Meeting a fellow film photographer is always awesome, so you can imagine my delight when I was mindlessly scrolling through my Facebook newsfeed and came across a photo of Kyle here, holding a film camera. My eyes focused in on the film advance so I knew instantly he was shooting film. Kyle is a model in the Baltimore, D.C. area as well as a student studying to be a clinical psychologist. Bertha is the name of his Olympus OM-10. This camera was first produced in 1979 and is an SLR. Kyle admits that photography isn’t really a hobby for him but is something that he engages in when the mood strikes. Anyone can shoot with film, it’s easy once you shoot a few rolls. I encourage everyone to just pick up a camera and just try it. I personally like waiting to see all my images after a day full of shooting because you never really know what they’ll look like until you see them after processing.
Kyle says “The reason I picked up that camera was because a few of my photographer friends have been trying to convert me to the other side of the lens and I guess I hopped onto the bandwagon just for “shits and giggles” so to speak. Whenever the mood strikes me, I do pick up old Bertha, my Olympus OM-10. I mostly use expired Fuji and Kodak film since that was what was available to me at the time.”
Here is a set from Kyle! These photos were shot at Fort Armistead off the train and through the woods. He says “The only person in any of those photos is my friend John Lucia who was the one who convinced me to pick up old Bertha.”
These were great. I was especially a fan of the light leaks and sun flares. Expired film, like Kyle used, can create a really nice color rendition and give the film a little something different than usual.
Kyle says, “I don’t honestly believe film is dead and I actually prefer photographers who do both digital and film. If you only shoot digital that makes you a digital artist, a photographer who knows film and can develop it is the essence of a photographer. Other than the film I use I do use a Fuji Instax Mini for when I want instant gratification from shooting.”
Thanks for sharing your work Kyle! Please keep shooting film. 🙂
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