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The 1980’s and 1990’s
During my teen years almost everyone still used film in the Netherlands, although digital cameras were already being used by the early adapters of new technology.
All my childhood memories were from under and over-exposed negatives and slide positives, taken by either my dad or mom, who never had any interest to study the specifics of cameras at the time and relied mostly on a bit of luck and the automatic settings of their cameras. See a few samples of a Winter vacation in Switzerland below, captured by my mom, likely with a Canon AE-1 Program, on 35mm Agfachrome slides. You can see the flash light in the window of the cottage, likely in Program mode.
Early to Mid 1990’s
Between the ages of 13 and 16 a lot of changes were happening in the world around. The wall between East and West Germany was removed and Berlin became one city again. Just by the way adults were talking about this, I knew it was something big. Here’s a few samples of the photos I took during a trip to Berlin:
Late 1990’s and 2000’s
It wasn’t until I turned 16 that I picked up my dad’s Canon AE-1 Program more seriously and started to try out landscape photography on travels and vacations. After a bit of research, like most photographers, I started to read up on Ansel Adams.
Many of Ansel Adam’s photographs were impressive to look at. What inspired me most about Ansel’s work, was, his eye for detail and extensive knowledge about the camera and film processes that followed it. One of my favourite photos of his is the Yosemite National Park Half Dome as pictured below:
During my teen years, many of Kodak’s marketing photos were displayed everywhere in magazines and on signs, they were a great inspiration for me to keep trying to make better photos. It was several years later that I found out that behind the lens of several of these photos was Neil Montanus of Rochester, NY at Kodak headquarters.
See a couple of Neil’s coloramas below, these were displayed 18 feet tall and 60 feet wide at New York’s Grand Central Station:
The 2020’s and Today
During the Covid-Era, I tried to find sanity and spent most of my free time improving a black and white film processing formula to process black and white film, using just a few easily obtainable disposible ingredients. This process enabled me to better control the results of black and white film processing and as a result I started using more black and white film. If you want to try out the recipe, here you can find the link to the recipe and film development times. Find a few sample results below:
Today, during the Summer months you will mostly find me at rodeos and equine events and during the Winter months at Cattle sorting events. When no rodeos or equine events are happening, I usually try to work in a few landscapes near Brantford, Cambridge, Guelph, Hamilton, Kitchener, London and Waterloo, Ontario, Canada.
If you would like to learn more about film photography, or have some questions, feel free to reach out at any time.
Simply reach out to me via the contact page for inquiries.