so took colour shots and had them printed. From there started scanning and printing onto water colour papers even before I ever heard of Girclee or Iris. My wife is a printmaker and we had lots of ends from prints. Had picked up a 5 X 7 field camera on a trip to the States but it never worked well. This spring I picked up a Crown Graphic which is much easier to take with me as on trips there is the 35 mm system, perhaps the new videocamera and two Brittany Spaniels. The short of it the Crown Graphic has now got me re smitten to black and white photography. We are now planning on setting up a darkroom in our house but it will not have running water (1912 house and the room is on the opposite side of the house and one floor up from any water pipes. We still have the B22 XL enlarger for 35mm and medium format and when I have enough negatives will look for a large format enlarger.
As I said before my wife is a printmaker and both of us like the looks of Bromoil prints so will be exploring Bromoil and Bromoil transfers (have a large etching press in the house already). Experimented a bit with pinhole cameras. Also planning on attempting Polaroid transfers
Have had a few shows at a local public gallery and one in Red Deer and have been published in local papers and in a book about the near by military base and will have five of my birds of prey photos in three publications by the Canadian Wildlife Service.
For now going to learn more about the large format and hopefully obtain a wide angle lens for it. I will be going digital output for colour and look forward to the wet (stinky ) darkroom again,
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Resident on the Isle of Wight, an island on the Southern coast, near Portsmouth and Southampton in the United Kingdom. I consider myself to be an experienced amateur but always willing to learn from the experience of others. I took my first picture on the 25th. of December 1958 so therefore have been indulging myself for 44 years. I prefer monochrome because I am colourblind but try hard to appreciate the work of others even if the colours look a little strange to my eyes! Some of my pictures are in colour simply because they struck me at the time, of warranting the medium and they are less boring to those who do not appreciate monochrome. ALL the B&W processing has been completed in my home in my own darkroom/studio as has some of the E6 processing. My photographic equipment although beginning to suffer from the effects of time, still returns results that please me, if not others! Over the years I have used a Kodak Brownie 127 that I fitted with a lens hood and a close-up lens, then I could focus down to 1.1/2 feet! Then I bought a Kodak Flashmite 620 which used 6 x 6 cm roll film it had an inbuilt flash (used PF1 bulbs) which to me was the bees knees! Then I was given a Vivitar 110 which although it took absolutely brilliant pictures it was tiny and so were the negatives. The next camera was my first SLR an Olympus OM10 with manual over-ride. I bought it as a kit complete with 50mm standard lens and a 70-210 Zoom and flashgun for the hotshoe. The OM10 was sold to buy an Olympus OM40 Programme that was a technical wonder machine that ate batteries as if they were going out of fashion. This in turn was sold in part-exchange for a Nikon AF 601 with all the gear that I still use and am very happy with the results. I take life as it comes and refuse to be overly serious because life is too short to be unduly concerned about too many things. I do not have a website with a collection of images yet!
I live in South wales in the UK. Photography is my passion - ask my wife and daughter! I'm a traditional, hardcore, black and white landscapist!! I tried colour MANY years ago and couldn't get on with it to save my life - then I found black and white and it all made sense - eventually! Although the makority of photographers I admire work solely in colour - weird I know!
I use large format (5x4) and have converted the cloakroom into a darkroom - probably one of the smallest in the world!! But I manage to print 5x4 negs and use a wall mounted LPL that is STABLE. I print up to 20x16 in a Nova Quad Processor. This piece of equipment convinced me to convert this small space into a darkroom and I'm now producing better quality prints than I did when I shared a purpose-built communal darkroom, that subsequently closed down.
Although completely obsessed with photography I try to not take it too seriously! But I am a perfectionist!!
I am a competition judge and lecturer with the Welsh Photographic Federation and am passionate about being "anti-digital"!! Truth is I'm quite concerned about the future of traditional methods so see this as a crusade of sorts!!
I'm a real wide angle freak and love wide open expanses of wilderness. These are quite hard to find in the UK so I try and visit the Scottish Highlands or the mountains of Snowdonia (North Wales) to escape.
My prints are considered "purchaseable" and although I'm not going to make a fortune - I enjoy the fact that other people appreciate my work.
I don't belong to a camera club (never felt the need) but I'm toying with the idea of trying to start up a Large Format or Monochrome Photography club/forum/society ("club" in the loosest form - as I don't go in for committees and politics) here in the UK. Any offers, ideas etc more than welcome!
No web site at the moment - too busy, but one day hopefully!
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Well, I am not from the U.K., but the girl I'm gonna marry is. Apparently some sort of UK connection is required to post here.
Anyway, I live in Tucson, Arizona and have been shooting on and off for 10 years or so, but only really got serious in the last two. I shoot everything. From an old FT to LF. While I work in the computer industry, I am loate to go digital. I guess I love irony.
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Sorry, but I'm another UK member! Specifically I live in Dorset on the south-west coast of England. I've been taking pictures for about 28 years - always as a hobby but now I'm looking into making a living from it. My main interest is in landscape, with street photography, portraiture, architecture, and still life all in there as well.
I moved from 35mm into medium format back in the late 80s, and in the last couple of years I have taken up large format - mostly 8"x10". Having used colour for most of my life, I have also now gone exclusively monochrome, and do all my own darkroom work. Strangely, since 8x10 contact prints are now my favourite medium, I find myself doing more 35mm work than ever. That really started because I find it such a good reconnaissance tool, but it means I can be sure of getting some sort of picture, even if I never make it back to a location with the 8x10.
I do also possess a digital camera, and I find it an immensely useful tool - but for what I think of as my serious work, well, for me it just has no 'soul'. Nothing can beat the hand-made uniqueness of a silver halide print for my tastes, and certainly watching something come putt, putt, putting out of the inkjet cannot compare with the feeling I get seeing an image appear in the developer under the safelight.
I'm a Floridian, but I have friends from the UK who visit me once or twice a year. Does that count?
I've been into photography since I was 15 (that's about 40 years ago! and still have the b&w portraits I took of my grandparents. I used a Ricohflex camera, developed and printed the photos, and my mom has one framed on her wall that looks as good as the day I made it 40 years ago! But many photos have followed since then, and I now use Canon, Voigtlander (Cosina) and Mamiya equipment. I do landscape, scenic and street for fun, and weddings, events, advertising, people and pets for money. I may have to go digital to stay competitive, but it won't be fun anymore. The trend in weddings seems to be shoot a thousand "photos" and give the bride a cd by the end of the reception. The soccer moms want little crappy pics of their kids handed to them before practice is over. Nobody seems to care about quality, neither can they wait a day or two to get decent prints. Guess I'm just an old fart.
Keep an open mind, but not so wide open your brains fall out.
its the state of the nation ....i agree...not good!!!....i have lost more than half my work that has been on going for years!!! to the fast digital world!!!
i have beeen a professional photographer for over 25 years ...and glad to be at the end and not coming in!!!..........will not go digital now...
i really don't think people think about archival or quality...don't seem to care even!...must have tomorrow....etc.
i will continue with my art phtography and work for those who care and want the real thing!!! ....they will be sorry in years to come .....i believe...i
already know peole .....so called photographers , who have lost images to the void , had corrupt cd's etc....and and.....poof its gone !!!mmmmmmmmmm! not a good look!
I started taking photos when I was about 9 years old with a Brownie that I was give for Christmas. Later, I got a Kodak Starmite for another present and it's main feature was a built-in flash.
I saved my money from various jobs and talked my father into taking me to K-Mart when I was 14 and bought a Minolta AL-7 35mm range finder camera (which I still have!. I continued saving my money and when I was 18 bought a Nikon F Photomic Tn with two lenses (50mm and a 135mm).
I went to school at Rochester Institute of Technology in the Professional Photography program and got a degree in photography. Then went to the University of Michigan School of Art and Design and got a degree in graphic design. I worked as a professional photographer and graphics designer for 4 years after graduation and then moved to New Mexico where I taught photography in a state college for 3 years.
I then went back to school at the University of New Mexico to explore color and lithographic printing and printed for one year at the Tamarind Institute of Lithography. During this college stint, I worked managing a photo store and started a non-profit photo gallery that lasted for over 10 years - until we couldn't get anymore volunteer curators because it was nearly a full time non-paying job. The last person to do it is now the director of the Jonson Museum at the University of New Mexico.
After Tamarind I became intersted in video, and worked in an industrial / broadcast video business doing systems design mostly for government test sites and laboratories. Through that association I became interested in high-speed photography and invented a shutter mechanism for tube sensor video cameras and received 5 US patents for the invention. I attended a summer program at MIT with Dr. Harold Edgerton and furthered my studies of high-speed imaging.
I started my own company based on the technology I had invented and sold cameras to various government agencies, laboratories and test sites. I was approached by the CBS network about modifying broadcast cameras and produced one for their testing and use. I then modified five other broadcast cameras and rented them to all of the major networks and sports production companies over the next two years. In 1985 I was nominated for an Emmy Award for technical contributions in the area of slow motion replay.
After 4 years of traveling nearly full-time, I closed the business and started a consulting business; and was later employed full-time by two companies doing video systems design. In 1996 I started working on a US Army project for a remotely controlled land mine detection system. I worked on the visible and infrared imaging and image processing system and in 1999 published a paper for the Society of Photo Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE) describing the system and results. I am now a systems analyst for the largest engineering firm in the world with not enough time to work on photography.
Throughout all of the above, I have never lost my interest in making photos and still do commercial photo work for special projects (mostly architectural and documentary). I have a complete black and white and color darkroom and a range of equipment from 110 through 4x5 format cameras.
I love imaging of all kinds, but and photography is my "jones." I don't do nearly enough of it and hope some day to get back doing it full time - and not for money - and truly become an amateur photographer where the results matter only to me.