How refreshing to find a fellow film photographer online here! I like your work, the night shots in particular. Can you recommend a good source(s) for me to buy a medium format camera? I'm not sure on the specifics I want just know I want lenses included and to be able to make 6x12 images Thank you
Thanks! I’m happy to try and help, but I know very little about 6x12 cameras. I do own one (a Holga 120WPC). Here are a couple examples. That’s probably the cheapest way to get into 6x12 photography. I know Lomography makes some kind of camera and then you jump up dramatically in price to the Horsemen, Gaoersi, and then way way up for the Linhof. There are also homemade models out there. You can also use a large format camera and use a 6x12 back. I think eBay is probably your best bet to get a good idea of all that is out there, even if you end up buying a particular model through someplace else.
Sorry. I don’t know much more than that. I’d enjoy shooting 6x12 on a camera with a good lens, but I’ve never had the chance and the prices are a little steep for something I might not use regularly. Maybe someone with more experience will see this post and have more to add.
Hey Patrick, I know you've probably answered this before but I did a search and couldn't find an answer... what is your work flow with film? do you develop yourself? do you use a lab? how about scanning? I've dabbled in MF a bit but never found a lab I was super happy with.
As much as I enjoy tumblr, one of the irritations I have with it is how difficult it can be to find old posts, even ones I’ve tagged. Anyway, yeah, I have answered this a few times, but I don’t mind posting again on the subject.
I develop my own black and white film but I send out my c-41 and e-6 to a lab. Over the last year I’ve been using Citizen’s Photo in Portland, Oregon. I’ve been very happy with them. They’ve scanned a couple hundred rolls for me by now and I’ve never had any significant issues. They’re not only inexpensive, but I think they do the best work of the various labs I’ve used over the years. I just have them process the negatives, which I scan myself using the Nikon V ED for most 35mm and the Epson V700 for medium format and everything else.
“Photography has always reminded me of the second child… trying to prove itself. The fact that it was not really considered an art… that it was considered a craft.. has trapped almost every serious photographer.”—Richard Avedon (via evanbainesphoto)
“…projects of compassionate recognition have enabled a habit of political obfuscation of the differences between emotional and material (legal, economic, and institutional) kinds of social reciprocity. Self-transforming compassionate recognition and its cognate forms of solidarity are necessary for making political movements thrive contentiously against all sorts of privilege, but they have also provided a means for making minor structural adjustments seem like major events, because the theater of compassion is emotionally intense. Recognition all too often becomes an experiential end in itself, an emotional event that protects what is unconscious, impersonal, and unrelated to anyone’s intentions about maintaining political privilege.”—Lauren Berlant from “Nearly Utopian, Nearly Normal:Post-Fordist Affect in La Promesse and Rosetta”
It is high time to correct a common misimpression: teaching isn’t the relatively leisurely occupation many people imagine, enviously invoking a nine-to-three school day and long summer vacations, which in reality seldom exist. We think of no other white-collar profession in terms of a single dimension of job performance. We don’t, for example, regard lawyers as “working” only during the hours they’re actually presenting a case before a judge; we recognize the amount of preparation and subsequent review that goes into such moments. If teaching is such a plum post, we might ask ourselves why attrition rates are so high.
Every single country that outperforms us has significantly smaller teacher workloads. Indeed, on the scale of time devoted by teachers to in-class instruction annually, the United States is off the charts. We spend far more hours in the classroom on average, twice and nearly three times more in some cases, than teachers in any other OECD country save Chile. Finnish high-school teachers, for example, clock 553 hours in the classroom each year. In Japan, home of jugyokenkyu, that number is 500. In the U.S., it’s 1,051. (Figures for elementary and middle school show roughly the same skew.)