Filmneverdie Shooters - An interview with Benjamin Urquhart

April 20, 2016

 

So, where do you come from & what do you do for a living?
What's up! My name is Benjamin Urquhart, I live with my wife Carisse, newborn Phoebe Rey, and our pups Dakota & Buddy in the heart of the Blue Mountains. Carisse and I run Kings & Thieves, and shoot elopements and small gathering weddings. We stay sharp by shooting a tonne of personal work too.

How young are you? even if you are old in age we believe you are young in heart, because you still want to shoot film :D
26 years young!

How did you become inspired to shoot on film?
Before shooting film for personal and k&t work, the last time I touched film was when I was nine years old capturing a trip to QLD with my grandparents using a disposable camera. From then I didn't really give film photography another thought, and didn't realise I had a passion for this until recently.

In the last year we inherited two Pentax's (one from each granddad). It's crazy to think how they used these cameras to capture our parents growing up, and after all these years the cameras are still shooting well and enveloping each shot with soul.

Film photography scratches the itch that digital never will.

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What format do you shoot? 35mm, Polaroid, 8 x 10 etc
35mm, Polaroid and digital. Would love to shift gears to medium format soon.

Why do you like this format?
I love the soul these images have - every old film camera and lens you pick up has its own unique life that you'll never be told the story of, but that life it's had directly affects the image it creates. I also love sending the prints and scans to models and couples unedited, because otherwise, what's the point? You might as well shoot digital if all you're going to do with the scans is play around with them.

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Where do you see the future of analogue photography?
Film photography will never die. There will always be groupies who love film photography and who will do anything to prevent its demise. Kids are always looking to breathe new life into old things.

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What is your dream project to work on?
An elopement in the Scottish Highlands!

Where can we find out more about your work?
site: kingsandthiev.es
insta: @kingsandthiev.es
Facebook: facebook.com/kingsandthievesphoto
+ most other social networks, search kings & thieves




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