So, where do you come from & what do you do for a living?
Born and raised in Melbourne, but spent a lot of time traveling between Melbourne and a small rural town in NSW, Condobolin, where the rest of my family live.
I just finished studying and established a business for casual work during my final year of study, so I’m hopefully going to get it off the ground this year.
How old are you?
How did you become inspired to shoot on film?
I think it goes back to high school, although I never shot a great deal of film back then, my teacher he told me I had to start on film before I even thought of touching a digital camera, and you know what, I’m so glad that’s how I started, taught me a solid foundation and began my love for black and white photography. However it didn’t all come from school, both my Dad and Granddad did photography when they were younger and I just loved hearing some of the stories and looking at the old photographs that they used to take.
What format do you shoot? 35mm, Polaroid, 8 x 10 etc
I started shooting 35mm but for my most recent work I had the joy of using a Pentax 6x7 and fell in love with medium format, but Polaroid 600 and Fuji pack films have become my most common format to shoot. I never go anywhere without some kind of Polaroid in my bag be it my Polaroid Land, box type or Instax Wide/Mini I just love them so much.
Why do you like this format?
Where to begin! When I was 6 I had my birthday at the local McDonalds and when it was time to cut the birthday cake everyone bunched around and the party staff took this photo on a Polaroid and watching it develop was one of the greatest things ever. It blew my mind as a child, since then I’ve wanted a Polaroid camera ever since. It was the first physical photograph I owned.
I finally got a camera in 2013. Since then I’ve grown to love the notion that we live in a very digital age, people no longer have photo albums, when we talk about a photo album, people usually mean the photos they’ve posted on Facebook, but a polaroid gives you something physical, tangible within a few seconds of shooting. Sure the image from older films might not be there immediately but with Fuji Packfilm or Instax mini/wide it’s there, instantly and portable. People are always amazed when I pull the camera out and it spits out a photo right after, for some people they’ve never seen a Polaroid, it’s a great conversation starter!
I also love the sheer magic of when you show a kid a Polaroid, the look on their face is always priceless.
Where do you see the future of analogue photography?
Oh, hmm I’m not sure, the current major resurgence of film is wonderful, I was hording rolls of film for quite a while back, half my fridge is packed with film, you can’t get to anything without a roll of film or a box of polaroid film rolling around in front of you…
I know that for myself, Fujifilm discontinuing FP-3000B was a sad day in 2014, however I haven’t had a bad time finding stock, (thanks to you guys) but I know that will eventually run out and I’ll be left with just color – not necessarily a bad thing, but their black and white is truly beautiful stuff. I was hopping that with the spike in popularity that it might have been picked up by Impossible, I know they were looking at it, but no word has been said on it for a while now.
I think analogue photography will be around for a long time, it wont totally go out of production, I mean Kodak just brought back the Super 8 and super 8 films. Film is not dying like people said 5 years ago that’s for sure. Hopefully it’s only going up from here, groups like Lomography and Impossible Project and even you guys, have certainly helped keep things going and I only hope things get better!
Where can we find out more about your work?
You can find my work in a few different places:
Film dedicated blog: www.complexchemicalreactions.tumblr.com
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