I live nowhere near Ventura, California, but the story behind Dexter’s Camera is touching: the employees love the place, they’ve fixed it up, and they realize that there’s little profit in selling digital stuff. If that’s not enough to warm your analog heart, you get stickers if you pledge just $10. STICKERS! Local photo processors are a treasure to the community, and while I’m privileged to live in New York City, which will probably have the last photo lab in the United States when the zombie apocalypse happens (why must I speculate), I think it’s a good idea to support film developers and slingers worldwide.
I’ve made a commitment, and I’m getting all kinds of schwag and some developing as well.
Check it out, make a commitment, and help them help their local film photographers. And support your local processors, too! Losing a local film resource can be devastating.
A very difficult piece on content moderation in Internet-constrained countries (i.e. having to screen content for sexually violent material, beheadings, that kind of awful stuff), documented in a sensitive but narrative way by Moises Saman. None of the photographs are NSFW, but the subject matter in the text is haunting.
Yashica T4 / Arista Premium 400 (Tri-X) / Legacy Pro L-110 developer (HC-110) dilution B / 7 minutes
Kristen, Navy, SoHo, Manhattan
I want to love the Contax T2. Its elegant design, clean lines, and build quality promise a wonderful experience. And that it is until I develop a roll. Maybe it’s something I’m doing (or not doing), but I can only get the focus I want about 1/4 of the time. I may have to let this one go, though I said that long ago about the Yashica T4 and I’ve now owned at least 5 of those.
But when it does what I want it to… Read more…
Superb personal work by a young man with an M6.
For me, it’s not that I don’t get to experience things because I’m behind the camera, it’s that the camera gives me an excuse to go out of my comfort zone.
Taylor Hawkins has made a short film document Joseph Allen Freeman shooting, developing, and contact printing 8×10 photographs. It’s a little gem of a movie, and Freeman brings a fresh, unexpected veracity to it. His profanity-laced commentary on the wonders of large format landscape photography and the uniqueness of a contact print are inspiring. Read more…