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Photography Insights - important industry interviews by Phlogger

Photography Insights - important industry interviews by Phlogger

By Phlogger (Andrew Walmsley)
Photography insights are important interviews with people in the photography industry. Each episode features a photographer, model, inventor, retailer, publisher, engineer or artist from the analogue and digital world.

Hosted by the Phlogger (Andrew Walmsley) who provides a casual, but intelligent insight into their work and life. All guests are subjected to my infamous "random questions" and the pay it forward recommendation scheme.

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Sheri Lynn Behr - the interview
Welcome to today’s show everyone, another guest from the big apple.  This photographer has 2 sides to her story, and we are concentrating on her ongoing project work.  Sheri Lynn Behr is a lovely lady who grew up in the Bronx.  Originally trained in film analog and printing too, but moved quite early to digital.  We even talk about why you may want to shoot digital or film. I have to thank both the Michael's at Analog Forever magazine for introducing me to Sheri too. It was only through their ongoing work did I notice her unique photography.  We soon get in touch and boy did we hit it off, like old friends.  Just like in life it’s not every week you really connect with someone.  But Sheri was really different, we enjoy a mutual hobby (you will hear about it) and it’s so nice to continue messaging each other.  So who knows for the future! From her interview you will realise her work is about trial and error, Sheri looks at her edits and can throw them out.  It’s about going back over your work until you like it.  We even discuss it's not just about looking at single images but a body of work.  Sheri has been in a few shows including the polaroid collection. So in this one we discuss: shooting strangers slide film why instant film science fiction surveillance influences and processes social media television shows technology development how to become an artist Sheri’s book Article Before we move on I would like to thank my friends of the show.  For those who follow my writing, you will notice a recent article about Steve at Chroma camera.  Recently he sent me his “snapshot” camera to try out.  My article is all about a moron trying to work large format and not just produce multiple exposure shows!  Yes, thats right i made a few mistakes, but i’ve included my thoughts on the camera and also some shots that did come out, home developed by me too. Links Sheri Website - Sheri Instagram - Friends For all your c41 developing needs - Great and affordable zines from Static Age -
November 18, 2020
Alejandro Ilukewitsch - travel & street photographer
Interviewing my next guest was really easy, well that's how it felt.  Alejandro or “Alex” as he calls himself was born in Venezuela but has also lived in Mexico, Brazil, Germany, and now Romania.  Along these travels, he has fallen in love with street portraiture and has a great way of showing the culture.  As he says, there is no point going to the pretty and boring places in the city, as they are the same everywhere.  So he travels into the villages and neighborhoods, which has found him in some interesting situations.  Alex describes these to us and I think he’s underplaying how scary the situations were, especially the prison story! Alex has used film in some of his works but is predominantly a digital shooter.  He has experience of shooting events like baptisms, weddings, and even concerts in his earlier life but loves his street work.  He’s a kind and good human who signed up for my secret project.  Alex was unfortunate as the camera was sent to Romania but didn’t make it to his office! He has some lovely feedback from people so find out: - shooting safely - concert shooting - street photography - cultures - shit happens - prints for strangers - film shooting - Local celebrations - shooting out of focus - lusting after the Mamiya 7 - when NOT to shoot - portraits Links Alex Instagram - Alex website - Friends Links This week I have chosen to quickly provide an update on Steve from Chroma Camera, who has been tinkering away again.  He's made a new modular medium format camera - called the #Chroma679.  More details coming soon on pricing and availability. Film Dev - Static Age - Chroma Camera - Phlogger Follow my work - My Instagram -
November 11, 2020
Frames magazine - interview with photographer and editor Tomasz
Although I really enjoyed my small break in the hills of England with my family it's time to get back to podcasting.  This was an unusual one for me, as it was first thing in the morning but it was really nice to speak with my guest.  Tomasz is a talented classical pianist, photographer, and editor of Frames magazine!  It’s unfair how talented people like Tomasz are, the way they can work across music and photography.  This can be seen in his personal work where he shoots concerts, musicians, and portraits. Tomasz has editorial and podcasting experience too, as he has run Fujifilm online magazine for 5? years too.  Recently he has been working hard behind the scenes to raise awareness about his latest project – FRAMES MAGAZINE.  This idea was a beautiful printed magazine that should “wow” people.  So he’s been creating a fabulous group on Facebook, there are a youtube channel and newsletters.  It’s just getting printed in the UK now so definitely work checking it out. One difference about the magazine is Frames is based on a monthly subscription service with online content.  For more information check the link in the show notes or my website. In this one we talk about: - covid & printed - mobile photography - traditional photography - frames Facebook group - inspiration from different genres - positives of lockdown - photography bucket lists - finding your film - scanning film - the printed medium - the personal connection - importance of sleep Links Frames website - Frames FB group - Frames youtube - Tomasz website - Friends Links I have discussed David from FilmDev in this show and how he's developed all my 120 colour work for a few years.  Great work guaranteed and as an example, he only charges £4 for small files with delivery & TIFF's!  Large scans are £8 compared to. Do check them out - Other friends are: Static Age - Chroma Camera -
November 4, 2020
Phlogger projects + social media changes
So it's a quieter week for you all for a change. COVID caused some last-minute issues for this week, so we've had to change the lineup.  In this episode, you get to listen to me all the way through!   I'm talking to you about projects - why you should participate, why you should create one, some of the steps involved, and lessons I have learned.  In this one, I'm going to quickly talk about changes made with my social media work. It's quite confusing to see yourself putting time and effort into media with so-called "activity" according to statistics, but when viewing/listeners figures don't increase it's pointless.  So I'm talking to you about what I have done instead and why. In this one we all discuss: James Lane at Zone Imaging lab Secret Project (completed) Negative Journey project (completed) Retro 72 project (running)
October 21, 2020
Ben Felten - cyanotypes and multi exposures on film
Hey everybody, welcome to this week's podcast with me your host the Phlogger.  As I explore this medium of photography and play around I become interested in many areas.  One of these that always springs to mind is a double exposure.  I remember when running my competitions with Kodak Alaris that there was a few multi-exposure entries.  In fact, one of them by Ben Felten won a memorable mention and obviously stuck in my conscious mind.  So I thought hell I had not interviewed someone who does this consistently with film so let’s get him on the show.  Ben was very willing and I couldn’t wait to talk with him. Now bear in mind Ben is from France, but has lived in a few countries and currently living in Hong Kong.  So if you are expecting a heavy French accent you might be surprised. Anyway, Ben’s a family man like myself and a very decent guy.  After speaking with Ben I’ve come up with the idea of an act of random kindness every day.  So you search for someone on Instagram and share their picture on your story - simple.  it would be great to hear of you doing this too.  Remember karma everyone, do something nice for someone and feel positive. So this podcast is all about Ben’s pursuit of happiness with multi-exposure and his human nature project.  It’s a learning journey and he talks to us about the technical and conceptual aspects too, so very useful. So in this one we discuss: multi-exposure background choices shooting Xpan studio vs home sessions negative space vs busy backgrounds cyanotypes photograms hong kong restrictions zines Other Links We discuss the beginning of cyanotypes with (botanist) Anna Atkins with her book on plant life. Chris Relander - Ben Links Etsy - Instagram - Friends of the show I have discussed David from FilmDev in this show and how he's developed all my 120 colour work for a few years.  Great work guaranteed and as an example, he only charges £4 for small files with delivery & TIFF's!  Large scans are £8 compared to. Do check them out - Other friends are: Static Age - Chroma Camera -
October 14, 2020
James lane – alchemy, epilepsy & james bond
Recently I’ve been talking with friends about developing, my mistakes, and how to improve after recently going back to development.  It’s been interesting to improve my results, so being more careful in preparation has been good.  After speaking with James Lane about developing we became friends and started talking to different developers etc.  Now although James is young, he has a scientific persona and can hear how enthusiast he is for alchemy!  He loved it so much he started developing for customers and runs his own lab! James talks to us about why he’s different from other labs and spends time talking to us about making your own chemicals. He’s got some top-secret plans he’s working on and has an interesting future ahead of him.  I love his passion for pushing film, controlling contrast and grain. What’s interesting about James lab (zone imaging lab) is you can choose the developer!  He even has explanations on his website what each one does.  I think this is a great unique selling point and makes him stand out. In this one: - spending 3 hours with a reel - light leaks - custom pushing technique - increasing negative density - epilepsy - career choices - trying new developers - pyro 510 - beta testing XTOL killer Random questions having a pint with James Bond and James chooses a strange superpower. Links: We discuss a few of the characters from facebook forums including  Rüdiger Hartung and Daniel Keating Lab website - Facebook - Friends of the show Recently I've shared some of the work brought to us by Static Age.  It's great to see Pete at Static Age is bringing more photographers zines to us.  The most recent is called "cooking with gas" by Brandon Lasko.  It's available now and only £7. Other friends are: Do check them out - Chroma Camera -
October 7, 2020
Interview with legendary skate photographer - Grant Brittain
Welcome to episode 103 of photography insights, the shot that interviews people from the photography industry. It’s funny how I look back over the past hundred episodes and still cannot believe some of the names and talent I’ve managed to interview.  Each year of my photography seems like how do I beat last year.  Then all of sudden you get a reply from a legendary photographer and they say sure, let’s do it.  It’s times like this I’m still amazed that people that have so much experience are willing to spend some time talking to me.  It’s a very humbling experience I can tell you, and yes I still get nervous but this soon dissipates.  In fact, for those who come back regularly, I suspect you will notice this with guests.  After 15 minutes they might slow their speaking down and start laughing etc, but after 60 they are totally relaxed and like 2 friends are talking.  Well, that's what I try to do and hope its conveyed.  It’s an important skill when interviewing.  Anyway, where was I? So yes because of COVID you are lucky enough to listen to the one and only skateboarding photography legend Grant Brittain!  It’s a true honor to have a man with many years of experience behind him.   For these sorts of interviews, I just couldn’t fit in my random questions, in fact, I had to edit this down just to get it where it is now.  So I know this is a long one, so feel free to skip forward.  But listening back to Grant was such a pleasure and we spoke over 3 hours in the end.  Let me tell you, this does not happen very often.  I try to edit what I believe you want to hear but can only do my best. There is not much that needs saying about Grant, to be honest, just google his name, check Instagram, etc.  what was really nice, as he has a great reputation in the industry too as a kind person.  He did not disappoint too, as we talk from his roots in photography, through skating, the magazines, and working freelance now.  It’s a hell of a journey  and in the words of Grant " All wanted  to do was surf, skate & smoke pot" So in this one, we cover: going back to old shots liking out of focus shooting for layouts embracing digital change photographers eye collective sleeping on pool tables + in darkrooms getting out corporate feel magazine industry ethos of skaters archives + COVID cameras, cameras cameras why grant doesn’t develop Friends of the show I have discussed David from FilmDev in this show and how he's developed all my 120 colour work for a few years.  Great work guaranteed and as an example, he only charges £4 for small files with delivery & TIFF's!  Large scans are £8 compared to. Do check them out - Other friends are: Static Age - Chroma Camera - Links Instagram - Website -
September 30, 2020
Matthew Curtis - beer blogger, photographer & podcaster
I’m pleased to bring you episode 102 which is all about one of my favorite subjects – beer!!!  During COVID it’s been great to get to the weekend and relax with a couple of beers (obviously you all should drink in moderation like me).  After a recent delivery from Beer52 I looked through the Ferment magazine and noticed some interesting articles.  This work led me to the author behind the work - Matthew Curtis.  Matthew is a freelance photographer, blogger, podcaster, and now a magazine publisher! It was really interesting to talk with someone who actively has an interest in great beer, but has the vocabulary to describe this.  Matthew really has understood how to use each medium (the written word, the spoken word, and photography).  He’s originally from my local area, so it’s nice to hear about his roots and also how traveling to breweries around the world has helped him.  Matthew doesn’t pull his punches and will tell you honestly about his work, mistakes, and his thoughts of some labels. He talks to us about his magazine label - Pellicle, its beginnings, and how COVID has affected the brand and his life.  Matthew also talks about his roots in adult life and how he stumbled into photography.  He's now very experienced and works for a few brands and even helps teach others.   In this one we discuss: magazines how to get paid for writing beer varieties lactose intolerances supporting local businesses amazon vs online breweries shooting fruit learning editing working with CAMRA layout vs imagery pride and North/South divides Random questions Yes, Matthew eases his way through these and won't forget thinking about hitmen from now on!  So don't forget to check out Matthew's unique way of banning daydreaming. Links Please do check out Matthew's lovely work.  His magazine is made through voluntary contributions, so take a look! Instagram - Magazine - Podcast - Twitter - From the show During the podcast we mention a few brands too, so don't forget to check them out: Beer52 - Brewdog - Cloudwater brewery - Ferment Magazine - Good Beer Hunting - Beer Guild Training event - Chosen Brew podcast - Friends of the show Thanks to: Chroma Camera, Filmdev & Static Age
September 23, 2020
Interview with Gareth Davies - a tale of Air Forces, Army & Police
Welcome to episode 101 and this one I'm delighted to talk to someone on the opposite side of the world.  Gareth Davies originated from Wales in the UK but through his military career ended up in New Zealand.  He started life in the Air Force serving all around the globe, including places like the Gulf War and Bosnia (amongst a few others).  This one's a tale of different countries, a little about the Army and how he ended up in the Police with photography. Gareth was introduced through his best friend Stu Mckenzie (episode 95) through their military careers.  It's fascinating to hear how Gareth transitioned from the UK Air Force to moving to New Zeland.  We do talk a little about this amazing country that has such outstanding natural beauty and why it's a visual treat for photographers.  Gareth shoots landscapes, nature, and a little macro too, so do check out the website for examples of his work.  He's a lovely guy who shared his history and love of his career, so listen out for a few fun stories too In this one we discuss: reconnaissance photography high-speed processing  tight deadlines sensitometry shooting 4x5 using 48-inch lenses on a helicopter shooting borders of Belize combat camera training Iraqi cameraman forensic & training photographers presets + photoshop charity work Random questions Gareth like a few people was a little nervous about my stupid questions but easily made his way through. So, find out why we should embrace hairstyles and the name of his fictitious detective agency. Links Gareth Instagram - Gareth Facebook -   Friends of the show Don't forget my friends in photography help support the show by getting my message out there.  Each one is helping through generosity that is mutually provided. Today I would like to focus on Chroma and for any of you that already have a large format camera (often called 4x5) then listen to this.  Steve has built an adaptor so you can use your existing 4x5 with Hamish's pix-latr.  This allows you to scan by using items you already have!  For information check out Steve's page on this  - Chroma Camera - Film Dev - Static Age - Phlogger If you want to follow my work and keep up to date, just check my social media here: Instagram - Website -
September 15, 2020
100th episode by Jon at Instinctive - socks, guests + messages
Oh crikey where do we begin on this one?  The big 100! When approaching the turn of the century I came up with an idea to do something different and flip the host and guest scenario!  Now I have to be honest I asked and was trying to arrange my first ever guest to host it.  However, Sarah (street media) had literally just started a new job after we started planning this.  I really did want to have a female host to show I have grown as a person and involving everyone.  However, since this was not feasible my good friend Jon at Instinctive Photography accepted (without a bribe) the position. Please bear with us, I've never done anything like this so it's not designed to be a normal episode at all.  It's a light-hearted show about you all, I love you all for supporting my work. What's in store for you: 1. Jon fires off a few random questions at the Phlogger! 2. guests Steve at Chroma Camera, Pete at Static Age and the model Shannon Ashby. 4. What photography means to the guests 5. written messages 6. video messages (this will be aired on Youtube soon) 7. a few special messages (from my daughter, my wife and good friend Jeni at Signature too) Outtakes - yes I will be making a short bonus episode where you will hear real-life mistakes! Links Instinctive Photography Website - Instinctive Photography Instagram - Jon's b&w Instagram - Chroma Camera website - Chroma Instagram - Static Age website - Static Age Instragram - Shannon Ashby Instagram - Thanks It was so kind of everyone to email me with their messages and videos.  Taking time out their day for me, was a humbling experience and I don't mind saying it made me very tearful. I literally have met some wonderful people on this young and will continue to hunt more down! Thank you from the bottom of my heart (in no particular order). Gina Milicia Jay Good Tobias Beach-Wlyd John Hughes Paul at Analogue Wonderland Top Gun Dave Max Hellweg Quinn Jacobson Bob Patterson Jeni Lowe Ibarionex Perello  John Whitmore Leyton Cleveley Andy Church at Kodak Alaris Michael Kirchoff David Collyer Marius Lomig from Film Washi
September 9, 2020
Interview with Lorenzo Mittiga - underwater photographer
Hi everybody I’m so thrilled to bring you yet another first – an underwater photographer for episode 99!  I was sat reading my copy of the technology/science magazine WIRED and came across some different photos.  It was all about reefs and a project involving them with some beautiful photographs by a gentleman called Lorenzo Mittiga.  After checking his work I was really impressed and contacted him.  Lorenzo was nothing but intriguing and fun to communicate with, he must have been as excited as me Lorenzo’s work is known around the world for his images and works in documentaries, like natural history. By trade, his is a marine biologist but left that in Italy to work more in the field. He’s an intelligent guy who can speak 3 languages and luckily one of them was English.  Lorenzo lives on the Dutch island of Bonaire in the Caribbean. He also talks about living and working as a photographer, so its a tale of weddings, portraiture, food, and anything else! Lorenzo talks to us about his start in photography and shooting film, all the way through to digital.   He gladly provides details of his kit and how hard it is underwater.  He’s got some lovely split over/underwater projects too, which are very different photographically speaking. In this one we talk about: Issues with film underwater Ektachrome & Velvia working with Jack Cousteau working with windsurfers issues with sand camera housings how depth can affect u water & natural filters underwater flash lemon sharks the iguana shot LINKS Aqua lung - Nimar - Flexarm - Lorenzo website - Lorenzo Instagram -
September 2, 2020
Stacy Pearsall - combat photography + veterans
*** Please note there are a couple of minutes of echo on this show, there was a bad weather storm in Stacy's area.  This caused our video session to black out a few times too, but i've edited all that out so can't tell.  Nothing much to worry about though, just enjoy Stacy's presence. *** It’s that time again and its now episode 98.  After recently speaking with Stu Mckenzie I thought it would be great to have a female combat photographer too.  Some research later I came across a wonderful story about Stacy Pearsall, who had served and was doing a fabulous veternas project. After speaking with Stacy it was quite clear she has a wonderful sense of humour (as you will hear).  Stacy is a person who hasn’t let her disabilities from her servitude affect her.  Along with her trusty assistant and Charlie the service dog (world-famous) she applies her trade as a photographer.  One of the main reasons you should listen is to her Stacy talk about her lovely veterans' project.  This involves her traveling to every state in the USA.  This is no mean feat for someone like Stacy, so listen carefully as she talks a little about herself. So in this one: charlie & Dolly Parton service dogs female veterans combat injuries + PTSD grey days combat camera requirements military jokes, gear & meals New Zealand travel dreams flying with dogs holsters + injuries photojournalism gear or gun? being an Ilford master brand loyalty & integrity Random questions Of course, Stacy is subjected to the usual barmy questions – so find out why you shouldn't watch horror films. Stacy links Website  - Instagram - Podcast - Holster - Friends of the show Film development - Zines - Cameras - Phlogger You can check my Instagram blog feed here - You can find my best photography here -
August 26, 2020
Model safety with Alix, Beth & Emily
Welcome to epsiode 97 of photography insights, the show that interviews people from around the photography industry.  Today is a very special one, something different to my usual interviews and focusing on a specific subject – model safety.  Since I’ve worked with a few and seen some of the problems, I got together with a few to record this. What follows is a discussion on a Facebook group we are members of that is speicifcally aimed at safety for both photographers and models when working with new people.  It’s a great resource where people can ask questions about others and get some feedback from their experiences. The group has some careful moderators involved to ensure it’s not just a place to go slam photographers or vice versa.  From the podcast you will learn a little about it and why it’s a really good place for us all. I’m joined by Alix, Beth and Emily who came forward to talk about the group, experiences and provide you all with some great advice.  All the models give some insight when things can go wrong on shoots and what you should do.  Each one has their experience and its quite eye opening what can happen. We will talk about ways to whistleblow and when you should for safety. Everyone provides some great advice for best practises that models should follow like doing some homework on the photographer.  You will also hear my side from a photographers viewpoint too, that should help with any fears. The models also pinpoint some red flags you should watch for before, during and after the shoot too. I want to thank Alix, Beth and Emily for taking ti me out to record this.  We felt like its something that is important to us all and want to protect you all from any potential issues.  There are links to the models social media feeds and do urge you to work with these fantastic ladies. Links Facebook safety group - Government advice - Purpleport advice - News articles  Jailed - Creepy photographers - Baby steelers - Models Alix purpleport  - Beth - Emily - Phlogger -
August 19, 2020
John Whitmore from TheDarkShed - mulletts, showers and darkrooms
Welcome to episode 96 everyone, really pleased to have you on board once again.  Had some lovely guests recently and I’m adding another friendly person to the list.  This time we are discussing the darkroom with John Whitmore aka TheDarkShed. John discusses his life around the darkroom, children and all things analogue.  He has his own youtube show and produces live + behind the scenes approach to making art.  it’s challenges and ideas he has and shows us how to do this. What I really like about John is his honesty, he tells you straight and makes mistakes, just like all of us.  He doesn’t mind saying when something goes wrong and explains why (he usually gets there in the end). He’s approachable on social media and can hear him on Sunny 16 podcast too quite often. friendships & photography show playing painting dev + pre fix pictures of children safety in the darkroom the mentality of shooting film lumen prints & grass fixer thumb signatures learning the incorrect way pre fix  + experimenting importance of combining techniques how to remove hairs from negatives unusual way 2do large prints the business of enjoyment photographers vs artists being multi-skilled RESOURCES The Darkroom handbook by Michael Langford - Gulnara's handmade project - Sunny 16 podcast featuring John - FRIENDS OF THE SHOW Film developing - Static Age zines - LINKS John website - John Youtube - John Instagram - Phlogger Instagram - Phlogger photos -
August 12, 2020
Stu Mckenzie - army, photography +reindeers
INTRODUCTION Welcome to episode 95 of Photography insights, the show that interviews people from the photography world.  Today I would like to introduce you to someone who has travelled a lot of the world.  Someone that’s been to the artic and lived with reindeer herders and who has been to war with a camera!  Examples of places he’s served or work include Moscow, Germany, Nothern Ireland, Edinburgh, Mongolia, Iraq, Afghanistan, Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, New Zealand, Namibia Stu Mckenzie life started off in the army and has had some unique experiences which he talks to us about.  He’s a calm, collected and a humble bloke who likes helping others.  I do urge you to check out his collection of photography that shows a mix of culture, travel, portraiture and landscapes. Stu also provides some great tips for those wanting to go out in the cold. I came across Stu’s work recently due to his work with veterans and PSTD, so check out project mindscape. In this podcast we also discuss: - combat camera team - working with SAS - preparation for trips - gear survival in the artic - military police - hangovers & Edinburgh castle - maths & guide numbers - army photography courses - working as BBC cameraman - infrared + converted 5ds - meeting Neil Armstrong - working with Don McCullin Random questions Yes, you will hear Stu go through these and find out what he daydreams about. MENTIONED Jon at Instinctive - David Baranek - Snapshot by Chroma Camera - David's infrared article - Aerochrome supplier- Rob Shanebrook (moon camera) - Paul Berriff - LINKS Stu Instagram - Stu website - Stu Youtube - Phlogger My blog - My Instagram - My photos -
August 5, 2020
Interview with award winning photographer Gulnara Samoilova
Hey everybody, welcome to episode 94 of photography insights and today we are going to feature another great artist.  As I said in my previous episode I’m trying to reach out to a wider scope of people and this is another example – a photographer from Russia!   Gulnara comes from the region of Autonomous Republic of Bashkortostan and was the only female photographer.  She moved into the world of press photography under the belt of "associated press" in the USA.  She has won competitions and awards including world press photo.  Her work is known around the world now and one example is that of 9/11, where she was at ground zero.  In this podcast we do not discuss this as her interview with Bob at Street Photography Magazine covers all you need to know (plus its a great magazine). I came across Gulnara because of her awards and her lovely work with street photography.  Gulnara is the founder of "" too, where she showcases work of others. One of Gulnara’s projects caught my eye and listen out as we discuss hand painting. Areas discussed book collecting shooting 40 years importance of mentors right critique & feedback darkroom master making chemicals appreciating your homeland being happy & proud of your work workshops in Russia lockdown + first book teaching street Instagram feeds & personality artists residency + PAID trip to NYC Links Gulnara website- Gulnara Instagram - women street photography - Mentioned: Street photograph interview - Dominique interview - Dominque Instagram - Pay it forward: Ximena Echague - Friends of the show Pete at Static Age - Film Dev -
July 28, 2020
Interview with Sheila Pree Bright - photographic artist
It's another week and time for another show and again something completely different.  You can see how my choice of guests is influenced by events and people around me! Recently I have talked about the point of looking for with my guests and choosing them for a reason.  It's something that has played on my mind recently and how I should open up more.  The consensus in my mind (we had a vote) is that I should look for people that haven't had their voices heard from the minorities or speak to those that are trying to do great work for the society of those not privileged. So today I'm pleased to bring you the rather lovely Sheila Pree Bright.  Sheila is an ambassador for Leica, comes from America and has this habit of using the world of photography to talk about the world from a different perspective.  Some of her projects include Young Americans, 1960NOW, Suburbia, Plastic Bodies.  We talk a lot about the life of being black in America, opportunities and what she has seen.  Some of her travels around the states have even shocked her, so listen out for when we discuss Baltimore. So in this one, we discuss: art piece for University of Boston starting with gangster rap photography  1960 now + uprising of young people civil rights working for HBO protests flowers &COVID white narrative vs black John Lewis & your poetry school curriculums Migrations & segregations FURTHER INFO We discussed Jim Crow To find out more about the ATlanta murders We also mention John Lewis Sheila's video of the McCleung musuem talk is here LINKS Sheila has a great degree of work and you should check out her website for more information. Instagram
July 22, 2020
Interview with fine art photographer Joel Tjintjelaar
It's my pleasure to bring an artist and photographer from the top of his game - Joel Tjintjelaar from Holland.  Joel's images are really outstanding and thought-provoking, based around his concepts of fine art.  His images are based around black and white (he explains why too) and usually involve long exposure.  Joel works in the world of architecture using both digital full-frame and large format film to produce high-end work for clients.  This involves him using Photoshop skills and teaching these too. Joel comes from a different background to most, after a career in I.T. and being a qualified criminal lawyer.  If you look at his brand you can see blog articles, courses, critiques, guides, books and has a unique relationship with Hitech filters (has his own range of N.D. filters).  He's an intelligent person who perfects his skill through learning from other forms of art and reading a lot!   importance of studying painters + art passion + defining fine art learn about yourself objects vs subjects understanding Picasso reading books ideas, workflow & research why black & white teaching content not seen on the internet tilt shift vs large format 16 stop ND filters shooting Phase 1 with 100 megapixels Random questions It was clear from talking with Joel before the interview he had a great sense of humour, so i put him through a couple.  So, find out why: the dutch like liquorice Joel would enjoy 200 metres running Links Joel recommended this book various times during the show by Margaret Livingstone To check out Joel's filters, books, presets, courses, blog then check out his website. Joel's website - Joel Instagram -
July 15, 2020
July 2020 update from the Phlogger
Hello everyone, Hello everyone,a quick message to say there is no episode this week as I've been interviewed myself.  Yes, please do check out Tim at Cheapshot podcast, where I was a guest for episode 8!  Tim's a great and friendly character so really nice to be talking with him (link at the bottom). In this show I briefly discuss:  ideas for future show  thanks to Max from last week  covid and coming out lockdown  shooting models  working on my projects  future podcasts Links Tim's podcast -
July 9, 2020
Interview with National Geographic photographer Max
Welcome to episode 90!   I was reading a copy of the tech/science mag WIRED recently and was intrigued by some of the photography inside, especially one particular article.  Something then suddenly flashed why don't I reach out to the photographer, as they are always credited in magazines like this.  The thing was, the article was based around forensic photography and not something I had seen much of. So a few friendly emails later and we had managed to arrange a last-minute session together.  I'm pleased to introduce you to Max Aguilera Hellweg, who is a not only a photographer for National Geographic but a trained doctor too. Working for National Geographic he has had some very interesting assignments that have taken him around the world and interesting circumstances!  Max started life in film and darkrooms but was forced to shoot digitally due to changes in the industry. He talks to us about his life and is very passionate about this, so watch out for the odd swear word. A few topics we discuss are: working with criminals + police the West Bank Journalism & privacy laws Russian particle accelerators Cancun, pyramids and jail shooting at "the body farm" Robots & human fears Queen & Bohemian Rhapsody Forensic photography Peruvian presidents Medicine Darkrooms and digital COVID assignment + when not to shoot Although we had a 2-hour conversation, I've managed to cut some elements down to 1 hour, its not easy putting someone's career down into this amount of time. QUOTE “There is always a story, it doesn't matter when you arrive, stay open, be patient” LINKS Max recommends you visit his website to look at his work, but i've put a link to his book here too.  It's work he did photographing what's inside us humans, graphic but beautiful. National Georgraphic - Website - Book -
July 1, 2020
Interview with street & editorial photographer Michelle Groskopf
How do you introduce someone who is funny, forthright and totally committed to her role in society.  With some people its more than a job, it's more than passion, it's simply who you are.  Today's guest is the one and only Michelle Groskopf, a street and editorial photographer from Los Angeles.   Michelle is an interesting figure in the community because her career moved rapidly from the world of the street to purses, people and some rather interesting clients.  After shooting for a certain favourite magazine of mine, Michelle was lucky enough to work with people in the tech industry.  Now when I say tech, I mean the big boss, as in Bill Gates, Jack Dorsey etc!   What is great is that Michelle took these photos in her style, not your standard corporate headshot.   Anyway, we discuss all sorts and have a great laugh, so here are a few points from it: finding a mentor how WIRED changed her life vivid websites voyeuristic style telephoto lenses COVID sexism + racism fighting equality I have a certain Ibarionex Perello to thank for the recommend and boy, I'm so thankful.  Michelle is nothing but honest and talks a little about her upbringing and the fight of being a female gay photographer. Quote After listening back to the interview I think this quote from her provides a glimpse of what we discuss - "to be a black person know and to recognise that the whole world stands in way of your greatness”. Random questions Michelle doesn't escape the wrath of my questions, so find out Michelle's ideal headline and the relevance of skipping school. Links These links refer to discussions from the podcast: Toby Kaufmann - Diversifyphoto - Michelle Instagram - Michelle website -
June 24, 2020
Mental health and the creative mind - a real story with Shaun Hall & Victoria Louise
Welcome back all, a few weeks ago I brought you a double-length special with Stephen at Kosmo.  For this week I'm bringing you something really different and totally understand if it's not for you.  For one week, I've put together a double-length special focusing on mental health with a couple of photographers.  These are blunt, raw, true stories about real-life here as they talk about Mental Health and its effects. I am very proud to present my friends Shaun Hall and Victoria Louise who have agreed to bring you honesty.  When around us there is the false world of perfection and Instagram, but behind this are people with problems.  It's about time we talked about this and stopped pretending we live these amazing lives and everything is a photo.   Shaun is more of a landscape and nature photographer, but loves all genres to be honest and is currently living off the Yorkshire Coast.  Victoria lives in the small town of Gainsborough with her family and works in the wedding and portrait world of photography.  They will both tell you about their lives, how mental health has affected it, what part photography has played.   In this one we discuss: training your mind traumas addiction suicide treatment recovery funding support mechanisms coping under COVID *** Please remember we are not medically trained and not offering professional advice, we are here as fellow humans with issues.  *** Support We have put together a few links as resources for anyone struggling.  Some of these are local to Victoria & Shaun. Bearded Fisherman - Be the Difference - NHS - Links Here you can find links to Shaun & Victoria's work as well as our group.  Please remember the group I created is for anyone in the photography world - we don't care if you are a novice, expert, model, publisher or something else.  It's a safe space to relax and find support, some people post images, some people write - there are no rules. Shaun Hall - Shaun (Instagram) - Victoria Louise - Victoria (Instagram) - Photographers Therapy group - Quotes After listening to the show and the guests, you can take a summary of their words from these quotes: “managing mental health is like a full-time job” - Victoria  "people say you have a choice with this life, they don't understand mental health or addiction" - Shaun
June 17, 2020
Interview with photo journalist Rob Pinney from Point 51 Magazine
I’m pleased to bring you photojournalist Rob Pinney from Point 51 magazine.  The magazine is based around photojournalism and covers stories around Europe.  It’s a well-made publication, unique size and reads more like a long-form approach. Rob talks to us about: stealing the "stone of scone" timeline issues COVID & the future commuting during COVID online storytelling monetising news & paywalls working in publishing emotions when working covering difficult topics Links Rob's website - Magazine website - Photovoice -
June 10, 2020
Interview with Stephen Dowling from Kosmo Foto
After waiting so long I thought it would be wise to put an interview with Stephen Dowling from Kosmo foto together.  After writing for his blog last year (link) and watching his website grow from the Zorki days has been impressive.  Obviously some of you know Stephen from his film, some know him from the BBC and some from his NME days, never mind his travels around the world. After meeting Stephen back in March 2019 at the photography show (with the rest of the crew too) it was clear he's got bags of experience and intelligence too.  I love talking to people like Stephen about the many years he has been a journalist, but mainly his passion for the analogue world of cameras. I decided to make this an extra-length special to cover 2 weeks, as I'm still unsure if I can commit to a weekly podcast anymore (it takes up time editing etc).   Obviously I will never be short of interesting people to find, it's just finding mutual times to fit this in. So, let's break the interview down since its an extra-length special. We talk about some of the characters out there like Jeremy (Japan Camera Hunter), Hamish Gill from 35mmc, EM from Emulsive, Steve at Chroma, Sam at Solarcan and Paul from Analogue Wonderland.    Obviously Stephen knows many people, but he's not name dropping, far from it, he's actively complimenting and talking about people who are making the film community a better place for all. So in this one we discuss: working from home spiders & red rooms important BBC story from last year photo walks Selling during Covid Blogging since 2012 Shooting cats 1st time developing film street portraiture Belarus film collective Zorki & Fed cameras David Collyer + Guardian Random questions Find out why we discuss tear gas! A scoop on Dyson's next invention and why Stephen is the ultimate nosey parker! Photographers Stephen recommends a few important people he has come across with unique skills, so please do check out: Clement Marion - Nandakumar Narasimhan - David Collyer - David Collyer (interview by Phlogger) - Pay it forward Stephen recommended Rob Andrews from the London Camera Project - Links Kosmo website - Kosmo film shop - Instagram - Facebook - Friends of the show For all your analogue film developing, check out - If you like zines, you will love Static Age's work -
May 27, 2020
Interview with historic sign photographer Mark Stein
Interview with historic sign photographer Mark Stein, is a hell of a title ain't it!  Well, I'm back after a prolonged break from this pandemic, but I am feeling in a better headspace thank god.  After chatting with Mark recently we finally nailed down a date together to get this podcast recorded.  Apologies for any audio issues on this one, so many internet-related service issues at the minute it's crazy. As you know I like to bring you variety, as it keeps us all entertained.  With episode 85 and our lovely guest Mark Stein from Denver, Colorado, USA.  Mark has definitely found a niche project here.  He's photographing some of the vintage and historic signs along the famous route 66.  Mark was one of the guys I found through Instagram and we started talking some time ago, due to our passion for film.  I even showed him a book I had been reading a few months ago about some interesting stops along Route 66 (I mean who hasn't heard of it?) You can tell from the interview Mark has a passion for history and photography, which makes a lovely scene and produces high class images too.  He works hard to capture these in short periods when he has time. In this podcast we discuss: nostalgia or history photography groups + trips Lomography, Fuji & Kodak film Bronica + metering darkroom lab (California) COVID + small business creativity with COVID growing own food travelling via car/plane Kotak/Ilford price increases fuji film loses  market changes FPP government surplus film listening to vinyl Hopefully you will enjoy this one as I attempt to keep these interviews more chat based and focus on the person and their art.  Please do check out Mark's work online using the links. LINKS
May 20, 2020
Interview with Marwan & Charys from Silvergrain classics
As you already know I'm starting this series of interviews to document what is going on with this pandemic.  We are featuring an array of people from different places in the world, so we get an even picture of what is happening. I am really pleased to present you with 2 lovely people from Germany today, it's Marwan and Chary's from Silvergrain Classics (aka Photoklassik).  Both are active on social media and always in touch with the community.  Chary's has posted some lovely footage including her son developing colour film in their home.  It's really nice to see this personal touch and see there are people behind the brand, not just some business. If you haven't yet seen their magazine, I highly recommend it, they have some amazing artists featured.  In fact, I have written a review of the magazine and they inspired me to interview people like Jan Schlegel. So listen to this show as we talk about: large format enlargers positivity coming articles kodak & tetenal changes film industry relationships cibachrome printer documenting corona supporting the community ak47 & deers Links Silvergrain website - Silvergrain magazine - David Collyer - Facebook therapy group - Silvergrain magazine review -
April 22, 2020
Coping with covid - report from Silvergrain Classics in Germany
As you already know I'm starting this series of interviews to document what is going on with this pandemic.  We are featuring an array of people from different places in the world, so we get an even picture of what is happening. I am really pleased to present you with 2 lovely people from Germany today, it's Marwan and Chary's from Silvergrain Classics (aka Photoklassik).  Both are active on social media and always in touch with the community.  Chary's has posted some lovely footage including her son developing colour film in their home.  It's really nice to see this personal touch and see there are people behind the brand, not just some faceless business. It's been interesting to hear from people around the globe and let's see how different things are in another European country - Germany. So listen to this show as we talk about: toilet paper Tetenal & dishwasher tablets supporting the community bricks & mortar stores re-opening of small stores school learning & workloads online orchestra's why we need art Silvergrain blog Covid 133,000 infected & 3,500 deaths at 15 April 2020 Links Silvergrain website - Silvergrain magazine - David Collyer - Facebook therapy group - Silvergrain magazine review -
April 20, 2020
Coping with covid - report from a health worker on the front line
As you already know I'm starting this series of interviews to document what is going on with this pandemic.  We are featuring an array of people from different places in the world, so we get an even picture of what is happening. Today's guest stands out in some ways because of his role in life - health care. Today I want you to welcome David Collyer who works as an anaesthetist assistant in a hospital in Abergavenny, Wales, UK. David joined the show with his son Ned on episode 61 in 2019 and was very popular due to the unique relationship.  He spends his time documenting all manner of subjects from portraiture to landscapes and everyday life.  David has a very good eye for detail and showing characters, whilst being able to develop his own work (yes another film shooter). However, that is not his full story, David also has been given permission to shoot inside his hospital and help document about the crisis. So listen to this show as we talk about: health protection equipment UK predicated figures private medical care Queen's toilet seat work/life balance shooting Covid on film NHS funding time off & hobbies Covid 93,000 infected 12,100 deaths as of 13 April Links David's blog - David's Instagram -
April 18, 2020
Coping with covid - report from Australia
As you already know I'm starting this series of interviews to document what is going on with this pandemic.  We are featuring an array of people from different places in the world, so we get an even picture of what is happening. Today's guest is Ashley Hoff, another nice guy I met on Instagram and lives in Adelaide, Australia.  Ashley's work caught my eye as he uses analogue technology (medium format and tin types etc) to capture images of old cars.  He appeared on the show podcast on episode 20, back in 2018, but unfortunately, I had issues with the technology at the time.   Ashley works in technology supporting the finance industry in Australia and has worked at home for 4 weeks now.  So listen to see how life is on the other side of the world. In this one we discuss state by state decisions tin type experiments cruise ship border closes travel & tourism future health care space + garden footprints schools + grades beaches & socialising shopping, supplies + panic buying My favourite line from the chat was - "my kingdom for a roll of toilet paper" Covid figures As of 12 April there are 6,300 cases and have been 59 deaths in Australia Links Ashley Hoff Facebook - Ashley Hoff Instagram - Ashley Podcast with Phlogger -
April 16, 2020
Coping with covid - report from Los Angeles
As you already know I'm starting this series of interviews to document what is going on with this pandemic.  We are featuring an array of people from different places in the world, so we get an even picture of what is happening. Today's guest is Paul Lefko, another good friend of mine from the West coast of America - Los Angeles.  Paul was one of the few that used Instagram as a platform in a good way and we became mates through.  So much so not only has Paul appeared on the podcast on episode 21, back in 2018, but also co-hosted a few shows with me! We have been mates for a while now and finally got to meet up last year while he had a layover in the UK. Paul is not only a great photographer, who shoots models and aspiring musicians around Hollywood but also a great travel photographer too.  However, that is not his full story, Paul is also a full-time therapist and a father of two.  So listen to this show as we talk about: schools + Chromebooks future of teaching unemployed a cleaner earth ventilators, ICU & staying at home hospital costs  + health insurance E.R. staff laid off Paul's work + telephone medication working remotely Photography Paul also briefly talks about finding a Fuji x100 in his gear and compares this to a Leica CL he's just playing with.  Since his travels to Africa last year, he's been invited back to help with future workshops too, so exciting times to come! Covid 16 million unemployed in the USA 502,000 cases, 18700 deaths (at 10 April 2020) Links I mention Ethan Moses from Camera Dactyl - Paul's website - Paul's Instagram -
April 14, 2020
Coping with covid - report from the East Coast of USA
As you already know i'm starting this series of interviews to document what is going on with this pandemic.  We are featuring an array of people from different places in the world, so we get an even picture of what is happening. Today's guest is Bob Patterson, editor of the Street Photography magazine.  He appeared on the podcast on episode 13, back in 2018! We became friends ever since and have remained in contact. Bob talks to us about what is happening in America and some of his recent experiences shooting on the street.  He will talk to us about what this has meant to his magazine along with street photography too.  Bob is from a small town called Charlottesville in Virginia (1 hr south of Washington). So listen to this show as we talk about: street photography changes social distancing conspiracies industries still working health care testing & equipment keeping creative focusing on priorities breweries & vineyards Links Street Photography magazine - Street Photography Podcast - Facebook Therapy Group - My interview on Street Photography Podcast - Sponsorship During my conversation, we talk about two of my favourite breweries "Eagle Brewery" and "Pheasantry brewery", hopefully, one day I can arrange something with them.
April 12, 2020
Coping with Covid as a model and photographer - Marius & Paul Ottley from the UK
Welcome to my latest podcast and this will form a series of interviews about how Covid is affecting people in the photography industry.  We start of this documentary series with a model called Marius the vampire and photographer Paul Otley. Please bear with us with the sound quality, there are many factors affecting this currently including broadband.   We talk to Marius and Paul about: fitness & losing weight modelling shoots city life the lock down employment affect on children RAW swapping motivation socialising online future planning Paul also joins us from Grimsby in the UK as a guy who is relatively new to photography.  Paul and Marius are part of collective group of people who I've worked with who have become friends.  We tend to talk about our collective as a family, as we all message each other frequently and like working together. In this session we discuss a local photographer called Jay Good and the photography ideas he is working on to help pass the time. Links Paul website - Marius Instagram - Jay Good - Phlogger -
April 10, 2020
corona update
I wanted to reach out and discuss the latest about Corona.  After working remotely for 10 days I talk about my family, whats been going on and how we are coping with Corona. I've had a think about what Corona is doing to the human race and thought would podcast about it. In this one I discussion: shopping recession health service public transport the spread nature & emissions the future Keep watching out for further updates. Links
March 28, 2020
Phlogger covid update
Hey guys I wanted to put something out there about the changes I'm making.  As some of you know there will be no more podcasts until further notice!!! Due to the onset of this awful virus, the industry I work in (technology) is at boiling point and we are flooded with work.  Please don't think I'm here to moan as I have a job that i'm so grateful for.  It just means by the end of the day I have no energy to partake in photography or podcasting.  Currently, its important to put the demands of others to the forefront.   By working in the I.T. industry it means I'm finally realistically helping people and keep their businesses running and staff in jobs.  I don't think there has ever been a true need for remote working before, so I'm so so grateful. Sorry there will not be any podcasts until further notice but i'm pretty sure you understand and the arts have to take a backstep. Once things calm down I will put time in to bringing you quality guests as always.  But for you i'm in full blown mode to help people during the week.  This weekend I have just spent relaxing in the garden with my family and not doing much, its been great. Anyway, I hope you are safe and well, please follow the advice of your local government and don't take risks.
March 22, 2020
Interview with fine art photographer Brooke Shaden
For episode 83 we discuss the world of fine art from a self-portrait artists’ point of view Brooke Shaden is known for her amazing creative portraiture and has taught digital art in many places.  She was even booked for the UK photography show before it was recently cancelled. Brooke talks in a very open manner about her work, her process and surviving in this world. In this episode we talk about: shooting in daylight keeping gear simple teaching remotely her new book creating an art movement opening up & being real how to overcome self-worth favourite pizza restaurants mutual love of Frank Herbert Random questions: why we discuss Cambodia ice skating? cropping images? Quote “people just need permission to create” Links Instagram - Website - Pay it forward Amy Parish
March 18, 2020
Interview with fine art photographer Jan Schlegel
For episode 82 we bring you a very talented large format photographer called Jan Schlegel.  I came across his work through been featured in the lovely Photoklassik magazine. Jan is a true artist who considers the final print over any part of the process.  He has been known to spend 14 hours toning his prints. So each piece is individual like no other work. We concentrate this episode on the intellectual side of life, discussing culture and the race against time.  It’s both enlightening and shocking to hear what Jan has seen over a number of visits to these regions. In this episode we talk about: - travelling to Africa, Asia - dealing with the Taliban - building wells - salt & platinum prints - language - a picture is a mirror of us As usual check out the website for links and sign up for the newsletter, that way you will always know about the latest work and podcast episodes. Links Instagram - Website - Pay it forward Jan has nominated Kim aka @_amiyumi_ to be featured in the future
March 11, 2020
Interview with portrait photographer Jay Good
For episode 81 we bring you Jay Good, a portrait photographer from Lincolnshire. Jay’s roots are in the equestrian world through his wife and started looking at networking for photographers. From initially doing social walks including learning light painting with Tobias Thompson, this progressed to networking portraiture shoots with Matt Maltby. From here we talk about his success with models, a Facebook group and a printed magazine! In this episode we talk about: beginner mistakes editing friendships useful lighting tech legends of photography models, hair colours & street portraiture future shoots experimenting with ideas education RANDOM QUESTIONS For the random questions, we discuss: how space is the answer for anger. the latest “little miss book” NEWSLETTER As usual, check out the website for links and sign up for the newsletter, that way you will always know about the latest work and podcast episodes. For now, let’s roll the music and await our guest Review Our latest iTunes review comes from Pete Falkous aka Static Age. LINKS Instagram - Facebook group -
March 4, 2020
Interview with music & fashion photographer Louis Rodiger
Welcome to Photography insights, your one-stop guide to interviews with people in the photography industry. Thank you all for listening and supporting the show and please do keep the Facebook and iTunes reviews coming in.   For episode 80 we bring you Louis Rodriquez from Tijuana on the border of Mexico and California.  Like many, Louis started with digital and quickly moved to film and plies his trade shooting musicians for magazines.  Louis has tried other things in life like being a musician/songwriter and had his own studio but ended up in photography.  He talks to us about some of the people he has shot and some very interesting stories.  I need to thank Louis for his honesty about some of the issues he’s faced in his life and the everyday problems of living near a border. Podcast contains: the beauty of film sensible photography clothing working with magazines exhibitions working with Bauhaus starting photography in your 40’s searching for spirituality shamanism + psychedelic drugs sleeping in cars meeting Hollywood stars what's missing in film Random questions why Louis nearly made the Olympics for fencing! Why he will use music to hitchhike around the galaxy! Links Instagram - Extra content Check my website for some photography provided by Louis! -
February 26, 2020
Interview with Pete Falkous from Static Age zines
I'm really to present a great person in the community and a friend of mine.  Pete Falkous is the man behind Static Age zines, offering a variety of work from around the globe.  He is one of the hard-working individuals that's in the industry of film photography because of his love for the medium. He has a great positive attitude towards life and gets involved with great people. Pete talks to us about his early roots of bands, zines and skateboarding that obviously made him who he is - a big kid!  You will get to learn about the man behind the brand too and why he selects people to work with and why money is not the answer. In this podcast we discuss: - zines (Bob Price, Nils Karlson, Jason Connelly) - making something you love - what's involved in publishing - giving freebies - creating zines at 14 - playing in bands - skateboarding at 11 - Jason lee + Ed Templeton + Grant Britain - why film is useful for learning - enjoy shooting - taking pictures of baths + chairs - sx70 for buildings - shooting weddings - living in the north - buying carpets or Portra 800 Random questions Don't forget all guests have to go through my questions, so find out: Why Pete invents a new "mr men" book and who his favourite comic book villian is. Links Instagram - Website - Pay it forward Pete recommends talking with anyone of the artists he's worked with on his label, due to the interesting nature of their characters.
February 19, 2020
Interview with landscape photographer Mark Pimlott
Mark is a digital & film photographer who also shoots on pinhole too.  His work is centred around landscapes but only in black & white.  He presents these with a single focal point (usually) using long exposure. I urge you to check out his work as again its beautiful for someone who does this as a hobby.  Do check out my website as Mark has provided a collection of photos to show you. In this one we discuss: - long exposure - pinhole - trying portraiture - honey spot locations - when to shoot - trying different films - fun with hasselblads - why he shoots landscapes - subject isolation - camera clubs - importance of Youtube - stand development - Nick Cave music - editing techniques & more Random questions Why lose weight What comes after Instagram Why he would give a present to Mark Hamill REVIEWS We read out the latest review from Quinn Jacobson too. LINKS Instagram - Website -
February 12, 2020
Interview with film photographer & blogger - Chris Chinnock
For episode 77 we bring you someone who has some wonderful film photography to showcase and also a keen blogger.  Chris Chinnock is from the North of the UK and can be seen shooting film in the world of landscapes and portraiture.  He talks to us about his experiences with blogging, photographer, cameras and commercial work.  Working with lots of local companies he pursues his time between several jobs including photography. Chris had previously shot over 30 weddings to learn his trade and didn't pick up a camera until his mid-thirties.  He sold his digital camera & equipment back in early 2019, so predominately shoots film and will hire a DSLR if needed. In this one: portraiture Kodak portra (inlcuding 800) commercial photography wedding photography Pentax 6x7 Chinnon ce4 GAS & selling gear the best lens Digital & analog approach Skin tones Confidence & learning Inexpensive light pads Outsourcing dev&scan Seikonic light meters why blogg We discuss his blogs and recent articles like his low light Blade Runneresque shoot using Portra. Chris talks to us about how he worked the scheme, the light and working with the model.  He's having great success and seeing over 1000 a month read his work, so please check out his link below. Random Questions Chris handles the questions like a true Yorkshire lad, with fun and a smile.  Find out why we discuss Independence Day, being locked in a padded room and selfies on the moon! We also discuss this amazing movie - Pay it forward Richard Haw (Nikon guy) Links Website - Instagram - Facebook - Extra Content Please check the website for photography shared by Chris, including some of the photos we discussed in the podcast.
February 5, 2020
Interview with Ibarionex Perello, Godfather of podcasting
Welcome to episode 76 of Photography Insights and another great guest for you.  After listening to Ibarionex Perello aka The Candid Frame and reading his blog for some time now, I have really enjoyed his conversations with other photographers.  He seems to get the stories and such interesting people, that it can really move you.  Ibarionex has been podcasting now for over 14 years and on his 500th show!  He's also had 25 years in the photography industry, so has some great experience.  Using this gift he's run workshops and taught in different places around the globe, written 6 books and provides critique's and teaching too. One of the reasons you should listen to Ibarionex is his smooth tonal voice, it's very relaxing almost like a god of podcasting (I've compared this to James Earl Jones from Hollywood). We discussed: Podcasting & getting started The craft of interviewing Working with guests Transition between podcast + photographers Variety of guests Maintaining lists Being real My spiderman interview Working for Nikon tech support Dealing with screamers Anxiety, nerves & issues Therapy Facebook group I would have loved to have spent more time talking about photography, his talent and street photography, but time just flew.  So I would urge you all to check out his website. LINKS Instagram - Website - Youtube - Pay it forward Ibarionex has nominated Michelle Groskopf as his recommend
January 29, 2020
Interview with Top Gun Dave Baranek
Welcome to episode 75 everyone and I have another different guest for you.  Some of you have been waiting excitedly for this one too - so welcome on board Flight Instructor Dave Baranek (aka callsign "Bio"). So Dave was an officer in the USA Navy and not only flew (he's a radar intercept officer)  in the f-14 Tomcat's but managed a squadron too!  Not only that but Dave has ties to one of the most famous aeroplane films ever - Top Gun!  Yes, he helped with instructing on the film and is credited too. Dave is a very friendly guy who is happy to share details of his career, which included shooting pictures whilst he was flying!  It's another interesting guest who started life with film cameras like the Konica fs1 (+ft1) and talks to us how he coped with his work and still taking some lovely images.  He tells us a little his talk in the navy and what he's done since too. So listen out for: how Dave's vision affected his path instructing at the top gun school Shooting through plexiglass Tripods + ejection seats Konica cameras Technicians vs Artists Navy photo labs Reconnaissance missions Film choices Dangers of photography & flying Importance of hard work I have to say Dave's life is very different to most, but he is still a humble man so hope you like this one.  My favourite quote from this show was "connected a tripod to the ejector seat" - I nearly choked when he said this! RANDOM QUESTIONS Of course, Dave kindly answers our fun questions so find out why he would move Hong Kong and some very special Navy training tests.   EXTRA CONTENT I would urge anyone listening to check my website initially for the extra content, as Dave has provided you all with some examples of his work. LINKS Website - MENTIONED Dave talks about a couple of other famous aeroplane photographers. These are: George Hall - Niko Tokunaga -
January 22, 2020
Interview with Bellamy from Japan Camera Hunter
For episode 74 we bring you the man behind Japan Camera Hunter, yes its Bellamy Hunt. Bellamy is at the forefront for those in search of their dream cameras.  In fact, his business works around this idea of sourcing cameras in high-end condition.  But this isn’t all that Bellamy is know for.  Of course, there is his own 35mm film too! Called JCH Streetpan. He’s been around the analogue photography scene a long time as a blogger too, with reviews and articles on current news.  In fact, you might know him from his writing skills and honesty. In this episode we talk about: The industry of sourcing camera Japanese customs Blogging Amazon Confidentiality  Trends & travelling Of course a hint of a few rare cameras For the random questions, we discuss horse riding and the UK.  As usual, check out the website for links and sign up for the newsletter, that way you will always know about the latest work and podcast episodes. LINKS Website - Instagram - PAY IT FORWARD Bellamy wants to recommend -
January 15, 2020
Competition results with Charlie from Kodak Alaris
First of all, can I thank you all for submitting such amazing work, you all deserve something so you have my gratitude and humble thanks.  We also need to thank Charlie and the team at Kodak Alaris for sponsoring this competition, without them we are nothing. It really does give us great pleasure to look through so many high-quality images, and coming up with a final winner and 2nd place is not easy.  So if you remember the theme was "creativity".  The only rules were to submit a maximum of 2 images and had to be shot on Kodak film. WINNERS So we will go from the top and work down, here we go: 1st place - @Aiony with his wonderful reflection of a lady's eye in a mirror - 20 rolls coming your way!!! (image link) 2nd place - "Jennifer" by @lightcomesthrough with a unique abstract/model image of a lady in a sofa - 10 rolls coming your way!!! (image link) CLOSE RUNNERS UP Due to the number of entries & the kindness of Kodak they also nominated the following as "honourable mentions" and will receive a small present also! @benfelten - "Flower power" with a double exposure shot (image link) @smrphotoart - "Mary's Shell" a long exposure shot with Tri-x (image link) @roaring.images - Long exposure shot of a model with movement (image link) FINAL THOUGHTS After looking through the 100 entries (yes amazing) we selected those above as most of the work was done in the camera and using the ability of the film.  Though we have to say there were some very creative ideas too, a few with unique ideas like Calvin and his moving model and of course Valentin with his chicken pictures.  We also discuss people like Ned & David Collyer from earlier podcasts and David's rush to get his entry in at the last minute. The podcast is definitely recommended to hear the full reasoning behind the shots and here feedback by us both, though the website has the photographs too.  We will include a small gallery of those above. Please keep shooting Kodak film, make sure you follow our Instagram feeds to here the latest of what's coming up:- @kodakprofessional_europe 
January 8, 2020
Christmas special with the Phlogger
Merry Christmas everyone, it's December 2019 and my final show of the year (although this will miss the usual Wednesday slot since its Christmas).  The idea behind this show was to look back over the year and talk about what has been happening in terms of meetups, blogging and podcasting. Obviously we are going to go through the results of the Kodak competition too, so stay tuned to the end for that. ARTICLES Well, what a year, as far as blogging is concerned I wrote articles for: Analogue Wonderland 35mmc Kosmo Emulsive Street Photography magazine.   We even had a guest article by David on my website about shooting infrared film too (check it out here). FRIENDSHIPS I would like to thank my friends for their continued support and help over the years teaching me how to improve my portraiture and lending me gear too.  These are namely: Leon Broomhead, Jay Good, Jay Clarke, Stephen Rendall and Jon Scrimshaw. KODAK COMPETITION Quick update on this. PODCASTING As far as friendships are concerned, there are just times when you meet like-minded people.  You cannot do this every time, but when you do it's a long-lasting relationship.  These are (in no particular order): Jason Lane Steve Lloyd The Graybills Quinn Jacobson Dominique David & Ned Collyer John Hughes Andrew Sanderson Tuan Bui SHOOTS Occasionally there has been a group photoshoot and one model session too, which I really enjoy. The group shoots have been arranged by Jay Clarke at the x-church in Gainsborough.  They are fantastic for learning, sharing, practising and networking.   During December I shot a wedding too, it was to help a friend's daughter out in my home town of Scunthorpe.  After checking out the venue earlier in the year I anticipated my gear would not be suitable but arranged something to get past this.  Hopefully, in due course in the new year, I can show you some photos from this session.  Shooting in December indoor is never easy and without light, you have no photo, so it was challenging. MEET UPS In early 2019 we managed to catch up with a few faces at the Photography Show and it was the first time I managed to speak with the likes of Stephen at Kosmo, Paul at Analog Wonderland, Steve Lloyd at Chromas, Sunny16 podcast team, Sam at Solarcan and John Whitemore to name a few. I was fortunate to catch up with Paul Lefko from L.A. during December.   On the way home from meeting Paul, I dropped in at Cambridge to meet up with John Hughes.   PROJECTS During 2019 the secret project ended, full details will be released in due course.   The Washi project started and there was one update about issues with the camera, more details soon. For 2020, there is a street photography project due which is tailored around a few individuals and talks are ongoing with some analog photographers for another too.   FUTURE During 2020 your first podcast due is with Bellamy at Japan Camera Hunter, there will be a fighter pilot due and many more to come. Don't be afraid of approaching me with your ideas, sell your story. 
December 29, 2019
Interview with Joshua Blackburn
For episode 71 we bring you the author and photographer of the amazing book "Launderama" - Joshua Blackburn. Joshua has found his way to photography late in life after a career in design.  He embarked on a massive project to photograph all the laundrettes in London.  You will find out, the how, why and when about this fantastic story and will help you understand some of the pictures better.  It's not a book you can say fits one style of photography, it encompasses abstract art, the geometry of lines, documentary and street all rolled into one! He also talks to us about: Hoxton book binding Working with Hoxton Visiting 462 Laundrettes Exploring & travelling around London Cruising the USA with camera Projects + importance 30000 pictures as practice What's next Being a technophobe Instagram positivity Martin Parr on digital/analogue Need/lusts for technology Random questions Find out which country he would like to move and why! We discuss Xmas festivities and the problems with an elf based economy Links Instagram - Website - Phlogger Links Website - Instagram -
December 18, 2019
Dominique - interview with a street portrait photographer
I'm pleased to bring you this episode because I first started talking to Dominique over a year ago, through our mutual friend Sarah (link here). Sarah said what a lovely lady she was and they had become friends and she creates such lovely portraits of people.  That is no lie either, her work is stunning and so consistent.  I'm not sure how Dominique finds her subjects, but they are so different and such interesting characters. Dominique lives in New York, but originates from France so listen to her charming accent.  She is a caring and family person, who captures people on the street with her Sony. In this show Dominique talks to us about: Photography mentors Shooting at midday Sony a7r iii full frame inspiration Friendships from the street Shooting everyday Dancing New york diversity Colour vs b&w Bruce Gilden workshops Random questions In this section Dominque unveils about her previous life. She creates a funny Instagram account for somebody famous, any guesses -   @walk_on_water Links Check out her Instagram -
December 11, 2019
Adam Lee - a photographer, a donkey and travelling
I'm pleased to introduce you to Adam Lee aka "adams walks".  He's a guy who loves travelling on foot and camping around.  Recently he walked the entire length of the UK with a donkey named Martin!!!  It's a fascinating story a man and a pack animal, how they learnt about each other and kept plodding on.  He managed to write on his blog a little about this and even from the perspective of Martin the donkey - which is funny, so check out the links.   Fingers crossed Adam will get published too, as he's working on a book about his trip (one of a few).  Adam's also work on long term plans to walk China with a mule for company. I'm thankful to my friend Tobias for introducing Adam (Tobias featured on this episode). Walking with martin the donkey Working with pack animals Blogging as donkey Teaching photography in Oban Wild camping Residential photography courses Socially engaged photography Portraiture when travelling Why shoot digital & fun "Bookcase" photography project Thoughts on Fuji x-pro Random questions Find out what sport Adam would take part in and where he would like to shoot if he was in space.  He even plans his next adventure with a dinosaur! Links Website (business) - www.adamleephotography Website (personal) - Instagram - @adamswalks Facebook -
December 4, 2019
Tuan Bui - interview with a wedding & film photographer
Tuan Bui - episode 68.  We came across Tuan from his beautiful work in the PhotoKlassik magazine.  He's a wedding & film shooter from Chicago who loves travelling too.  What I found really interesting was his choice of technology - lots of polaroids.  This seemed a strange concept especially in the world of high resolution and detail found in the digital world.  So have a listen to why Tuan shoots using large format & huge aeroplane lenses when using Fuji pack film. Listen out for these areas of interest: Learning large format Instant film Fuji FPC Packing camera bag Choosing gear for the job Great clients Aeroplane surveillance lenses The albatross of lenses Importance of technology Large format + Instax wide Light metering manually Difficulties of shooting Meidum format Indian weddings + elephants Life ending dangers of getting the shot! How long 2improve your wedding shots Tuan was kind enough to even talk about his film fridge with lots of lovely treats like Aerochrome!  Tuan manages to defeat the random questions so find out about: Mexican Dog documentary project Not spending lottery winnings Eating rice doesn’t get you fat Links Website (personal) - Website (work) - Instagram (personal) - Instagram (work) - Quote from the show "It was a nice shot but not worth dying over" Extra content Check out the website for added photos and links to his wedding and personal work.
November 27, 2019
Interview with light painter Denis Smith
In this show, we interview a guy from across the other side of the world, in a diverse country called Australia.  Denis Smith is not only an Olympus visionary but someone who shoots long exposure.  He creates amazing images of orbs and other patterns using long exposure + a multitude of tools.  Some of these are made by his company and sold through his online store. What made me want to interview Denis was his story, it's one with a turbulent past.  He had a life-changing event that made him become who he is now - a great person and friend to all.  We do talk in an open and brutal manner about mental health with men. Through his meetups and workshops, he's able to teach people why he loves light painting so much.  Denis talks about light painting and how easy it is to get started and why do-it-yourself is an important part of the process. I would urge anyone to check the website for the full experience, where Denis's video will be available and some example shots.  Podcast contains: Meetups vs workshops photography changes your life 10 years shooting battling mental health issues flicker group ( lightjunkies ) social media Long exposure Diy tools Experimentation Olympus visionary Of course, we get to have some fun with Denis, so listen out why we talk about: Ski jumping long exposure Strip joints for 90-year-olds The perfect way to clean your lens A pint of denis rodman Links: Website - Instagram - Phlogger LInks: Instagram -
November 20, 2019
Interview with master printer - Andrew Sanderson
Interview with master printer Andrew Sanderson - episode 66 of Photography insights, your one stop guide to interviews with people in the photography industry. I’m glad to bring you someone from the analogue world of the darkroom today.  Andrew Sanderson is one of a few Ilford master printers and talks to us about black & white printing.  Watch out for his Yorkshire accent and hope you enjoy 2 Andrew’s for the price of one!. Andrew discusses linguistics, pinhole, x-ray film and DIY cameras. He also talks about darkroom courses and his approach to teaching.  During his random questions, you will find out about the inner Andrew and why he wants to punch a few blokes called Boris and his favourite conspiracy!  Hope you like his Yorkshire accent and just think 2 Andrew’s for the price of one! In this one we discuss: TLR’s Shooting x-ray Experimenting with pin-hole Helping beginners Social media- benefits+drawbacks Working with Ilford ORTHO vs Panochromatic Print then scan  Darkroom courses Soft focus lenses 1 lens advantages Diy cameras LINKS Instagram - Pinterest - RANDOM QUESTIONS Favourite conspiracy Which boris’s need a punch Phlogger Info Website - Instagram -
November 13, 2019
Interview with camera inventor Ethan Moses from Cameradactyl
It's so nice to interview from the different areas of the photography world and this one is definitely that!  I remember Ethan launching the Kickstarter project for Cameradactyl back in 2018 and thought wow, how colourful is that, such a different approach. Ethan has done a cracking job with the camera and launched all manner of accessories for cameras (not just his large-format model).  He has now ventured into making a handheld 4x5 which is a great concept.  Now I know not everyone is going to be thrilled about the products he makes or the choice of materials.  But this is 2019, there are not many options unless you have unlimited funds and some accessories he makes are only available second hand, as they relate to cameras from the 70+80's. What's amazing about Ethan is that he has a business mind, an engineers mind and also a photographers eye, so it was quite easy to go between business and building in the same sentence.  In this one we discuss: DIY at 10 years old Home depot camera build challenge Touring/selling in 50 states Making 4x5/6x9 camera’s Business decisions Making custom ideas Youtube + monetising Scaling manufacturing opensx70 project Custom build/prints Problems with home production Building a mini-lab film processor Random questions Ethan easily answers our strange questions that involve: - which mythical creature lives In Africa - Eddie the Eagle! - $1 million button - Morning glory flowers - Ideal presents for 90-year-old's Extra content Anyone visiting the website will be able to view photographs of his products. Links Instagram - Website - Opensx70 website -
November 6, 2019
Interview with street photographer John Hughes
For episode 64 I'm going back to my roots with this one, my very first interview was with a street photographer.  I think its just something in some of us to shoot in this way.  So today I've finally had a chance to catch up with the man of shadows and highlights, John Hughes. John is a really good force for street photography, he speaks the truth and from the heart.  If he doesn't like something he will tell you, so if honesty isn't for you look elsewhere!  John is a full-time photographer and runs workshops, creates zines and offers one to one coaching. He talks to us about his early start in life and how a meet up with Bruce Davidson has helped shaped who he is to this day.  John actually was introduced through our mutual friend and Kodak Alaris competition winner Barney Maguire (lives in the same town). Through our conversation we discuss: Sticky toffee pudding beer defined at 13 as street photographer influences starting digital in 2008 Analogue can hold you back Workshops+ teaching Camping out in same spot Ricoh gr 2 vs 3 Camera tech Blogging + writing problems Find differences locations to shoot Shooting the shadows Starbucks 12 month project Spending 12 hours in tate We also talk about matters like is technology actually important with street photography?  About projects and ways to shoot in everyday places. RANDOM QUESTIONS We did a laugh with the random questions too (*** we may or may not have cut one out as this is a family show after all).  There are only the odd few swear words, so bear with us.  So find out: why John wants to punch me what "" is all about why we talk about sticky toffee drinking with a few blokes call John INFO If you want to know more about John and his work check him out here: Facebook group - Instagram - Website - EXTRA CONTENT Visit my website to see links, photos and items discussed on this show.
October 30, 2019
October update by Phlogger
So, for episode 63 you have had to listen to me, myself and I.  Due to having a few days away with my family I have been a little busy to organise a guest this week.  Sorry but this was partially due to me being poorly last week and cancelled my guest - first-ever time!!! On this episode we discuss : Kodak Alaris competition! Talking at local college about podcasting Retouching ideas Zines Edward Curtis book New website look It's a nice short episode for you all for a change, but in the meantime don't forget LEAVE AN ITUNES REVIEW  - SHARE MY WORK - LINKS Edward Curtis book - Fistful of books (zines) - John Hughes (zines) - Valentin Rizvan (zines) -
October 23, 2019
Interview with commercial analogue shooter - Christina Zen
For episode 62 we have a talented commercial photographer Christina Zen - who shoots film! Christina moved across to film after years of shooting weddings on digital to the world of film!  She bought a Contax 6x4.5 and never looked back.  She talks us through her experiences and provides insights about learning to use film stock effectively. Christina shoots a variety of food, lifestyle and other commercial related work.  You can see lots of her lovely images on her website (the food images are especially mouth-watering). She also mentors with one on one sessions, so if you are looking for help, look no further. We discuss a number of topics including: choosing film Pushing Portra 800/Fuji 400 Shooting food + eating it! Waist level shooting Food photography Mum + coping as wedding tog Need for marketing Less "posed" look Being creative Workshops + science lessons RANDOM QUESTIONS Christina goes through our random questions, so find out: what would Jesus's social media handle be? If she chooses Julia Roberts or Patrick Swayze LINKS Instagram - Website - Other Links Shotkit website - Phlogger -
October 16, 2019
Interview with father and son film shooters!
Welcome to episode 61 of Photography insights, with me the Phlogger.  Today I have another first - father and son for guests from the world of film. Ned & David Collyer are friendly and talented people who love nothing more than shooting film.  Separated physically and by age (don't worry David we won't say how many decades!).  It's a really unique interview that conveys a  relationship filled with passion and being proud.  David touches on being separated from his son Ned and how he's managed to watch his film shooting progress.  Ned on the other hand talks about his experiences picking up cameras through school and college and preparation for the world of university. In this episode we discuss:  Bresson’s leica m3 Fuji x-pro Photojournalism London college of communication (Ual) Magnum vs seven agencies Documenting the Iron mountain cannonballs Protest photography + glaswegie's reputation Barney Maguire + masculinity Cycling + skateboard accidents William kline Washi film + kodak ektar Darkroom romance Fixer accidents Consistentcy with development RANDOM QUESTIONS Ned and David took turns answering our infamous questions, so find out the relevance of: Zero gravity music Understanding cats Existentialist mooing Darwin awards LINKS As always I'm happy to share the details of my guests' social media and web links, which are: David Instagram - David blog - Ned Instagram - Phlogger website - Phlogger photos -
October 9, 2019
Interview with experimental photographer Leon Broomhead
For episode 60 I'm delighted to bring you a quality photographer and friend of mine too - Leon Broomhead.  Leon is what you might call an experimental photographer, shooting styles that involve fashion and abstract but not directly. What can I say about Leon, well he is a thoughtful guy, who thinks a lot about his work and how to get the desired outcome.  His work is all about pushing boundaries both in a technical way and artistic.  I’ve met up with Leon many times and its always been a pleasure.  Sharing the same types of photography has helped both of us.  Having a passion for film photography has always been part of our lives and conversations, so i’m glad to share a little with you. In this show we discuss: Fuji 6x9 Model expectations Art nude/fashion photography Shooting for yourself Internet police + conforming Physical contact vs social interaction Talented models Long exposure modes Leaving expensive tech Sprocket rocket RANDOM QUESTIONS You might also learn why Leon would take a burger to the moon, in our random questions LINKS Instagram - Work These links are the photos we discussed in the podcast.  (the one of Amy Jayne)  (the one of Marie Jean)
October 2, 2019
Interview with press photography legend Paul Berriff
Welcome to episode 59 of Photography insights, your one-stop guide to interviews with people in the photography industry.  Before we move on I wanted to thank you all for listening and supporting the show.  There are a couple of ways you can help further, which are, 1 - leave an iTunes review and to share the show with your friends. One of your friends will be interested, you can guarantee, there is a massive range of people interviewed so there is something for everyone’s interest. Today we have a legendary film and video photographer from the UK called Paul Berriff. He’s been shooting over 50 years in the press world of photography and documentary film making. Paul purchased his first camera from a newspaper round, he followed emergency vehicles on his pushbike in his teens!  He learned to test his film exposure by meeting bands like the Beatles, Rolling stones in their dressing rooms in the 1960’s Paul has some great stories from just working in the press industry and then goes into the 4 near-death experiences.  I mean if you listen to them it's crazy and you might wonder how he’s still with us.  I think most people would have given up after experiences like this. One of these concerns 9/11 and you cant feel the magnitude of what Paul is saying, so please do check out his video on Youtube. As usual, check out the show notes on the website for links to his amazing work. Rolleiflex medium format Attic darkrooms Chasing emergency services Press photography beatles/pink floyd,rolling stones at 16 Tri-x Speed graphic, rolleiflex & Nikon f Don't breathe for low shutter speeds! Printers waited for Paul 1 film roll per story Getting your film on time for trains Police don’t arrest press photographers Trained as fireman 2get first on scenes Spend time with your subjects 1 year with Nasa astronauts Digital +smart phone revolution World treade center Filming ground zero clearing up INFO Website - Youtube -
September 25, 2019
Clay McBride - interview with a music photographer
Welcome to episode 58 of Photography insights, your one-stop guide to interviews with people in the photography industry.  This time we feature the amazing Clay Patrick Mcbride from New York City. He is a senior lecturer at the Rochester Institute of Technology, New York where he teaches advertising photography.   Throughout his career as a magazine photographer, he has worked on many assignments with famous musicians like Jay-Z, Kanye West, Eminem, Norah Jones.  You can see many examples of this on his website (see links for info).  He tries to leave time to use film too in his work and loves his 5x4 camera. *** quick disclaimer, there are a few swear words in this episode, very minimal though *** We talk about different areas as he's one cool guy, these include: Inspire through quality Norah Jones/kid rock Research your subject Being authentic Music/assignment photography Work from the ground floor Building relationships Why shoot film Using polaroids for print s Discussed: Shooting eggs to understand lighting Podcasting as a learning platform RANDOM QUESTIONS Clay also goes through my random questions so find out why he breaks the rules and punches everyone!  Also, we put bets on how famous N.F will be in 10 years time compared to Eminem! (yes, I will be wrong). LINKS University - Website - Instagram - PHLOGGER Website - Facebook -
September 18, 2019
Interview with historic process expert - Nick Brandreth
Welcome to episode 57 of photography insights, the show that interviews people in the photography industry.   Today we speak with Nick Brandreth from the George Eastman Museum in New York.  We learn about his role there as a specialist and he provides some background on the museum.   Nick’s a fun, energetic and motivated guy, that helps everyone learn, as you will tell from the show. You will find information including: Rochester institute Eddy adams workshop Musc with Clay + Justin Wet collodion Lippmann plates Make your own dry plates Eastman kodak + museum Ww2 + kodak daguerreotype camera Moon landing camera Nick’s lab + office Wrestling Importance of printing End of the USB Digital great teaching tool Shoot less Workshops + training camera  + Moon landing camera Nick’s lab + office Wrestling Importance of printing End of the USB Digital great teaching tool Shooting less Workshops + training RANDOM QUESTIONS Nick kindly answers our random questions so find out - when the robots will take over - Nick takes the matrix pill - who he would like to punch LINKS Eastman museum - Nick Facebook - Nick Instagram - Nick website - Please do check out the museum. PHLOGGER Don’t forget to check out the website  Instagram feed - Itunes review -
September 11, 2019
Fashion photography & film - interview insights with Calvin
For episode 56 our interview insights looks at Calvin Chinthaka, an amazing fashion photographer from London.  Calvin uses both digital and film to support his work, which also includes cinematography too! He puts a lot of time, research and planning in to shoots, which shows in his work.  It's great to see someone using different mediums, from his current Sony's to his Pentax 6x7 film camera. Calvin talks us to about how he beat 2500 applicants to attend the famous London College of Fashion, whats involved there and how it helped his career. Look out for the podcast, which also discusses: Why workshops are useful Useful influences Understanding lenses Practise makes perfect Planning shoots Film festivals + cinematography Sets + collaborating Sri Lanka heritage Fashion industry changes Research for shots Pentax 6x7 Developing film Outsourcing retouching Masters degree Podcasting Printing large (3ft) Timing 0 - intro to Calvin + applying for uni 9 - workshops 14 - making your mark 18 - collaboration 22  - creative directing, Sri Lanka 36 - planning equipment 39 - favourite cameras + lenses 44  - future 56 - recommendations 58 - links LINKS Instagram - Video/cinematography - Website - PHLOGGER Dont forget to keep looking for more episodes, blog articles, galleries and resources: Blog - Itunes reviews -
September 4, 2019
Marius, the alternative male model interview by the Phlogger
For episode 55 of Photography insights, we interview an alternative male model called Marius.  Okay that's not his real name, but his modelling alias, but that's what is important and who everybody hires. I've worked with Marius a couple of times at recent charity group shoots in Lincolnshire and he's a great guy.  He has the character, the laughs and professionalism.  Marius works in the goth style so is normally associated with a vampire.  Knowing this I asked him to portray this for my corpse bride wedding scene, he would be the evil vampire!  He played this role so well and it was then great to work with him again a few months later where we did some dark and low key shots. In this one we discuss: reputations + purpleport Trade for prints Influences of music Max payne +matrix Reputations When to say no Communications + reliability Alternative model of year TIMING 0   intro to marius + comic book ideas 4  working with photographers 10  start of modelling career 23  gothic style +ideas 34  reputations, safety + shoots 45  future 49   random questions INFORMATION Facebook - Instagram - OTHERS MENTIONED Jay Good Facebook - Phlogger Instagram - Phlogger website -
August 27, 2019
Blogging, Podcasts,Instagram and FB updates featuring the Phlogger's wife!
Welcome to episode 54 (i think), which features the one and only Dawn, wife of the phlogger!  You've recently had the pleasure of her intro's rather than my dulcit tones, so thought it would be nice for her to join me. In this episode we discuss: Podcast changes Podcasts guests coming soon Blogging Instagram Facebook So you may have noticed a change in the name to "Photography insights - important industry reviews", this is to try and hone my SEO skills!  Yes i'm trying to appeal to more people and get the message out about what we are doing.  It would be great to spread the word, share knowledge and for people to listen to these amazing people.  It's truly an honour each time for someone to spend their precious time and impart what they do and have learned with us all.  The episodes will be named to show relevance to the interviewee too going forward, so if anyone is searching for them, hopefully one day the podcast will show in the Google! Yes I never stop planning guests, sometimes they happen all at once and I'm trying to find time to edit and spend time perfecting things behind the scenes for you.  I'm in talks with some great people so keep watching the Twitter ( Facebook feeds (  Not all may happen but we will see, i'm keeping positive.  I do have a long list of people and strive to look at different genres and types in the industry where possible.  I want to keep it fresh and bring different minds in and keep you all motivated. On the blogging front we've recently had an amazing guest post by David Hochleitner ( all about shooting colour infra red on film.  It's a great read, with a clear guide how David works and how to use the film.  He provides a great insight in to this interest ex-surveillance film. Their is also an article by myself on shooting your first wedding called "how to survive your first solo wedding". I've gone through the experiences from my shoot, how I planned and prepared for this.  I talk about equipment choices, failures and how to cope with anxiety.  Yes I shot film too on my first wedding, which all worked out nice in the end! Instagram - main blogging feed is still Instagram - my images are now on on It's been great to get hold of someone who is going to work alongside me about street photography.  Finally I've met another person with the interest, intellect, skill and personality to work as a team.  There will be big changes for my street group and what will come in the future.  For those interested it can be found here I would like to remind everyone to leave an iTunes review as always - Thanks to my wife for helping with intro's and who knows what will happen for the future.  She has a lovely voice and talented with her crafts. See you all next time.
August 22, 2019
Edward Curtis, the Graybills & drinking with John Lennon
 John and Coleen Graybill help run the Curtis legacy foundation and their other business Mountain Spirit photo.  John is a direct descendant of Edward Curtis, a photographer from the late 1800’s/early 1900's who famously photographed the native Americans. John’s foundation is key to protecting and showcasing the work of this photographer.  If you don’t know who he was, then dont worry, keep listening, but in short he took thousands of dry plate photographs over a 30 year period.  Because of his subject matter, it was important work in terms of culture and history. Please do listen in to this interview, you find will out about how John & Coleen are attempting to photograph the descendants of the original subjects too, using the same techniques (Descendants project). So stayed tuned to learn about JP Morgan, Teddy Roosevelt, General Custer and how history was re-written.  We also discuss: Quinn Jacobson & Jason lane Portrait tents Persecution of Native Americans  Edward curtis life JP Morgan, Teddy Roosevelt + General Custer The history book lies $150 horse fees Sacrifices of an artist  Descendants project Kickstarter pictures How to scare a bear    TIMING 0 intro + friendships 7 toolsets,intentions+ art 14 edward curtis and his life 22 Curtis research of native american 27 technology 33 fear in Alaska at devils island 40 divorces,children + hollywood 49 descendants project 61 culture changes 69 kickstarter 76  random questions  LINKS Please do check out their amazing work and sign up for their newsletter! Mountain Spirit website - Curtis foundation website -
August 15, 2019
Deliveroo, bananas & cinemaphotography
 For episode 52 we welcome Adam Sandy, a rather talented cinemaphotographer from the UK.   Podcast contains: Studying visual effects Working alone Collaborating with Instinctive photography Movies on roll film Recommendations + friendships Specialising + niches Differences with videography + stills TIMING  0 - university + starting in videography  9 - editing 24 - loneliness of being self employed 28 - collaboration 53 - random questions  LINKS 
August 8, 2019
Kodak, moon landings & Hasselblad (50th moon landing special)
I'm very honoured to present our next guest, who will be the least youngest person I've interviewed! Since its the 50th anniversary of the moon landings, I've got hold of Robert Shanebook who worked for Kodak.  Not only did he join the biggest film company in the world, but he was part of the team who built the camera used on the Appollo space missions!  Yes I'm talking about the camera that filmed Buzz Aldrin and Neil Armstrong!!! Robert is the only remaining member of the team from 1969, due to the age differences of his colleagues (he was only 21).  He has had amazing career with Kodak and published 2 editions of his book.  We discuss: Started shooting at 14 with commercial studio shooting 4x5!! Electrocuted volunteering at Kodak museum Yashica 44 Only team member alive Ektachrome to t-max Travelling the world Mr Hasselblad worked at Kodak! Banned from releasing book Kodak made coating plant each decade up to 2000 Rochester had 60,000 employees! Bankruptcy How to shoot in space Astronauts objected to camera Ektrachrome 64 Kodak customers & complaints TIMING 21 - infrared  28 - the book  43 - kodak alaris + distribution of film 48 - appollo mission camera 60 - price of posting from the moon 65 - kodak customer service INFO Roberts book - "making kodak film" -  Kodak Eastman museum - 
August 1, 2019
50th anniversary special episode
Well folks we made it to episode, so that also means a year of podcasting.  For this one I wanted to have a relaxing chat with some of my prior guests and get an update to what has happened. It's been an amazing, emotional and hard working lesson in life.  I've met some very interesting characters around the world whom I now call friends.  From my early days of just using my mobile phone and playing with different ways of recording, i've settled down in to something custom built by myself.  This now allows me live video with my guests, which helps us with the conversation and allows me to see emotion.  Once I've converted this to audio I can then present the important part of our conversations. For this show we have: Paul McKay from Analogue Wonderland Jon Scrimshaw from Instinctive Photography Jason "speed plates" Lane of Pictoriographica Steve Lloyd from Chroma Camera Paul Lefko from L.A. EM from Yes this did take some planning and took a fair bit of time to get this episode ready for you.  Everybody on the show has interesting news since their podcast interviews and due listening to in their own right.  In summary we discuss: life changes collaboration websites Kickstarter + plate holders latest shoots podcasts award nominations scanning origin of random questions RANDOM QUESTIONS To mix this up everybody was invited to ask the Phlogger questions for a change.  One of my guests tries his hand at a new way to answer the questions too!  But find out: Phlogger's embarrassing accident origin of random questions why i'm an honorary scouser my favorite film I'm a humble person who loves to celebrate the work of other people, hopefully you will enjoy listening to our guests.  I really can't thank you all for joining in this one off show.  A couple of people had to cancel or couldn't make it, so a shout out to Dominique in New York, Leyton in Scotland and Ashley in Australia. I'm nothing without my wonderful guests, each one has inspired me in a different way, each one has shown compassion and an insight in to their personality.  It is great to say many have remained friends and the Phlogger will always follow their work and showcase where possible. Finally thanks to all you listeners too, i'm nothing without you and hope you get something out of the show.  My aims are to help educate people about other processes and genres of photography.  It's important they remain fun but also show the personality of the person, its these insights that resonate within me. TIMINGS 0 mins - Paul McKay (Analogue Wonderland) 23 mins- Jon Scrimshaw (Instinctive Photography) 37 mins - Jason Lane + Steve Lloyd 66 mins - Paul Lefko 79 mins - EM (
July 25, 2019
Tooth fairies, Kevin Costner + Massacres with Quinn Jacobson
Wow, am I excited to present episode 49.  It was an absolute honour to work with the master of wet collodion, Quinn Jacobson.  If you search for wet collodion online you basically see Quinn's book and his videos, articles etc.  Not many people have published and help us the public learn about this historic process. We interview Quinn and discuss so many things, so yes its a long one (we talked for hours actually)! But this podcast does contain discussions on: Combat photography Pixelography + rise of digital Machine learning Constraints are good Photography is not art Leaving your mark Art changes the world archer,daguerre + talbot Importance of 1851 Quinn’s tattoo Family time Spectrum of light + uv Tattoo removal with wet plate Tim berners lee revived wet collodion Choosing your genre Night of broken glass Failure is good iso/aperture/shutter speed need reasons Quinn has literally just released his latest version of his book "chemical pictures" which helps you learn the technical aspect of wet collodion.  He is currently doing a special edition of 300 copies which has an extra chapter (listen to podcast for more).  At the time of the interview he had already sold over 200 so these are selling very fast and you will never see this limited work. RANDOM QUESTIONS Of course, a man of Quinn's intallect soars through our random questions, so find the relevance of Kevin Costner and tooth fairies. TIMINGS 0   - quinn’s background 7  - digital revoluiton 11  - off grid + future of photography 31  - mr archer 37  - entry to wet plate 42  - living in europe 45 - uv light/spectrum 58  - revival of wet collodion 61  - story + meaning of work 67  - mistakes + troubleshooting 72  - quinns new book 77  - random questions 89  - critique/feedback by quinn  FURTHER INFO Please do check out his links: Website - Youtube -
July 17, 2019
Masters, Hull + Fisherman (interview with Tobias Beachwlyd)
For episode 48 we interview a documentary photographer - something new yet again!  It's great fun interviewing people from so many different genres.  Tobias is a friendly person who likes to help others and always glad to listen to.  We recently had our trip around Hull, which you can find on my website. In this podcast we have discussed: Teaching 14-18 age group Burying film Degree + masters Hull fisherman Tips for choosing a uni Cameras lusts Kickstarter M.A.’s Kevin carter pulizter picture Tobias enjoyed his time going through our random questions, so find out: what he's doing on the last day of the planet would he dare turn of a new google app that can foresee the future will he choose truth over ignorance To find check out the show. FURTHER INFO; A walk with Tobias article - Facebook -  Instagram - 
July 11, 2019
Interview with competition winner Barney Maguire
For episode 47 we get together with the winner of my recent competition sponsored by Kodak Alaris.  Barney Maguire's analogue submission was a superb picture and part of series of his portraiture.  As first prize he won 20 rolls of kodak film and an interview with the Phlogger. As a bonus there are some guest questions from Jon Scrimshaw at Instinctive Photography, who has commented on Barney's work and wanted to know more about him. So I'm glad to present to you, the man behind the image.  In this show (my shortest ever interview) we discuss: Lomography Gaps in film market Subject matter + modelling Rz67 mamiya Zines Influences + chroma camera Spending a £1million on cameras New zealand The smiths  TIMING 0 introduction 9 models and subject matter 13 spending on photography 17 future 19 barney questions the phlogger 22 questions from Instinctive photography 28 random questions + links  INFO Barney Instagram - 
June 27, 2019
Garage lighting,fuji + rabbits (Gina Milicia)
 For episode 46 we travel around the globe to Australia, to interview the one, the only - Gina Milicia. Gina has been working in photography for 30 years, so is very experienced.  She has many resources on her website, including a blog, videos, presets, books and training through her gold membership.  Gina also runs a podcast called "so you want to be a photographer" with her friend Valerie Khoo.  In this edition the podcast contains: Garage lighting modifier/diffusing ideas Fuji Camera interfaces Podcasting Shooting kettles Importance of projects Sharing resources Group shots + hot sets Pooling resources Camera alliances Working with models Storyboard + working in media RANDOM QUESTIONS  Gina takes part in the random questions, so find out the relevance of: Poisons Animals Convicts TIMING 0 - garage + split lighting  11 - flash lighting advice 21 - cameras + beginner advice 24 - podcasting addicts + shooting kettles 37 - shooting projects + working with models 56 - favourite shoots 62 - inspiration 65 - random questions  LINKS
June 20, 2019
Rom coms, Mamiya & University (episode 45)
This is your next episode as promised with the Charlie Tadlock.  Charlie is a 2nd year university student and an aspiring photographer from Montana, USA.  He wrote an article for the elusive Emulsive site.  After writing the article EM suggested we talk to Charlie and he was right, a lovely young guy. The idea was to get a students view of photography education following an earlier podcast with Stephen Rendall (college lecturer). It will be interesting to hear 2 separate points of view.   Do you think education is still the answer? We discuss: Education Physical vs digital Mamiya 6's Making money Advocates of film Taking opportunities Working with masters Teaching others Attic finds + hard drives We put Charlie through our random questions too, so find out: is a dog a mans best friend  what the definition of a shutter and click are the relevance of rom coms Why Dracula cant shave The language of cows If you liked the show don't forget to check out Charlie's website below. INFO Emulsive article -  Website - 
June 12, 2019
Kodak competition winners!
We finally announce the winners from the competition ran in association with Kodak Alaris.  Listen to the podcast to see who wins and who gets an "honourable mention".  Winners are notified directly and there prizes will be sent in due course. Thank you to everyone for submitting your images and showcasing what is possible.  This was my first time judging a competition alongside Andy Church of Kodak Alaris.  To pick a winner was very tough, the range of imagery was great.  Having seen street shots, abstract, portraiture and landscape was lovely - your work was extremely appreciated. To see the winning entries please see the website - Thanks to Andy Church of Kodak Alaris for sponsoring this competition.  If you haven't already please try Kodak products, please try them - you won't be let down.  
May 28, 2019
Project updates + holiday
A one off small episode with your host Andrew Walmsley.  In this one we discuss: Secret project washi project kodak competition studying holiday (annual leave) next podcast with Charlie Anyone still wanting to get involved in the Washi project can still sign up here.
May 26, 2019
Elephants, NGO's & cameras (interview with Juho)
For episode 44 we roam across Europe to the country of Finland.  In today's episode we catch hold of the very busy Juho from and Juho is a guy with ideas, challenges and ventures, which we manage to discuss.  He talks to us about the rescue project and the immense work that goes in to restoring cameras.  During this episode we talk about:   Ambitions of a teenager NGO’s Mandatory civil service Uniting European shops Failures & ventures Equipment checks Return rates of sigmas rescuing 100,000 cameras by 2020 Which cameras not to buy Building an app Education in finland Ingmar Bergman You will also learn about his love of elephants and his expertise in trivial pursuit.  So click on play and find out more. INFO Camera rescue -  Camera shop -  Facebook - 
May 12, 2019
24 hour charity shoot-a-thon
The phlogger brings you a special edition of phlogger presents. On the 27th April 2019, we took part in a 24 hour shoot (I only managed a few hours) in aid of the Macmillan cancer support.  The event was hosted by Jay Clark or JPC Photography and took place at the x-church in Gainsborough. The event was a day of models, photographers, hair stylists, make up artists and body/face painters from all over the country! As part of the event, we managed to interview a few people towards half way in the event and a few others days later.  They are (in order):  - Jay Clarke - Jay Brown - Ashleigh Burnett  - Lizzie Moy - Anita Robertson At the time of publishing the event raised over £900 for the charity.  Thanks to everybody involved, you were all great. INFO Photos from my shoots will be all over Instagram (@phlogger_portraits) Here are links to some of the people involved: Jay Clarke - Instagram X-church - Instagram Jay Brown - Instagram Ashleigh Burnett - Instagram Lizzie Moy - Instagram Anita Robertson - Facebook
May 1, 2019
Cyanide, musicians + tintypes - an interview with Justin Borucki
 We finally get time to spend with the rather interesting and fun Justin Borucki.  Justin is a wet plate photographer from New York in the USA. He works with musicians for his day job and shoots on the streets for fun. In this podcast we discuss: Musician photography + Dave Navarro Tintypes + wet collodion Quinn Jacobson workshops New York pop up cyanide Chemical kits Love is needed - lots of mistakes U.V light D.I.Y. darkrooms Ground hogs Find out why he would drink or give a present to Justin Bieber and why ground hogs are important! LINKS Instagram -  Website - 
April 25, 2019
Kodak competition + Retro 72 project
We bring you a brief update on the latest news from the phlogger. In this issue we discuss:  a competition where you can win film!!!   Retro 72 (new project) Secret project (quick update) Future guests What do you win? 20 x rolls (any size) of Kodak film, thanks to my partnership with Kodak Alaris.  1 x 20 minute interview with the Phlogger, that will be posted on this show Runner up gets 10 rolls of film (any size) How do you enter? The theme is "feeling", so think of something that invokes this - any subject matter at all. 1. Submit a photo (any format) using hashtag #phlogger_kodak 2. Follow - @kodakalaris, @kodakprofessional + #phlogger_analogue 3. Tag - @kodakalaris, @kodakprofessional + #phlogger_analogue Rules 1 entry per person Competition closes 15th May 2019 Open to all ages Worldwide  RETRO 72 PROJECT This is the Phlogger's latest project involving the wonderful Lomig from Washi Films.  This project involves: 1 x 72 exposure camera Tape recorder Yes we are going entirely analogue on this project and sending out a one shot camera plus a camera around the UK and France.  Each photographer gets a few shots each.  The recorder is used to list your name, where you are from and one social link.  Then you tell the next person what sort of thing you would like them to shoot. It should be lots of fun and get lots of different people together.   If you want to know more visit the website and sign up now!!!
April 22, 2019
Inventing, novels and agitation
For episode 41 we interview Tim from Stearman Press, an educator, inventor, father, husband and engineer. Tim's a fountain of knowledge, with experience in the engineering and inventing field and works out of a hangar in the USA.  We interviewed him to discuss his 5x4 developing tank (that's 4x5 to those in America) and future work too.  It's been so popular his Kickstarter made its goal in 3 days and already sold over a 1000 tanks! In this episode we discuss: crowdfunding developing teaching English novels daughters Tim Layton + printing prototyping rules of inventing agitation patience glass plates Don't miss out on the odd bit of US vs UK english ramblings too, before we move on to my random questions.  You will find out how honest Tim is! LINKS Blog - Shop - Website - Youtube -
April 10, 2019
Phlogger update - March 2019
In this episode the Phlogger apologies for the lack of episodes this month. Update includes: kodak projects laptop Everything will be back to normal soon.
April 6, 2019
Penguins, canon and motorsport
In this episode the phlogger interviews a motorsport photographer at long last.  I'm pleased to introduce Andrew Quartley from Apex photography.  Andrew is an approachable and honest guy who has loved f1 since childhood.  He talks to us about getting involved in track day photography and helps us with a few tips too. Podcast contains: Father's Canon 300d  London to brighton Watched f1 since 6 years old Dreams of shooting f1 Brands hatch, croft, buxton, donnington circuits Editing within 24 hours shooting 7-8000 photos Colour choice for photographers Working in different weather Panning Bikes vs cars Telephone vs wide angle shots Disadvantage of full frame Penguins are for eternity, they are not pets TIMING  0   intro to andrew + getting in to motor sport 11.30  discussing accreditation + experience 20  keeping safe + shooting in all conditions 34  aspirational photographers 45  equipment choices 62  important skills + killer shot 70  random questions 82  social links etc LINKS + INFO Instagram - Website -
March 14, 2019
Abba, pole dancing and karate (Indrija Kustov interview)
It's been a while since we interviewed a model, so after some time i've finally tracked down the talented Indrija Kustov. Indrija is a young lady who has worked with some great photographers, make up artists and re-touchers.  Her work has been published and more than anything loves the creative side.  She is an extremely busy person working several jobs and found time for us. We discuss Living in Lithuania singing with a tribute act travelling to Cambodia prints vs digital images modelling  + working with MUA’s future plans pitfalls of group shooting martial arts how to get through long days campaign against straws Indrija’s spirit animal Who would play Indrija in her autobiography? Importance of lifeguard training TIMING 0   background to Indrija, singing and music 14  film and printing 20  starting up in modelling 27  group shooting 29  pole fitness and martial arts 36  coping with long days 39  creativity and style ideas  43  photographers and working with indrija 56  being published 58  random questions 83  social media links + future guests LINKS Facebook - Instagram - Website -
March 6, 2019
Street, disease and New York (episode 37)
For episode 37 we interview the friendly Luciano Del Buffalo.  He's a consummate street photographer from New York, who has some lovely work. Luciano has been published, he's a keen traveller and loves talking about street photography - luckily for us. In this podcast we consider: shooting close up permission for shooting working with homeless zones and tones importance of practise time of the day shooting is a disease overcoming confrontations We look at questions like: Does gear improve your work? Why trips keep you fresh Why you don't want that killer photo Luciano went under the phlogger's random questions, so find out why he would upgrade his brain and the next Leica camera. TIMING 0   how he met Dominique and Sarah + street intro 11  ethics and shooting candids 21  starting in photography wtih zones and framing 26  shooting in france + dealing with issues 30  equipment choice 36  gear and improvment 40  traveling to london and cuba 46  time of day to shoot 48  motivation 54  the shot of your life + choosing where to live 57  worst experience shooting street 66  why is street photography important 72  random questions 82  recommendation FURTHER INFORMATION Luciano Instagram - Luciano website -
February 28, 2019
Polaroids, perseverance + a phoenix
Yet another analogue special, this time from Los Angeles, USA. For episode 36 we are joined by the rather friendly Michael Kirchoff. Michael runs the "cataylst interviews" website, is the editor in chief over at Analog Forever and has many other projects too!  So a very busy man, but he made time for us, so hope you enjoy. Having many years experience in the field of photography, we discuss: a Job swap with the Phlogger child hood memories Polaroid originals Type 665 polaroid Graflex xl press cameras Travel + time zones Interview techniques + research ideas Basecamp, Google docs, writing and podcasting Importance of artist statements Analog forever, blur and catalyst magazines The afterlife Upgrading your body Having a drink with Michael Jordan TIMINGS 0  -  michael’s roots in california + travelling in russia 8.15  - Photography and childhood, projects   24  - shooting commercial, landscape & architecutre  42  - blogging, writing + discussing work   53  - editor at catalyst   64  - forming interview questons, podcasting vs written interview 67  - interview tools + research 76  - update on analog forever magazine 87 - random questions 126 - links + next guest LINKS Personal website - Magazine - Interview site - Phlogger project (as mentioned)-
February 14, 2019
News in brief with Paul Lefko
New from the phlogger presents, we have our very own news segment.  This is called "news in brief" and features Paul Lefko on this episode. We will take you through some recent products, gadgets, tips or people we have found and think you may like.  Please note this was recorded towards the end of 2018 but all content is still relevant. In this episode we discuss: Ektachrome File transfer product Hoxton's latest book Large format enlarger Leica theft Lomo purple film Panasonic's full frame camera Photobooth tool Video editing tool The idea behind these shows was not to care about today's or yesterday news.  But to focus on interesting elements that can help you in your workflow, help you choose suitable gear.  Paul is helping and advising  with digital photography and will provide some technical talk where needed. Don't forget the Phlogger will include products and news from the analogue world too. Hopefully many more to come soon. TIMING FOR SHOW Panasonic full frame and photokina. (1-18 mins) Ektachrome, 8+16mm movies (18 - 27 mins) Lomo purple (28 - 33 mins) Intrepid (33.30 - 42.15 Leica theft (42.15 - 47.45) Hoxton press (47.45 -51.45) Photo booth (51.45 - 54.30) File transfer (54.30 - 57.30) Video anim (58 - 1 hr) PRODUCT LINKS Beverley Jones - Ektachrome - Hoxton press - Intrepid Enlarger - Leica theft - Lomo purple - Viddyoze - MORE INFORMATION Paul Instagram - Phlogger Instagram -
February 7, 2019
Tangents, unicorns & emulsive
For episode 35 we have the one and only "Em" - the genius behind the Emulsive film blog.  He has a reputation for knowing everyone on the circuit and putting the right people together. Everybody remarks what a great person he is, so stay tuned to find out if thats true. We ramble through the following subjects: London + driving in UK Patreon How to impress a girl with photography Scanning (flat + drum) Why don't digital photographers print? Large format + Copal shutters Tinkerers vs the film giants Reflex camera - marketing + funding Intrepid Jobo vs mini labs Facebook groups, social media & forums 3 years of blogging + writing Photographers day pack Idiots guides Em goes through the random questions and answers in his own unique way.  So find out about his all-in-one film processor/scanner/book/film deal application.   Who will he decide to punch - Eminem, Elvis or Eddie Murphy? TIMINGS 0   background 5  emulsive blog, film, scanning + printing 24  film camera, pricing + future   43  social media in film 54  emulsive “the platform”  72  random questions FURTHER INFORMATION Emulsive blog - Emulsive Instagram - Emulsive Twitter - Phlogger portraits (discussed in podcast) - Phlogger hand made prints (discussed) - CREDIT Music - Paul Grant
February 2, 2019
Hitmen, flip flops & dry plates (episode 33)
Episode 33  and our first interviewee of 2019. We bring you another unique guest too, someone from the analogue world of plate photography. Jason Lane is systems engineer from the optics field who makes dry plates (glass with emulsion). During the podcast we discusss: Mr kodak eastman Dry plate vs wet plates Astro photography ADOX expansion Growth of film market Steerman press Developing with HC-110  Kickstarter + plate holders Hiring students Not sleeping  Hitmen & flip flops PODCAST TIMINGS   0   introduction to dry plates 12  Jason’s + future of pictoriagraphica   18  Victorian photography  35  how to get started with dry plate  44  selling plates 58  latest kickstarter + expansion 71  random questions 84  Contact details 89  pay it forward FURTHER INFORMATION Jason's Instagram - Jason's shop - Jason's website - German distributor - Steerman tanks -  CREDITS Music - Paul Grant Cover art - Phlogger
January 22, 2019
How to stop making mistakes with film
To start off the new year we welcome back Leyton Cleveley to discuss film.  We look at some of the mistakes we have made in the past and Leyton talks us through solutions. This includes the camera, development and printing areas of film photography. This podcast contains advice on: Loading & winding isssues camera backs blank films & others chemical life touching chemicals processing + stains labelling + workflow From listening you will understand why these are important: A bottle opener Bathrooms + closets Stand development Condensation Recording your settings Thermometers Toothbrushes Towels Please don't forget to check the links for Leyton's great work:
January 15, 2019
2018 - The conclusion
Episode 33 is a one off special. The podcast thanks the guests from this year, who made the show what it is.  We are so grateful for all parties taking part including: Models - Billie Gregory, Josh Maine, Safia Pixie Digital Artists -  Sarah street; Luke Flisher; Jon from Instinctive; Jeni Lowe; James Morris; Stephen Rendall; Paul Lefko; Matt Jerrams; Dominique; Rahim Mastafa; Film artists: Leyton  Cleveley, Rachel from Little vintage, Hanna & Michael from Revolog; Lomig from Washi; Ashley Hoff; Jennifer Lawrence; Steve from Chroma; Magazines:  Bob Patterson (Street Photography Mag), Michael Behlen (Analogue Forever) Retailers: Paul from Analogue Wonderland  Also we look back at what the Phlogger got up to in 2018 and what he has planned for 2019: Have a wonderful New Year and look forward to hearing about your plans for 2019.
December 31, 2018
The best of random questions (2018)
For this episode we present a special one off edition. It's a highlight of random questions from the guests during 2018. They are not picked on any specific merits, but chosen some of those that worked well. The whole point is to think out of the box and push the guest in to a different frame of mind. The responses are what really made the questions so great. Because of these we can write more for future guests. For anyone thinking of being interviewed, take a quick listen for what you may have to face! Thanks to : Steve Lloyd (chroma camera) Paul (Analogue Wonderland) Michael Behlen (Analogue Forever) Matt Jerrams (@capital faces) Jennifer Lawrence (Jennifer Lawrence photography) Lomig Perrotin (Washi Film) Rahim Mastafa (Rahim Mastafa Photography) Hanna & Michael (Revolog films) LINKS Analogue Forever - Analogue Wonderland - Chroma Camera - Jennifer - Matt - Rahim - Revolog films - Washi films -
December 12, 2018
Wrestling, composites + Shredsville (interview with Rahim Mastafa)
The phlogger goes back to digital for episode 30. We interview the rather talented Rahim Mastafa who is a composite/digital art photographer. He was famous for his Sugarbox studios brand shooting people in the fitness industry. In the podcast we discuss: - Cosplay + fitness/physique - Behind the scene videos - Photoshop + composites - Weekend warriors - Tv editing - How to earn 3/4 million for a wedding - W.W.E. (wrestling) - Networking - Happy clients - Professionalism - Selling yourself - Props RANDOM QUESTIONS Find out who the new james bond is! We talk about the marmite of photography and the importance of modesty. TIMINGS 0 introduction to his work 6 self employment + professionalism 16 compistes + photoshop 21 youtube videos + teaching 27 Rahim’s background 33 influences + instagram 41 working between video to stills 43 advice for beginners 48 best part of the job 50 favourite sessions 58 tanks and helicopter props! 59 Ideas 60 Random questions 76 Links + next time LINKS Youtube - Instagram - PhotoBizX podcast - Facebook - CREDITS Cover image by Rahim Mastafa Music by Paul Grant
December 5, 2018
Magnets, previous lives and chroma
As we approach the winter period it's time to talk large format. In this session, we have Steve LLoyd, the guy behind the "Chroma Kickstarter camera". Steve's a fascinating guy who loves inventing and prototyping his own cameras. He's even made backs for cameras and re-skinned them himself. He talks about his childhood full of power tools, remote control boats, cars and planes! Obviously, we chat about Kickstarter, what he has learnt and how his Chroma camera is going. Learn about: - Leica and 35mm - Cinestill 800 - large format photography - Modding mini's - Liverpool F.C. (best football team) - Magnets - Criticism - Wet plate photography - Hamish + Pixelator RANDOM QUESTIONS Steve was forced in to the random questions, so find out what he was in a previous life and why he would punch Steve Davis. So head over and give it a listen. Please support Steve's great work. INFO Steve's flicker - Chroma website - Dont forget 35MMC - Tin plate guy - TIMINGS 0 introduction to large format 9.30 steve’s background 27.30 chroma project 61.01 kickstarter lessons 71 random questions
November 22, 2018
Consistency, Ektar & volleyball (interview with Jennifer Lawrence)
For episode 28 of Phlogger presents, we have another lovely guest. Jennifer Lawrence is a film photographer from Chicago, USA. She works in the portrait/family/lifestyle world and shoots Kodak Ektar! *** we have put a break in this episode due to the length *** We discuss: - photography in schools - Ektar + portra - Canon 1d - Wont use fuji xt2 - Teaching film - Lotto winning plans - Business acumen - Shooting in the sun RANDOM QUESTIONS Jennifer is put through the questions, so find out why volleyball is important and who her favourite Batman is. TIMINGS In Part 1 0 - 9 introduction + film 10 - portrait sessions + film 40 - autofocus,children and metering 45 - favourite sessions Part 2 51 random questions 64 starting in business + being professional 85 studio work + shooting models 95 projects + teaching at film camp 113 jennifers websites and details FURTHER INO Instagram - Website - CREDITS Music intro by Paul Grant Image by Andrew Walmsley (shot on film)
November 14, 2018
Infrared, white blood and aliens. An interview with Washi films.
Another great guest for you - Lomig from Washi films. Hand crafted and unique films, made by Lomig himself in France. Washi started in 2013 by Lomig, an unusual inventor who is mad on the film world. He spends a lot of time working in the dark to bring you his unique ideas. During this interview we find out about: - scratching film - Henri Fox Talbot’s invention - Origins of washi paper - Lomig's idea bank - cassette players - infrared goggles - dangers of working in the dark - Phlogger’s new idea for a film - future "paper" project Lomig wants to provide us all with films not designed for cameras and is constantly coming up with new ideas. He loved film so much he even had his wedding shot using single-use cameras. TIMINGS 0 - 1- background to Lomig (Photography is in the family) 10 -14 how Lomig got in to film 14- 20.45 the origins of washi 20.45 Lomig’s ideas + working in the dark 29.15-42.15 washi film range 42.15 - 46.15 future projects - paper and 120 46.15-60.01 film industry future 60 mins random questions FURTHER INFO Website - Instagram - Facebook -
November 4, 2018
Polaroids, frog dances and nightmares (interview 26)
The phlogger presents another analogue special. In this latest episode we interview Michael Behlen from Interestingly Michael only shoots polaroids so look forward to a very different conversation. He has also produced ezines and magazines, so has experience that can help you (provides details of some useful tools aswell). Michael has a website, but it is also an outlet for analog news, contents and a real community, which will all lead to something special next year. To find out more listen to the podcast. In this one Michael discusses: - Why he doesn't like instax - why an electro magnetic pulse could save film! - Michaels idea for ezines - Michaels frog dance - the vinyl/analog cult - why intent is important - juggling family, life and work - nightmares!!! Also: - Michael is giving away polaroid cartridges RANDOM QUESTIONS Of course Michael was put through the torture of this section and did very well. Find out the relevance of nightmares and if Darwin's theory of evolution was correct. INFO To find out more about analogforever, head over to their website - To see more of Michael's project/polaroid works - For extra content please see my website -
October 30, 2018
Opportunities, emotion and James Dean - an interview with a street photographer
For episode 25 we interview the one and only Dominique. She is a friendly and skilled street photographer from New York. This episode is just an introduction and outro by Dominique. The full interview is a blog article on my website which i urge you to check. In this article we discuss: - Sarah street media - Marseille and New York - emotions of street shooting - locations to shoot - children - projects and much more RANDOM QUESTIONS Dominique like everyone else was put through the questions. Listen to why James Dean is a great name for a car. INFO If you want to look at Dominique images, you can find her Instagram here - The interview is here -
October 21, 2018
Shiny things, grapes and Fuji (interview with a street photographer)
For episode 24 we interview Matt aka #capitalfaces from Instagram. Matt is a street photographer who shoots in the London, UK. He produces video work for commercial purposes and has worked in retail with photography too. In this episode we discuss: - mail order magazines from the 80's - film cameras (Bronica's and Pentax 6x7's) - working in the USA - Video, casting and directing - Anton Corbyn and Dougie Wallace - London & snow - Street photography - gear and much more We have some interesting and fun random questions too, so check it out. Find out the relevance of grapes and why Matt couldn't get one of my questions out his mind! TIMINGS: 0 All about matt + working in video 14.15 Street photography, natural habitats and shooting close 18.50 Locations to shoot in (Morroco, Malaysia, Cambridge, Edinburgh etc) 27.15 Street photography and privacy 31.30 Film shooting on the street (Bronica, pentax 6x7, fuji) 36.30 Instagram and the social media world 40.45 Gear (olympus omd, fuji, sony menu systems) 64.00 The film movement 1hr10 Random questions FURTHER INFO: Interview with Street photography (Bob Patterson) Instagram feed:
October 13, 2018
Quadcopters, Hollywood & Leica's (with Paul Lefko)
For episode 21 we across the oceans and interview Paul Lefko from the sunny state of California, USA. Paul has worked as a director and photographer in the Los Angeles area covering both film and video. This is part 1 of the interview and the 2nd part will follow next. Stay tuned. We discuss: - Van Nuys and trips to America - the L.A. conspiracy - Why you should buy a Leica - Reasons to visit Scotland - Cementing contracts - Working for free - shooting actors vs models Don't forget Paul goes through the usual random questions. FURTHER INFO Paul's website - Instagram -
October 2, 2018
Shooting cars with film
** Analogue session** *** Apologies for the audio *** For episode 20 we travel around the world to Australia. Ashley Hoff from Instagram joins us from Adelaide to discuss all things film related. In this issue: - Shooting on Bronica square format - The fun of C41/E6 cross processing - Large format including tin type - Ashley’s to do list - Why FPP podcast is worthing listening to - The learning curve of a printing project - Racing go-carts! - Custom and classic cars - Coffee and chrome car shows - Tsunamis and Shelby cobra’s INFO Please check out Ashley's instagram feed here -
September 24, 2018
Introduction to printing with Leyton Cleveley
We are joined by the one and only Leyton Cleveley. In this issue, we look at the skill of darkroom printing. This covers everything you need to help you get that image on to paper. We discuss important areas like: - why you should print - why it will never disappear - why printing will improve your photography - some of the costs involved Then, we move on to the functional parts like: - what a darkroom is - what basic equipment you will need - what chemicals are required - how long chemicals last - what papers are needed - how the process of printing works - important tips (like consistency) - advanced ways to increase your quality You cannot understand how beautiful and rewarding this area of photography is until you try. So get in touch, come over and try it for yourself. INFO To find out more on Leyton -
September 19, 2018
Phlogger news in brief - September 12th
In this new episode we talk about my new segment - news. We go through the latest happening in the photography world - both film and digital. A new segment, depending on what's going on the world will denote the schedule. So it maybe weekly, bi-weekly or monthly. Time will tell. During this we discuss: - latest mirrorless by Nikon and Canon - large format cameras - Phlogger's future - Phlogger's holiday on film - Development mistake - Secret project - upcoming interviewees - co-hosting - Leyton + film Lots more coming soon...
September 12, 2018
Revolog - from experiment to zombie apocalypse
For episode 16 we interview Hanna and Michael from Revolog film. Revolog offer 35mm films that have unique effects on the negative. From patterns, to lighting, stars and faded looks. What's more amazing is Hanna and Michael do this by hand together! INTERVIEW During this session learn about the start of the company at university to its current range of 12 films! You will also: - learn Hanna+Michael's concern about university - understand why Michael should not touch microwaves - how Revolog had to try lots of brands to use initially - listen to why the f100 by Nikon is a great camera - find out why everyone loves Ilford HP5 + Portra - what a Nimslo 3d camera is RANDOM QUESTIONS Hanna and Michael obliged with the fun questions, so listen to their fun answers now. You will hear why: - why a young Michael has inside knowledge on the moon landing - food is better than the mountains during the zombie apocalypse
August 24, 2018
Large format, cyanotype, photograms and film (Episode 15)
Phlogger (analogue) presents For episode 15 we delve in to the world of film again. Our special guest is Rachel from "The Sunny 16" podcast and owner of Little Vintage Photography. She talks us through: - how she set up the business - some of the formats and cameras she uses - scaling skyscapers for a recent job - slide films - the darkroom - cyanotypes and photograms - large format - pin hole work - cool analogue photography kickstarter projects - why you should name your cameras - and much more We also discuss the merits of podcasting too, before we put Rachel through a few of the infamous "random questions". Info Check out her website - Check out the podcast -
August 16, 2018
Film, King kong and Analogue Wonderland
In the latest episode we have Paul McKay from Analogue Wonderland. They are a new and great place to buy many different brands of film (180 so far). Paul tells us the background of the store, about some of the great brands they are working with. He describes some of the interesting characters who are hand making film too. We discuss 35mm, medium format and large format, including some interesting kickstarter project like this - Part 2 In this section Paul goes through the Phloggers "random questions" section too. You can find out why Analogue wonderland will be changing their insurance tomorrow (hint - King Kong). Finally we discuss the future of film. INFO *** There is a unique 10% discount code contained within this podcast too, but you will have to listen to it to find it *** Shop - Facebook feed -
August 7, 2018
Street photography + magazine publishing with Bob Patterson
In our latest episode (13) we are joined with publisher Bob Patterson from Street Photography magazine. Bob and the Phlogger discuss fundamental street photography questions like: How you define street photography? How do you shoot in quiet towns/cities? Does film/digital matter? What's going on with privacy? Bob provides insightful information on the magazine, including some of the street photographers featured. He also discusses the origins of the magazine, where its been and what will happen in the future. Finally Bob helps you all with some simple and practical "to do" steps for getting your work published. This includes suggestions for your first contact with a magazine/source. As Bob would say, do "good compelling work". See you next time. INFO Check out the street magazine here - Itunes - Android -
August 2, 2018
Modelling, finding work and coping with the industry (Episode 12)
We are joined by the lovely Safia Pixie, a young model from the UK. In this episode we discuss how to find modelling work and how to stay safe. We cover deep subjects in life such as coping with stress and anxiety. Learn about Safia's recent modelling trips and listen to her advice for any aspiring models. We look back at previous shoots and learn about ourselves, what you want for the future and how to behave. This podcast would suit anyone looking at modelling and photographers new to model shoots too. Extras Please do check out Safia's work on Instagram- Safia's facebook page is - To see her interview with the phlogger -
July 25, 2018
Photography degrees, education and the future
The phlogger presents the latest photography podcast. In this show we feature Stephen Rendall of Fez Photography. A renowned fashion photographer, ex-student and lecturer. Topics covered and discussed include: How photography education differs to being self-taught. Why you should look at work by Cartier-Bresson and David Bailey. Find out why Fez has tried selling his kidney. We discuss mirrorless vs DSLR. Fez suggests about the future of photography education. Please note I was suffering with a cold so I apologise for any coughing. FURTHER INFO Stephen Rendall (aka Fez Photography) work can be found: Instagram feed is Twitter is
July 5, 2018
Get started in wedding photography
In the latest phlogger presents, Flisher Photography and James Morris provide some useful advice. As experienced wedding photographers they guide us through some of the questions you might want to ask. How do you cope with long days? How do I practice? What equipment do I need? What about contracts? What photos does a wedding photographer take? How fast do I have to edit? When should I go for it? Between Luke and James they discuss these and many more questions in a fun and friendly manner. You will see how important experience is and how you can achieve this. CREDIT Luke Flisher ( James Morris ( Phlogger (cover art taken on medium format film camera)
June 21, 2018
Pushing boundaries with photography (Episode 9)
The phlogger discusses the importance of pushing boundaries with photography. He provides examples of the emotional, fiscal and experiences that will enrich your life. This is a discussion about creativity, social implications and the rewards. We gloss over technology in this podcast. Different genres discussed include fashion, portrait, wedding and motorcycle photography. More Info The wedding blog from the podcast is here - The motorcycle event information is here - The charity details are here -
June 17, 2018
Introduction to street photography with Leyton Cleveley (episode 8)
The phlogger carries on his discussion with Leyton Cleveley. In this episode street photography is the main content, but with a mix of film too. We talk about the roots of street photography and what it is. Of course we discuss the greats like Bruce Gilden, Diane Arbus and Ansel Adams too. There is advice how to deal with conflict too. INFO Please check out Leyton's work at Intro music by Paul Grant
June 6, 2018
Episode 7 - Film photography for beginners
The phlogger presents a discussion with Leyton Cleveley on the merits of film photography. Leyton is a very experienced film photographer and often found on Facebook film groups. PART 1 Leyton discusses "range finders", zone focusing and why printing is important. Looking back at famous street photographers, we consider work by Garry Winogrand and John Free. PART 2 We discuss choosing your first film camera and the merits of shooting with Ilford Hp5 film. For those budget conscious Leyton recommends Forma film too. Leyton also provides an overview of developing without a darkroom (with Paterson tanks) and options of using companies to develop for you. He also provides example chemicals to use and explains how many varieties there are. Listen to this section for useful tips about shooting and how important patience is. INFO Please check out Leyton's work at Intro music by Paul Grant
June 2, 2018
An interview with Jeni from Signature Photography
Finally we catch up with the one and only talented Jeni Lowe from Signature. A kind lady who loves nothing more than working with babies and wedding couples. Part 1 - we find out about Jeni's roots in Lincolnshire and her passion for slippers. After looking back at the past we discuss the wedding photography field and how you separate yourself from competitors. Jeni tells us about her charity work and what she aims to achieve going forward. Part 2 - Jeni discusses why crying is important for photography. Looking at her kit she explains what is important to her. We talk out about fitness and the health advantages. Random questions - we test Jeni knowledge and humour here. She delights us with her calm and friendly answers. You learn how to eat a popular chocolate bar correctly. Listen out for advice on how to iron safely too! Find out more about Jeni at For all the latest from us, check our website -
May 25, 2018
Interview with a model - Josh Maine
In the latest episode of Phlogger presents, we interview Josh Maine. Josh is a UK model who is an endearing and intelligent young guy. Part 1 - we look at Josh's roots from across the atlantic and discuss his travels. Part 2 - in this section we discuss experience with photographers, modelling and the industry. We then move on to the future and find out what Josh has planned. Part 3 - Finally we have some random questions for Josh. It is worth pointing out, at no point was Josh aware of any of the questions and subject matter. Find out more about his work on Instagram @joshmaine_95 ** All credit for cover photo to Andrei Photography **
May 19, 2018
A chat with Jon from Instinctive Photography
The latest episode of Phlogger presents. A chat and follow up with Jon, a great photographer and friend. We discuss Jon's picture of my Bronica, family photography, stately homes, weddings, shooting techniques and much more. To find out more about Jon, check out Subscribe on your favourite podcast platform to keep up to date.
May 11, 2018
A chat with Luke from Flisher Photography
This chat is a follow up to the "walk with Flisher photography" blog article on my website. In this podcast we discuss street photography, a Nikon 28-70 and sigma pro lens, wedding photography, website hacking, analogue work, portraiture and more!
May 3, 2018
Introduction to modelling
The phlogger presents a podcast about modelling. Today's guest was the lovely Billie Gregory who discussed an introduction to modelling. From starting up, posing, researching photographers to what you should not do. A great starting point for anyone considering this industry. Hear the thoughts from both a photographer and model's point of view.
April 25, 2018
Interview with Sarah from street media
The very first episode of Phlogger (Andrew Walmsley)!
April 19, 2018