Welcome to a special bonus issue of Process, my weekly newsletter on photography and finding your voice.
My name is Wesley Verhoeve and I’m a photographer and curator. In each issue of Process, I share my “lessons learned” and stories about my life in photography.
For instance - how to take environmental portraits, or what it’s like to photograph and spend time with legends like Mr. Bruce Davidson, or wow-I-wish-I-knew-that-before tips on how to ask a stranger for a portrait, or the basics of creating a portfolio, etc.
Today’s letter is a little different because it’s time to shine a light on some of the wonderful photography made by YOU, the Process reader community.
Note: This special community issue of Process does not include a giveaway but the next regularly scheduled issue will arrive in two days on Sunday per usual and include another great weekly Process Giveaway to celebrate a video collaboration with Ribsy!
Photography By The Process Community
All of the photos in this issue were submitted as part of the Shoot Film Magazine giveaway in Process issue 039. I originally was just going to pick three winners to feature as a guest curator on the wonderful Shoot Film Magazine Instagram account but there was so much good work I decided to prepare a special bonus issue of Process to say: “Hi Process readers, look how much awesome work is being made by you!”
The first three photographers below were the ones I picked as winners of the giveaway, and after that we continue in no particular orders with everyone else.
I included links to everyone so everyone in the Process community can get to know each other better. Everyone else, feel free to drop your IG handle or link in the comments below.
Vincent van Kooten
Vincent van Kooten (@vvankooten) shared images from his project Rotterdam 6x6. These two images were shot on his Hasselblad 501, Cinestill 800T and Portra 400.
“My goal is capturing my home- town in the square format with an alienating Blade Runner / Gotham City / Cyberpunk feel to it. The project will run as long as I’ll live here.”
David Artz (portfolio) shared his ongoing project “TBD” which was shot on a Canon EOS 1N and Ilford HP5.
“I strive to find moments and situations where reality reveals itself to be more than just what we see, but something more ambiguous and surreal. With this series, I want to look closely, question our perception of the world as it is and show my personal interpretation of reality.”
Neeraj Jain (@neej.jain) shot these lovely portraits in India right before the pandemic, on a Mamiya C330 with Kodak Portra 400.
“These images weren't exactly a part of a specific project or anything, just aimless wandering through cities during a 6 month trip. I'm especially drawn to unique characters in everyday life – "come as you are" I like to call it. Looking back, I love how timeless these people and moments feel – devoid of masks and environments that immediately place them in time.”
Joel Scott (@lager_or_nada) shared his project “as good as spring itself”.
“Stripped to its core, this project is about seeking the dramatic and powerful in the immediate surroundings, which are so often overlooked as a result of their proximity. The swaying relationship between nature and humanity is far from a new discourse in photography, but it's one that remains, and will perhaps always remain, distinctly pertinent.”
Pim van Boesschoten
Pim van Boesschoten (@pimvanboesschoten) took this portrait of Danu on a Hasselblad 500CM with Ilford HP5. In his own words:
“In the past year I’ve been inviting people I only knew from Instagram for a portrait session. These people are often photographers themselves. It has been a great way to meet new people, exchange photography tips, and make new work too.”
Melchi Dompreh (@melchidompreh) shared work from his series “Loud Whispers”, shot on a Canon Ae-1 with Kodak Portra 400.
“There's something to be said about poetry and photography; when combined, creates an intense desire to perceive the meaning behind what is being seen. That is essentially what this series is about as it takes the viewer on a journey into the subjects world, perspective and current state of mind.”
Stellina Stampouli & Nova Kowalski
Stellina Stampouli (@stellina.stampouli) shot the image on the left with a Zenit 12xp on Ilford HP5.
“A trip to the northern part of Greece where fog lays over the lakes and clouds hug the mountains. There you can smell the pine trees and listen to the sounds of wild birds.”
Nova Kowalski (@novashootsfilm) shared the image on the right which was pulled from a larger project shot on a Canon AE-1 Program, Canon Rebel G and Canon Rebel S II, with Fuji C200 and Kodak Colorplus 200.
“These images are moments where I looked through my viewfinder and could almost see the image as if I had already taken it. Each photo give me a feeling of deja vu; almost like I have already seen the art I am destined to create in a past life and am now pressing the shutter.”
Zach Liebenson (@analog.lieb) shared images from his project “Suspended Moments” shot on Hasselblad 500cm and Contax G1, FujiC200, Portra 400, Cinestill 800t, Lomo 800.
“Life in a fast paced, coastal city can make it difficult to slow down and appreciate each moment before it's gone. These photographs are meant to capture that familiar feeling of time passing us by. Film photography has taught me to slow down in the midst of chaos, and that magic can happen in just 1/60th of a second.”
Tanita Dzoba (@tanita__d) shared work from a personal landscape project shot on a FED-3 camera with Kodak tmax 400.
“I love traveling and I discovered that taking an analog camera with limited shots to take along makes memories even more significant. These images are shot to capture a mysterious athmosphere or to convey my emotions.”
Molly Woodward (@vernaculartypography) shared images from her project “Saturday Night Long” shot on a Toya large format field camera with Ilford Hp5 4x5.
“After a year and a half of being stuck inside, New York is back in action. Through a series of long exposures, I wanted to show just how reanimated the streets have become. These minute and a half long exposures reform isolated bodies into a collective sea of motion and activity.”
Katya Rowny (@analogue.katya ) shared some lovely images shot in Montana last fall, on an Olympus XA2 with Kodak Portra film.
Nikolai Machai (link) shared work shot on a Minolta X-700 with Ilford HP5, Kodak Tri-X, and CineStill 800T converted to black & white.
“Bruised Milk is a collaborative project between my girlfriend (Abbigail Butterworth) and I, based on the study of a child having to go through a traumatic event at a young age and how that has effected them into adulthood and whether or not they have come into terms with their reality and used it as a lesson to not take their “Milk” for granted or else it’ll easily “Bruise” when least expected.”
Santiago Browne & Angus Foxley
Santiago Browne (@santiagobrowne) shared the image on the left as part of a project that reflects his admiration for the Chilean Patagonia. it was shot on a Nikon F3 with Fujicolor C200.
“I have been visiting the Cochamó valley for around 13 years and a piece of my heart is there. Between the granite walls and the forest, I find myself at peace. Peace that is endangered for many hydroelectric projects in the valley, so my goal is to spread the beauty of it so more and more people come to realize that Cochamó is a place to preserve, not destroy.”
Angus Foxley (@angusfoxley) is an Australian photography who shared the image on the right as part of a project shot in Mparntwe (Alice Springs) on a Hasselblad 503cw with Portra 400 film.
“I explore isolation, oppression and hope to peek behind the facade in the heart of Australia. Mparntwe is possibly the least walkable place I have ever photographed; every street is lined with tall fences and behind every fence is a guard dog. On the outskirts of the city, "Town Camps" shelter a large aboriginal population who out of necessity have formed tangentyere council as Alice Springs council refuses to provide even basic services. Alice Springs to this day remains a "whites only" town.”
Joel Afman & Bernard Neumüller
Joel Afman (link) shared the image on the left as part of recent series shot on a Fuji GW690 with Kodak Portra 400 VC.
Bernard Neumüller (link) shared images from the summer of 2020 as part of his project “Summer at Home”, shot on an Olympus XA with Kodak Color Plus.
“It was my goal to capture a feeling of nostalgia and warmth.”
Christian Mackie (link) shared imaged shot on a Contax T2 and a Leica M6, with Kodak Portra 160/400 and Kodak Gold 200.
“The project 'Local' is a collection of environmental street portraits that explores the relationship between people and the places they seem able to effortlessly inhabit. Travelling offers us the opportunity to walk the same streets, but to be a 'local' holds a particular mystique that evades the observer.”
Ben Fey (link) shared work shot on a Rollei 35 (right) and a Hasselblad 500CM (left with Kodak TMax 400.
“I'm drawn to the aesthetic of a farmers market—the field condition and rhythm of produce in geometric shapes, how light and shadow play on the various organic shapes. I am learning that when even a hand or arm is added to the frame, my imagination wanders, a story forms.”
Dennis Limani & Ashwin Ganesh Kumar
Dennis Limani (@dennislimani) shared the image on the left which was shot on a Canon A-1 with Portra 400.
“I always try to inspire people by capturing moments that they can feel and interpret in a deeper way.”
Ashwin Ganesh Kumar (@ashwin_callahan) shared the image on the right as part of a series called “Take Your Time”, shot on a Pentax 6x7 and a Pentax K1000 with Ilford HP5 and Kodak Tmax.
“Take Your Time is an ode to the Netherlands, which welcomed me with open arms in 2014 and I can call this place home. This project is about me taking my time and observing and capturing things around me. The goal is to make a book from this project, and that would be my way of saying dankjewel.”
That brings us to the end of the first ever Process Community Feature bonus issue! Let me know if you’d like to see these kinds of bonus issues featuring work by the Process readers more often. I enjoyed putting this together.
In just two days you can expect the next regularly scheduled issue of Process which will be a really special video collaboration with my friend Ribsy shot in Amsterdam.
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