Story time (Warning no real direction). I've always been interested in photography for as long as I can remember, primarily landscape for which I never really got the chance to try and do. It's still a dream of mine to travel the world, with a 4x5 and shoot film. But since that isn't the case, I've been shooting a ton of portraits since November last year, and am now looking to maybe get into the fine art aspect of it all. Photography has never been about money, or followers to me, it's my way of creative expression, making art. I've always seen it as an art form, and a creative release.
Anyways, looking back at my photos I'm seriously amazed at how far I've managed to come, and I think I owe most of the improvement to shooting #film . Going back to the analog process has given me so much time to just stop and think, about light, composition, and the emotion in an image. It has honestly helped me improve so much, in such a short time period, and I only plan on learning more.
So if anyone's afraid of picking up a camera, just do it. Make picture's for the sake of making picture's and just for yourself. May you find your creativity.
Jeez that was long, if you made it this far do tell me what you think of this image. Shot on expired T-max 400 from the 80's with a Nikon FE from the 70's.
My Swedish army M36 gas mask bag (gasmask väska m36) with a pro pack of Ektachrome E100VS.
Ralph Lauren copied the design to make a RL messenger bag, but I prefer the original. I’ve been addicted to military surplus since I was a teenager, and the quality and workmanship on these bags is superb.
Someone must have bought a load of them, and they were for sale in trendy boutiques in Europe, but now they are almost impossible to find. I contacted dozens of military surplus companies who all ran out of stock 2 years ago. They bag came in three versions, military grey with grey leather, dark green and the olive drab (which I have), both of which came with a brown leather base. If you buy one I’d advise you to give the leather 3 coats of leather dressing to make it supple again.
The bag was made by Birger Carlson & Co., AB "Bicapa" and is marked with an "FKA" stamp, which serves to date it as being made sometime between 1937 and 1945. FKA stands for försvarsväsendets kemiska anstalt, and represents the "Defence Chemical Establishment," a Swedish government agency created in 1937 tasked with undertaking chemical warfare protection activities.
I’m getting a custom-made lamb’s wool insert to make my own DIY version of the Holdfast Fundy bag.