The Large Format Photography Podcast

All things large format

“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

 

“The emotional connection we all have with nature is powerful.  Nature can be intense and unforgiving as well as calming and peaceful.  I seek out remote locations where these true feelings of the natural world can emerge, using photography as a means to capture these emotions and bring them back for all to see”.

 

“The way I see the world is best conveyed through the lens of a large format film camera.  The extreme clarity of this traditional medium allows me to capture every minute detail in the scene just the way it was.  The rich colors and tones of film allow me to express my vision powerfully, while the technical movements of a large format camera allow for incredible focus and perspective control unlike any other format.  Using the mountains and the plains as my classroom, I have taught myself everything I know about photography.  I also process and print all of my black and white photographs traditionally in a darkroom.

 

Through this medium I invite you to join me on my journeys and see the natural world through my eyes”.

 

Thank you for bring some well needed colour into our world Alex Burke.

 

Alex’s links

 

Alex’s website is superb, what a generous man he is. Check out the educational blogposts after having your mind blown by his colour images.

https://www.alexburkephoto.com/educational-blog-posts

 

https://www.alexburkephoto.com/

 

For a great overview and to keep up with his daily activity then follow Alex on IG.

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

 

Alex has written a superb ebook - https://www.alexburkephoto.com/ebooks

 

 

Things we chatted about on the show:

 

Back in the early days of lockdown Alex held a live Youtube Q&A – check it out it is brilliant.

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

 

Simon mentioned a recent 35mmc blog post about the free software to assist scanning – grain2pixel

https://www.35mmc.com/31/07/2020/grain2pixel-review-photoshop-plugin/

 

Lance Roth was a former guest on the Lensless Podcast and does what Alex does, in the same area but with a LF pinhole camera

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

 

Listen to Lance here.

https://anchor.fm/thelenslesspodcast/episodes/Lance-Roth-mountain-man-pinholer-show-44-e306pb/a-a94v4o

 

Colorado photographer John Fielder was a big influence for Alex – you can see why here.

https://www.johnfielder.com/

 

And the work of UK photographer Bruce Percy

https://www.brucepercy.co.uk/

 

 

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

This week we are joined by circus performer and large format photographer Guy Bellingham.

With most of the travelling circus community not able to work and with the future looking uncertain, it is with a passion and a huge heart that Guy is photographing his circus community friends to honour them and to share something of them to the outside world.

 

Using home made large format camera obscura and photographing the image with a digital camera Guy melds the old and the modern in an exciting way.

 

As well as making these hybrid photographs, Guy takes “Figalotype” images where he makes wet plate collodion images of his friends via the TV screen!

 

With focusing Fresnel lights to deal with as well, Guy doesn’t believe in making life easy, but then good art often isn’t.

 

Thanks Guy!

 

 

Guy’s links

 

The best place to view Guy’s portraits is on Instagram

https://www.instagram.com/guybellinghamphotography/

 

There is probably a clever way to compress this big Facebook link!

https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100010661313379&__tn__=%2Cd*F*F-R&eid=ARDtzm0dxhyJEkueK3SkT6LBshgXvO0WN2T0OlBu4Eadnc24WuYB1jQzHBq_xNQgLuFMtcSjiygkgRLd&tn-str=*F

 

 

 

 

Things we chatted about on the show:

 

Whilst discussing home made neck braces to keep sitters still Guy started talking about hidden mothers, it’s a thing even today, check out these links.

https://l.facebook.com/l.php?u=https%3A%2F%2Fduckduckgo.com%2F%3Ft%3Dffsb%26q%3Dhidden%2520mother%2520photos%26atb%3Dv128-1%26iax%3Dimages%26ia%3Dimages%26fbclid%3DIwAR1NdUEpj6hwuMrlc9oYn9oT1XLbP0WyUrMQb46RQHMV8bzIyLWh2QGCwic&h=AT0Pp9PGpY36Fin8vbYpDIXi3Yy3izfFmitRyA_B5Q5hZwnKkbD-uLW4h9dmds2w5Nq_TrA1CX3zogK2wWMWdN__oHw9yuRw9GdPV8Eed-Ut-GMeyeYhMmrQ5-fAXX0zz0YN1Fr8GtzQQPVSyAECXA

 

And this link giving some context.

https://www.boredpanda.com/hidden-mother-victorian-baby-photography/?utm_source=google&utm_medium=organic&utm_campaign=organic

 

Making collodion images but not always in the traditional manner is a thing celebrated and practised by Guy and many others ideas and inspiration may be found at the gloriously named Collodion Bastards site.

http://collodionbastards.org/bastardry/

 

And this FB group that Simon and Andrew have both asked to join.

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

 

Mark Ostermann of Eastman House was mentioned

https://www.facebook.com/mark.osterman.3

 

Inspired by Hollywood legend George Hurrell Guy uses focusing Fresnel lights to get that glamourous stage like lighting

https://georgehurrell.com/

 

Guy recommended a book.

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Langfords-Basic-Photography-serious-photographers/dp/0240520351

 

Andrew recommended Tenba lens wraps.

https://www.google.com/aclk?sa=l&ai=DChcSEwjT9sOYxM_qAhUU6HcKHciSBR4YABAHGgJlZg&sig=AOD64_3xjT0i5fMPTT3Bbky88T_4o2YkLA&ctype=5&q=&ved=0ahUKEwiI6b2YxM_qAhUZTxUIHXzADdEQwzwIDw&adurl=

 

Chroma Camera got a plug as did 20th Century Camera.

https://chroma.camera/

 

https://20thcenturycamera.com/

 

 

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.

 

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

I never embarked in any one thing to which I have so entirely devoted myself, and to which I have devoted so much time, thought, and labour, and on the success of which I have staked so much reputation, and to which I have so largely committed myself and those who were disposed to place faith in me.” — Isambard Kingdom Brunel

A quote that Jack uses on his website and after you listen to this show we are sure you will agree with him.

This episode turned out to be quite a bit different from all our previous shows, we didn’t really dive down into large format photography (we will save that for part 2 at some point), but instead Jack talks at length about the struggles, highs and lows that accompany him on this adventure of a lifetime.

Thanks again Jack.

 

Jack’s links

 

Everything to do with the LSP can be found on Jack’s website.

https://lifeboatstationproject.com/

 

Why not help Jack finish this project and become a Patron for as little as £1 a month.

https://lifeboatstationproject.com/friend/

 

Some Twitter comings and goings.

https://twitter.com/MrJackLowe?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Eauthor

 

The dedicated Twitter feed for the Lifeboat Station Project.

https://twitter.com/ProjectLifeboat

 

 

The image used for this show's artwork was taken by Dominic Vacher and digitally altered to fit the square format by Master Andrew Forster. (He's better than his dad at Photoshop).

 

Things we chatted about on the show:

 

Simon has a 200mm f3.6 Leitz Wetzlar projection lens fitted to his MPP camera and made a rather lovely image of his Dad looking at a wasps nest.

Some care and attention is needed to Simon’s processing techniques but we weren’t too hard on him – and Simon please use some fresh film you cheapskate.

 

Andrew was enthusing about popping his dry plate cherry. Using Jason Lane’s 1/6th plate ISO 25 dry plates purchased from Analogue Wonderland.

https://analoguewonderland.co.uk/collections/j-lane-dry-plates/products/j-lane-speed-plates-sixth-plate-film-iso-25

 

Neil Gaiman’s Wife Amanda Palmer published a book called “The Art of Asking” – this helped Jack enormously.

https://www.audible.co.uk/pd/The-Art-of-Asking-Audiobook/B00NLP8GTI?source_code=M2M14DFT1BkSH082015011R&&ipRedirectOverride=true

 

Neil Gaiman’s 2012 commencement speech also inspired Jack and gave him the confidence to follow his idea and just do it.

 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ikAb-NYkseI

 

 

 

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.

 

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

 

Our guest this week has many descriptors, humanitarian, conservationist, fine art large format photographer, book publisher, lecturer, legendary photographer and national treasure.

Clyde Butcher has been making photographs for over 60 years, the last 35 in Big Cypress National Park which is in the Western Everglades of Florida State.

Clyde’s stunning 8ft wide darkroom prints are made to fully immerse the viewer and communicate on a level to help raise awareness of the fragility of this endangered landscape.

Thank you Clyde for finding the time to talk with us.

 

Clyde’s links 

Clyde’s website is a great place to find out more

https://clydebutcher.com/

 

Clyde is on IG

https://www.instagram.com/clydebutcher/

 

and on FB

https://www.facebook.com/clydebutcher/

 

 

Things we chatted about on the show:

 

Simon and Clyde got off to a great start with a slight disagreement about the origins of something called a Flektogon, Klingon or Emperor Ming, I can’t really recall to be honest.

 

Simon of course couldn’t admit defeat so later came up with this article which demonstrated that they were both right, apparently.

https://casualphotophile.com/2019/04/02/zeiss-flektogon-lens-review/?fbclid=IwAR0bIZVpJTceea6uJ0KmupZwygqeCDfO7ngphngQU3pTsukkihMAMNKgxSY

 

Simon and I both missed the presentation that Clyde made this week at the B&H Optic 2020 – here is a YouTube link to hear Clyde and see his work.

https://casualphotophile.com/2019/04/02/zeiss-flektogon-lens-review/?fbclid=IwAR0bIZVpJTceea6uJ0KmupZwygqeCDfO7ngphngQU3pTsukkihMAMNKgxSY

 

We both continued to demonstrate our ignorance when we admitted to not knowing who Jerry Uelsmann was.

https://www.all-about-photo.com/photographers/photographer/105/jerry-uelsmann

 

Clyde mentioned Everglade photographer Oscar Thompson.

https://evergladesonline.com/photos-oscar.htm

 

 

 

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

 

You can see Dave and Kates work on IG

 

https://www.instagram.com/dave_shrimpton/

https://www.instagram.com/katemillerwilson/

 

 

And….

 

Much to Simon’s dismay the Six Towns Darkroom remains in lock down for the time being.

 

 

 

 

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

Eventually, when some form of “normal” re-establishes itself, we will meet Dave in real life, spend some hours with him and live in his world a bit. Until then let’s make do with this great conversation between three large format enthusiasts.

 

Dave’s links

 

https://daveshrimpton.co.uk/

 

https://www.instagram.com/dave_shrimpton/

 

 

Things we chatted about on the show:

 

Jeff Perry got a few mentions, former guest and the genius behind 20th Century Camera.

https://20thcenturycamera.com/

 

“Photographers I’ve always admired and influence me”

 

http://www.vivianmaier.com/

 

https://www.davidburnett.com/

 

https://intaruka.wordpress.com/

 

https://huxleyparlour.com/artists/herbert-ponting/

 

https://www.britannica.com/biography/Dorothea-Lange

 

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

 

http://grahamcopekoga.com/

 

A continued BIG thankyou to those lovely folks who go to the effort to make a Ko-Fi donation – believe me its not easy!

 

 

Other News

The inaugural LFPP Gathering in the forest 2020 has been cancelled.  Lets see how COVID pans out over the summer but my guess this will now be moved to Spring 2021.

 

And….

 

Much to Simon’s dismay the Six Towns Darkroom is in lock down for the time being.

 

Also Simon is selling radio-active hard to find lenscaps to amuse you in these dark days.

 

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

 

Our guest this week thoroughly enjoyed the words of wisdom that Borut shared with us on our last show (as did many others), not worrying when it doesn’t go to plan, if the shots don’t work out. Own the emotion, learn and move on. Incorporate it into your art; make it a part of the “ritual” of creativity. It was against this background the host of Viewfinder Vikings Podcast, commercial and fine art photographer Svein Olav Humberset joined us to talk mainly about photographic projects, why bother, the challenges, the opportunities and well, you get the idea.

Simon is off to photograph his garden from the same spot, every Month for 10 years...

 

Svein’s links

 

See examples of Svein’s atmospheric images from Norway at his IG site

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

 

His website

http://www.humbersetfoto.com/

 

Listen to Svein and Ian Barnaby Nutt at the Viewfinder Vikings Podcast (it’s great)

https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/viewfinder-vikings-podcast/id1436597744

 

 

Things we chatted about on the show:

 

The "Knowledgeable Simon Forster" was asked to write the foreword to a digitised book of the travel photos of Kurt Hielscher “Unknown Spain” – take a look here:

https://large-format-photography.org/

Of course we couldn’t get through this particular show without referencing show #27 with Borut Peterlin in particular the moving video he had just posted in memory of Mike his dog.

Grab some tissues and watch.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0fUx-2IB9QA

 

Simon gave a shout out to former guest on the show Kate Miller-Wilson. Kate has moved on from electrocuting herself in the quest for inner realisation and is now making some lovely wet plate images and sharing her journey in IG.

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

 

Svein gave shout outs to former guests Borut (see above) and Alys Tomlinson.

See Alys’s  work here.

http://www.alystomlinson.co.uk/

 

Other News

The inaugural LFPP Gathering in the forest 2020 has been cancelled.  Lets see how COVID pans out over the summer but my guess this will now be moved to Spring 2021.

 

And….

 

Much to Simon’s dismay the Six Towns Darkroom is in lock down for the time being.

 

Also Simon is selling radio-active hard to find lens caps to amuse you in these dark days.

 

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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