Ilford Disposable Film Camera Kathleen Frank Feather & Film

New England, USA | Ilford Camera Project

Written & Photographed by Kathleen Frank

I live in the northeast corner of the US, which is filled with small towns, a lot of history, and some beautiful mountain and coastal landscapes. We have a harsh winter, so when spring and summer roll around, everyone rushes outside to make the most of it. The farms and greenhouses come to life, and you’ll catch most people sneaking out of work early to go hiking or kayaking. I was so thrilled to try to capture the charm of New England with this little disposable camera. It was the perfect companion for some spring adventures.

This camera seriously took me right back to being a kid! We used to shoot these disposables all the time and rush to the grocery store to get them developed. It was so freeing to go back to such a simple type of shooting. Just aim and click! So easy!

I was also surprised with just how well the Ilford disposable did in different lighting conditions. It definitely favored a lot of light and loves full sun for a good contrasty image, but handled other situations really well, too. Some of my favorite images were from bright days with good cloud cover. It gave the images beautiful midtones and a bit more of that old black and white film feel, which I absolutely love! The camera even had some great results with sun flare. Having just a hint of flare gave the images a wonderful bit of sparkle, but I have a feeling that this could easily be overdone and wash out the images.

All in all, shooting and traveling with this camera was such a wonderful experiment, and I’m so excited to pick up a few more of these. Will definitely be adding them to my film shooting arsenal!


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About Kathleen:
I am a fine art film and digital photographer in New England. Along with fine art photography, I also love to photograph my travels and adventures, especially on film. You can usually find me running around the woods in New Hampshire with a bunch of film cameras around my neck or camping with my husband and little Jack Russell pup.

Website: www.kathleenfrankphotography.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/kathleenfrankphotography
Instagram: @Kathleenfrank

 

Thanks to Ilford Photo & Carmencita Film Lab for supplying the cameras and film scanning/developing services as well as their support for this project.

West Coast USA | Ilford Camera Project

In case you don’t know, we have started a Feather & Film Project where we share our love of both film and travel with you all!

In this year long project we have teamed up with Ilford who have been kind enough to share their awesome Disposable film cameras with us (and you!) and the incredible Carmencita Film Lab who will be developing and scanning all the lovely rolls of film.

This project is for anyone! From the ‘never shot film before’ people, all the way to the ‘love it, swear by it and wouldn’t ever return to digital photography’ people! It’s so easy to forget how fun it is to shoot a disposable camera. They come out with interesting, unexpected and amazing results!

Our first camera travelled to the West Coast USA for a road trip with two non film shooters Joe & Lily, check it out, there’s some really great shots here. Our favourite being the city view shot, let us know what you think and if you’d also like to take part!


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Joe & Lily. Their trip & their thoughts on shooting with film!

We started our trip staying at the Venice Beach Hostel on Washington Boulevard, next to Abbott Kinney Blvd – a hip street of independent cafes, clothes shops, flea markets (the list goes on!) We explored the Venice Canals, Venice Beach, Santa Monica. There is so much to take in – the street art, buskers, eccentric locals, skate boarders and street performers.

We rented a car, and our drive out of LA leads out through an expansive hill range which suddenly flattens out. Up on Highway 99 we drove up through Fresno and across towards Yosemite. Here we stayed at Yosemite Bug – a great hostel and we highly recommend this place if you’re visiting Yosemite! It is about a 40 minute drive from the park, but has a great atmosphere and amazing food! BYOB if you pay $5!

It is much drier at this time of year and there was no water at Yosemite Falls. We did a great two day hike here.

We drove on to San Fran on Highway 120. A journey full of amazing agriculture, orange groves, grape vines and roadside fruit stalls. Here we stayed at the Amsterdam Hotel (a cheap hostel with a great location!) This city is a pretty interesting place to drive around due to hills and the one way system – but expensive for overnight parking in the centre! This is an amazingly diverse city and very manageable. We ate at Sparrow Bar on Height Street which has amazing food and beer cocktails! Brunch is apparently a big deal over there!

Alcatraz is well worth a visit, but we foolishly didn’t book prior and it does sell out weeks in advance! Turn up early in the morning (6 – 7am), as they hold some tickets back for the first tour of the day for people who make the queue! Totally worth it.

We experienced so much here, including walking the hilly streets of San Fran, riding on the cable cars, Fisherman’s wharf, Johnny Rockets, Broadway and China Town. Clam chowder bread bowl is everywhere and surprisingly delicious!

We haven’t used a disposable for a number of years, but we really enjoyed shooting on film and getting a good variety to tell a story. The camera worked exceptionally well in good light, which there was plenty of it during the day as they were experiencing a prolonged summer/heat wave. I think exposure is definitely something to consider when it’s darker, (the Jonny rockets shot was salvaged by cool neons but I was hoping the interior would have exposed.)

So, unless you’re shooting something in bright light or close up with flash, then the results may not turn out as expected! 

 

Follow Joe on instagram: @j.newmarch and Lily: @lilyelise12

 

Thanks to Ilford Photo & Carmencita Film Lab for supplying the cameras and film scanning/developing services as well as their support for this project.