If you want to change your photographs, you need to change cameras. Changing cameras means that your photographs will change. A really good camera has something I suppose you might describe as its own distinctive aura.
-- Nobuyoshi Araki
I don’t think about what camera I should use that much. I just pick up the one that looks nicest on the day
-- William Eggleston
Cameras are wonderful little contraptions.
By making photographs, they are tools with which one can express their personal taste and private sensibilities. At the same time they physically exist as expressions of these same concepts. The relationship one has with their cameras affects their approach to making a picture.
People who shoot film simply do because they choose to, and the Photo Culture of Tokyo is full of film camera users. When I meet them out on the streets I ask to photograph their camera, and usually post it here the same day. All of the photos were shot with a Ricoh GRDII. I trust that this irony is not lost on anyone.
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Major price increases for Kentmere and Ilford film products announced by an unfortunate list in the Ilford section of the Yodobashi Camera film cooler in Shinjuku.
Apparently Ilford seems to be doing well with increased sales. But while a single roll of HP-5 has risen from 450 yen to 580 yen, bulkloaders are now faced with having to pay double for 100ft rolls of HP-5 which have risen from 4560 yen ($45) to a staggering 8980 yen ($90).
Ilford has the black and white analog scene sewn up- especially with the demise of Fuji Presto/Neopan 400. Perhaps bulk film undercut their sales of (more profitable?) single 35mm rolls of film?
All the film shooters I’ve spoken to wanted to believe that Ilford was the surest bet- and even though we’re grateful they’re still in the game I hope they don’t price themselves out of range for newcomers to the pleasure of working with film and their fine products in the darkroom.