film photography

Comfort Zones (aka What I Did in Scotland) by Simeon Smith

My wife is a photographer. I know, I know, we’re all photographers in the age of the iPhone, but what I mean is my wife takes photos for a living. And she does it bloody well. So well, in fact, that people give us free holidays in return for her taking some photos while we’re on said holiday’s and popping them on instagram. You should go check her instagram out. It’s here:

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So this week I’ve been away in Scotland with my family, just north of Loch Lomond, while my wife takes the occasional photo. It’s been BEAUTIFUL. If you haven’t been it’s hard to describe quite how remote mid-Scotland feels. There’s nothing around but mountains and lakes, oh plus whisky and hot tubs. 

But as my wife took breath-taking photos of beautiful landscapes, I was utterly out of my comfort zone with a camera in my hands. 

I’m not really a landscape kind of guy. As my friend Darren put it, my style is “grainy / black and white / old people”. I don’t think I’m a proper street-photographer, but urban environments are definitely my jam, photography-wise.

Anyhow, I took my trusty Leica stuffed with grainy old black and white film, and my little digital mirrorless, as I fancied some immediate feedback on my attempts at landscapes. 

I didn’t want to abandon my grainy black and white style, but didn’t know how that’d translate to lakes and mountains. 

Anyway here are some shots (all shot on digital, haven’t processed any film yet!) 

Thursday though, I abandoned my family to finish their holiday while I went to a work thing I’d committed to before the holiday was on the cards, and I had 45 minutes to kill in central Glasgow between trains. So what did I shoot? Yup. Grainy / black and white / old people. Here they are. 

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Mango Bikes, shot to film. by Simeon Smith

The lovely guys at Mango Bikes sent me a one of their new single speeds, called The Gus. It's an absolute delight to ride. 

Here's a film I made about it, with my mate Rhys.

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Sunset by Simeon Smith

Shot to Fujicolor on a Canon AE-1.

New Video: Andy Hunter - Transition by Simeon Smith

If you follow my blog you probably know how much I work with Andy on the Presence App, a mindfulness / meditation / prayer app for apple and android. 

Here's a video I worked on for the app that has now been released on YouTube. It's probably the most proud I've been of a piece of visual work I've done, and it's a real privilege to be able to set Andy's music to my images.

Have a watch! 

The geeky bit, because I know so many of you love my quirky gear; this was shot using the following cameras and lenses.

  • Pentax Q7  with a 1960s Yashica "D" mount 1.9, 13mm cine lens. 
  • Lomography Lomokino 35mm film video camera.
  • 1980's Lomo 135BC Compact camera with clockwork autoadvance. 
  • Canon 5D mIII, 14mm 1.4

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Holga Week [GALLERY] by Simeon Smith

Every year, around about this time I see someone online using the hashtag #HOLGAWEEK and I think - Bloody hell, has it already been a year?!

Holgas are (usually) medium format plastic cameras, much in the same vein as the Diana. There's a lot of talk online about which one is "better", but that's kind of like asking which is a "better" car for F1, an Citroen C1 or a Peugeot 107; they're both practically the same level of crap. 

I love shooting with these cameras though, and was a bit disappointed I only had time to put one roll of film through the Holga during official #HOLGAWEEK. 

Here are some photos from that roll:

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