Dev Party #18 – Hungry Like the Dev Party

For our first Dev Party back from the field, we’re easing back into things. Eric’s devving some old Plus-X from 1988. He used HC-110B for 5mins. Vania is all in on Tmax 400. She used Rodinal 1+25 for 6mins.

They banter about developing tips, shooting, Kansas and, obviously, Duran Duran.

Here are some of Vania’s shots:

And here are some of Eric’s:

And also of note, Eric was mistaken about 1988. He apologizes.

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Vania: IG, Flickr, Zines
Eric: IG, Flickr, Zines, ECN-2 Kits

All Through a Lens: IG, Website

Episode 22 – Terrifying Deathtraps of Awesome Fun

It’s been a minute, but we are back and wow are we chatty!

After a bit of catching up, we dive right into our answering machine question. This was an easy one:

Tell us about your summer photography.

It was last minute, but we got some great answers. Also, Eric rues the loss of his five-minute Bronica. We answer this ourselves as well.

We don’t normally do a lot of on-mic gear talking – except when we do. And we do. We took a slew-ish of cameras with us on this little photo excursion, and we will tell you all the hell about them.

Tired of that, we give a call to Anne Hollond (@annehollond). While in Kansas, we palled around with her for a few days (in a socially distant sort of way). It was amazing as we talk a lot about.

Here are a couple of our photos from Bison, Kansas:

Camera: Hasselblad 500C
Film: Ektar 100
Taken by Vania

Camera: Kodak Brownie No 2, Model D (1914)
Film: Kodak Tmax 400; x-08/2004
Process: Rodinal; 1+50; 12min
July 2020

For the “back half” of the episode, we go over the ins and outs, ups and downs of a long ass photo trip. We get sassy.

We wrap up the episode with a couple of zine reviews. First up was Haxes by 𝐉.𝐌 𝐀𝐥𝐦𝐪𝐯𝐢𝐬𝐭 (haexes). You can pick it up at Haexes.com.

Second, we looked at Wa/onderer #1 by Jaso Biehner (@jasonbiehner).

And finally, we announced the release of our zine: 6×7 – 6×7 is a zine celebrating the Mamiya RB67, perhaps the most perfect camera ever made (mileage may vary).

We each selected 30ish of our favorite photos and created a zine around them. This issue reflects the love and chaos, messiness and beauty that is film photography.

But this is not a mere photozine. The photos, still the central feature, are placed within two-page spreads made up of various related and unrelated bits and bobs.

It is available here.

Be sure to check out our Dev Party episodes. They’re about to get even more pee-inducing!

Music by Last Regiment of Syncopated Drummers

Vania: IG, Flickr, Zines
Eric: IG, Flickr, Zines, ECN-2 Kits

All Through a Lens: IG, Website

Episode 21 – By the End of the Trip My Cameras Were Everywhere

We’re off on a travel episode! Buckle in for tips, tricks, stories and more as Eric and Vania share their weirdly specific brand of travel with you.

They also ask and answer the question:
If we died today, what would people say about our lives through the photos we’ve left behind?

A few folks answer, while E&V answer for each other. It’s almost touching.

Following the lengthy exploration of exploring, Vania reviews the zine Every Summer by Matt Murray (@mattlovescameras). You can pick it up at mattlovescameras.com.

During the travel segment, they tossed around a few sites and apps. Here are the links:

Free Campsites
SunCalc
The Dyrt

Be sure to check out our Dev Party episodes. They’re about to get even more pee-inducing!

Music by Last Regiment of Syncopated Drummers

Vania: IG, Flickr, Zines
Eric: IG, Flickr, Zines, ECN-2 Kits

All Through a Lens: IG, Website

Episode 19 – Those Beautiful Moments In Between

This is an episode full of questions! We’ve got answers! Have you ever wondered how labs develop black & white film? Do your photos tell a story? We’ve also got an interview with David Chao, a zine review and some news!

Answering Machine
Do you feel that your photos or a selection of your photos tell a larger story?

It was an odd question this week. Did it break Eric? It probably did. But we had an array of answers and some fun discussion.

Hello, David
Our interview this episode is with David Chao. David grew up between San Francisco and Osaka, Japan. The way he captures the story of a people and their culture is something a bit different than we’ve seen before. While his individual photos may be striking, his series and collections are what create his powerful narrative.

@davidchao.film on IG
davidchaophotography.com

Here are a few of his photos:

How Do Labs Process Black & White Film?
But when a photographer drops their film off at a lab, all of those choices are left to the lab. Now, granted, these folks are professionals, often with decades of experience. They’ve honed their craft from an art to a science and back again.

Still, we’ve always wondered what happens when you drop black & white film off at a lab. We’ve both done it before, and both had no idea what goes on behind the scenes. We just dropped off the rolls and picked them up a few days later. They looked great and we didn’t really question why.

But now we are. Why? Why do they look so good? It’s a question that’s always been in my head. So we reached out to about a dozen labs – and a HUGE thanks to the five that responded.

We asked them two questions. First:
Do you have a specific developer that you use or each common emulsion?

And second:
What is the practice for when a customer brings you a roll of some mysterious black & white emulsion? For example, some oddball low ISO Soviet film.

We talked with five different labs:
Panda Lab – @pandalabseattle
Cafe Obscura – @cafeobscurasudbury
Roberts Camera – @robertscamera
IconLA – @iconla
Blue Moon Camera – @bluemooncamera

Each answered these two questions in some really interesting and unique ways.

Zine Review

This is a halfsize, landscape zine, 32 pages, color and b&w. As the name highly suggests, this was taken on a roadtrip from New York to Charleston, South Carolina, though he dips down into Savanah.

The photos are mostly empty, which is right in my wheelhouse. This is what I like to shoot, and this is what I like to see. The B&W shots, mostly on HP5, live up to all the praise of that emulsion. Even the Fomapan looks wonderful (something I really can’t make happen).

Daniel recently reprinted this issue, and it’s available on his website – danielnovakphoto.com for $8.

The Slow Meow Zine
Our first rebranded film was dubbed the Slow Meow (it was Tasma Mikrat 200). It was neat to see how many of you used the hashtag and shared their results on IG.

So we’ve been talking about this. While this is *our* podcast, we really like to open it up to the community. And because of that, we’d like to make a community zine. And since so many of you shot with the Slow Meow, we’d like to make a zine of a selection of those photos.

So if you got the film, we’d like you to submit six of your favorite Slow Meow photos

We’re going to compile a zine together with everyone who has shot with it. Everyone who appears in the zine will receive a free copy (you can always buy more copies). The rest will be sold and traded like any other zine.

Criteria:
Size of image: at least 3600 x 2400(ish) at 300dpi
Cut off date: July 30
Submit via Email only: allthroughalens.podcast@gmail.com
Info needed: Name; IG/Twitter handle; Camera used; Mailing address

Be sure to check out our Dev Party episodes. They’re about to get even more pee-inducing!

Music by Last Regiment of Syncopated Drummers

Vania: IG, Flickr, Zines
Eric: IG, Flickr, Zines, ECN-2 Kits

All Through a Lens: IG, Website

Episode 18 – This is Pure Record, Not Propaganda

On this episode, we talk a new old emulsion, we ask (and hear) about your first film camera, we dig into a few Depression Era photographers, have some more good news, and give a call to Texas photographer Kat Swansey.

The New Old Emulsion: Fuzzy Pürrito!

Get It Here!

Following up fast on the heels of The Slow Meow, we’ve got another limited run of new old emulsion. This time it’s a rebranding of Svema MZ-3, another Soviet-era film that’s been kicking around for a few years.

If you want dreamy and soft photos with quite a bit of haloing in the highlights, Fuzzy Pürrito – FuzzPürr for short – is the emulsion for you!

Our batch of this emulsion shoots at 12iso. This might seem a little limiting, but on a Sunny 16 sort of day, you’d shoot this at 1/100th of a second with an aperture of f/5.6 – three stops slower than 100iso. So give it a shot – push yourself to try something new. We’re offering a 3 pack for a pretty affordable price.

And developing it is pretty easy too, but you’ll need HC-110. For the FuzzPurr, you’ll have to use Dilution H (1+62). Do this with normal agitation for 9 minutes and you’re good. This doesn’t do well in stand development. It might be tempting, but you’ll definitely get better results with this formula. And of course, it fixes as normal.

We have three-packs of this film for sale on Eric’s etsy store for $18. Each roll has at least 24 frames on it, though the way that Eric rolls, you’re more likely to get 30. And at $6 a roll, that isn’t too bad. You’ll also get a few stickers, postcards, and an All Through a Lens button.

Here are some sample shots:

Firsties!

Vania’s first film camera (destroyed by a fall from a horse).

For our answering machine question, we asked:
What was your first film camera?

And we got a ton of replies!

Hello, Kat!
For our interview, we give a call to Kat Swansey. She grew up in a small Texas town outside of Houston, but now calls Austin home. With her 35mm Canon, she explores her smalltown roots, capturing them in vivid color.

And here are a few more:

Depression-Era FSA Photography

We dig into the early FSA photographers and discuss a few of their photos.

The early days of the project brought together Dorothea Lange (who ran a very successful portrait studio in San Francisco), Arthur Rothstein (president of the Columbia University photography club, and star pupil of Stryker’s – at first he was just used to set up the darkroom, but he eventually picked up a camera), Walker Evans (a well-known documentary photographer and pal of Earnest Hemmingway), as well as Carl Mydans (a photojournalist for the Boston Globe) and Ben Shahn (Evan’s former roommate and a well-known painter – Evans was really pulling for him).

Here are the ones we cover:

Dorothea Lange – Toward Los Angeles, California

Arthur Rothstein – Heavy black clouds of dust rising over the Texas Panhandle, Texas

Walker Evans – Floyd Burroughs, Alabama Sharecropper

Carl Mydans – “Damned if we’ll work for what they pay folks hereabouts.” Crittenden County, Arkansas. Cotton workers on the road, carrying all they possess in the world.

Ben Shahn – Watching Football Game, Star City, West Virginia.

Much more information and many many more photos can be found here:

https://www.loc.gov/pictures/collection/fsa/

Overview:
https://www.loc.gov/pictures/collection/fsa/documentingamerica.html
https://www.loc.gov/pictures/collection/fsa/background.html

The photographers:
https://www.loc.gov/pictures/collection/fsa/sampler.html

Most popular photographs:
https://www.loc.gov/pictures/collection/fsa/requests.html

More Good News
We finish off the episode with more good news from listeners! Thank you so much!

And that’s the show!

Be sure to check out our Dev Party episodes. They’re about to get even more pee-inducing!

Music by Last Regiment of Syncopated Drummers

Vania: IG, Flickr, Zines
Eric: IG, Flickr, Zines, ECN-2 Kits

All Through a Lens: IG, Website

Episode 012 – The Colors or Some Shadow or Something

On this episode, Vania and Eric talk shooting with people (or not), we’ll call up a very special guest, and dig into color photography before the invention of color film. We’ll also finish up our trilogy on zine making. Plus zine reviews and the announcement of a “new” old stock emulsion.

But first, Vania’s been sick (though it’s not the annoying and mild Man-Flu). Still, she managed to do some shooting. She even surfed with a gray whale. Eric also shot some 4×5 and with the 6×7 back to varying degrees of amusement.

Before getting into the thick of the show, we announce The Slow Meow – a slow speed Soviet-era microfilm (Tasma Mikrat 200) that they’ve teased for literally months now. It’s for sale via Eric’s Etsy Store and all proceeds go to help funding the podcast.

Moving on to the answering machine, we asked listeners to call in about whether they like to shoot by themselves or with other people. A dozen or so called in and we couldn’t say no to any of them. Their answers varied, of course, but most folks diplomatically split the difference. Wise decision – you never know who’s listening. Vania and Eric also weigh in.

We then give a call to Marley! You may know her from Vania’s stories, but now she’s here! It’s Vania’s 12 year old, film (and digital) shooting daughter. She weighs in on how the kids see film, social media, and what it’s like to grow up with a mom shooting film when the other kids moms just have iPhones.

For the back half of the episode, we switch gears and dive back into history. There were color photos before the invention of color film. How? Well, it’s a complicated story that we try to distill. It’s a tale of that takes us from “I know we can do this, so why can’t we do this?” to “We did this… but how?” Riveting stuff!

We then finish our trilogy on zine-making by talking about printers and selling (and trading) zines. Also about adding personal touches.

Lastlyish, it’s zine reviews. Vania reviews the new zine of Aerochrome shots by Kikie Wilkins in Views From Tuscon, Issue 3. And Eric takes on Mark O’Brien‘s Monochrome Mania – a journal all about low ISO film; how to find, shoot and develop it.

And speaking of zines, Eric was a part of Frozen Wasteland’s KODAK GPX 160 compilation zine. The goal of this zine is to showcase and celebrate how different photographers obtain wildly different results and display totally disparate subjects, via processing, composition, and equipment choice, given the same starting medium. It’s full color, 80 pages, and features over a dozen photographers. Pick it up!

Be sure to check out our Dev Party episodes. They’re about to get even more pee-inducing!

Music by Last Regiment of Syncopated Drummers

Vania: IG, Flickr, Zines
Eric: IG, Flickr, Zines

All Through a Lens: IG, Website

Episode 010 – We’re Goin’ Legitimate!

Welcome to our tenth episode! Have we got a packed show for you!

We start off with some much needed catching up. Vania’s been to the fictional city of Fresno, as well as Yosemite! Eric’s been to a waterfall where the owls are not what they seem.

Keeping things moving, we hear from a slew of folks about lines they won’t cross while photographing. A large part of photography is literally not taking photos. While some won’t photograph homeless people or children, others refuse to snap pics of injured roller derby skaters. Vania and Eric both weigh in on the thing as well.

Last episode, Vania mentioned the new issue of her zine in the briefest of passings, but now Eric tries to squeeze more information from her.

Speaking of zines, we talk somewhat briefly in the first installment of a how-to-zine overview. This time it’s about deciding upon a theme (or not), about titles, words and just getting your shit together.

And then we call up Adam Roberts – aka @icantstandpickles on IG. He has recently released a 3-D zine, which comes complete with 3-D glasses. You need to see this to believe it, and you can pick it up here (and should).

Changing gears for a few moments, we report on the execution photo of Ruth Snyder. Taken in 1928 by photographer Tom Howard, the image of a woman in the moment of electrocution was published on the front page of the New York Daily New. Soon the photo became more of a story than the execution itself.

Since cameras were forbidden in death chambers, how did Howard get this shot? What does this have to do with James Cagney? We shall tell you!

Moving on, we make our way to a couple of zine reviews. Vania talks about Leland Buck’s Paris Syndrome, while Eric digs into 365 No. 7: Analog by Trench Photos (@trenchphotos365 on IG).

In closing, we remind you about our mini-episodes (Dev Party), as well as what’s ahead in the next: a full review of the 3D printed 120 back for the old Polaroid Automatic Land Cameras. Eric got one and is in the process of testing it out.

Episode 009 – A Very Linty Vibe

We’re easing into things with this first episode of the new year. Eric is a little mellow, while Vania gets chatty. Vania almost mentions her new portraits zine, and we’re both pretty glad the holidays are over.

There’s more Tasma Mikrat 200 testing and a leaky bulk loader to mix things up.

I Hate Your Answering Machine
Moving to the answering machine message, we heard from a slew of folks about their film photographic resolutions for the new year. Zines are a big part of it, as is the idea of shooting more purposeful shots. Less is more!

Our own answers are much the same, though Eric’s was thwarted by that Tasma Mikrat thing. Vania wants to unload. You’ll see.

Let’s Call Aloy!
With all this talk of testing film, we gave a call to Aloy Anderson, a Lomography tester, rural explorer and all around sweet guy.

In this enchanting little interview, we talk those things, as well as his foray into in-camera cyanotypes.

Anatomy of a Shot
In a new segment we’re trying out, we talk about a couple of shots from our newish zine, Fuck Yeah We Do.

Vania recalls her Angel’s Landing shot from the great-for-hiking camera the Mamiya RB67, and the exhaustive hilarity that ensued.

Eric looks back to one of the first rolls he shot in the 1914 Brownie Box. He’s tried to capture this 2012 shot over the years, but has never managed it. Vania discovers why.

Zine Reviews
With a basket full of zines to review, we take on four this episode!

Vania takes on zines by previous-guest Anne Hollond (@annehollond on IG). And Eric looks at Toni Skokovic’s 07-26-19.

Together, they peruse two of Edward Conde’s zines from the past couple of years.

Let’s Go!
As we parted, we told you about the new website (which you’ve obviously found) and new mini-episode-experiments called Dev Party.

See you next Tuesday!