Phot-O-Types in The Typewriter Revolution

Last year, I published a how-to article on how to make what I jokingly call Phot-O-Types, i.e. photos including text snippets that were created by typing on a film negative strip with a typewriter.

Shortly afterwards I was contacted by Richard Polt, who was then busy writing a book on the cultural phenomenon of the typewriter: why would anyone in our digitised world still want to use a mechanical typewriter? He asked me whether he could use some of my Pho-O-Types in the book. Of course, I agreed.

Recently, Richard contacted me with good news.  A publisher had been found, a cover designed and a publication date agreed upon. The Typewriter Revolution is set to be published in November 2015 by The Countryman Press publishing house:

The Typewriter Revolution: A Typist’s Companion for the 21st Century, by Richard Polt, introduces you to artists, poets, makers, teens, steampunks, musicians, and more creative people who love typewriters. It also provides advice on choosing, using, and maintaining a typewriter of your own.

You can pre-order it via Amazon or any other book dealer. Head over to Richard’s blog The Typewriter Revolution or his Facebook page to stay informed about the progress.

I, for one, am looking very much forward to our new ribbon-driven typing Overlords!

Share your Photographic Knowledge to get a roll of CineStill 120 film!

As some of you already know, the Brothers Wright, makers of the CineStill film –  a fantastic cinefilm material by Kodak that they have made available for still photographers – are currently looking for support to offer their film in medium format as well. I have already backed their Kickstarter campaign and now I want to give you the opportunity to do the same even if you don’t have the funds to do so. How? By sharing your knowledge! Find out more after the jump

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Banned Words

carstenschmitt:

Amen to that!

Originally posted on The Figital Revolution:

Starting a list of words that should be banned from our photographic vocabulary. Here’s number one:

“Film-like”

Adjective. Definition- a phase invented by advertisers, used to make people feel that the plastic, soul-less, hyper-real images they are making with their digital cameras are somehow connected to the rich heritage of real, film-based photographs.

If you want the look of film? Shoot film.

Viva la Revolution- Stephen

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Bergger BRF 400+ Film Review

carstenschmitt:

Cool stuff! Thanks, mate!

Originally posted on The Figital Revolution:

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Click on the audio play button to listen to my review of this great classic film!

Bergger BRF 400+ at EI 6400!!!!! A very low light test….. click on the image to see larger.

BRF400+@EI6400 Bergger BRF 400+ at EI 6400!!!

Development as outlined in audio:

1:100 Rodinal at 68-70F 2 Hour Stand Dev

Usable EI from 400-1600

  • Initial agitation for 30 seconds
  • Rest 30 Min
  • Swirl like wine for 10 sec
  • Rest 30 Min
  • Swirl like wine for 10 sec
  • Rest 30 Min
  • Swirl like wine for 10 sec
  • Rest 30 Min
  • Dump and finish process.. Stop/ fix/ clear/ wash/ dry.

1:50 Rodinal at 68-70F 2 Hour Stand Dev

Usable EI from 1000/1600 – 6400+

  • Initial agitation for 30 seconds
  • Rest 30 Min
  • Swirl like wine for 10 sec
  • Rest 30 Min
  • Swirl like wine for 10 sec
  • Rest 30 Min
  • Swirl like wine for 10 sec
  • Rest 30 Min

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Shoulder Monster for Halloween

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A little something for Halloween. This “shoulder monster” used to be a prop for the German Goth-Rock Band “The House of Usher” whose lead singer Jörg Kleudgen has been a friend for many years. Some time ago he decided to unclutter his house so that the little shoulder monster found a new home with me.
The image was done in the so-called wet plate collodion method, a photographic method that is 150 years old. NO digital  alterations were done to this photo. If it looks like those glas plate photo from the American Civil War era it is because it has been created in exactly the same way as during the American Civil War Era! Who needs Photoshop anyway?

I was not amused when I learnt about my shoulder monster’s digestive problems!