Roll 6. Timothy James Bowen. Kodak GPF160, Pentax 645.

I was in Minnamurra, visiting incredible folk musician, and all round good guy, Timothy James Bowen. We hadn't caught up since his cancer diagnosis, so when I was back in town I had to head down and see him. Of course, Tim had just bought a new Fender tube amp, and was pretty distracted by that. But that meant we all got to listen to him play. 

Still burning through the expired GPF from 1995.

Roll 5. Grandparents. Kodak GPF 160. Pentax 645

Last roll of colour from Albury from the start of the year. My grandparents, two people I love but never had enough photos of. It's been a new resolution to take more photos of the two of them (as well as the rest of the family) whenever I get the chance.

This camera and film were given to me about 2 years ago by a family friend who likes my work. The film, expired in 1995, had been stored in a box with the camera for who knows how long, but it's held together well considering.

Roll 3. Norieul Park, Classic Aussie Picnic. Kodak Gold 200, Canon EOS3

There's something about the old 'picnic by the river' that just feels quintessentially Australian to me. It probably has something to do with my childhood consisting of them. Lucky for me, the family had another one when I was back there in January. 

Third roll of the year, and I captured what is probably one of my favourite images, ever. My kickass niece, and my youngest brother in the background. 

Roll 2. Family. Heavily expired Kodak Elitechrome EBX 100. Canon EOS 3

I scored twelve rolls of this slide film, unrefrigerated and expired in 1997, from a camera store in Nairobi, Kenya. The first few rolls I shot came out fairly well back in 2012. A couple rolls lived in my fridge for longer, and the last few have been pretty hit and miss with the quality. Skin tones are getting harder to capture well, and it's definitely losing it's qualities now.

Kodak Elitechrome EBX 100, expired 1997
Canon EOS 3, Sigma 35mm f/1.4
E6 Processed. Home scanned.

Roll 1. Cara at Dartmouth. Kodak Gold 200, Canon EOS 3

Early in the new year, I ended up on a spur of the moment road trip to Dartmouth Dam.

The roll only had 24 shots, and it turns out I had already used it as a test roll in 2015 for a Zenit XP12 (That camera only made it through 6 frames before the shutter threw in the towel. So, I wasn't off to the smoothest start to the year, unintentionally double exposing the first frames. But I was damn happy with the rest of the results I got.

It's the first time I photographed Cara. She was a bit shy around the camera (This has decreased with subsequent rolls of film over the past couple of months). I even got a portrait of myself in this roll, pre-haircut. All in all, not a bad first roll for the year.

Canon EOS 3, Sigma 35mm 1.4
Kodak Gold 200
Developed and scanned at Charing Cross Photo, by my mate Yasmin Mund

Roll 0. About The Analog Catalog

I had every intention of starting this project months ago. But I didn't, so I'm starting it now. 

Since 2009, I've had a love affair with shooting film. It began with a borrowed Minolta SRT-100b, and taking photos of the typical 'beginner photographer' subjects. Graffiti alleyways, plants, interesting doors, friends. The usual. 

In 2011, in a vintage store in Skopje, Macedonia, I found a Minolta SRT-101, which was to become my own analog companion. I paired it with a 28mm lens I found later in Istanbul, and that camera became the workhorse helped me photograph South Eastern Europe, and Kenya. In the 5 years since, my working camera collection has grown, my fridge has continued to fill with film, and I've shot increasingly more and more personal work on film instead of digital.

Every photographer who shoots with film can talk at length about the perceived benefits of it, or why they prefer it. I'm no exception, but that's not what this exercise is all about. Shooting film, and seeing the results, makes me feel so genuinely happy, but until now, I've avoided sharing the majority of these photos. The plan was, starting in January, to share photos from every roll/pack of film I shoot, and while I was late to start, I'm going through with it anyway.

As a freelance photographer, I currently shoot every commissioned job on digital. I'm still yet to find a client willing to take the chance on film. Here's hoping this project changes that.