The Large Format Photography Podcast

All things large format

Eric, Andrew and Simon together for the first proper podcast of the New Year, a time for reflection and looking ahead.

 

Things we chatted about on the show:

Andrew got a bit philosophical about the addictive nature of social media and to post or not to post and why.

 

Eric thanked folks for showing up to his world premier (in the LFPP FB group) of his slow riding picture taking film.

 

“Amish” Gill and 35mmc came up somewhere and Simon talked about lens mounts for large format photography “wot he is making” – for barrel lenses, projector lenses etc.

 

Bar room chat, how do we still incorporate that part of the show now that there are four of us.

 

Diversity – not for “diversity’s sake” but to force us to widen our perspectives and, quite frankly, not to have too many guests who look and sound like us!

 

 

Other News

 

None to speak of.

 

LFPP links -

 

https://largeformatphotographypodcast.podbean.com/

 

ko-fi.com/largeformatphotographypodcast

 

You can join in the fun at our Facebook Group

https://www.facebook.com/groups/2296599290564807/

 

And now our Flikr group curated by Colin Devroe

https://www.flickr.com/groups/lfpp/

 

Get Twitter updates for the show from Andrew –

https://twitter.com/warboyssnapper

 

Or from Simon –

https://twitter.com/simonfor

 

Email feedback, ideas and questions for the podcast

largeformatphotographypodcast@gmail.com

 

Podcast Hosts Social Media presence

 

Simon Forster

www.classiclensespodcast.com

 

www.simonforsterphotographic.co.uk

 

https://stores.ebay.co.uk/itsfozzyphotography

 

https://www.flickr.com/photos/125323761@N07/

 

https://www.facebook.com/SimonForsterPhotographic/

 

https://www.instagram.com/simonforsterphotographic/

 

https://twitter.com/SimonFor

 

Andrew Bartram

https://anchor.fm/thelenslesspodcast

 

https://andrewbartram.wordpress.com

 

https://www.instagram.com/warboyssnapper

 

https://www.instagram.com/warboyssnapper_pinholes

 

https://www.flickr.com/photos/warboyssnapper/

 

https://twitter.com/warboyssnapper

 

 

Erik Mathy

A not updated website.

https://www.erikmathy.com/about

 

IG probably best for all things including rabbits.

https://www.instagram.com/erikhmathy/?hl=en

 

Andrew and Simon were all set to see out the year in peace and quiet but a voice from across the pond just wouldn’t let us rest. Kicking and screaming we were dragged from our respective bunkers to record one more show.

Erik and Andrew were “on camera” but Simon chose to be the all seeing “Eye of Sauron” , and why not.

 

Things we chatted about on the show:

Although we had planned to spend some time discussing the future direction of the Show Andrew and Eric took up so much time at the beginning we ran out of time, apparently Erik has a proper job that he sometimes has to go to.

 

Andrew was excited to talk about his new Chroma Snapshot camera from the super clever Steve Lloyd of Chroma Camera – check it out and much more here  https://chroma.camera/snapshot/

 

Simon tried to shoe horn is new Chroma Carbon Adventurer into the conversation but we all agreed it was far too orange to discuss in detail.

 

Along with the new Snapshot is coming in the post a Schneider Anngulon 90mm f6.8 which is a teeny weeny lens that just about covers 4x5 and is an ideal companion to the snapshot for handheld LF photography.

 

Thanks to Ben Reynolds https://www.facebook.com/BadBeard or Ren Beynolds as his may be known as well for sending Andrew a Grafmatic film holder which will also pair up nicely with the Snapshot.

 

Somewhow we moved on to barrel lenses and projector lenses. All three of us I think have the Leitz 200mm f3.6 mounted for 4x5 and whilst this set up is OK for paper negatives we eagerly await a commercial barrel lens shutter system like the one the aforementioned Steve Lloyd is developing.

 

Erik spoke about the lack of creative spaces in the Bay Area where he lives and the need for such spaces where photographers and printers can gather, use darkrooms, compare prints and generally hang out. Simon tried to convince us that the Six Towns Darkroom in Stoke on Trent , England was such a space but we all agreed it just doesn’t have the weather.

 

Simon gave a shout out to the spin off podcast “Sunny 16 Presents” and especially show all about Caffenol – here is a link https://sunny16presents.podbean.com/e/on-location-caffenol-with-christian-strauf-and-jonathon-becker/?fbclid=IwAR0_DZ5eqh6_BHnVVw9GLMZlLH4aVpKTHxzBDhdp3KaTaQ-xg2Z_Q6KZpLs

 

And finally join us on January 2nd for an exclusive LFPP FB Group screening of the Adobe Create documentary made all about Erik and his epic bicycle ride with a LF camera and dollar bill lens “Ride Slow, Take Photos”.

 

 

Other News

 

The Six Towns Darkroom was OPEN but is now CLOSED as Stoke enters Tier 3 Covid restrictions.

 

 

 

LFPP links -

 

https://largeformatphotographypodcast.podbean.com/

 

ko-fi.com/largeformatphotographypodcast

 

You can join in the fun at our Facebook Group

https://www.facebook.com/groups/2296599290564807/

 

And now our Flikr group curated by Colin Devroe

https://www.flickr.com/groups/lfpp/

 

Get Twitter updates for the show from Andrew –

https://twitter.com/warboyssnapper

 

Or from Simon –

https://twitter.com/simonfor

 

Email feedback, ideas and questions for the podcast

largeformatphotographypodcast@gmail.com

 

Podcast Hosts Social Media presence

 

Simon Forster

www.classiclensespodcast.com

 

www.simonforsterphotographic.co.uk

 

https://stores.ebay.co.uk/itsfozzyphotography

 

https://www.flickr.com/photos/125323761@N07/

 

https://www.facebook.com/SimonForsterPhotographic/

 

https://www.instagram.com/simonforsterphotographic/

 

https://twitter.com/SimonFor

 

Andrew Bartram

https://anchor.fm/thelenslesspodcast

 

https://andrewbartram.wordpress.com

 

https://www.instagram.com/warboyssnapper

 

https://www.instagram.com/warboyssnapper_pinholes

 

https://www.flickr.com/photos/warboyssnapper/

 

https://twitter.com/warboyssnapper

 

 

Erik Mathy

A not updated website.

https://www.erikmathy.com/about

 

IG probably best for all things including rabbits.

https://www.instagram.com/erikhmathy/?hl=en

From a recent interview with Intrepid Camera.

“Nick Brandreth is the Historic Process Specialist at the George Eastman Museum, where he runs workshops that teach people how to create images using photographic techniques that span the whole of the medium’s history. The workshops provide alternative methods of creating images as opposed to simply buying consumer film for people who want to get their hands dirty.

“With a lot of photography pre-1900, everything was made by hand,” Brandreth says. “You'd go out and purchase chemicals and mix 'em together and make your own material. And there was a culture, at the beginning of photography, where everything was made by hand. I think people like that.”

Brandreth’s hands-on approach naturally suits the experimentation that large format photography offers. With the right attitude, the possibilities really are endless.

“Because of the beauty of large format, you can Frankenstein a different lens with the camera and make your own format sizes,” Brandreth says. “It's the best. It's actually cheaper for me now because I have the skills and know-how, so I just make my own emulsion and all I have to pay for is raw material.”

https://intrepidcamera.co.uk/blog/nick-brandreth-s-large-format-phantasmagoria

 

Things we chatted about on the show:

 

Nick attended a workshop at the George Eastman Museum on historical processes with Mark Osterman who we seem to mention every show – here is an interview by Robert Gojevic.

https://www.robertgojevic.com/mark-osterman/

 

Soon after this Nick found himself working as Mark’s apprentice at the museum and now teaches anyone who cares to listen through workshops in person or, increasingly these days, via social media.

 

Nick’s recent work was informed by the historic “horror theatre” known as Phantasmagoria – Wikipedia comes to the rescue yet again.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phantasmagoria

 

The full interview with Intrepid Camera can be read and seen here.

https://intrepidcamera.co.uk/blog/nick-brandreth-s-large-format-phantasmagoria

 

And all the images on Nick’s website.

https://www.nickbrandreth.com/Seeing%20Shadows/

Nick’s earlier work after leaving college where he studied photojournalism, was influenced by the work of, amongst others, Eddie Adams (you will know the image of the Vietnam Police officer shooting a Vietcong member in the head in the street).

https://www.eddieadamsworkshop.com/

 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eddie_Adams_(photographer)

 

If you have any questions about emulsion making then speak with Nick as he has mastered numerous techniques inspired by Ron Mowry and Nick tells the story of his now hard to find book at the end of the show.

http://stores.photoformulary.com/photographic-emulsion-making-coating-and-testing-book-by-ron-mowrey/

 

If you don’t want to make your own emulsion you can buy it from a number of sources. Andrew uses (with mixed success so far) the Rollei Black Magic Nick mentions.

If you are in the UK you can get it from Nova Darkroom and various others.

 

Mel Digiacomo was a mentor to Nick as he strived to express his photojournalist voice. Here is a YouTube video to watch when you have a spare hour or so.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wHRoOMZjoE0

 

Erik spoke of Ed Drew’s Afghanistan LF work.

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/photography-blog/2013/jul/22/photography-art

 

And last but not lease Andrew bought a cool looking Chroma Camera Snapshot and Simon bought a Chroma Carbon Adventurer that is mostly orange.

https://chroma.camera/product/snapshot-classic-edition/

https://chroma.camera/product/carbon-adventurer-carbon-fibre-technical-field-camera/

 

 

 

Nick’s links

 

Instagram seems to be the place where you can get the best sense of what Nick is up to on a day by day basis.

https://www.instagram.com/nickbrandreth/

 

To see his “Seeking Shadows” and other work we touched on in the show go to his website.

https://www.nickbrandreth.com/Home/

 

 

 

Other News

 

The Six Towns Darkroom was OPEN but is now CLOSED as Stoke enters Tier 3 Covid restrictions.

 

And watch out for a link if you want to join us for our next LFPP virtual gathering in the forest on Saturday December 5th.

 

 

LFPP links -

 

https://largeformatphotographypodcast.podbean.com/

 

ko-fi.com/largeformatphotographypodcast

 

You can join in the fun at our Facebook Group

https://www.facebook.com/groups/2296599290564807/

 

And now our Flikr group curated by Colin Devroe

https://www.flickr.com/groups/lfpp/

 

Get Twitter updates for the show from Andrew –

https://twitter.com/warboyssnapper

 

Or from Simon –

https://twitter.com/simonfor

 

Email feedback, ideas and questions for the podcast

largeformatphotographypodcast@gmail.com

 

Podcast Hosts Social Media presence

 

Simon Forster

www.classiclensespodcast.com

 

www.simonforsterphotographic.co.uk

 

https://stores.ebay.co.uk/itsfozzyphotography

 

https://www.flickr.com/photos/125323761@N07/

 

https://www.facebook.com/SimonForsterPhotographic/

 

https://www.instagram.com/simonforsterphotographic/

 

https://twitter.com/SimonFor

 

Andrew Bartram

https://anchor.fm/thelenslesspodcast

 

https://andrewbartram.wordpress.com

 

https://www.instagram.com/warboyssnapper

 

https://www.instagram.com/warboyssnapper_pinholes

 

https://www.flickr.com/photos/warboyssnapper/

 

https://twitter.com/warboyssnapper

 

 

Erik Mathy

A not updated website.

https://www.erikmathy.com/about

 

IG probably best for all things including rabbits.

https://www.instagram.com/erikhmathy/?hl=en

“A traditional photographer, Jim specialises in monochrome Carbon Transfer Contact Printing from in camera negatives. Carbon Transfer printing, a process perfected by Joseph Swan in 1864, is a highly labour intensive process that yields prints of the finest quality. The artist has total control of the image tonality due to the creative blending of pigments used to manufacture the carbon tissue which is used to complete his vision. From this tissue the image is born. Carbon prints require a minimum of four or more days work to produce one finished print. Truly a labor of love and passion. Jim teaches carbon transfer printing and offers workshops in his studio/darkroom at his home in Vancouver Washington”.

 

 Things we chatted about on the show:

 

Jim got his inspiration from his friend Vaughn who runs workshops with Jim in Yosemite National Park.

http://vaughnhutchins.com/

 

Making negatives from PyrocatHD a very popular staining developer much favoured by all who use alternative photographic processes.

Andrew uses Wet Plate Supplies for ready mixed PyrocatHD here are some links.

https://www.pyrocathd.5x4.co.uk/

http://www.wetplatesupplies.com/catalogsearch/result/?q=pyrocathd&x=0&y=0

 

For more on Carbon Printing, and indeed Pyro developers check out Sandy King’s site.

https://sandykingphotography.com/resources/technical-writing/carbon-transfer-process

 

We discussed cinematographer Karl Struss and the unique look he got from lenses (soft focus) and he was very close to Alfred Stieglitz and the pictorial movement.

 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Karl_Struss

 

Mark Osterman of Eastman House keeps getting mentioned and again in show 40.

https://www.linkedin.com/in/mark-osterman-04594b2a

 

Erik has mentioned Kelly-Shane Fuller before, he was the chap who managed to get Kodachrome to sort of come back to life.

https://emulsive.org/articles/darkroom/developing-film/they-took-my-kodachrome-away-so-i-brought-it-back

 

And we give Chroma Camera a shout out.

https://chroma.camera/

 

 

Jim’s links

 

Website.

https://www.jimscarbonartphotography.com/

 

Facebook

https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100011330777143

 

Instagram

https://www.instagram.com/carbonfitzgerald/

 

 

 

Other News

 

The Six Towns Darkroom was OPEN but is now CLOSED due to the current National lockdown.

 

 

LFPP links -

 

https://largeformatphotographypodcast.podbean.com/

 

ko-fi.com/largeformatphotographypodcast

 

You can join in the fun at our Facebook Group

https://www.facebook.com/groups/2296599290564807/

 

And now our Flikr group curated by Colin Devroe

https://www.flickr.com/groups/lfpp/

 

Get Twitter updates for the show from Andrew –

https://twitter.com/warboyssnapper

 

Or from Simon –

https://twitter.com/simonfor

 

Email feedback, ideas and questions for the podcast

largeformatphotographypodcast@gmail.com

 

Podcast Hosts Social Media presence

 

Simon Forster

www.classiclensespodcast.com

 

www.simonforsterphotographic.co.uk

 

https://stores.ebay.co.uk/itsfozzyphotography

 

https://www.flickr.com/photos/125323761@N07/

 

https://www.facebook.com/SimonForsterPhotographic/

 

https://www.instagram.com/simonforsterphotographic/

 

https://twitter.com/SimonFor

 

Andrew Bartram

https://anchor.fm/thelenslesspodcast

 

https://andrewbartram.wordpress.com

 

https://www.instagram.com/warboyssnapper

 

https://www.instagram.com/warboyssnapper_pinholes

 

https://www.flickr.com/photos/warboyssnapper/

 

https://twitter.com/warboyssnapper

 

 

Erik Mathy

A not updated website.

https://www.erikmathy.com/about

 

IG probably best for all things including rabbits.

https://www.instagram.com/erikhmathy/?hl=en

A student of linguistics and comparative religion led Wayne to follow a path to investigate the roots of beliefs, passions and truths as told through alternative and historic forms of communication.

“Wayne is an unconventional fine art photographer that uses historical artifacts and processes as his medium to build intricate functional analogue cameras that are hand-tooled from blocks of metal, and used to engage with underservices communities, highlighting current social and humanitarian issues”

Today Wayne lives and works in a converted 1940s diaper washing factory in the dusty border town of Tuscon Arizona.

 

Things we chatted about on the show:

 

Sorry about the mad link (there is a way to smarten this up)

Heather Oelklaus and “Little Miss Sunshine”.

 

https://l.facebook.com/l.php?u=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.youtube.com%2Fwatch%3Fv%3DwsLPJjnq-XY%26fbclid%3DIwAR2nmb6DpRO8UKm87aV101ajWxji2-PIQrNOb0bJ-3XNN0b1RPzWSrXB6y4&h=AT3gLXN9RGXovLgQeMyfNXteNFmpuG1PbpDi1-EPYP4tkF1EHAF-xBhMmC2Du5mEKIMwFY4S9KTTcyyXfn-qedvhEJVBQvq4T4V5pAFTS1TTLfZfoc2yNjrkt1PhpdgBDc1A6f74myNuOWjLQiLkqQ

 

At the end of the show in the email section Wayne talks about the camera he is going to build for his artist partner Alanna Airitum. See her work here.

https://www.alannaairitam.com/about

 

Alanna has her work at the Candela Gallery in Virginia and Wayne hopes to have work on display there soon.

https://www.candelagallery.com/artists

 

In the email section.

https://www.jimscarbonartphotography.com/about/

Erik talks again about the wonderful Primitive Photography book (which Andrew has now purchased).

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Primitive-Photography-Cameras-Calotypes-Alternative/dp/0240804619

 

We give shout outs to some former guests

Sam Hiser West of New 55 PN film.

https://famousformat.com/

 

Brendan Barry.

https://brendanbarry.co.uk/

 

Wayne’s links

https://waynemartinbelger.com/

 

https://www.instagram.com/waynemartinbelger/?hl=en

 

 

Other News

 

The Six Towns Darkroom was OPEN but is now CLOSED as Stoke enters Tier 2 Covid restrictions.

 

 

LFPP links -

 

https://largeformatphotographypodcast.podbean.com/

 

ko-fi.com/largeformatphotographypodcast

 

You can join in the fun at our Facebook Group

https://www.facebook.com/groups/2296599290564807/

 

And now our Flikr group curated by Colin Devroe

https://www.flickr.com/groups/lfpp/

 

Get Twitter updates for the show from Andrew –

https://twitter.com/warboyssnapper

 

Or from Simon –

https://twitter.com/simonfor

 

Email feedback, ideas and questions for the podcast

largeformatphotographypodcast@gmail.com

 

Podcast Hosts Social Media presence

 

Simon Forster

www.classiclensespodcast.com

 

www.simonforsterphotographic.co.uk

 

https://stores.ebay.co.uk/itsfozzyphotography

 

https://www.flickr.com/photos/125323761@N07/

 

https://www.facebook.com/SimonForsterPhotographic/

 

https://www.instagram.com/simonforsterphotographic/

 

https://twitter.com/SimonFor

 

Andrew Bartram

https://anchor.fm/thelenslesspodcast

 

https://andrewbartram.wordpress.com

 

https://www.instagram.com/warboyssnapper

 

https://www.imstagram.com/warboyssnapper_pinholes

 

https://www.flickr.com/photos/warboyssnapper/

 

https://twitter.com/warboyssnapper

 

 

Erik Mathy

A not updated website.

https://www.erikmathy.com/about

 

IG probably best for all things including rabbits.

https://www.instagram.com/erikhmathy/?hl=en

A first for the show, the same guest two weeks running. This time we tried to do the podcast intended for part one, did we succeed? I think so.

We also discovered how good Erik is at reading and answering our listeners’ emails which we have cleverly called “Ask Erik”. From now on email reading and answering will be handled by someone who turns it into a kind of performance art.

 

Things we chatted about on the show:

 

“Rides Slow and Take Photos” web article for some background to Erik’s Butterfield overland mail trail bike ride.

https://www.analogforevermagazine.com/features-interviews/film-review-ride-slow-take-pictures?fbclid=IwAR2EPCPIhFtwFzulEit7Jy-D2Qd7Ws3tnGSLIb3trteOZcprh_f1sTJqjNU

 

Erik sent us several links to things we chatted about on the show and some I don’t think we did! But they all look great.

 

The work of Consuelo Konaga whose archive is at the Brooklyn Museum.

https://www.brooklynmuseum.org/opencollection/artists/6641/objects?fbclid=IwAR1YWwpKLgawjEQtplTwDCnpeH6Gp_mLul-TGBNLiwXz7xTRLBzesL9B4TY

 

At the end of Erik’s Butterfield bike ride he ends up at the workshop of Wayne Martin Belger, we chat a bit about Wayne’s “third Eye” skull camera and his “Us and Them” camera which is remarkable.  Erik drew our attention to Wayn’e ground breaking “HIV Bloodworks” project, here is a link.

https://www.waynemartinbelger.com/index/G00008tmllFKMnBQ?fbclid=IwAR31KEj8oM0Gj5WLSkk9_zYzsZ1yiicCfZAPJQWJ5hZIJL2UnnkLnBNDCR8

 

Eric said “Also, I didn’t touch on him but I wanted to. Josef Koudelka’s “Black Triangle” was the first set of landscapes I’d ever seen that were both stunningly beautiful and incredibly hard hitting from a documentary perspective.

https://www.magnumphotos.com/newsroom/environment/josef-koudelka-black-triangle/?fbclid=IwAR31KEj8oM0Gj5WLSkk9_zYzsZ1yiicCfZAPJQWJ5hZIJL2UnnkLnBNDCR8

 

Josef uses the Fuji 617 panoramic camera to brilliant effect. He produced a book called Ruin and has completed a documentary as well.

https://www.magnumphotos.com/theory-and-practice/koudelka-shooting-holy-land-israel-palestine-documentary-conflict/?fbclid=IwAR0I6xjWbYmrNIPRqouTOWr3UJCRV4DNMHY1YuLSMDG2AA3rfjmVKYW8Tig

 

Erik gives a shout out to artist and activist Lucinda Hinojos who he meets on his trip.

This was made on his Graphic and dollar bill lens after Erik cracked a joke!

Follow Lucinda on her IG https://www.instagram.com/lucinda_yrene/?fbclid=IwAR2993uQuMZHdu0E0w3vUTkrKbZ8VAKdtlZgkU92oWM26E8wTKLDcAM6XUY

 

Fred at SurplusShed.com can get you ANY lens element and more. He sounds amazing.

https://www.surplusshed.com/

 

 

Erik’s links

A not updated website.

https://www.erikmathy.com/about

 

IG probably best for all things including rabbits.

https://www.instagram.com/erikhmathy/?hl=en

 

 

Phew

 

Other News

 

The Six Towns Darkroom is OPEN but if you want to come along please get in touch with Simon first as numbers are limited.

 

 

LFPP links -

 

https://largeformatphotographypodcast.podbean.com/

 

ko-fi.com/largeformatphotographypodcast

 

You can join in the fun at our Facebook Group

https://www.facebook.com/groups/2296599290564807/

 

And now our Flikr group curated by Colin Devroe

https://www.flickr.com/groups/lfpp/

 

Get Twitter updates for the show from Andrew –

https://twitter.com/warboyssnapper

 

Or from Simon –

https://twitter.com/simonfor

 

Email feedback, ideas and questions for the podcast

largeformatphotographypodcast@gmail.com

 

Podcast Hosts Social Media presence

 

Simon Forster

www.classiclensespodcast.com

 

www.simonforsterphotographic.co.uk

 

https://stores.ebay.co.uk/itsfozzyphotography

 

https://www.flickr.com/photos/125323761@N07/

 

https://www.facebook.com/SimonForsterPhotographic/

 

https://www.instagram.com/simonforsterphotographic/

 

https://twitter.com/SimonFor

 

Andrew Bartram

https://anchor.fm/thelenslesspodcast

 

https://andrewbartram.wordpress.com

 

https://www.instagram.com/warboyssnapper

 

https://www.imstagram.com/warboyssnapper_pinholes

 

https://www.flickr.com/photos/warboyssnapper/

 

https://twitter.com/warboyssnapper

“My name is Erik Mathy, and I've been obsessed with photography since my Mom handed me her Pentax K1000 when I was 17.

While I do own a digital camera or two, traditional methods are much more exciting to me from both an artistic and personal satisfaction standpoint. There is something about combining vision with hands on techniques and then being able to hold the end result up to the light that is incredibly satisfying”.

 

Well here is a show that didn’t go as planned, none the worse for that but it means we have to have pt 2 to discuss Eric’s “Ride Slow, Take Photos” trip and film, his passion for making lenses and other projects.

 

This show is a bit sweary as Simon could not find his bleeper...

 

For this show……. Well I’ll list as many links as I can remember.

 

Things we chatted about on the show:

 

OK so we didn’t get on to this but here is a link to the article in AF magazine (get it if you don’t already) discussing Rides Slow and Take Photos.

https://www.analogforevermagazine.com/features-interviews/film-review-ride-slow-take-pictures?fbclid=IwAR2EPCPIhFtwFzulEit7Jy-D2Qd7Ws3tnGSLIb3trteOZcprh_f1sTJqjNU

 

Eric hinted at his passion for cycling which forms the means of transport on his “Ride Slow, Take Photos” epic journey. Check out ands subscribe to this blog which has some wonderful photo journalism by a talented team including Erik with some home made lenses.

 https://element.ly/2020/04/echos-of-futures-past-part-i-nancy-chipukites-darrell-stiles/

 

Erik mentioned documentary photographer Eugene Richards and gave us a link (I’m sure I must have been aware of his work but couldn’t put a name to the images).

https://eugenerichards.com/?fbclid=IwAR3seIJwcCtJzhWeja0vGYkNI1tzihyDKxBLs7tzYa-jLgCGfeZK3_kTXrY

 

And a Vimeo clip.

https://vimeo.com/75177919?fbclid=IwAR2TXU2dTYLfVpRnHQbPg91kezqOkUmBNWleh4-ITJOJWM-6pWIqbqiFuCo

 

And a thoughtful YouTube video interviewing Eugene Richards worth a watch.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vAwV09XgFzo&fbclid=IwAR04xERC5BtJGT5jwlf1mpKtKU2RAwmSwmtTewQWUaVU-agpaHMwtt02EdM

 

Post Podcast Erik also recommended the work of James Fee.

https://www.google.com/search?q=james+fee+photographs&safe=active&rlz=1C1GCEB_enGB918GB918&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwizqIT1io7sAhVDWxUIHeFgBwgQ_AUoAXoECBYQAw&biw=1280&bih=610

 

Kelly-Shane Fuller I this is interesting…..

https://emulsive.org/articles/darkroom/developing-film/they-took-my-kodachrome-away-so-i-brought-it-back

 

And his IG.

https://www.instagram.com/piratelogystudios/?hl=en

 

Making colour images by filtering through separate filters and recombining came up in this part of the discussion. Andrew remembered a discussion in the early days of the Homemade Camera Podcast. Cant remember the episode but if you don’t already listen its great!

 http://homemadecamera.com/

 

Fred at SurplusShed.com can get you ANY lens element and more. He sounds amazing.

https://www.surplusshed.com/

 

Sunny16 presents gets another mention, mainly because Simon was on the show with Steve from Chroma Camera.

https://sunny16presents.podbean.com/

 

https://chroma.camera/

Andrew got excited when Erik gave a shout out to Glass Key Photo in SF – Heather Polley took him there a few years ago at the start of his 50th year USA road trip.

http://www.glasskeyphoto.com/#glass-key-photo

 

And Bay Area Looking Glass Photo.

https://www.lookingglassphoto.com/

 

Andrew mentioned former guest Ben Horne’s recent video on 8x10 focus stacking….. have your mind blown.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jBFHVPvnH5c

 

Eastman Kodak House and Rochester.

https://www.eastman.org/

 

A great source for quality and reasonably prices LF focus screens.

Look for Ebay seller in Lithuania Virgisst.

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/4x5-Ground-Glass-Focusing-Screen-for-Large-Format-Camera/283835190541?hash=item4215e54d0d:g:d00AAOxycD9TQ~XM

 

Oh and Huckleberry bikes!

https://www.huckleberrybikes.com/

 

Erik’s links

A not updated website.

https://www.erikmathy.com/about

 

IG probably best for all things including rabbits.

https://www.instagram.com/erikhmathy/?hl=en

 

 

Phew

 

Other News

 

The Six Towns Darkroom is OPEN but if you want to come along please get in touch with Simon first as numbers are limited.

 

 

LFPP links -

 

https://largeformatphotographypodcast.podbean.com/

 

ko-fi.com/largeformatphotographypodcast

 

You can join in the fun at our Facebook Group

https://www.facebook.com/groups/2296599290564807/

 

And now our Flikr group curated by Colin Devroe

https://www.flickr.com/groups/lfpp/

 

Get Twitter updates for the show from Andrew –

https://twitter.com/warboyssnapper

 

Or from Simon –

https://twitter.com/simonfor

 

Email feedback, ideas and questions for the podcast

largeformatphotographypodcast@gmail.com

 

Podcast Hosts Social Media presence

 

Simon Forster

www.classiclensespodcast.com

 

www.simonforsterphotographic.co.uk

 

https://stores.ebay.co.uk/itsfozzyphotography

 

https://www.flickr.com/photos/125323761@N07/

 

https://www.facebook.com/SimonForsterPhotographic/

 

https://www.instagram.com/simonforsterphotographic/

 

https://twitter.com/SimonFor

 

Andrew Bartram

https://anchor.fm/thelenslesspodcast

 

https://andrewbartram.wordpress.com

 

https://www.instagram.com/warboyssnapper

 

https://www.imstagram.com/warboyssnapper_pinholes

 

https://www.flickr.com/photos/warboyssnapper/

 

https://twitter.com/warboyssnapper

 

“Shane’s work shines on its artistic merit and for its collaborative nature. It is genuine and enthusiastic on a human level. For the folks of many different Indian tribes who sit for his portraits, and who often become his life-long friends, Shane builds lasting rapport. It is this rapport, and the importance of honest collaboration between people of different cultures, that is so vital for our country and is at the heart of moving forward as a nation. I strive to emulate the rapport that Shane has achieved in his art in the work I’m doing in congress. Shane’s photographs are not only beautiful, they convey the best example of good people working together to achieve something great”.

 

Debra A. Haaland

US Congresswoman for New Mexico 1st District Laguna Pueblo

 

Things we chatted about on the show:

The usual back and forth chatter at the beginning covered “how we value our work” which Andrew is finding extremely difficult at the moment, how important it is to record some info on a photograph and how crap cloud storage is for a long term solution to filing. Shane was very helpful in focusing our thoughts in these areas.

 

Simon made an appearance on the “brand extension” of Sunny16 Podcast – Sunny16 Presents! – not sure if it’s out yet but you can find episodes here, it looks like a great podcast.

https://sunny16presents.podbean.com/

 

We referenced a lot of Shane’s public work and installations including the proposed 7ft mural of Greta.

https://www.inforum.com/news/4969850-Bismarck-artist-behind-controversial-Greta-Thunberg-mural-shares-stories-of-support-and-hate

 

The documentary talks about the Dakota pipeline that POTUS authorised on coming into power. Shane goes to the site of the protest to record the moment then later voices his disapproval in the only way he knows.

https://nostalgicglasswetplatestudio.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/1/donald-trump-potus

 

 

You can find the documentary on Vimeo or Amazon Video

https://www.amazon.com/Balkowitsch-Shane/dp/B087CFNWS3

 

https://vimeo.com/ondemand/balkowitschfilm

 

The first Native American Shane made a wet plate portrait of was the great grandson of sitting bull Ernie Lapointe - lots on the net but here is a YouTube video with Ernie talking about Little Big Horn.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u-3NIrXW92s

 

Shane made a Blurb book all about Ernie and the portrait sessions.

https://www.blurb.co.uk/b/5586336-the-legacy-of-sitting-bull-wet-plate-session-revis

 

 

Shane follows in the footsteps of intrepid wet plate photographers og the 19th century and it was Bismarck photographer Orlando Scott Goff whose historic wet plate images of Plains Indians so inspired Shane to carry on a modern day version.

https://www.google.com/search?safe=active&rlz=1C1GCEU_enGB846GB857&source=univ&tbm=isch&q=orlando+scott+goff&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwiC6eObpN_rAhVGXBoKHcAED9sQsAR6BAgLEAE&biw=1536&bih=850

 

The Historical Society of North Dakota takes all Shane’s work (and they want his shirt and bowler hat post mortem).

https://www.history.nd.gov/

 

(Oh and our podcast recording will be stored there too)

 

Shane loves to collaborate and make tableaus – the documentary shows the making of “Liberty trudges through injustice”

Here is a YouTube video showing the mural unveiling in Bismark

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nSUUJo8xaD8

 

Shane talks about technology and photography in a TedX talk

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AlppgZcNwYo

Shane’s links

Shane suggests Googling his name and that works!

 

His website is a good place to start.

http://sharoncol.balkowitsch.com/wetplate.htm

 

And on IG

https://www.instagram.com/balkowitsch/?hl=en

 

Shane runs a FB group called “Friends of Fredrick Scott Archer”

https://www.facebook.com/groups/1551392035129844

 

 

Other News

 

The Six Towns Darkroom is OPEN but if you want to come along please get in touch with Simon first as numbers are limited.

 

 

 

LFPP links -

 

https://largeformatphotographypodcast.podbean.com/

 

ko-fi.com/largeformatphotographypodcast

 

You can join in the fun at our Facebook Group

https://www.facebook.com/groups/2296599290564807/

 

Get Twitter updates for the show from Andrew –

https://twitter.com/warboyssnapper

 

Or from Simon –

https://twitter.com/simonfor

 

Email feedback, ideas and questions for the podcast

largeformatphotographypodcast@gmail.com

 

Podcast Hosts Social Media presence

 

Simon Forster

www.classiclensespodcast.com

 

www.simonforsterphotographic.co.uk

 

https://stores.ebay.co.uk/itsfozzyphotography

 

https://www.flickr.com/photos/125323761@N07/

 

https://www.facebook.com/SimonForsterPhotographic/

 

https://www.instagram.com/simonforsterphotographic/

 

https://twitter.com/SimonFor

 

Andrew Bartram

https://anchor.fm/thelenslesspodcast

 

https://andrewbartram.wordpress.com

 

https://www.instagram.com/warboyssnapper

 

https://www.imstagram.com/warboyssnapper_pinholes

 

https://www.flickr.com/photos/warboyssnapper/

 

https://twitter.com/warboyssnapper

 

"Ultimately, despite the contemporary subject matter and modern details, we see a unique honesty and are struck by the strength and determination of these skaters.

"They are purposeful and courageous, open, playful and supportive.

"I admire their respectful and shrewd fight for a place in the world."

 

A quote from the BBC News article that prompted Simon to reach out to Jenny and we are sure glad he did.

 

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/in-pictures-53739203

 

 

Things we chatted about on the show:

Like a wild animal caged in a zoo and poked at by small children Andrew, goaded by Simon and Jimmy Hickford was given some space to have a mini rant about a few things.

Don’t pay too much attention to him as he is old and senile.

 

During our regular catch up section, Jenny told us she had been making some lumen prints during lockdown using RC paper and some old expired colour paper.

Lumen prints are some of the easiest ways to make photographic prints and read about them here and see some of the beautiful images created by Natasha Sanchez.

https://www.natashasanchezcreates.com/lumen-prints#:~:text=A%20lumen%20print%20is%20a,experiments%20in%20the%2019th%20century.

 

Andrew mentioned arthrotypes which wasn’t at all the correct term – it was Anthotype.

https://www.alternativephotography.com/anthotypes-anthotype-process/

 

Friend of the show and sometime video editor Jimmy Hickford drew our attention to Czech photographer Marketa Luskavova.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mark%C3%A9ta_Luska%C4%8Dov%C3%A1

 

Jenny spoke about Erik Mathy who makes LF lenses from Dollar bills! – he is featured in the upcoming Analogue Forever Issue 2.

https://www.analogforevermagazine.com/features-interviews/film-review-ride-slow-take-pictures

 

Jenny is related to Alma Lavenson one of the members of Group f64

View her work on Google.

https://www.google.com/search?q=Alma+Lavenson,+photographs&safe=active&rlz=1C1GCEU_enGB846GB857&stick=H4sIAAAAAAAAAOPgE-LSz9U3MEnPjjcqUQKzkw3Ly5LLtKSyk630k_Lzs_UTS0sy8ousQOxihfy8nMpFrFKOObmJCj6JZal5xfl5OgoFGfkl-elFiQUZxTtYGQGr3JmMVgAAAA&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwjDm-32x73rAhV2UBUIHaY8Ct4Q_AUoAXoECBIQAw&biw=1536&bih=850

 

Jenny is proud to be associate with the Skate Like A Girl organisation

http://www.skatelikeagirl.com/

Jenny wishes to thank her publisher, Daylight Books

https://daylightbooks.org/

 

Jenny’s links

 

Check out the BBC article that kicked all this off.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/in-pictures-53739203

 

Instagram

https://www.instagram.com/jennysampsonphotography/?hl=en

 

Jenny has her Skater Girls book out soon and orders can be taken via her website or your local book store.

http://www.jennysampson.com/

 

And last but by no means least Jenny began collaborating with other artists during lockdown to make reimagined pictures of classic photographs, but they all had to incorporate toilet rolls.

What a wonderful and unique project. Discover more photographers and see how many you recognise at the Rolls and Tubes IG page

https://www.instagram.com/rolls_and_tubes/?hl=en

 

 

 

Other News

 

The Six Towns Darkroom is OPEN but if you want to come along please get in touch with Simon first as numbers are limited.

 

 

 

LFPP links -

 

https://largeformatphotographypodcast.podbean.com/

 

ko-fi.com/largeformatphotographypodcast

 

You can join in the fun at our Facebook Group

https://www.facebook.com/groups/2296599290564807/

 

Get Twitter updates for the show from Andrew –

https://twitter.com/warboyssnapper

 

Or from Simon –

https://twitter.com/simonfor

 

Email feedback, ideas and questions for the podcast

largeformatphotographypodcast@gmail.com

 

Podcast Hosts Social Media presence

 

Simon Forster

www.classiclensespodcast.com

 

www.simonforsterphotographic.co.uk

 

https://stores.ebay.co.uk/itsfozzyphotography

 

https://www.flickr.com/photos/125323761@N07/

 

https://www.facebook.com/SimonForsterPhotographic/

 

https://www.instagram.com/simonforsterphotographic/

 

https://twitter.com/SimonFor

 

Andrew Bartram

https://anchor.fm/thelenslesspodcast

 

https://andrewbartram.wordpress.com

 

https://www.instagram.com/warboyssnapper

 

https://www.imstagram.com/warboyssnapper_pinholes

 

https://www.flickr.com/photos/warboyssnapper/

 

https://twitter.com/warboyssnapper

Andre is a film enthusiast, there is no getting over that. Those that have followed his progress over the years were overjoyed when he landed a job working with CineStill, couldn’t have happened to a nicer guy.

 

But the burning question, the elephant in the room if you will, is will he stick with this new found love and dare I say it, obsession, that is large format photography?

 

This obsession so far has brought two LF cameras and a lovely Omega 4x5 enlarger, is he another Simon Forster, Andrew wonders, loves all the gear but we don’t see many images?

 

Is Andrew being cruel, or realistic or, just maybe we are seeing a new Andre?

 

If this show was anything to go by then he’s off to a great start and so far shows no sign of selling all his gear but time will tell.

 

We gathered together a rogues gallery of former guests and others who just wanted to be a part of this recording which has also been committed to video for posterity. This will be available on out You Tube channel as soon as the file makes its way by pigeon carrier to Simon from our video engineer colleague Jimmy Hickford.

 

 

Things we chatted about on the show:

 

At the start of the show we chatted about 4x5 colour and Andrew’s issues with scanning. The solutions all seemed complicated so he will stick to colour at 120 size.

 

Andre kind of announced that Cinestill film would be available in 4x5 sheets and also Eastman 5222 stock – this is super exciting.

 

The internet was all giddy over Steve Lloyd showing his beta version of an electronic shutter for barrel lenses – this will likely be a KickStarter so follow along on one of Steve’s social sites (links below).

 

Andre came armed with some questions and we all attempted to answer him, it was fun, but don’t take my word for it.

 

Question 1 – Does (loupe) size matter? Are certain ones better than others.

 

Andrew suggested 4x or 6x max but wasn’t sure why, Jason Lane said if they are too powerful then the ground glass image starts interfering with the focused image.

Here is a picture of the one Andrew has but normally he just takes his specs off due to being very short sighted!

 

 

Question 2 – Fresnel lenses….do they help and where should you place them?

A mixed response from our room of experts (definition as ex is a has been and a spurt is a drip under pressure), but if you are going to use one buy one with a focal length in the same range as the lenses you are going to use. Probably aim for 150mm as that is likely to be in the mid range of what you are using.

Jason Lane said place it on the photographer’s side of the ground glass with the lens rings facing toward the lens , so smooth side to the photographer.

Ethan Moses was very dismissive of them but Steve Lloyd kinda wasn’t (fight).

If you buy a cheap one of the net then you may be lucky or not – oh they also DON’T MAKE THE IMAGE BRIGHTER (that’s Ethan shouting at Andrew by the way).

 

Question 3 – Is it bad to leave your shutter cocked or your thick Grafmatic film holder in the spring back?

 

Consensus here was short term say on a day trip all is good but if you are looking to maybe store those lenses or camera for a while then trip the shutter and remove the back.

 

Question 4 – How do you store your film holders to prevent the darkslides coming out?

 

Most (apart from Ethan who has photographer’s jeans) use zip lock bags. Even if those little rotating right angle darkslide retainer thingies are missing the friction of the darkslide in the holder will be enough to keep them in place, coupled with the zip lock bag.

 

Andrew has a 5 holder cascade holder from Dan Stone – his products are really well made but not the cheapest

 https://www.stonephotogear.com/filmstorage

 

Question 5 – Where do you put unprocessed film before it gets developed? Do you leave them in the holders or transfer them to a box?

 

Most use old 4x5 film boxes. The advantage is that you can segregate the exposed films according to how you wish to develop them e.g a wide subject brightness range >5 or 6 stops maybe then reduce development by 20% or so according to your set up.

 

Someone suggested a pack of black bags like the once that sheet film come in – either B&H or Freestyle maybe?

 

Andrew and Dave Shrimpton tend to take out enough film holders to suit the development tank then process straight away – so 6 sheets typically.

 

Question 6 – Can you split grade print contact prints?

In short – yes. You can use under the lens filters or dial in settings to your colour head if you have one.

The filter drawer in Andre’s Omega may get a bit toasty so possibly don’t use that.

 

Question 7 – Do you use filters? 10 stop grad? Is fo how do you attach them?

10 stopper maybe not – use slow film and f45 – get a 2-3 stop ND if necessary.

 

Andrew uses Cokin P rings, filters and holders and Greg uses a GELSNAP holder from LEE Filters which seems to be out of stock everywhere.

https://www.leefilters.com/index.php/camera-directory/camera-dir-list/category/gelsnap-filter-holder

 

And finally……

 

Question 8 – What brands of floppy hat do you all recommend.

 

Tilly T3 is the one https://www.tilley.com/uk_en/t3-wanderer-hat.html

 

 

 

Andre’s links

 

You can see pictures of his watches (his last craze) here.

https://www.instagram.com/andre.on.film/?hl=en

 

He occasionally stays awake during a recording of Neg Pos Podcast – they have a great FB group

https://www.facebook.com/groups/2008988399314590

 

And here is CineStill who Andre works for.

https://cinestillfilm.com/products/800tungsten-c41-36exp-35mm-high-speed-color-negative-135

 

 

Rogues gallery links

 

Ethan Moses

https://www.cameradactyl.com/

https://www.facebook.com/groups/2282531432013144/

 

Greg Obst

http://greggobst.com/

https://www.flickr.com/photos/greggobst

 

Jimmy Hickford

https://twitter.com/jimmyshootsfilm?lang=en

https://www.instagram.com/jimmyshootsfilm/?hl=en

 

John Money

https://www.instagram.com/johntmoney/?hl=en

 

Joseph Brunjes

https://www.josephbrunjes.com/index

https://www.flickr.com/photos/24021575@N02

 

Nick Lyle

https://www.flickr.com/photos/51834204@N07/

https://www.instagram.com/avynick/?hl=en

https://www.facebook.com/groups/2282531432013144/

 

Steve Lloyd

http://chroma.camera/

https://www.instagram.com/chromacamera/

 

Phew

 

 

Other News

The inaugural LFPP Gathering in the forest 2020 was cancelled but you can catch up with the virtual meeting we had recently where we were honoured to have Dave Shrimpton and Kate Miller-Wilson present their work and ideas to over 20 of us on line.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lQQtnpFib8s&t=113s

 

And….

 

Much to Simon’s dismay the Six Towns Darkroom remains in lock down for the time being….but there is a plan to get restarted.

 

LFPP links -

 

https://largeformatphotographypodcast.podbean.com/

 

ko-fi.com/largeformatphotographypodcast

 

You can join in the fun at our Facebook Group

https://www.facebook.com/groups/2296599290564807/

 

Get Twitter updates for the show from Andrew –

https://twitter.com/warboyssnapper

 

Or from Simon –

https://twitter.com/simonfor

 

Email feedback, ideas and questions for the podcast

largeformatphotographypodcast@gmail.com

 

Podcast Hosts Social Media presence

 

Simon Forster

www.classiclensespodcast.com

 

www.simonforsterphotographic.co.uk

 

https://stores.ebay.co.uk/itsfozzyphotography

 

https://www.flickr.com/photos/125323761@N07/

 

https://www.facebook.com/SimonForsterPhotographic/

 

https://www.instagram.com/simonforsterphotographic/

 

https://twitter.com/SimonFor

 

Andrew Bartram

https://anchor.fm/thelenslesspodcast

 

https://andrewbartram.wordpress.com

 

https://www.instagram.com/warboyssnapper

 

https://www.imstagram.com/warboyssnapper_pinholes

 

https://www.flickr.com/photos/warboyssnapper/

 

https://twitter.com/warboyssnapper

 

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