AFPS featuring some of the best film photographers from across the Globe. Follow their continued work & be sure to read their featured articles under the “AFPS feature” links.
AFPS feature: “Behind the Big Top”
Based on Australia’s Gold Coast, Ben Whitmore is a documentary-style photographer who’s work largely centres around his home and Australian beach culture. Be it on the street, on the beach or in the water. Having worked on two of Australia’s most iconic surfing magazines, Tracks and Waves Ben has been immersed in Australian surf and beach culture for over a decade and is most at home with sand between his toes and a camera in hand.
He works primarily with traditional film – namely black and white, which he believes offers a tonality that is unique when photographing the vibrant land and seascapes of the Gold Coast.
Sergio Leyva Seiglie
AFPS feature: “Commuters”
Sergio Leyva Seiglie is a photographer born in Havana, Cuba and currently based in Sydney, Australia. His photographs has been showcased in the United Nations Headquarters in New York, the Aleppo 12th International Photo Festival and in various collective and solo exhibitions in the Australia, Cuba and Spain. His work has been part of Featured Shoot’s Print Swap and it has also been featured in publications such as Foto8, Inspired Eye Photography Magazine, Social Documentary Network and Japan Camera Hunter.
AFPS feature: “To Fight Fire”
Michael bought his first camera (a Ricoh Rangefinder) when he was 15 years of age. He has journeyed through 35mm rangefinder cameras to single lens reflex (slr) to medium and large format cameras. He has worked professionally in both film and digital capture. Michael maintains a full wet darkroom facility. He enjoys shooting street photographs with rangefinder cameras, portraits, and working with large format cameras. Michael is currently exploring alternative photography methods.
AFPS feature: “The Haunting Silence”
As a leading architectural photographer, I have worked in the photographic industry for over 20 years, throughout the UK, EU, USA, Asia and Australasia, specialising in contemporary architectural, interior and commercial images for the hospitality and architectural industries.
To keep myself inspired and creative, I often undertake personal projects. By setting myself the goal of telling a story through images, photo essays are an enjoyable way to shoot the world around me, without limitations of time or subject material.
These projects are approached slightly differently to the majority of my commercial assignments; namely they are shot “on the fly” meaning that other than deciding on the place/area/topic to be photographed, the rest of the assignment is shot as it happens.
Whilst the topics chosen may at times be difficult to comprehend, the final images are chosen to illustrate the subject matter in the way I perceived it and encourage the viewer to investigate further.
Steve de Villiers
AFPS feature: “Into the Ring”
I developed an interest in photography when I bought my first camera almost 11 years ago for a college project. Ever since I have been involved in photography in one form or another. I studied Multimedia Design and Creative Brand Communications and pursued a career in the advertising industry for a short while, after which I got involved in a family business.
After a few years the lack of creative stimulation pushed me into a career as a full time photographer and I’ve never looked back. I have a love affair with portraits, landscape and travel photography. I am also a qualified RPAS or drone pilot with my own Aerial Video Production company.
My weapon of choice is a Pentax 67 medium format camera and Kodak Tri-X 400 black and white film for this series.
AFPS feature: “The Horn of Africa”
Chris Frangou is a musician and photographer based in Melbourne, Australia. He is lucky enough to travel around the world to perform and take his cameras along for the ride. Chris has been shooting film since he was 14 and whilst he shoots many different formats, he has a longstanding love for black and white photography.
Shot on Olympus OM-2 paired with a 50mm f1.8 (Kodak Trix for Black & White, Kodak Ektar 100 & Hillvale Sunny 16 for colour)
Instagram at @chrisfrangou.photo
AFPS feature: “On two wheels across India”
Darcy is a 20 year old (at time of print) photographer from Melbourne. He has been doing photography for four years, mainly focusing on street and music photography.
On this trip Darcy used Kodak Portra 400 and Fujifilm Velvia 50 all in my Nikon 35Ti. Darcy has been exclusively using compact cameras for 12 months now.
AFPS feature: “Vietnam stole our hearts”
Kelly Adams is a Lifestyle Family & Wedding Photographer based in Brisbane, Australia. Kelly started her adventures with film photography studying TAFE course in Black & White Darkroom Photography. She then went on to complete a Bachelor of Photography from the Queensland College of Art. Kelly moved to digital photography for more convenient & economical practices of being a working photographer. However a few years ago she returned to using film in her personal work, mostly photographing her family and their adventures together. Kelly has fallen in love all over again with film…. Kelly is now reintroducing film back into her client work, to share the love of film.
On this trip Kelly took along one camera…. Canon 1V, one lens, my 50m f1.2 & a 15 rolls of Kodak Portra 400.
AFPS feature: “The Deep Blue”
Meeda Khalifa is 31 years old (at the time of this article release) & born in Egypt. After living in Egypt till the age of 22, he is now a German national & has lived in Germany since 2008. Meeda is currently a full-time Aerospace Engineer in Hamburg. But his passion for diving kept him going through diving certifications until he reached the PADI Divemaster level in 2009.
Meeda’s plan for the future is simple, keep diving and keep shooting. He also hopes to keep being able to show the analog photography universe the wonders of the alien underwater world.
All the photos were shot using a Nikonos V camera with a single SB-105 strobe. For color shots mostly Kodak Portra 160 and 400 with a few exceptions of Kodak Ultramax. Black and white shots are with Ilford HP5 400 and Ilford PF4 160.
AFPS feature: “Landscape Dogs”
Nils Karlson lives in Germany and is passionate about colour and light, his dogs, great coffee & music. His works have been included in solo and group exhibitions in Bochum, St. Louis, and Vilassar de Dalt, and published in the Film Shooters Collective book “NSEW“, as well as in “The f/D Book of Pinhole“. In fall 2016, he published his first photo book “Earth Stands Still“, which sold out all 100 copies in less than three months. In May 2017, Nils Karlson was invited to the renowned Revela-T Analog Photography Festival in Vilassar de Dalt for the Artist Exchange Project. The fruits of the collaborative works will be exhibited during Revela-T Festival 2018. His latest publication – a photo journal entitled “Eyes Like Slumber“ can be ordered via his website. Currently, he is working on a collaborative multiple exposure project for 2018 involving almost 50 film photographers from all over the world.
instagram – Nils Karlson // @nils.karlson
instagram – Rudiger The Landscapedog // @rudigerlandscapedog
AFPS feature: “Southern India Bound”
Andrew resides in Sydney New South Wales and finds excitement and adventure through his family and travel photography. In the time until the next trip (unknown destination or when) he’s focusing his energy towards his family life.
Small Selection of Prints Available at: www.artfullywalls.com
AFPS feature: “Take Two”
As a child, moving around the world several times and never staying in one place for more than a few years, gave Mark an understanding of different environments and their cultures.
Mark’s approach comes from an underlying fascination with people and their interaction with the environment. He has an uncanny knack of capturing the layers of beauty that exist everywhere around us. “I am an avid people watcher. When I’m out in the street, or even just day to day, I’m constantly seeing beautiful and interesting images and stories in my head.”
Recently visiting Fukushima to shoot a photo essay (), Mark interviewed locals that had been displaced from their houses by the events of the 2011 earthquake, tsunami and resulting nuclear disaster. “The opportunity to speak with the locals, to hear them recount the events of the day and the following years since was something I will never forget. Everyone has a right to have their stories told.”
Transitioning to digital for client work, he had rediscovered the joy of shooting all of his personal projects on 35mm & medium format film. He has shot for many brands including Mercedes Benz and Samsung.
Take Two is an ongoing project. Images are available for limited edition print purchases.
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