In October 2019 a bunch of mates and I booked a last minute trip to Europe to check out some coastal regions that were still playing host to some warmer temperatures.
When I returned home from Japan in March the reality and impact of the Covid-19 virus situation hit me. It was really affecting Australians and daily life. It’s only been 8 weeks since we saw the first wave of surge buying in supermarkets. There are still many basic products unavailable.
I discovered photography through the analogue process of film my freshmen year of college.—I was drawn to a medium where the method of working and the element of chance in process felt kindred to the unpredictability of the natural world.
My film journey started when I picked up a $2 point & shoot in a country op shop! I crossed my fingers and toes it would develop some flicks, and they came out perfectly - I was beyond stoked. Later that year I picked up a Super8 film camera off eBay for such a bargain!!
Why do I shoot film? Digital photography just makes a lot more sense nowadays. It saves time and money otherwise spent on film and developing. You can change ISO in between each individual shot.
I first started taking film photos about 8 years ago, and my digital camera has grown dust ever since. I love the challenge film brings me, and the surprise of the images, when I pick up my film developments it kinda feels like I'm getting a letter back from Santa in the mail.
2019 was a whirlwind year. Work pressures coupled with new ventures and side hustles left me feeling torched as the festive season and all its baggage approached.
He’s the familiar pedestrian on the sidewalk, gait changing frequently but always recognisable by the way other people part to avoid him, eyes glazing over to shift their gaze to the cityscape surrounding them rather than acknowledge his presence.
I get the notion that people want to understand what living is. They want to hold on to this fleeting experience, to lock down this thing called life. In this modern age we still can't really get our heads around what it is to live, what it is to be human, what it is to really experience something anymore.
Hey my name is Thom im 30 yrs old, I'm a commercial lifestyle photographer, I live in Perth WA with my partner and our cheeky golden retriever Wilbur.
My passion for surfing photography ignited at the age of 13. I was gifted a copy of Phil Gallagher’s DLUX, from 2003. The next week I subscribed to Tracks and Surfing Life magazine, followed by purchasing the original 28mm film GoPro.
My dad always has a camera attached to his hip. I remember him snapping an endless number of photos of family vacations and holidays. Even today he only uses film and still print all of his photos… seriously – EVERY. SINGLE. PHOTO.
Photography to me is about the simplicity and making the subject minimal.
I don’t know where I really started on my photography journey. But here I am now.
"I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived.” — Henry David Thoreau, Walden Pond, MA.
I have been shooting film for quite some time, finding myself quickly falling in love with its aesthetic and the meticulous process that is rewarded with a captured moment, a still frame of our increasingly fast moving time.