With our phones and digital cameras, photography has become so casual it’s almost thoughtless. But when your film has a limit, you think twice before you click.
It started out as a fun side project, but returning to analog photography was one of my best decisions. It makes you so much more conscious about your composition, the settings (my camera barely has any meters and no autofocus). And when you finally hit that button, the most exciting part comes: the waiting.
Because it’s only after developing when you’ll find out if you made the right decisions.
Musicians Jack and the Weatherman were looking for that true analog vibe. So we decided to roam around our hometown to capture some spontaneous on the spot moments.
While cleaning up my storage, I found the first camera that I got when I was 16. I thought I’d bring it for a weekend in Switzerland. Little did I know it was going to be our last trip…
I really wasn’t looking forward to the rush of screens, beeps, snap-as-much-as-you-can during the day and transferring data at night. The goal for this trip was to relax and unwind so I decided to leave all the electronics home and pack an analog camera and a bunch of film.
When shooting film, I can’t help to look for nostalgic stuff because, well… It’s just a logical combination. London is the perfect place to do that.
When I went to Rome I was hoping for a bit of sun and at least a higher temperature than back home. But it was freezing cold and rainy. The good thing was that I put a black and white film in my camera before I left. That decision added just that bit of extra drama.
Friesland is one of the 12 provinces of The Netherlands. It used to be a country on its own and still has its own language. Frysians are proud of their heritage and that’s probably why in some villages, it looks like time has stood still.
It was a bit of long shot: going to Barcelona in the heat of summer and shoot on black and white. Ignore all blue skies, colourful flowers and tanned bodies. But hey, sometimes you just got to try and I’m happy I did.
Sometimes you have these periods in life where you’re just really into something. And it’s definitely not a bad thing if you’re into Belgian cities. I visited Ghent once and Antwerp twice and although it’s only a 2 hour drive from home and they speak the same language, it totally feels like a different world.
It doesn’t happen often that I take my digital and analog camera to the same place. But somehow I did when I went to Basque Country, in the north of Spain. And I don’t know if it’s the colors or the grain, there’s something about the shots on film that I like more. It really makes you feel like they were shot 20 years ago.
The Dutch and their water. Ever since these few humans decided to live in this country, they have been in a constant struggle with the water. The delta areas, the inland rivers or the sea: they all have their good and bad sides. Let’s focus on the good though!
I know I am more than biased, but I can not think of a better city to shoot on film. With its canals, 17th century house fronts, alleys and bikes everywhere you look, Amsterdam just deserves a blog post of its own.