108 — Film Photography Rocks — Interview w/John Meadows

Pho­tog­ra­phy pod­cast #108 fea­tures an Inter­view with fine art pho­tog­ra­pher John Mead­ows where we talk about the advan­tages of shoot­ing on film. Although it’s true that film pho­tog­ra­phy is slowly being replaced by dig­i­tal, it con­tin­ues to remain VERY pop­u­lar with fine art pho­tog­ra­phers for a bunch of rea­sons. One of these rea­sons is the incred­i­ble qual­ity of the cam­eras and lenses avail­able to film pho­tog­ra­phers that can be pur­chased these days for peanuts.

In this pod­cast we talk about the advan­tages of shoot­ing on film, film char­ac­ter­is­tics, buy­ing film, devel­op­ing your own film, print­ing your own images in a dark­room, the hybrid approach of using both film and dig­i­tal and more.

Dur­ing this phone inter­view recorded by Skype, the qual­ity of my voice is mediocre and I apol­o­gize in advance for this —  Luck­ily John Meadows’s voice sounds great.

Bro­ken and Unbro­ken © John Meadows


Links /resources men­tioned in this podcast:

Royce Howland’s fol­low up com­ment on the photo-realistic HDR pod­cast
John Mead­ows web­site
John Mead­ows on Flickr
apug.org — Ana­log Pho­tog­ra­phy Users Group
Freestyle film pho­tog­ra­phy sup­plies
Pocket light meter
Mar­shal Oils at B&H
Film at B&H
Photo tours in Mon­treal — Pri­vate pho­tog­ra­phy instruc­tion in Montreal

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  1. Julian says:

    Excel­lent pod­cast Marko — and a great reminder that film can still be used as a first class pho­tog­ra­phy medium. One thing I would like to add: in my expe­ri­ence (so far) film is a bet­ter long term stor­age device — hard dri­ves crash, mem­ory cards can fail in cer­tain con­di­tions (e.g. acci­den­tally wash­ing them) and CD/DVD can de-laminate over time if not stored cor­rectly. As time pro­gresses, dig­i­tal stor­age will get bet­ter and cer­tainly over­take film in all areas.

    That said, I recently found a colour print film that I hadn’t devel­oped — 11 years old! I took it to the lab and one hour later there were my prints. Pinks had become a lit­tle more like orange but on the whole, they were fine. Film is still a great medium, and as you say in the pod cast — it *does* slow you down and think more.

  2. Lucille B says:

    I might try shoot­ing some film and find­ing a lab. Thanks for the inspi­ra­tion John and Marco

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