'Nocturne' - Elvis Prakash " I only noticed the spider when I turned the flash of my phone on..."
35mm Kodak Gold 200 Nikon F55
So tell us more about yourself and about the 'Nocturne'?
"Hi, my name is Elvis, and I’m from Auckland. I started shooting film a couple of years ago.
With this roll, I wanted to see how far I could push Kodak Gold, which you’d normally use
in daylight. The lens I used has a really wide aperture, and using a tripod I knew I at least
wouldn’t get a roll of completely black images back. This photo was taken just after sunset
on my street. I only noticed the spider when I turned the flash of my phone on to check my
camera settings. I wanted to use the streetlight further down the street to frame the spider so
it would show up in the photo. I wasn’t expecting great photos from a 200 ISO film under
nighttime conditions, but I was very pleasantly surprised with this image. The lack of detail
in the darker areas was something I was expecting, but I think it ends up really working for
the photo by putting the focus on the spider’s shape. "
What draws you to analogue photography? " I feel that light looks different on film. Trying to capture something in the perfect light is I
think what draws me to analogue photography.
Who/what inspires or has influenced your thinking or photographing?
I get a lot of inspiration from movies and music. I like to listen to music while shooting
sometimes and in a few frames will try to evoke the mood of the song I’m listening to.
Movies really inspire to me think about how light and colour can be used to tell a story in an
Do you have a favourite film stock you like to use often and would recommend?
Ektar 100 is a film stock that I don’t use as often as I should, It produces really vibrant
colours. I especially love the deep reds and bright greens I get from it. "
Do you have a subject matter or style you always find yourself drawn to? why?
" I don’t think I’m drawn to a particular style of photography but, I do tend to gravitate
towards landscapes and nature. "
If you were to use one camera for the rest of your life, which would you choose?
"For the sound of the shutter release alone, I intend to keep my Mamiya 645 forever."
What do you think is the biggest misconception about Analogue photography today?
" I think the biggest misconception would be that you need an expensive or a perfect camera
to shoot great photos. I think especially if you’re starting out, an inexpensive camera with
some issues are still very useful in helping you learn." What's a tip or life-hack advice you'd pass on to someone from your experience so far with analogue?
" I have the most fun shooting when I’m shooting with a friend, and getting to hang out with
friends is also a great motivation to go out and shoot. Also, always double-check that you’ve
set the correct film speed for your roll and haven’t forgotten to change it from the previous
roll (a very recent mistake I made). "
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