Shoot Film….
Shoot Film….
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…and do something else, so says the message on the very retro diner lampshade sticker at the Mecca Cafe & Bar in Lower Queen Anne, one of Seattle’s great dive bars that’s been going strong since 1929. I certainly agree with the shooting film part – never had so much fun since re-discovering how creatively rewarding – and not to mention therapeutic – this supposedly dying photography art form has become.


Along the way, I’ve discovered some interesting documentaries about film negatives, such as The Mexican Suitcase, the story of the mysterious whereabouts of 4,500 unique Spanish Civil War Black and White negatives of three war photographers, most prominently Robert Capa, thought lost until the 1990s when they were re-discovered in the belongings of a dead Mexican general. And then there was Chevolution (which can be viewed in full on YouTube), the story of Alberto Korda’s iconic photo of Marxist revolutionary Ernesto “Che” Guevara – wearing his black beret, bearded, with straggly hair and saintly eyes – that was subsequently turned into a poster, and seemed to appear on the walls of 1970s student bedsits more dependably than rising damp.


The latest recently to be released on Netflix streaming now is Men at Lunch, the backstory to arguably one of New York’s most iconic photos: Lunch atop a Skyscraper, the 1932 photo of eleven construction workers at the site of the Rockefeller Center, taking a very brave lunch break while sitting on a girder suspended 850 feet above New York City.


Leica M3 & 50mm Summilux ASPH
B+W Yellow Filter
Sekonic L-308S
Ilford Delta Professional 400 (@200)
Rodinal (1+50 – 11min)
Plustek 7600i & Vuescan