3 days in Havana

Mamiya 6 rangefinder camera w/ 50mm f.4  lens & Kodak Ektachrome 100VS

"3 days in Havana" is my documentation of everyday life in Havana, Cuba from this summer.  I just walked around and saw things and shot, and met people and shot some more.  I shoot medium format 6x6 and I like the square images, but I wanted to portray street scenes as they are, with distinct little pieces of life, so came upon the idea of putting them together in panoramas, like what some phone apps do.  But instead of digitally smoothed stitching, I just overlapped the squares.  They don’t align perfectly but I like that.

I’m an American, so I’m not really supposed to go to Cuba because of the American embargo – that relic of the Cold War.  Cuba is unlike any place I’ve ever been, a very different kind of society, both by design and, I think, a result of the embargo.  I felt that I landed in a different time, a mix of the past and some vision of the future, an alternate parallel world.  Add to that the isolation from no internet, no phone service, and no way to get more money (because American bank cards and credit cards don’t work there), and I got a taste of the isolation Cubans live with each day, ending up at the end of my brief stay broke and hungry like many of the people I met.

I look forward to returning, visiting other parts of the country, and to celebrating the end of the embargo.

Peter Brian Schafer  

CGSF: If you can’t get enough of these amazing shots and presentation, fret not, as we have more to share with you in a second installment of this series. Do visit Peter’s website for more awe-inspiring pano-collages.

As always if you want to share some of your creative juices with us here at CGSF, write to us!!

Hi guys!

I’ve just seen your request for pictures of ‘cameras and books’ and as I love both, I’ve already used some of my favourite books in ‘profile’ shots of the cameras I use for my work so I thought I’d share a couple with you. :)

  • 'Josie' - my Ensign Ful-vue with an illustration from my favourite children’s book, Enid Blyton’s The Treasure Hunters. This went out of print years ago unfortunately and I had always been a little bit jealous of my friend having a copy, so it was amazing when I finally found one in a charity shop 20 years later!
  • 'Bob' - my Kodak Box Brownie with an old copy of Heidi lent to me by a different friend. Just a fantastic book that really makes you appreciate the simple joys in life in a whole new way.

  • 'Sidney' - my Bencini Comet 5 with a travel edition of Charles Dickens’ Great Expectations. This was the first camera I found in a charity shop. The whole front was pretty dented and I couldn’t change the focal distance. A bit of TLC and some WD40 later and I got it working again. From then on, I was hooked and decided to set up Little Vintage Photography!

I love your site and it’s awesome to have found such a community of fellow analogue appreciators. Thanks for keeping the love alive!

—Rachel of Little Vintage Photography

Got some camera and book photos to share? We love them! Send to strictlyfilm@gmail.com. Click here for more camera + book photos.

I’m not a girl nor am I cool BUT I do shoot film so here’s my contribution to the coolgirlsshootfilm project.
My favourite camera, Leica M3.
 My favourite camera strap. ‘
Exposures’ by Jane Bown which I find myself revisiting time and again.
PS: jenquest is mighty cool despite what he says!!
Got some camera and book photos to share? We love them! Send to strictlyfilm@gmail.com. Click here for more camera + book photos.
I’m not a girl nor am I cool BUT I do shoot film so here’s my contribution to the coolgirlsshootfilm project.
My favourite camera, Leica M3.
 My favourite camera strap. ‘
Exposures’ by Jane Bown which I find myself revisiting time and again.



PS: jenquest is mighty cool despite what he says!!

Got some camera and book photos to share? We love them! Send to strictlyfilm@gmail.com. Click here for more camera + book photos.

Instant Love

Polaroid 600 camera w/ various Impossible Project film, Polaroid Pack Film Camera + Kaleidoscopic lens w/ Fuji FP100C peel apart film 

These were taken during my residency at The Old LookOut, a gallery in Broadstairs which looks out upon the sea. I used a kaleidoscopic lens that I found in a charity/thrift shop.


I direct the London Alternative Photography Collective, which consists of two monthly artist talks on the subject of alternative photography processes in the loosest possible terms. We’re very keen to explore how analogue photography exists in an increasingly digital world.

As part of the LAPC, I have also curated three exhibitions to create opportunities for artists using alternative photography. One of these was an entire festival devoted to the art of pinhole photography - London Pinhole Festival.

I am currently curating the photography for London Analogue Festival, which encourages the exhibiting of international artists. They are running completely not for profit, so if you would like to share their campaign, I would be very happy. https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/the-2014-london-analogue-festival 

It is going to be hosted in a six storey building called The Bargehouse, directly on The Southbank, 5 minutes down the river from Tate Modern.

—Melanie K.

So guys, if you’re around London please support the London Analogue Festival cos it sounds super! eleanorrigby236 is currently there right now for work though I don’t know for how long. Being stuck in Kuala Lumpur at the moment in this humid weather is turning to be such a drag… :(


For more of Melanie’s work head out to her website and click here & here to view her past submissions to CGSF.

Roman Rendezvous

Minolta XD11, 50mm & Fish eye lens w/ Kodak Tri-X 400


Hi there!

My name is Marieta Urdiales and my tumblr is http://alleedesdemoiselles.tumblr.com. I absolutely adore CGSF and it would be my great pleasure if you could share my pictures!

My mother’s uncle was a photographer during the post-Civil War period in Spain and I recently discovered his pictures. It has been an amazing experience to see through his eyes the costumbrismo scenes from Spain in the 50’s, therefore I have decided that I also want to create my own photo diary to continue his legacy.

The  pictures in this post were taken in Rome in May 2012 and February 2014. It is always easy to take nice pictures in such a beautiful city!

—Marieta Urdiales

I wish I could visit Rome someday too! eleanorrigby236 is the lucky one when she spent Christmas in Rome back in 2012. Check out the photos she & other readers took in Rome here.

Don’t forget to visit Marieta’s website  for more images.

We’re actively accepting submissions on anything film photography related. Click here for more info. (AND YES, WE FEATURE PHOTOGRAPHY BY GUYS TOO!)

It’s In The Bag!

Vivitar 35 mm camera wrapped in sandwich plastic bag, w/ expired Fujicolor Superia x-tra 400 ISO


Hi there!

Yesterday I tried making pictures with my camera wrapped in a plastic sandwich baggie. I put the entire camera in a sandwich bag and I just poked my finger in the open side of the baggie and clicked the button. Easy Peasy. I didn’t want to tape the plastic onto the camera because I also wanted to make “comparison” pics of the same scene without the plastic. (but taping would be helpful if you wanted to run an entire roll with the plastic over the lens) I thought the images would be more blurry than they turned out. I enjoy the way the light is altered by the plastic…the whites are hazy and the contrast played down…the reflections are very inviting… 

I used to try so hard to get sharp and super crisp images with my digital SLR…but since returning to film last year, I have barely touched my digital… it just isn’t any fun knowing exactly what your image is going to look like. I prefer more excitement. I have not tried any of the film soups yet, but I have some drying right now. I can’t wait to test out the rolls!

I am submitting my first (small) batch of images I took yesterday. I don’t know if you already have baggie experiments posted (I didn’t see any) on your site, but hopefully you can use mine if you like them. 

I will definitely be making more images using the baggie. I love the way they came out.

I used a plastic Vivitar 35 mm camera (I bought at a thrift store) and expired Fujifilm/Fujicolor Superia x-tra 400 ISO / 24 exposure 35 mm color film. I got the roll developed like normal from my favorite photo lab.

I know the film was expired because I get it from a local junk store and almost all of their film is expired. (And I make sure to get only the expired ones.)

p/s: in the comparison images, the one on the left is the regular image and the one on the right is the baggie image. The chandelier pic was originally color, and I changed it to black and white because I like it better that way.

—Natasha Stansel

What about you, do you have some film shots and a story to share, write to us!!

Tribal Nymph in Mono

Canon AE-1, 50mm lens w/ Ilford Delta 100 ISO


A year ago we published a photo set by Sarah Eiseman featuring her shots on DIY Redscale film using Kodak Gold 200. Today after ransacking our inbox we realized we still have her beautiful B&W photos featuring Marissa Liana as a tribal nymph. Well as we always say, better late than never!

Click here to see her past work in redscale and read how she fell in love with film photography.

What about you, do you have some film shots and a story to share, write to us!!

Hi :))) Just started looking at film soups :))) very excited. 1 do you take pics first them drop the film in your soup mix? 2. drop film in soup mix first then put the film into your camera and snap away + process? I don't have a lot of money so damage limitation lol Many thanks :)))

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You could do it either way, you could soup and then shoot or shoot and then soup. Either way, always dry the roll before loading your camera or sending it to the lab for development. You do not want your wet roll of film jamming the machine at the lab or ruining your camera.

It would also be good if you go through some of the posts we have here on our website with many tips, sample shots ,and instructions on film soup!

Have fun!!

Hello I just started taking photography with 35mm and I want to know if it's able to upload the film on my computer and how?

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Welcome to the wonderful world of film photography!!! Glad you decided to choose this format!!

No fret on uploading your film results to your computer. You just need to get your negatives or prints scanned! You can easily get this done at your photo lab, they will upload all data to a disc or onto your USB stick. As easy as that!! Do share your first roll with us and have tons of fun.

Just thinking back to my first roll is giving me the shivers!!! Oh how excited I was back then…!!!


A Desert By The Sea

Olympus OM10 w/ very expired Bonusprint ISO 100  (film soup)


My name is Kat Ward. I’m a self taught photographer based in the UK. I fell in love with film a few years ago and have been shooting roll after roll ever since. 

My cameras help me to explore the world, notice small details and interpret my surroundings. When I shoot, I always learn something new. Film is also tactile and I like that I can physically touch and manipulate it.

In this series, I have combined my love of abandoned, ‘makeshift’ places and the dream-like or surreal. To achieve this effect, I soaked some 35mm negatives in a solution made from warm water, food dye and salt.

—Kat Ward

The film soup revolution is on! Have your own recipe to share? Send them to us here.

Check out more of Kat’s work on her Flickr & follow her Tumblr.

Want more proof why you should soup your film? Click here. 

City Analogy

Pentax K1000 w/ Kodak BW400CN (film soup)


My name is Virgínia Pohl, I’m from Brazil and I’m a veterinary doctor. My hobby is analogic photography. This set is called City Analogy. I shot it with my Pentax K1000 and a kodak BW400CN film. I souped the film with boiled water and laundry soap. I liked the results of this experiment. What do you think?

—Virginia Pohl

Not too long ago we answered a question on our Facebook page  regarding the effects of souping B&W film —in which you’ll get a subtle washed out look. In this case we get a nice sepia tinge to the BW400CN instead of its usual greenish hue. For those not in the know Kodak BW400CN is not an actual B&W film but rather a chromogenic film designed to be developed in C-41 (color negative) chemistry. As all of you may have heard, Kodak has decided to discontinue this film but fret not chromogenic lovers as Ilford is still producing its counterpart —the XP2. 

For more sample photos on these films simply browse through our archive or click here for BW400CN & Ilford XP2.

If you’d like to see more samples of the subtle aging of B&W films from souping click here.  

Want more proof on why you should soup your film? Click here. 

Oxford & Brighton

Canon6 Rebel EOS 300, EF 28-90mm 1:4-5.6 lens w/ Agfa Vista Plus (film soup)

So this set is the second part of Melanie K’s submission featuring her work on color film. All were taken using the same camera and film - Agfa Vista Plus 200 but the first 3 were damaged using the film soup technique. She had it soaked in lemon juice, potassium ferrycyanide and borax. Pretty subtle color shifts in my opinion, without the obvious “soup stains”. 

The last 3 photos were unsoaked and developed normally.

So the question remains…to soup or not to soup? You decide.

To know more about Melanie K do click this link to see her photos in B&W. Click here for more film soup photos by CGSF and other readers.

A car breaks down and my shutter clicks

Canon AE1 w/ Kodak T-Max 400 developed in Ultrafin 1+9 @7mins


As much as I make a fuss about it, I only get to go home to Malaysia once a year, but when I am there I never give up the chance to shoot, shoot, shoot!! The last time I was back at the end of 2013, delusiana and I were setting out on a photowalk, and of course her car breaks down like it always does!!
I took the chance to snap away in the back alley where the repair shop was located. Lighting conditions in the shop were not ideal, underlit and subdued safe for whatever sunlight that hit the room, and no thanks to the lone fluorescent light that was trying to do its job. The photos turned out pretty grainy for a 50mm fast lens paired with Kodak’s T-MAX 400, one of the sharpest B&W film in the market in addition to being one that boasts fine grain. But then again super sharp and super smooth is not exactly the mood I thrive to capture when shooting on film.

Anyhow, that was just the first part of the roll, the rest was spent on shooting around in Venice in LA close to dusk, once again with light not exactly on my side but it seems to be a recurring pattern in my shooting time table. More next time.