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All photographs shot by and used with permission from Barry Underwood.

Cleveland-based photographer and light installation artist Barry Underwood, whose work takes focus on the examination of the use of land in both rural and urban areas, is well-versed in the power of film; and he’s using that power to his advantage to document his amazing art installations.

These long-exposure photographs (or visual representations of his “dialogues”, as he calls them, between him and nature and history), of course, are products of much bigger projects that not only take time to plan and execute, but also last several hours after their images are painted on film. As Barry himself explains,

“The photographic images are long exposure documentations of full-scale installations built on-site in specific landscapes. With my work, I actually do build a structure, or object, or an installation. My process begins with drawing. Most of the installations only exist from a few hours to one night. I have been working on projects where the installation is up for several weeks. Most projects are installed in one day, though some can take several days. Again, most of the installations are actual structures, not moving lights, or light trails. Though they do at times mimic light trails. Almost every installation or sculpture has a support structure just off frame. Rope in the trees, an armature, and such.

The photographic images are made using long exposures; one or more hours.  Because they are long exposures, I use film for photographing. I then have the film scanned. I try to treat the image in Photoshop similar to how I would print in the darkroom process: adjusting color balance, dodge/burn, crop…In fact the early work in the series was first printed in the darkroom with no digital process.”

These long exposures may only be fractions of his undoubtedly beautiful full-scale light installations, but they are themselves artworks in their own right. Stunning, surreal, and radiant, they are true examples of long exposures AND film photography done right.

See some of them after the jump and make sure to check out Barry’s gorgeous portfolio
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All images taken by and used with permission from Oleg Oprisco.

As photographers, I think we all have that single photograph, or this series of photographs, or even that artist that moves us so greatly, it influences, sets the tone, and opens the path for our future work. For me, it’s Ukraine photographer Oleg Oprisco’s early work – delicate, intricate, and ethereal – that made me really aspire to be a better photographer.

But it’s not just me he’s inspired. Oleg has influenced an astounding number photographers, medium format shooters and digital snappers alike. And looking at the utterly beautiful and surreal images he painstakingly creates and captures with his trusty Kiev 6C and Kiev 88, this comes as no surprise. His photographs, vibrant with lovely hues and colors, are celestial yet earthly, whimsical yet corporal, and ever so exquisite.

I had the immense pleasure of having an insightful, albeit short, chat with Oleg recently about his work and I’ve come to find out that the man behind the lens is just as stirring as his wonderful photographs. Read our short conversation after the jump.

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Felix Esser The Phoblographer Lomography Smartphone Film Scanner Review

Film lovers rejoice! Well, that is if you don’t already have a freezer dedicated to all the film you must have hoarded in the previous years.

Lomography has unveiled their new film subscription service that lets you save 20% off the included films. You receive handpicked film from the Lomography collection as well as well as an extra treat a month. The Lomography film subscription is automatically renewed each month unless you decide to unsubscribe.

The Lomography Film Subscription Service is currently available in the following countries: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Norway, UK and USA.

Via The Lomography Magazine

Ferraria Solaris 200 with Pentax ME and 50/1.4

Ferraria Solaris 200 with Pentax ME and 50/1.4

With all the news of film products going away, it’s nice to see one coming back! When I heard about this, I had to ask myself “what’s the big deal?” So I did a little research and realized: the return of Ferrania is fantastic news and it seems that many people agree. They are revamping film production and the feedback for them has been wonderful. They aim to be able to ship new film in the first quarter of 2014. This will be color negative film based on Ferrania Solaris FG-100 Plus (for still photography) and a professional color reversal film derived from Scotch Chrome 100.

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How many of you out there can honestly say that you can build your own rangefinder camera? And what about a large format rangefinder? Not many of us can, but Dale Rothenberg is a young photographer based out of Connecticut who took it upon himself to craft one out of an old Polaroid folder.

We had the chance to speak to him about the camera and his photography.

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It seems that our society as a whole has a fascination with what other people carry around with them, I may not fully understand the fascination, but I certainly participate in it! This is a special contribution as it contains two separate bags and only film equipment. Read on to check them out.

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