Category Archives: 35mm Project

Update: Found Archive

Update:

A few months ago two things happened in a short space of time which has brought my posts to a grinding halt on The 35mm Project. First I dropped my C-41 colour chemicals on the floor because the wardrobe shelf collapsed … I was storing the bleach, stabiliser and developer in 3 x 1 L glass bottles on the top shelf (rookie mistake) and as you can imagine it made a pretty epic…BOOM! Smashed glass and brown shitty chemicals all over my floor.

I screamed a few expletives and my partner come running in to the room wondering what I had done…I cleaned up the mess and decided to purchase some plastic chemical storage bottles for future C-41 processing and changed the location of all my gear from the top shelf to the bottom shelf. Lesson learned! Unfortunately It had been a while since developing colour film and the concentrated chemicals had spoilt, separating into a weird goo with flakes in. Boo! I am going to hang off ordering more Tetenal until I have around 30 rolls of film to develop otherwise I wouldn’t be cost or environmentally conscious! Luckily even exposed film can be stored for a significant amount of time when kept cold in the fridge.

Secondly my 9 year old MacBook Pro died! It had been on it’s way out for a while but this time it was non repairable :(. I decided to replace it but wanted to pay off some debt first. So fast forward from March to July and I have a new MacBook, I am back online and almost near completion of a project I have been working on for around a year…

The Found Archive:

Around a year ago I started scanning the negatives of photographs my father took between the 1980’s to the early 2000’s of my family, our holidays, friends and various events in our lives. The catalogue of images he captured looks back at our younger years through his eyes. It is nostalgic for me not only to reflect on my childhood but also to review the old film that one can no longer purchase.

To date I have scanned 2,265 frames from an assortment of 24 and 36 exposure film. The negatives when I received them had been stored in a metal fireproof box in their original holder from the print labs my father used many years ago. There was a few times when handling the negatives I winced at the lab gluing paper along the side of frames which I had to carefully remove so as not to damage the image. Since inheriting the negatives I have cleaned them, archived them in sleeves and store them in a well made photographic archival binder. Interestedly the camera that I am shooting with today is the same camera that my father used for most of the photographs during this period of time (released 1987), a Canon EOS 620.

I am now in the final stages of my project – scanning the final photographs, cropping and preparing them for upload and giving the original prints away to my family members. I hope you enjoy viewing the photos when I upload them as much as I have scanning them.

Brad

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Zenit 12S USSR Camera

Dear readers

I have discovered on my travels a very unique Zenit 12S USSR Camera that resembles a machine gun! Trust the USSR to make something so … USSR! The camera is pretty bulky and when the gun attachment is attached to the camera it becomes ridiculous to see and to use.

If you’re planning on visiting the beach this summer and taking photographs of the kids for your family album i’d make sure to be ready for the local police to come and swarm the area before taking this out! Enough about that, after sussing out the dials and buttons i came to the conclusion that it’s astonishingly heavy and very slow and cumbersome to use.

Towards the front there is a large chrome screw mechanism that winds the zoom in/out. Due to the size of the dial and comparative size of the zoom mechanism it is, suffice to say frustrating and painstakingly slow to move and adjust. The central dial is used to screw the lens onto the gun attachment for the camera, which has a cable release cord to attach to the camera so when you depress the trigger it fires a frame respectively.

Storage is a bonus! Coming in it’s own military style metal container with filters, lenses and various screwdrivers and attachments so that you can adjust the camera and change features. When you’re finished with the camera it can be neatly bolted into the container. Lovely.

Although awkward to use and ultimately a strange camera i was amazed at it’s bold design. I feel that without the gun attachment and possibly with the smaller lens it would be great to take out and trial. The mechanics seemed in tip top working condition too so this is definitely a well preserved piece of equipment.

Pride Exhibition at Gallery 1885

So here it is after all the preparation my exhibition hanging in Gallery 1885.

The 35mm Project: London Pride 2013 Exhibition

Over the past few weeks i have been preparing for my first solo exhibition which has officially opened!

I arrived at the gallery on Sunday 5th to hang my prints eager and ready to go with 4 lots of A1 and 20 lots of 15″ x 10″. Unfortunately even though i had prepared by buying mount board and cutting it to size (well…) there were some problems that were a little frustrating but a good learning experience.

Firstly, i didn’t have any adhesive to apply the photographs to the mount boards, i opted for this method rather than cutting the mount boards into frames that overlapped the photograph because i haven’t got the time at the moment to spend all day cutting up board so it was easier just to apply the photograph to the board. I quickly made my way into central to buy some double sided artists tape then made my way back to the gallery and started to measure up the photos and apply them to the boards.

Unfortunately i later found out id been given the wrong sizes for the frames, i had pre cut all the boards to 20″ x 16″ when they were 40cm by 50cm so they were too large! After the ‘ahh sh**‘ that poured from my mouth a few times a friend at the gallery helped cut the boards all to the correct size…..again whilst i was continuing to apply the photographs to the boards. Hazar!

After the mounting and framing the photographs took on a whole new feel to them,  i love seeing my work printed and framed in A1 as  it stands out and finishes the photograph. The experience of hanging my own work and organising everything in the gallery has been thoroughly enjoyable and i am pleased to say that the exhibition has turned out exactly as i’d hoped. I am looking forward to my next exhibition in the future!

I will get some photographs of the entire space on the private viewing to add to the blog at a later date 🙂 hope you can all pop along if you’re in the area and see my work in large print.

Brad

Address:

16 Bowden Street
London SE11 4DS

A note to all my followers

It pains me to admit I have been neglecting The 35mm Project a little due to time constraints.

As you may be aware i am at University, when i am not at University i am at work, when i am at neither of those places i am studying in the British Library for my dissertation (an amazing place) or i am shooting for my Pilot Project and researching for project development, or i am in meetings for my Collaborative Project and rendering video for it.

When i am not doing all of that i am either eating, sleeping, retouching or trying to squeeze a few more minutes out of an hour so that i can continue the personal projects i have. Which includes making plans to go to India, The 35mm Project, BC: iPhoneography & The Male Form.

My Pilot Project is based on a violent/abusive relationship i was in, the images are still in development at the moment but i have been inspired by artists Ana Mendieta, Rudolf Schwarzkogler, Franko B, Richard Sawdon-Smith, Marina Abramovic and many more.

The photograph below is a still from the series of images that i took (as a performance piece) as this is a blog about film i have used Alien Skin: Exposure to add a KodakChrome 64 effect to the photograph.

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KodaChrome 64 Filter over portrait from Pilot Project

For those of you that are interested i will be writing my dissertation on “How has photojournalism benefitted from iPhoneography and social media”. I believe that as a photojournalistic photographer and devout iPhoneographer that it is important to research and analyse the effects of iPhoneography and the apps available. Hipstamatic, Filterstorm, LoMob, ScratchCam and various other apps will be part of my research.

There will be posts following on this blog as i have decided to make it ongoing rather than the original 1 year project, however there may be some gaps few and far between at times as it is difficult to get the time to shoot specifically for this blog.

Thanks for all your support

Brad

The 35mm Project ‘Pride’ Exhibition

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The 35mm Project has been created to document all types of film available today, out of the box, pushed, pulled and of course developed myself. A photo heavy project focused on breaking away from the digital era and returning to organic, grainy, true photography.

Every year in London on the 29th June the streets are filled with a giant party atmosphere celebrating gay right movements and various sexualities coming together to express themselves in one of the city’s more colourful events. Pride.

Each roll of film captures a different stage throughout the day and into the evening reflecting the union of people and excitement filling the streets of London.

The bold, colourful and saturated Ektar images provide a deep insight into what Pride stands for whilst the later evening shots of Portra 1600 wind the day down with a collection of drunk, playful photos with higher grain and people interacting with each other.

Each black and white film shows the people of pride without the distractions of colour. The grainy, contrasts of Agfa and the soft glow of BW400CN complete the collection.

For this event I wanted my equipment to be as light as possible, I opted for my Sigma 50mm f/1.4 prime for the shallow aperture and it being much lighter than my 24-70. I stuck around f/2 – f/5.6 rarely going any higher.

In order of shooting I started with Kodak Ektar 100, which produced strong, sharp saturated photos. Ektar has been likened for sharing similar properties to KodaChrome 64 which is why I opted for shooting it during pride as it’s now impossible to shoot KodakChrome however I feel KodaChrome had a warmer more contrasty feel to the final photographs which Ektar misses.

The results from the Agfa are exceptional, the contrasts are very appealing, the grain isn’t as fine as I would of expected from 100ISO however it doesn’t hinder the quality of the image, nor is it intrusive giving even and beautiful coverage of the photos.

Kodak BW400CN delivers excellent deep contrasts and tones with a very desirable fine grain considering the ISO. Skin has come out clear and the highlights are giving a gorgeous glow.

Kodak Portra 800 pushed to 1600 has in my opinion improved this film considerably. I think its a great film to shoot with, it has some excellent neutral tones to work with and the slightly desaturated results seem to work well in evening light adding to the authenticity of being shot in the evening.

This exhibition will contain collection of photographs from all 4 rolls of film.

The exhibition starts on the 7th January & runs throughout finishing on the 31st.

Location:

16 Bowden St
London
SE11 4DS

New York & Exhibition

Greetings!

Unfortunately The 35mm Project has been a little quieter lately, this is because I have just returned from a fantastic holiday in New York City with 2 rolls of film which are ready to be developed and scanned. Once they are complete i will publish the next post.

I have also been working a lot of hours and trying to get some other project’s in the pipeline up and running so my time on each area is being managed at the moment and although i am not going to neglect The 35mm Project the spacing in-between each publication may increase from time to time.

Good news i begin my 3rd year of University in a week, i’m looking forward to studying again and seeing my old friends plus also just completing my degree! There are other things i want to do now and my degree is starting to hold me back a little on a massive project so completing it is a big priority at the moment, anyway there may be times when i haven’t got the time to spend scanning film when i could be retouching photos or writing my dissertation. I am a work horse however so this will hopefully be a rare occurrence that my studies affect my project.

Fantastic news: I’m going to exhibit pieces from The 35mm Project at Kennington Camera Club. The Club which i am a member of have their own gallery space which i am aloud to exhibit in. I am really looking forward to this amazing opportunity that i’ve been given! The exhibition won’t be until January as there are other people exhibiting in the space at the moment but i will be having the entire month which is good. I will provide all the dates, private viewings and any other information i get on a future post.

Thats all for now but check in soon on The 35mm Project 🙂

Brad