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

Dev Party #17 – This is What it Sounds Like When Devs Cry

On this episode of Dev Party, we’re mixing and trying out D-23! It’s got two whole ingredients!

D-23 was originally formulated to look like D-76. So how does it do? Find out!

Here’s the recipe:
750ml of water at 125F/52C
7.5g of Metol
100g of Sodium Sulfite

(mix and then add enough water to bring it up to a full liter)

Here are Vania’s photos (Ilford HP5+):

And here are Eric’s (Ilford HP5+):


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

All Through a Lens: IG, Website

Episode 17 – The Ducks or Our Lives

On today’s episode Spring is in the air! We’re walking around our neighborhoods like Fred Herzog, we’re cleaning our springs like it’s spring cleaning, and we’re finding zines that we should have reviewed months ago. We’re doing a lot of things, okay? We’re also giving a call to Jana Obscura!

After Eric and Vania check in on each other, they check the answering machine for some good news.

For this episode there wasn’t a question – there was just a plea: Tell us your good (film photography related) news. The calls came in and we were of good cheer!

Walkin’ Talkin’ Fred Herzog!
More and more we’re picking out a photographer for a bit of inspiration. This episode, we look at a few Kodachrome photos taken by Fred Herzog in Vancouver. He had been shooting since the 50s, but got his first show in 2007.

Since many of us have been only getting out of the house for walks, we thought it would be a fine time to take a look at a photographer who was mostly known for just that. Fred Herzog from Vancouver, British Columbia, would take nearly the same route through the city every day.

Through much of the 1950s and 60s Herzog tramped the streets after work and on weekends with a Kodak Retina on his hip. He had been given a large format plate camera when he was young, but tossed it for the small 35mm.

The body of work he produced is extraordinary. At this point in photographic history, color was seen as sort of cheap and gimmicky. Fine art photographers as well as street photographers used black & white almost exclusively. Despite the tradition, Herzog fell in love with color. And not just any color, but the uncanny, vivid tones of Kodak’s Kodachrome.

His photo “Paris Cafe” from 1959 features a man looking out of a cafe window. He’s framed by Christmas decorations and menus. Of this, Herzog later said, “The man in that picture looks somewhat disengaged, but I like the Santa Clauses and I like the price list of food.”

This is a simple enough explanation. He likes these things. But he went on: “The whole atmosphere is somewhat in contradiction with the high-flying name Paris Café. And I like that kind of inherent contradiction in many of my pictures. Every picture, I’ve sometimes said, has a curve ball in it. They’re not just pictures of pretty scenes. They’re pictures that have a curve ball in them which makes you think.”

You can find more of his work here.
We also suggest the book Modern Color, which you can find here.

Let’s Call Jana!

Jana Obscura (@jana_obscura on IG) grew up in Honolulu and now lives in Seattle, and shoots a ridiculous array of cameras, and is mostly known for her instant and pinhole work. She’s also bok-choy’s biggest fan.

We talk to her about her cameras, her walks around Seattle, laundromats, how she’s dealing with the whole plague days thing, and plans for a possible zine.

Here are a few photos by Jana:

Spring Freakin Cleaning!

It’s technically spring and usually that means cleaning up the cobwebs, tossing and donating things you don’t use anymore and just giving your home a solid deep clean and maybe sanitizing in the more recent times.

We thought it would be fun to talk about this whole spring cleaning jazz and how it pertains to photography. We’ll talking not just cleaning, but exercising your cameras. But we’ll also talk about storing your gear and maybe talk you into getting rid of stuff you no longer use. Oh, and we ramble on a bit about film.

We mentioned a page written by a fellow with a lot of love for camera storage. Here it is.

Zine Reviews

Vania reviewed O’ahu by Dave Brotchie – a half size 54 page black and white semi glossy zine. This is a collection of images he took from the 8 years he called Hawaii home.

Dave expresses how much he misses living on this wonderful island and plans to make it back someday.

You can get a copy via @aloha_dave on Instagram

Meanwhile, Eric reviewed Sam Warner’s Finding the Grain. It’s a glossy 8×8 b&w zine of some really lovely shots. With each, he gives a bit of the story behind the photo, as well as the camera, emulsion and developer he used to bring it into life. These are mostly 35mm, though he’s got a shot with the Pho-Tak Traveler 120.

His choice in subjects is as varied as his choice of film and cameras, and I find this to be a really good thing. With this, you’ve got yourself a very diverse zine. There’s street, architecture, some wildlife and even macro – lots of flowers, which makes Vania really happy (she’s got a thing for men taking photos of flowers).

You can pick it up from Sam on IG: @unrecoveringphotographyaddict
Sam’s website: https://www.theunrecoveringphotographyaddict.com/

And we’ll see you next week!

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

All Through a Lens: IG, Website

Episode 014 – Hang That Camera About My Neck

It’s March! So that means – among other things – Girl Scout Cookies! We’ve got a deep dive into the history of the Girl Scouts and photography! We’ll also give a call to Kate Miller Wilson (you might know her from her static electricity photos). There’s some news, some zine reviews!

But first, we check in with what we’ve been up to over the past week or so (give or take). While Vania was sick again and moaned about a crappy surf-winter, Eric did some shooting up at an abandoned dairy farm that used to be run by the Northern State Mental Hospital.

After a mention of the Reveni light meter, we move swiftly to this episode’s answering machine question.

Is the camera and lens combination you choose as important as the the film you choose?

We heard from a slew of listeners with a wide variety of answers, and we also gave our own opinions on the matter.

For our interview, we gave a call to Kate Miller Wilson (@katemillerwilson on IG), a large format photographer who has taken some amazingly moving photos of her children. Lately, she’s made some waves with her static electricity shots. We ask her about both, and she has quite a bit to say.

As a main feature, we run through the history of film photography and the Girl Scouts. From the very beginning, they offered merit badges for accomplishments in photography.

We take a look at the requirements, the officially-branded cameras, as well as some of the novels that feature scouts using cameras.

After a cookie break or two, we hop into zine reviews. Vania covers Thirteen Seconds by Ian Turpin (@ian_ctee on IG). Meanwhile, Eric looks at Periapsides by Jason Conklin (@ninlyone on IG).

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 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!