We Are Not Showgirls: Carinval Strippers (w/ Ariela Badenas) – Episode 69

On this episode, we’re getting literary, sort of. We’ll be talking to Ariela Badenas about her photography and her new book There Is Nothing Remarkable About This Place. We’ll then be hitting the traveling fair circuit to talk about Susan Meiselas and her project from the mid 70s – Carnival Strippers. We’ve also got the answering machine question and a couple of zine reviews!

We open with Vania talking about some hard times and some good times too. She also pinpoints the fun part about film photography. Meanwhile, Eric talks about his bad photo weekend full of bad photos. And guess who dropped his camera.

Also, according to math, it’s our three year anniversary.

Ariela Badenas

If you’ve listened to our podcast more than a couple of times, you’ll recognize the name: Ariela Badenas, aka Arielaaaaaaa! She’s just published her first book, There is Nothing Remarkable About this Place.

We just as much fun as we thought we’d have talking to her.

Buy her book! https://www.arielab.ca/shop

IG: @arielaaaaaaaa

Web: https://www.arielab.ca/

Here are a few of the photos that we talked about from her book:

Carnival Strippers

By the 1960s, every traveling carnival had one or more strip shows going on towards the back of the fair grounds all through the night. They reached their apex in the mid-1970s, just when photographer Susan Meiselas was beginning her career.

Susan Meiselas was born in Baltimore, Maryland in 1949. She received her Masters from Harvard studying under documentary photographer Barbara Norfleet. It was her first and only photography course. 

Susan began this three-year-long adventure in 1973. She brought with her the self-awareness that she was the outsider. Her upbringing and Harvard education placed her essentially in a different class from the women she was photographing.

She even admitted that it was her “first real experience with the working class.” Growing up, Maiselus had the privilege of choices. What she found at the carnival were often women who had few.

Regardless, Susan approached the workers without the desire to exploit them or glorify them. She photographed and recorded them as they were, and as they wanted to be photographed and recorded.

This was in many ways a collaboration with the workers. She gained their trust by simply being herself and allowing them to express the same. Her photographs are not sentimental or contrived. There is no hint of the “male gaze” from her camera (only from the men she also photographed). 

On this piece, we essentially review and look at the book (and project) Carnival Strippers, recently released in its third edition.

Here are a very few of the photos we can show you…

Zine Review!

We seem to review a new issue of Better Off every couple of episodes. And while they’re all pretty special, this one hits home. It’s Better Off #7 by Brandy B, who’s been a guest of ours on a couple of different episodes. 

Brandy is, of course @film_diary_of_a_redhead on IG. And this zine features all halfframe diptychs.

For those that don’t know, a half frame is just that – half of a 35mm frame. There are an assortment of cameras that shoot that format. This gives you double the photos per roll, turning a 36 exposure roll into an incredibly unwieldy 72 exposures.

What Brandy does with this is a little different. She pairs photos as she shoots, scanning both together as one photo with two images side by side, separated by a black frame. This allows for a bit of creative juxtaposition or contextualization that would otherwise be… not impossible, but slightly less convenient. 

Web: https://betteroffzine.com/

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Created with GIMP

Dev Party – DIY ECN-2 (aka Nobody Likes Grape Otter Pops)

On this episode of Dev Party, we’re developing come in Eric’s DIY ECN-2 kit! We sort of walk you through the mixing and the developing, though there’s a lot of chit chat and small talk. Mostly, it’s just an entertaining little catch up.

Vania developed rebranded Kodak Vision3 in 120 (with “spokes”). Here are some of her shots:

Meanwhile, Eric developed Kodak Vericolor III, expired in 1997. Here are some of his:

Here’s a link to Terry Evans’ book, Heartland, mentioned by Eric:

We also talked a little bit about bleach bypass, and here are a few of those:

And here’s Eric’s collection of photos developed with his DIY ECN-2 kit: https://www.flickr.com/photos/conspiracyofcartographers/albums/72157702057532881

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Two or Three Cameras in Two or Three Wagons (w/ Imran Nuri) – Episode 68

On this episode, we talk to Imran Nuri (@nuristudios on IG), who spent a few months traveling through 48 states asking strangers for life advice before taking their portraits. We’ll also tell you about a traveling photographer who might not have actually existed. And speaking of traveling photographers, Vania is on the road right now as we speak (and thus the crickets!) and will tell us all about how her trip is going. There’s also the answering machine, zine reviews and so much more…

But real quick before we start… here’s the link to Eric’s new book:

https://conspiracyofcartographers.bigcartel.com/product/expired-vol-2-photographs-on-dead-film

Imran Nuri – 48 States Full of Life Advice

This past summer, photographer Imran Nuri spent three months living out of the trunk of his car. He traveled to 48 states and asked over 1000 people if he could take their portraits, but more importantly, if they could impart upon him some sort of life advice. 

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/imranshrimp

Web: https://www.imrannuri.com/

IG: @nuristudios

We were able to sit down with him for a chat, just after he finished developing his rolls. Here are a few of his portraits:

Vania on the Road!

Vania got a couple of rolls developed on the road! And here are a few shots:

Eric’s Day at the Fair!

Eric went to the Evergreen State Fair and shot black & white for some reason:

Mary Winslow Or Maybe Not

Since none of Mary Winslows photos exist now (or maybe ever), we don’t have anything to share. But here’s the original newspaper article about her…

Zine Review!

Monochrome Mania #8 by Mark O’Brien!

http://www.etsy.com/shop/mfophotos

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Dev Party – Who Loves a Tank Full of Plates?


On this episode of Dev Party, Vania and Eric develop two wildly different emulsions. Vania finds a roll of Bergger Panchro 400, while Eric tries to make 4×5 dry plates work in an 8×10 Stearman press tank.

Unfortunately, Vania had some bad luck and there’s nothing to show.

Less unfortunately, Eric had some mediocre luck and this is what it is:

The defects are explained in the “futures” section, but basically it’s “mostly user error.” Mostly.

Eric also mentions shooting a couple of wedding portraits for his friend Jeff. ..

Stearman Press 8×10 tank: https://shop.stearmanpress.com/products/sp-8×10-daylight-processing-tray

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In A Box Marked ‘Private’ (w/ Rebekah Teague) – Episode 67

On this episode, we scored an interview with Rebekah Teague, one of the Minnesota photographers we’re all so in love with. We also want to talk to you about Marie Hoeg, a Norwegian photographer from the late 1800s whose photos were discovered in a barn within a box marked “private.” 

We’ll also give a listen to two of the many songs titled Picture on the Wall. And there’s the answering machine and zine reviews, it’s a packed show! 

Rebekah Teague

In Minneapolis, Minnesota there is a tight unofficial collective of film shooters. We’ve talked with both Kate Miller-Wilson and Taylor in previous episodes, and today we’re rounding it out with an interview with Rebekah Teague aka Rebekah.film on Instagram.

Rebekah is usually a woman of few words, letting her photos speak for themselves. Except today.

We talked to Rebekah about three of her photos (well, sort of four), here they are…

The Unknowable Private Life of Marie Hoeg

How do you tell a story of a photographer who left no writings – no journals, no diaries, no letters. 

There is nearly no story to tell. And yet, the story that we have of Marie Hoeg is one that we’ve heard more than a few times – the story of a forgotten photographer, not suddenly recalled, but discovered through their found photos.

The story of Marie Hoeg isn’t so simple. Her photographs aren’t the landscapes of Evelyn Cameron or the portraits of Lora Webb Nichols, despite the fact that she was contemporary to both.

But let’s start in the 1980s – nearly a century after she picked up a camera. Our story, or what can be nearly called a story, starts in an old barn in Norway on a farm that was once owned by Marie Hoeg and Bolette Berg, two women from the town of Horten. They were business partners and likely more, though that is the first of many speculations.

In this barn was found a box containing over 400 glass plates from the photography studio they owned together from 1895 to 1903. Within this box was another box, closed and sealed and marked “private.” 

We discussed eleven of her photos:

You can find Marie’s other photos here:

Picture on the Wall(s)

Some of us turn to music for inspiration for our photography. But many musicians have turned to photography for inspiration for their music. We’ve talked about Guy Clark and Depeche Mode in the past, and on this episode we’ll tell you about one of our favorites,
“Picture on the Wall” by The Carter Family from 1929.

But that’s on all. We’ve found another one we’d like to share: “Picture on the Wall” by Freddie McKay.

Zine Reviews

We reviewed two zines:

Plastic Perspective by Anna Starr

https://www.etsy.com/shop/annassnapshots

Better Off No. 5 by Xochi Perez

https://betteroffzine.com/

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Dev Party – The Worst Emulsion You Can Force Upon Your Camera(?)

On this episode of Dev Party we do a couple of things. First, we take a second and closer look at Shanghai in both roll film and sheets. Is there a difference? What is Shanghai really? Is it ORWO UN54? And if so, why does it look like …. this? And will Eric stand by his earlier review of it that it’s essentially the worst emulsion you can force upon your camera?

Eric develops two rolls of 120 in a regular tank using PMK Pyro. Spoiler alert – it was a disaster brought upon by not one, not two, but THREE major fuck ups on Shanghai’s part. Here are a few of his shots:

You’ll notice the three issues…

  1. Light leaks – these are from the backing paper being either too loose or too small.
  2. Backing paper markings on the emulsion – this is from using cheap/shitty ink.
  3. Mottling in the sky – this is just a sign of shitty emulsion.

Vania, on the other hand, develops an 8×10 sheet of Shanghai in the Stearman Press 8×10 tank. We’ll be doing a further review on the tank in an upcoming episode (though Vania does a fine job introducing us to it). But until then, here’s Vania’s shot:

She has zero complaints about the actual emulsion. So, yay!

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Season Premiere: An Excuse to Photograph Naked Humans!

Welcome back!

And on this episode – our first of the 22-23 season, we’ll be hearing from a few near and dear friends about what they’ve been up to since we last talked. There’s  Kate Miller-Wilson (@katemillerwilson), Jess Hobbs (@jesshobbsphoto), Kat Swansey (@katswanseyphoto), Nick Gaylord (@countsnackula), and  Ariela (@arielaaaaaaaa).

We’ll also chat about the movie Nope in some photographically historical ways. Eric will regale you with a hiking story that almost doesn’t involve him dying (sort of). And we’ve got zine reviews, the answering machine, and so much more!

Opening Banter

Vania got a literal bucket of cameras and she walks us through a bunch of them. There’s point & shoots and some more point & shoots and basically cameras you’d expect to find in a bucket of cameras.

Meanwhile, Eric talked about pairing down and shooting with only two cameras for the entire summer. Is it possible to survive such an ordeal? Find out!

Answering Machine

For our first question back, we asked folks to tell us what their most meaningful or moving thing they’ve photographed this summer. We got a bunch of answers!

Nope and That Little Horse Movie

One of the main themes of the film (without going into spoilers) is the lengths we’ll go to get the shot – what the film calls “the impossible shot.” 

The film is established upon what they see as the first impossible shot – the series of photographs that are generally accepted to be the first motion picture.

In the movie, the main characters run a ranch that raises horses for use in the film industry. Their great-great-great grandfather was the black jockey riding the horse in the moving photos.

Let’s learn about a photographer known as Eadweard Muybridge who also went by the name “Helios.” What could possibly go wrong?

Summer Friends

Rather than a regular interview, we talk to a few old friends about what they’ve been up to this summer.

The Story of Chimney Rock: A Cautionary Tale.

All through July, Eric kept a journal of his travels – his highs and lows, his photography antics and his photographic failures. It’s all there. Basically. 

And so here is a selection from the journals. Day Nine: The Story of Chimney Rock: A Cautionary Tale.

“I never meant to fall in love with the Terry Badlands of Montana. Before discovering the photography of Evelyn Cameron, I had never even heard of them. 

“The plan was to drive north to the upper right corner of the state, turn east and then finally move into North Dakota. But the draw of the Badlands was too much. And in the end, the Bandlands were almost too much for me.”

Zine Reviews

Black Sky Vol. 1 by Josh (@noisefights)

Web: https://noisefights.bigcartel.com/product/black-sky-vol-1

Burn By Bike; Bikepacking Tillamook Burn Country, Oregon by Steven Mortinson

@negative.nevets

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Dev Party – Pre-Game for the Old Flame (Too Many What?)

On this, our first true Dev Party of the new season, half of us are developing film and the other half are talking about a new old camera, famous and infamous! What could it be? Tune in!

Eric is the one developing. He’s got eight sheets of Ansco Versapan from May of 1964. He shot them last month and is developing them now, right before your ears! He developed them in HC-110; 1+90 for 18mins. It’s the Ansel Method! Behold!

What has transpired? See! For! Your! Self!

Vania did not develop on mic, but she talked about a roll that she developed shortly after. Here are the results…

And here are two stills from Police Academy for some reason:

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How Not to be Scenic

We’re not quite back just yet, but we’re also not still on the road. Vania and Eric chit some chat and chat some shit on what they’ve been up to.

Vania has been taking the summer off, while Eric’s finished up the photography trip.

On the trip, he shot 260ish sheets and 70ish rolls of 120 across 7000ish miles. There’s not a lot of specifics.

Eric somehow managed to keep a travel journal, and reads a couple of entries from it for you. You’re welcome!

We also recommend that you check out Kaz Rowe’s video on the Cottingley Fairies Hoax.

Also, how about Johnny Got His Gun?

https://archive.org/details/johnny-got-his-gun

We’ll be back next week for a whole new Dev Party! And a week after that for the first episode of the new season (you know, hopefully).

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Dev Party – Don’t Go Chasing Waterfalls (or Do, Actually)

On this episode of Dev Party, Vania shoots some Fuji Pro400H while Eric messes with Fomapan 400.

Vania shot these with a Nikon F and a 50mm lens. The Pro 400 H did okay, she supposes. Here are her photos, taken on her trip to Northern California.

Meanwhile, Eric shot a couple of sheets of Fomapan 400 through a Speed Graphic with an older brass lens. These were developed in FA-1027; 1+14; for 9mins. The negatives were pretty thin, but it all worked out.

He also mentioned taking an additional shot with Foma 400 of the same cows from the same position, same camera, etc etc.

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