Anonymous asked: what sort of film do you use?
Fujifilm, best I’ve used is fuji provia. For medium format I use kodak portra 160
As the last stain gets sponged off the wall (and prayers for our bond back are uttered while doing so), our lease at 18 Ivy St comes to an end. That means that it’s the end of this tumblr and the end of Ivy St. It’s that sad start of year- old endings, new beginnings. And after being so slack for the last month with a lack of posts, I thought it’d be best to do the dirty one last time on this tumblr before I kiss it a brief goodbye.
First of all - what’s next? This year I am working on my Science Honours in Parasitology at QIMR; though you’ll be hearing a shit load about that so don’t even worry. In terms of my living though, I’ve decided to move back in with my mum to save money, and then the day after I hand in my thesis jump on a plane for Japan and go explore. Yep, after the renting dream, the freedom, the alcoholism, living a lifestyle that composed half the basis of my personality, after all that- it’s back in with my family again. It will be weird, but it all feels temporary, and in that way the mood has changed, and me, my mum and my sisters after all clicking into different gears and picking up the pieces of “close proximity relationship” where we left off two years ago.
To chronicle the year to be, I’ve started my new tumblr “This Is The Last Year I Live With My Mother “, which you can check out here. Trite I know but sadly true. 2014 will probably be the last year my sisters, mum and I are together under one roof. A reason to celebrate and commiserate. Additionally, to make up for my lack posts, I’ve set up some new treats,including my next outing into self-develop medium format, my Australia Day snaps and the next instalment of my coffee project. All that will be dropping on there soon, so if you like some of my shit oblige yourself.
It’s sad that it’s the end of an era. Two years ago I began renting and while I plan to be renting well into my future it’s sad to leave behind Ivy street and no longer getting to rent with those whom I share it with. My urban family was my family and I love them. I love renting. These times they are a changing.
Photography-wise I feel it has been a year of good and bad. I did less photography than I would’ve liked to. Each year I try and post at least 365 photographs- this year I only posted. Whether that’s a sign that I’ve set the goal too high, or I am photographing less than id like too, or that lately I’m preferring “quality” over quantity- I don’t know. However the goal will stay the same for next year, and I will attempt.
As always, I reflect on what’s new and old at a time like this. For photography it’s easy for me:
OLD is the same. I love photographs, I love portraiture. My friends are my photography. I would never take a photograph if I couldn’t photograph my friends.
NEW is quite a few things. This year I went to Japan which was amazing (some of my photographs are still trapped in Tokyo- look out for them if I ever get them back!). Additionally, I started my Coffee Project which is still a work in progress, and also tried some precursor shoots to actual shoots (see smoke bombs). Hopefully this year I’ll do more specific shoots in this vein- being a bit more creative than passive documenter.
So thank you for following me. Especially if you’ve kept up for while I rented here and at 37 Vict St. I will still be shooting things with my camera so come join me for more antics and the occasion adventure and photographs of all incredibly attractive friends.
As my Christmas present to all you attractive humans, after months of sitting on some shoots, I’ve decided to drop a bunch of long awaited works from my “50 People, 50 Coffee Places” project, which you can check out here. I’ve delayed releasing my third sitting (which I why I was delaying them all)- I’m still waiting for my subject to write up his two cents on our coffee experience (but it was great and great coffee so I will let you know when Douey Dou gives me his two cents).
But in the interim, enjoy these sittings of the project- which, now holidays have come, will be appearing ever more frequently on screens.
Long live coffee.
Another quite lovely and fun coffee sitting with my sister Bell this morning. Have quite a few coffee projects stacked now ready to release. This one was entirely film- quite fun and a bit risky for me, given how I’ve relied on those ‘safe’ shots from digital for the previous projects. Can’t wait to see how it all turned out- I decided I wouldn’t develop the 35mm, but would take a crack at developing the medium format myself. Here a few polaroids; Bell taking a photo of me, a photo of me from Bell and the fron of Bean on Dean, Toowong.
Walk around uni.
Whirlwind photography times since Uni finished a week ago. In the space of the past few days, finally got everything together, shot a test roll on the Yashica 124g and developed the film myself; pretty crazy fun. I was worried I’d be shooting double-blind, in the sense that I would be working with a camera I’d never used before and developing the film myself, therefore if things turned out shit it would be hard to point the blame. Fortunately, I’m extremely pleased with how these turned out. Everything i’ve heard about self-development, for the while, seems true; not overly hard and really amps the contrasting. Also, 120 is the best I’ve ever seen with Kodak Portra. I am in love with the colours.
An extremely amicable first plunge into medium format/film developing.