about this project
Welcome to my 52 rolls of film project! Here you will find a review of 52 rolls of different film, each shot on a weekly basis from October 2016 to October 2017. Photographs were taken on my Leica M6, Hasselblad 501c, and Rolleiflex 3.5 TLR. As well as sourcing such a wide variety of film, I thought about this project pretty much all the time, thinking ahead for new themes to shoot and what film might work for that situation. A bit of a year in my life through 52 rolls, I hope you enjoy reading these as much as I did doing this project!
Countless rolls, hours invested in planning and shooting, lots of money spent on film and development, but it was more than worth it! Here are my reflections on a year long journey and my top 99 best photos!
Managing to get my hands on some super high contrast black & white film, what better place to try it out than Speyer's Technic Museum, with very curious results.
With autumn rapidly upon us, I set out to some capture great light and changing colours with Agfa Precisa slide film.
Only an hour north from Frankfurt you will find the quaint town of Wetzlar, with lovely German architecture and home to the world famous Leica Camera AG. Join me for a walk around this interesting little town.
Enjoying a few days stopover in Iceland, I opted for the well regarded Fuji Acros 100 black & white film to capture the essence of Iceland. Here are my impressions of this wonderful place imprinted on 35mm and 120mm film.
Enjoying a sunny September holiday in the Boston area, I opted for the special CineStill 50D plus some of the usual suspects to keep me going. Join me for some wonderful light, wonderful beaches, and plenty of family shots!
JCH (Japan Camera Hunter) is a relatively new black & white film, that I have been eager to test out. I brought it along as I checked out the sights and sounds of the Museum Embankment Festival, or Museumsuferfest 2017
After a successful week with Kodak Vision3 500T, I was looking forward to trying out its 250D version, known for its excellent exposure latitude and colour rendition. I went out in search of bright colours and some good light.
I sourced some special Kodak cinematographic film and took it with me to one of Frankfurt's largest street parties. Join me for some bright lights and excellent low light rendition from this special film!
Stopping overnight in Bilbao gave me the perfect opporunity to go and see the Guggenheim, truly a photographer's dream and nothing better for black & white film!
A short trip to a childhood summer holiday location, and loads of film, some old photos, and plenty of family, make for great photo and storytelling opportunities. Join me for a personal trip down memory lane.
Taking advantage of a big family birthday bash, I brought along a few rolls of Rollei Retro 400s as well as the always reliable Kodak Portra 400.
Redscale film is all about experimenting, and that's exactly what I did. Join me for a "round the neighbourhood" photo walk in Frankfurt with some special custom redscale film from Nik & Trick!
The idea was simple: the same roll of film, 2 different cameras, 2 different people, and 2 different houses. The theme: Cabin Fever. Here are our impressions of Rollei RPX 100.
Experimental film brings unexpected results, so in that sense this week was a success. What was not a success was producing any photographs worth keeping, but it is all for fun at the end of the day!
I had been waiting to use this film for a while, but as it has such a low ISO, I needed a bright summer's day to allow me to shoot this film handheld. The reviews are all excellent, so I was looking forward to trying it out!
Continuing the theme of colours and flowers, where better to go than a botanical garden in Frankfurt to try out my new macro extender for my camera. Here is my first go at macro photography with a Hasselblad camera.
Wanting to take advantage of the bright Madrid summer days, I found some film that would hopefully really bring out the colours. Here are my impressions of Rollei CN 200.
The oldest jazz band in Spain playing in a restored church in rural Spain made a great backdrop for trying out some new film and bringing along a few favourites. Come join me for some good old Dixieland Jazz!
Sometimes a random or 'no theme' photo walkabout works best, and with this in mind I enjoyed shooting Ilford's Super XP2 400 - here are my impressions.
I was lucky enough to get some limited edition Lomography F2/400 film and decided to take it for a walkabout on the streets of London, here are my impressions.
One of my favourite weeks of the year is our annual pilgrimage to Craftsbury Sculling Camp in Vermont. This time I brought copious amounts of Kodak film, so please join me to find out why this is one of the best places in the world to row!
Cities are vastly different spaces during the day than at night, leading me try out experimenting with the blending of shots for my review of Rollei RPX 400 black & white film.
Taking advantage of a very sunny day, I set out around Frankfurt with Lomography 100 in search of anything geometrical, and here are some of the shapes and forms I came across.
During a recent work trip visit to London I decided to try out some high ISO film, which I figured would work in any situation. Here are some snapshots from my trip and impressions of the film.
Armed with a few rolls of the wonderful Cinestill 800T (T for Tungsten balanced) film, I went out in the dead of the night in search of neon lights and empty spaces.
A recent family event was a great excuse to try out a brand new film and practice some portrait photography! Here is how Bergger Pancro 400 faired with my first attempt at portraits with a Hasselblad.
A last minute Easter break to the Black Forest (Schwarzwald auf Deutsch) sees some spectacular views, a crazy treetop walk, and of course, lots of spas!
My loose aim for the week was to find some interesting angles across the many bridges Frankfurt has to offer, with Ilford FP4+ as my companion.
Welcoming a new guest photographer, we explore London & Frankfurt during a sunny period with Kodak Color Plus 200 as our companion. Join us for some vivid colors and different street scenes.
Taking Ilford's SFX 200 film for a wander around Frankfurt during a very sunny day to get the best out of this infrared film.
With no particular theme in mind I decided to go shoot along the river near sunset and try out Fomapan 400, known for its deep black and contrasting images.