City Beaches..

..and beautiful people. Originally intended as a spread for an online magazine, which unfortunately never materialized (the magazine stopped replying?), here are a few images from an absolutely splendid afternoon with Justine.

We got super lucky that day with beautiful weather and, having met for the first time, got along wonderfully. I hope to be able to photograph this beautiful dancer again. Till then, this small selection will have to suffice.

I’d have to dig into my negatives to find out what film I be continued..


Monochrome Madness

I just couldn’t resist and jumped on the bandwagon that is Instax Monochrome. I’ve used the Instax Wide as well as the Mini for quite some time now and have always been rather happy with the results. Not of the camera, those are too large, shoddy and have useless viewfinders. It colors greatly and most of all, sustains those colors over long periods of time and in cold and warm weather.


I haven’t even finished my first pack and this is the best one so far. One out of 3 ain’t bad.

Fuji graced us with their new Mini Instax Mini Monochrome Mini (?) film only a few months ago. And I have to say, yes the film is tiny but the results are rather pleasing. Not to mention the tactile experience one gets from holding an actual photograph. And these, unlike Impossible film, are actually rather ‘instant’. And once that blue-ish cast has been edited off after scanning, they look quite okay. Nice contrast and all-in-all a quite usable film I’d say. I’ll pick myself a few more of this up. Especially when considering the cost..

Equicolor. What Color?

Well, they are if you get to shoot a beautiful model! So this was just a little while ago when I had the fortune of taking a few photographs of Michelle. We had fun, and I never shot inside a mall before. Okay, also a little bit outside.


The film I used was a well-expired (2007) Foma Equicolor Premium 400, but it doesn’t really show. Unless these warm green-brown tones are the result of it’s old age. And you know what, I like it. It compliments the fall colors and certainly Michelle’s face and clothing. I wonder if I can find some more of this stuff somewhere..

See these (and more) really big on Ello. Thanks, Michelle!

Kentmere No More

What I had hoped would be an easy to work with, widely available and cheap, black & white film turned out to be just cheap. I’ve finished shooting a little test roll with this Kentmere 100 film and I am not impressed. Not with my own images and certainly not with the quality of the film. What you see here is the best of the lot, and that lot isn’t good.

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Mind you, the camera didn’t help. A ‘Leica’ AF-C1, really a good-looking Minolta in disguise, is not worth the investment. Slow, horrible focus and super expensive batteries to keep the damn thing running. Meh.

Loads of imperfections on the film, mediocre contrast, mediocre latitude. I knew it was too good to be true when I purchased a few rolls. Ah well, back to the drawing board. There has to be a cheaper alternative to Tri-X, one would think?


Badly Made In China

This is something truly horrific. Perhaps it’s me, perhaps it’s the film. It’s not the camera, and probably not the lab, they’re good at what they do. So I’m leaning towards the film. Modern-day produced black and white medium format film, made in China. And it shows. It’s horrid. The backing paper shows, and in a gory, grainy & gruesome way. Which is a pity because behind all that garbage hides a sharp and contrasty film.

Film used: Shanghai GP3 100, ✟ 2014. Camera used: Yashica Mat 124G TLR.

What to do? I’m trashing the rest of this film I have in the fridge. After I dry my eyes. GP3 is not for me.

In Glorious Ultracolor

I’m posting full rolls of (mostly expired) medium format film I exposed while walking around, somewhere. Just for the hell of it. I like looking down through my Yashica and see the world from a different perspective. And I like trying out expired rolls of film, so it’s a win-win for me. First off is a roll of Agfa Ultracolor 50 that expired in 1999. Not that you could tell.

Film used: Agfa Ultracolor 50, ✟ 1999. Camera used: Yashica Mat 124G TLR.