Filmneverdie Shooters - An interview with Jordan Small

So, where do you come from & what do you do for a living?

I live in Port Fairy. Its a beautiful little seaside town with an interesting history and some pretty unique characters residing here.

I'm a carpenter by trade, have been for 19 years. I've just started a business building recycled timber furniture and doing high end woodworking. I'd love to earn a living in photography but for now I'm happy shooting and learning!

How old are you?

37 years young...

How did you become inspired to shoot on film?

I loved photography class at school but my school reports had a recurrent theme of "needs to apply himself more" or "does not pay attention". My uncle was a photography teacher at TAFE so it has always been there. The last few years and especially this year I have really started to get active in shooting more film and trying to learn as much as possible. I guess I've started to apply myself and pay attention, finally....

What format do you shoot? 35mm, Polaroid, 8 x 10 etc

Mostly 35mm but I've just purchased a Polaroid Land Camera and am loving the thing! It's such an amazing process. I think there is too much focus on the next newest technology or newest upgrade. If people looked to the past more often they would see and be inspired by things that really worked and were created with more than profit margins in mind

Why do you like this format?

I don't really like any format more than the next. It's just what I've tried so far. I'd like to have a go at all the different formats available, I've just gotta find the time!

Where do you see the future of analogue photography?

As long as the passion people seem to have for it stays, I can't see it dying out for a long time. Passion goes a long way. Film just has a great 'feeling' to it that digital doesn't, in my opinion. That might be because it's what I grew up with though. Digital is great, it's so accessible and immediate but personally I think it's worlds apart from film. The giddy feeling I get when I'm about to see my photos for the first time tells me its something more. I think if you showed anyone a photo coming to life in a darkroom, they couldn't help but be captivated. It's magic


I have a tumblr which I need to update with more photos. Other than that, I have a whole drawer of negatives that they're welcome to view and then sort into a more efficient system.....

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