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I visited Paris a couple of months ago for Paris Photo 2012 and took a few cameras with me, these were taken on my Yashica T3 using Fomapan 35mm 200 ISO black and white film. This was my first experience using Fomapan and I’m more than impressed. The film is super cheap and has a good black tone without being too punchy and has just the right amount of contrast. I’ve been warned that it can be a little blue/green toned and if processing the film yourself this is highlighted, but it wouldn’t put me off purchasing again.

You can buy Fomapan film here.

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In regards to the camera my Yashica T3 is a highly recommended point and shoot camera for the simple reason that it’s small, good quality and easy to use. I need glasses and so when I don’t have them with me focusing can be a nightmare and the Yashica uses autofocus so problem averted. It is also the weapon of choice for fashion photographer Terry Richardson however I think he uses a different model, maybe the Yashica T4. None the less his work is pretty good and if it’s good enough for a photographer that shoots for i-D magazine and Lady Gaga then ultimately its good enough for me.

Check out more of Terry Richardson’s work on his site or on his blog site Terry’s Diary

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Music blogged to- Keaton Henson ‘Birthdays'(2013) listen to the album on Spotify.

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Recently I’ve had the pleasure of shooting with a 6×6 twin lens Yashica and its fair to say that I fell in love. The little Yashica is basically like a Rolleiflex, looks just as good but with half the price tag. I’ve been debating on downsizing to a smaller camera for a long time, in the past I’ve shot with a Mamiya RZ67, an amazing camera that served its purpose but now I don’t have a studio facility to hand and I’m to lazy to lug around a tripod it’s sadly been collecting dust. So as a means to start taking more pictures I thought it would better to trial something a little more portable but still a medium format.

I got my trial Yashica film processed and these are few of the results, up until frame 8 I was doing well until I tried to use the wheel that winds the film on as the focus, so one of the snaps is a little overlapped, however it doesn’t look awful and sometimes mistakes can end up looking neat. Shot over a few weekends spread across Devon and Sussex.

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Film used- 120mm Kodak Portra 400 ISO (buy here)

Music blogged to- Allah Lahs ‘Allah Lahs’ (2012), listen to the album on Spotify.

Anna Fox has been working in photography and video for over twenty years, influenced by the British documentary tradition and nominated for the Deutsche Borse Photography prize in 2010. Anna Fox is Professor of Photography at University of creative arts Farnham.

Anna Fox’s Desert Island Photography Picks-

On Sunday I attended the first in a series of talks curated by Photoworks ‘Desert Island Pics’. Photographer Anna Fox was in conversation with Stephen Bull discussing the 8 photographs she would take if castaway to a desert island. Throughout the talk it was clear how much passion for the medium Anna possesses and how photography is not just a job but part of her life.

I’ve picked a few of my favourite images shown by Anna from the talk, three photos are from Anna’s private collection and three photos are work by other photographic practitioners.

1. Fathers photograph of car

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An image that reflects her inherited love for adventure but also an image which suggests the start of a journey, the image where it all began. During the discussion of this photograph Anna spoke about her Father as a keen photographer and how she found photography through her Father’s passion for the medium.

2. Felix flying with the magic cape

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A photograph of her son wearing a magic cape that was made for him, this photograph convinced Felix as a child, that he could actually fly. Highlighting the magic and illusion of photography.

3. Found Photograph, The Painted Cow

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This was a photograph brought for Anna by her husband from a car boot sale, a found photograph which turned out to be postcard. Anna spoke about how this image acted as a conversation opener to many discussions as to why the cow is painted.

4. Sophie Ristelhueber from the series ‘Everyone’

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5. Paul Grahams ‘Untitled’ from the Belfast series

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6. Nan Goldin’s self portrait titled ‘Nan One Month After Being Battered’

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A very close, informal discussion where Anna Fox discussed her photographic selections and how these photographs have helped shape and develop her career. See more of Anna Fox’s own work here.

Music blogged to- ‘Grizzly Bear, Shields’ (2012)

Modest Beginnings.

I’ve decided I should start my own blog, I’m all talk and no action, fur coat no knickers, all bark and no bite, so to put an end to this I will be writing and uploading blog posts a few times a week, eventually daily.

About me- I’m a photography graduate, based in London/Brighton, currently working in advertising and sales, I am also interning at Hotshoe International, a photography snob, arts writer and lover of printed matter and good self publishing (magazines, books and zines).

This post pretty much does what it says on the tin, an awkward first post. Slightly daunted by the idea of voicing my opinion outside the confinements of my own head or my small (very small) social group, I am currently staring at a big blank screen of nothing, not sure what to start with. So this post is a starting point.. Well at least it can’t get much worse than this.

I will be using this space to write about everything photography; exhibition reviews, artist and photographer portfolios, reporting on the latest book releases and photography news. Basically dedicating my time to showcasing contemporary photography and what’s on in the world of photography and arts.

Whilst I am getting to grips with ‘blogging’ check out my Twitter feed (@sophiajwise), you can follow me on Twitter here. Follow for tweets about everything photography, fashion, film and music related.

Music blogged to: Toy (2012)