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It’s our last podcast of the year, and as we face down the epic array of Christmas parties, egg nog, turkey and mince pies we’re going to have to get through to make it to 2015, we decided we needed a break – an audio-visual distraction. We’re guessing you’ll probably need one too. After all, this is a time of family get-togethers, food comas and repeats on television, so what do you do when no one in the house can bring themselves to move?

That’s right, you put on a DVD.

So here, at long last, is the Pdexposures-approved list of photography-related documentaries. Some of these are on Netflix. Some are on Youtube. And some are available through Amazon Prime, meaning that you’ve still got time to buy them for Nate if you haven’t got him a Christmas present yet (hint hint). Either way, these should tide you through this bleak winter period and help you hold it together until we return in 2015 with another year of film photography rambling.

Merry Christmas, everyone. We love you all.

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Beginning in 2015 Creed O’Hanlon will become Executive Chairman of Impossible’s management board, making twenty-five year old Oskar Smolokowski his successor for Chief Executive Officer. Currently Smolokowski is Managing Director of Impossible Camera.

Oskar Joined the company to assist founder Florian Kaps and has headed the camera design and development teams. Notably he is behind the development of Impossible’s mobile apps and he oversaw production on the Instant Lab.

Creed O’Hanlon has worked closely with Oskar since 2013 after he replaced Florian Kaps as the CEO. This has led to a complete change in the companies structure and all of the shakeups over the last year. This was discussed at length with a rant by Nate in episode 40 of the Podcast.

Creed  will still be involved with the continued future of Impossible Project taking over projects including sales, marketing and new film development.

The press release about the announcement made the following statement:

“From a very shakey, uncertain position in late 2012, Impossible is now on the road to long-term stability – and profit,” Creed said today. “We have improved our film, raised awareness of the brand, increased our sales – as well as production to meet those sales – and encouraged a much more positive, collaborative, and communicative culture within the company. Now it’s time for a new generation to begin to take over the company’s leadership. I am honoured to have been asked to guide that process as Impossible’s Executive Chairman.”

Also given in the press release is a tentative date of September, 2015 for the new Impossible Camera, a project that Oskar Smolokowski has been personally leading for the past year.

What do you think about these recent updates from Impossible?

 

 

 

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One Twelve Publishing is perhaps best known for their annual Diffusion magazine with a goal to capture it in its purest forms, accurately reproduce it in print and online, and distribute it to the world. After publishing Diffusion for many years, they are now looking to move into a new realm of publishing: books – or as they prefer to call it, a Monograph. As a Portland based company, it seems only fitting that they showcase the work of Jake Shivery for their first publication.

For those who are unaware, Jake Shivery is the owner and co-founder of Blue Moon Camera and Machine here in Portland, OR. Like most of us he uses his spare time to take images; I have actually been lucky enough to have had a few portraits taken by the master photographer with his 8×10 camera which is an experience in its own right.

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The Kickstarter mentions that Jake Shivery’s body of work is an earnest, honest, and admiring catalog of the North Portland neighborhood where he lives and works. What starts out as a simple concept—the photographs of loved ones in a common setting—becomes something much grander: a beautiful and thoughtful collection of souls ready for viewing. Working with an 8×10 film camera and printing in contact sheet form, Jake’s tools and approach are less about capturing a moment as they are about capturing a mood and a life. His photographs are haunting, intimate, and layered with pieces of visual narration that together tell the story of both the subject and the artist.

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Only 1,000 of the books will be produced, and pledges range from postcards and fiber prints to the book itself in standard or limited edition. For a $1,000 donation you can get your portrait taken by Jake along with a fiber print of the image. Perhaps more interestingly is how open One Twelve Publishing is regarding where their funds are going. As we have discussed on Pdexposures it can seem like a Kickstarter Project is asking for a number seemingly pulled from thin air. As the graph below shows every penny has been accounted for.

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One Twelve Publishing is seeking $18,500 for publication funds and at the time of this writing (only a short time after the project has gone live) they have already eclipsed $3,000.

To learn more information and to back the Kickstarter project click here. For information on Jake’s photographs visit his website at www.jakeshivery.com.

To watch part one of a five part documentary on Jake and his portraiture check out this video as well:

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David Lynch, as most modern directors is remaining very tight lipped about the new Twin peaks series coming to Showtime in 2016. Understandable as the internet is getting ever more greedy for insider information about plot lines and any information as we get closer to the 25th anniversary.

While we won’t be reporting on How Annie is at this time, we do have some exciting news to share.

So it’s not like we’re saying now: “Oh boy, we’re gonna really do some raunchy things.” We’re gonna do the same things, but in better quality. And film remains the best quality.

Earlier in the year Twin Peaks fansite Welcome To Twin Peaks reported that Lunch had recently “fallen back in love with film” (who could blame him?).

With more directors leaving the digital filmmaking process after experimenting with it for a few years we’re excited to see who next will make the switch.

In a world where law-abiding citizens are being stopped for engaging in a perfectly legal hobby, amateur photojournalists are being arrested and their equipment seized, and intellectual property is being stolen right, left and center, three people have come together to cobble together some sort of advice on how best to deal with the most common legal problems facing photographers in this modern age.

Also, along the way, thinly-veiled accusational allusions are made, another popular Sci-Fi series was butchered and one man got to enjoy writing phrases like “accusational allusions”.

Music – if you can call it that – comes from Tony’s co-host on the neglected Freestyle Podcast, Bob Loftin. Enjoy the noise if you can.

(Legal disclaimer: Everyone involved in this podcast is an idiot and should not be cited in any legal dispute.)

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Kiera Knightley poses topless and the big story is how she feels about film photography. Read that again. In a recent interview with – funnily enough – Interview magazine, Kiera Knightly sat down with photographer Patrick Demarchelie to discuss their photoshoot, photography and life in general. From a reader’s perspective it’s an odd piece, and I’m not 100% sure on who was doing the interviewing.

But that isn’t the point – what’s more interesting is the perspective of someone who is in front of the camera 99% of the time; an experience that I (and most of our listeners) probably aren’t familiar with. But I digress; here is the relevant quote:

“I’ve noticed that the people who started on film still have the ability to see the person in front of them. Whereas for a lot of photographers who have only ever worked in digital, the relationship between the photographer and the person who they’re taking a picture of sort of doesn’t exist anymore. They’re looking at a computer screen as opposed to the person.”

It is an idea that we at Pdexposures have stated before in our ramblings, and should the words coming out of a celebrities mouth really change any of our minds? No, but it does provide validation in some weird way.

Image provided by Patrick Demarchelier/Interview Magazine

With the holidays approaching, Herschel, Alex and Jana got together to discuss useful gifts for the pinhole photographer and offer a few personal revelations for the season.

It all begins with a discussion of gifts we’d like to receive this year. Jana hopes for the perfect, travel-friendly tripod, Herschel makes a wish for a Zero Image 4×5 camera and Alex welcomes any listeners to send the Supersense 66/6 Pinhole Instant Camera his way.

The conversation then turns to gifts for those new to pinhole photography which of course generates some lively banter and useful suggestions. While Alex and Jana consider 35mm pinhole cameras like the Viddy or ONDU 35mm a good start, Herschel does one better and offers the gift of building a custom pinhole camera and developing the first prints.

Our thoughtful discussion continues on to topics such as the revival of film, converting Polaroid CB-70 (or CB-72) into instant pinhole cameras, eBay sob stories and Herschel’s use of The Force to meter exposures. Do you have gift suggestions, an eBay sob story of your own or feedback from this podcast? Be sure to connect with us on Facebook and Twitter.

Quick reminder: Submit your entry to our Pinhole Contest! We are impressed by the entries we’ve received so far and cannot wait to see your work as well. Send your best pinhole image to jana@pdexposures.com with subject line ‘Pinhole Podcast Contest Entry’ with your name and website link for a chance to win a ONDU 6×6 pinhole camera, film and other goodies. Entries are due by Sunday, November 30 and the winner will be announced in our December episode. One entry per person.

Happy Holidays from your Pinhole Podcast team!

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I’m no stranger to a thrift store. When I was unemployed it was a daily routine to visit 4-5 of them in a loop around town. Some were better than others, some were downright terrible but I would continue to go on the off change that they would have something interesting. Because truth be told, that’s the beauty of a thrift store. Unlike a regular retail shopping experience where you can know what to expect, know that they’ll typically have what you’re looking for and if not you can go down the street. The thrift store is always an experience, and the only way to know what they have is to walk in the doors.

During this time of unemployment I had gotten so good, so regular in my routine that I was making an extra $200 a week on average buying and selling cameras. Not huge amounts of money but when you’re living off an unemployment paycheck that has an end date it certainly does help. It got to the point where I was buying and selling so much I was keeping it all written down in a ledger so I could track my expenses. See where I was up, where I was down, what was selling, and what was sitting on my shelf far longer than it should have.

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Then I got a job. Bummer right? No longer could I regularly visit my favorite locations to see what was new that day. I would find time to go, on the way home from work or stopping in on a weekend to see if there was anything new. And while I did find a nice piece here and there it certainly wasn’t at the rate I used to find cameras. But I still walked out on occasion with something cool and my head held high and chalked up my lack of finds to just not going often. Which I’m sure was partially true, but recently I have noticed something else taking place.

Film camera’s at thrift stores are drying up.

This could be for a few reasons. But I think the biggest and potentially most interesting is that we have long since passed “Peak Cameras”. What I mean by that is rather straight forward. In the early 2000s (by the way that was over 10 years ago) we saw the mass migration in photography from film to digital cameras. People traded in their SureShots for PowerShots and in doing so, the old toys were put in storage because who knows, maybe one day they would need it again.

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But as time wore on they went through memory cards, batteries, buying newer models of cameras but never once did they throw a roll of 35mm into their old fired. dSLRs got good enough that professionals were using them instead of their studio cameras, and people getting into photography didn’t even think to look at film.

This is where Peak Cameras comes into play. After these unused tools sat for long enough, it was finally time to let them go. Be it a garage sale, trip to the thrift store, or “I have this old camera I never use so buy it from me for $10″ Craigslist ad. People started to get rid of their older, yet still high quality and have plenty of life left in them film cameras. This caused a surge, where people like myself would make regular trips and harvest the crops to take to market.

Unfortunately it seems as though we have gone far beyond that. I believe that most people having now gotten rid of their old cameras, have nothing more to give. And thrift store chains are noticing.

I’m not talking about your local neighborhood store run by the church it is connected to. These are the big chains. Goodwill and Salvation Army for example have large distribution networks. Donating an item to a store does not mean it will go on sale at the same location. And why is this? Different stores have different needs. If store X receives lots of Wim-wams, and store Y receives none but has a market for them, they will be moved around to ensure one market isn’t too saturated. Because of this the stores can put in requests, and if the 35mm point and shoots which have been the only things being turned in lately aren’t selling. The camera section at your local thrift store will dwindle.

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Furthermore, they’re getting smarter. By now everyone knows about ShopGoodwill.com. If you don’t, its an eBay like auction site where you can bid on items that Goodwill thinks will make more money for them opposed to putting it on a shelf. And it should come as no surprise that it works, it works damn well.

Items that would sell for $20 at Goodwill (say a basic SLR and lens) will often sell for above market value on ShopGoodwill.com. And why is that?

The reasoning is surprisingly simple yet will still make you want to beat your head against a wall. People still think it is a good deal. If you follow me on Twitter I have discussed this from time to time. But now is a great time to put into words what 144 characters has not allowed me to do in the past.

Years ago (2009ish) ShopGoodwill.com was a well kept secret and heaven for people looking for obscure items. It allowed you to search the Goodwill system for items around the country. And because it was a well kept secret, prices were low. With not many people using the system there was no inflation, little bidding wars, and great deals were everywhere.

Over time the secret got out. People flocked to the site by the thousands, yet there was an interesting change. Despite prices rising, the rumors had stayed about ShopGoodwill.com being very very cheap. So what happens? People will continue to bid, get into bidding wars, and bid on items for much more than they are actually worth because they still think they are getting a good deal. What does this mean for Goodwill?

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The simple answer is that they took notice. Items were shipped to distribution centers and set aside for an online sale. It would make more money for the company but took product, good product off the shelves.

And that’s that. Between the stockpiles of older camera’s naturally drying up and the market giving companies more money for what they have. We’re seeing the good deals vanish right before our eyes. And while it’s sad it is simply how things work.

What was your most recent good thrift store find? Let us know in the comments below!

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Sixty-six years after Edwin Land produced the first ever instant camera, and six years after the last polaroid factory closed its doors, a dream is finally being realized for lovers of instant film and pinhole photography. The 66/6 Pinhole Instant Camera is now available for purchase. This is the first ever, completely new instant camera that combines the use of Polaroid style films with pinhole photography to ever be mass produced.

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The 66/6 Pinhole Instant Camera is being produced in Austria under the direction of Doc (Florian Kaps) and Achim Heine by a small studio. Each of these handcrafted cameras use the Impossible Projects Film Processing Unit, or FPU that was developed for the Instant Lab, SUPERSENSE the company behind the camera is going to produce 500 limited edition cameras for sale at 222 ($274) and are including a certificate of authenticity and a limited edition screen print of Dr. Land.

The camera features two different pinhole widths at .24mm or .12mm depending on the lighting situation. The flexible rubber bellows allow the camera to have five different focal lengths which are described as ranging from “Mild wide” to “Wild Wide Angle.

Sample images from the 66/6 Pinhole Instant Camera.

Florian Kaps should be a familiar name to film shooters. Doc, as he is known to close friends is one of the founders of the Impossible Project and a Lomographic Pioneer, Kaps left Impossible in July of 2013 after helping the company to successfully secure a factory and begin production on new Polaroid Film. The other half of the equation is Achim Heine who has the distention of designing the first digital Leica camera, the Digilux 1.

No details are known at this time on if more cameras will be produced after the initial batch of 500 cameras.

Are you going to be getting a Pinhole 66/6? What do you think about it?

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In the most recent episode of the Pdexposures Podcast we talked about finding your voice as a photographer. One tool that I mentioned using was Moleskine notebooks as a professional, yet very easy to make (and relatively cheap) portfolio. I’ve been a fan of these notebooks for years and have more than I can count. I continuously am discovering old ones that have all sorts of random scribbles inside.

But recently Moleskine released a line of black page albums and notebooks that were really designed for gel pens. But since we’re not in middle school in 1998 there is no real place for gel pens in this world. Instead we’re going to use them to showcase our prints.

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I’ll be quick and let you know that this post won’t be overly text heavy. Because it doesn’t need to be. The only things you’ll need to know are what tools I used to create this. Of those there are only five! These are:

  1. Moleskine Black Page Album – Large
  2. Clear plastic photo corners (can be found at any craft store)
  3. Your prints
  4. Your print titles
  5. An artist statement

And that’s it! Really you should have 3-5 at your disposal anyway if you were listening to the podcast. In there we described printing out many images, placing them on the floor around you and really sorting through them to see what will work together. You can see that I made title cards for each image that list off the title, where it was taken, the year it was taken, and the printing method used (Giclee is a fancy term for inkjet).

From there place your images into the album and you will be set. You’ll have a nice portfolio that can be taken to galleries, displayed at home, or even kept as a personal album of your images. Check out some more photos of my portfolio for my series Northwestern below.

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The portfolio closed with the elastic band.

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Opened to see an image and title card.

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Close up of the photograph.

Do you have a portfolio system that you use? We’d love to hear about it! Let us know in the comments below or send an e-mail to info@pdexposures.com.