Film, Polaroids & The Digital Revolution.

August 20, 2014 § Leave a comment

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Double Exposed Polaroid 600 – Circa. 2000.

Nearly everything I shoot these days is in digital because let’s face it; it’s easier, cheaper, quicker and often (usually) more commercially viable. Bridge cameras, DSLR’s and iPhones have all helped bring the digital revolution to the forefront of photography. It’s nothing new. But it leaves me cold. More people than ever now take photographs. This is a good thing I realise but I think it takes away the love of it all. I realise I’m probably not explaining this too well but there is something so unique, and so special about shooting with a film or Polaroid camera.

I’ve recently moved house, and this gave me a great excuse and to sort through boxes and boxes of 35mm negatives and exposed Polaroids. I looked through them all, and they just seem to hold so much more substance. They are real. Printed in front of me. There is in my opinion an art to them which will forever elude digital photography. 

I’m aware there are many photographers that still shoot in film, but in truth it’s not something I do enough of and I need to change that. I need to feel like a “photographer” again and in my humble opinion shooting with film is such a large part of that.

I decided that I needed some personal projects to work with to use film again so I started to look through the internet to gather some inspiration. I came across a great article on fstoppers.com by David Geffin titled ‘Why I’ve gone back to shooting film, and why you should too’ It essentially told me what I already felt and I found myself nodding in agreement as he suggested that our DSLR’s have “turned us into the equivalent of photographic sloths”

I then watched a film which I had been meaning to watch for a while called ‘Finding Vivian Maier’ who was a Nanny in America but had a somewhat secretive life as a street photographer. I’d urge anyone with an interest in film photography to watch this film.

For me, I’ve decided that for the first time in years, next month I will shoot a model completely on Impossible Project Polaroid 600 film. I’m looking forward to this shoot more than any other I have done in a serious amount of time. I have also been wondering for some time how I could make my 2nd California book different to the first. I am now starting to consider shooting a large portion of the book on Medium Format film as well as Impossible Project…

Thinking about film, and how I can implement it has kind of taken me back to where I started and in all honesty it has helped me regain my love for the art form which is photography.

More Negatives…

November 29, 2012 § Leave a comment

I have a huge box absolutely filled with folders of old 35mm and medium format film… Every few months I grab a few sleeves out and start to scan them in.

This is an architecture shot I found, which I believe was taken in Wolverhampton around 2001.

There’s something strange about looking at old photographs that you’ve forgotten about – you can recall taking them but really, you have no attachment to them what so ever…

Hopefully one day I’ll completed the project and have digital files of all of my old work.

Dreams In Fiction

September 15, 2011 § Leave a comment

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‘Dreams In Fiction’ 2011.

Another faceless portrait, shot two days ago on 35mm film…

On a side note my website www.carlbeebee.com has been re-designed and it is now fully compatible with iPhones and iPads etc.

Please check it out…

Marilyn Monroe Projected

August 11, 2011 § Leave a comment

This is a photograph of a Marilyn Monroe portrait by Bert Stern projected onto a wall in Bromyard, Worcestershire.

I did a series of images involving projecting (with the strongest projector I could hire) other images onto walls, buildings and trees etc.

There are more images from this collection on my website at www.carlbeebee.com

The Apple Tree

June 24, 2011 § Leave a comment

I took this photograph of the apple tree a few weeks ago, but only just got around to developing it.

It was shot using Kodak Elite Chrome Extra 100 Film. It’s not often I shoot anything on 35mm these days but I plan on doing a little more.

Color slides produce a wider density range, richer gradation, and deeper color saturation than color prints but they do require a tighter exposure control.

Regardless of the advances made within digital photography it still feels great to use film.

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