These documentary style photographers are bound to get you excited to go out there and shoot.
Documentary Photography’s effectiveness is still there; but the way people consume media has changed.
The good thing about digital cameras dominating in popularity over film these days is, many photographers have ditched their film equipment, therefore all the items needed can be found for pretty cheap from thrift stores, eBay, Craigslist, and local photo schools.
I began analog photography very shortly after I took interest in photography as a hobby. It was a really beneficial way to learn the fundamentals, and depend on my knowledge rather than the “digital safety net.”
We also need to talk about loading 120 film, because even if you have experience with 35mm film, 120 is a totally different beast in terms of how you load it. You see, 120 film comes on rolls, so it’s just one long roll of film.
The pinhole camera has been a classic DIY project for students discovering photography for many decades. If you want to get a deeper appreciation for the basic DNA of a camera, build a pinhole camera. Pinhole cameras are bare-bones cameras; they consist of a black box, a place to put photo-sensitive material, and a pinhole-sized opening that projects a faint image on light-sensitive material. Stripped of the bells and whistles, all cameras—film and digital—follow this design. Some (OK, almost all) cameras are more advanced. But DIY is making a comeback, especially among millennials, so, let’s make a pinhole camera!
“I compare black and white photography to a language that comes from the past.”
Japan Camera Hunter Street Pan 400 film is an exciting entry into the film photography world. It’s designed for street photography and is also designed to be nice and sharp. For the most part, it really is a sharp film. All of my testing has been with the Hexar AF–perhaps one of my favorite 35mm cameras of all time and perfect for capturing candid moments. So if you’re a street photographer looking to work with something different, then this is probably the film to get.
“…seeing colours somewhat stripped from reality made me spend more time on each print and eventually fall in love with the medium.”
Tomoki Momozono uses black and white in an effort to tell a story about a Punk Rocker.
We typically stray away from color, but just so we can keep you up to date on one of the latest Instagram trends…
“Didja hear the one about the guy who put a $35 lens on a $6,000 camera?”
A relative newcomer to the world of photography, Rachmael has developed a keen, clearly defined vision.
Where a lot of portrait photographers end up failing at first is saying that they want to shoot portraits and then not realizing that it’s a full creative and collaborative process.
“To begin, dark and moody portraits, at least in the sense that we are talking about here, are designed for the highlights to draw your attention to the subject in a specific way.”
“I find negative space interesting, it’s that absence or void that inspires a lot of curiosity. It can often make people feel uncomfortable.”
For Peter Madsen, Black and White is Photography’s Version of ‘Less Is More’
“I try to maintain as close to an analog workflow as possible, minimal gear, minimal choices, allowing me to stay as connected with my surroundings as possible.”
“Music is my main medium, it’s similar in a way that you’re creating something from the ground up, but with photography you have much less to work with in that, once you’ve captured the image, you have a very strict boundary of manipulation.”
“For me the important part is the whole experience of taking a photograph. I just become more present, more aware of the landscape that is in front of me.”