Few Frames w/ Leo Amaya

It’s been a while since we started working with Leo, we’ve seen his evolution with film photography and it was a pleasure to see that he quickly started sharing what he learned online over his Youtube channel.

As a lab we always wanted to share information and make illustrative videos about film photography but to be honest it’s terribly time consuming, we can’t really do it ourselves and the moment we knew Leo was into it, and doing a terrific job we said, we need to suport this guy!

In a Few Frames we want to showcase bodies of work that imply an experience told through film photography only, not different snaps from different places but one experience narreted though the lens of an analog camera.

Leo’s trip completely matches our goal and even more, he has a video illustrating it! (in spanish this time )

 

 

In his words:

“A year ago I went on an adventure with a group of friends to the North Pole, to the Lapland regions of Norway, Sweden and Finland. I wanted to consider this trip as a totally analog experience, 20 rolls of film and more than 600 photos captured the trip, our adventure around this region of the planet. Now a year later I relive that experience through the images, what my eyes captured and what I have lived there during those days.

A part of me stayed there yet I took with me another very important, I wanted to continue traveling, to continue living and capturing unique moments in my roll. I discovered my passion for nature, feeling the sea breeze running down my back and the sound of seagulls hovering over my thoughts.

This selection is a mixture of landscapes emotions and the many different moments that we lived there.

– Leo Amaya

LAB NOTE

With Leo we worked on a softer color palette but specially paying attention to the reds and green tones. That’s why we choose the Noritsu to do all his scans on this job. Also the softness of the Noritsu helps render the northern light which is naturally softer much better. Blues were also important and since the weather conditions were far from ideal as we can see on the video, trying to get clean shadows was also a bit of challenge without breaking the mood of the image but in this case, the result was beautiful!

 

 

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Few Frames w/ Nadia Meli

We are really really happy to finally be able to bring back photographer’s work along their words and insides of why it makes sense for them to shoot film. With a small curated selection of some of their work. There is many reasons why we shoot film, and the ones we love the most are those that are intangible, come from the heart and transpire an honest feeling.

Today, opening the chocolate box, we have Nadia Meli. A long time friend which, for some reason we happen to meet in the most random places of the earth every now and then. She is not a film-only photographer neither she needs to be, whenever we chat with her we see that her approach to photography is very similar to the one we have and she kept surprising us with film work every now and then.

She was cool enough to say yes to our proposal and kickstart the whole thing. We asked her to write a few lines to tell us what’s her story behind this trip, and boy she exceeded our expectations.

In her words:

“Japan caught me completely by surprise.
I was invited to go there for work in my role as a Nikon ambassador and it was the first time I travelled to Asia. I didn’t have many expectations. My knowledge of Japan was limited to what I had heard about it in school a million years ago and what is portrayed in the media.

When I travel I love to feel connected, that’s why I hate staying in big hotels and feeling like a tourist. If I can, I prefer staying with locals and get lost in the streets.
To be honest, I expected not to find that connection in Japan. From what I “knew”, it would be hard to read Japan’s people, the culture being more distant and polite.

In retrospect I can only laugh at myself. That’s why they say traveling is so life changing and educating: It takes all your preconceptions and throws them upside down and over board.

I found connections in Japan, in moments and places I didn’t expect it. I found that people desired it, seeked it out and gave it freely.
I found so much warmth and love in Japan. It was a delicious surprise to and great honour to get a glimpse of who these beautiful people are.

From the 4 days I spent camping at Mount Fuji to the week I spent in Tokyo – I loved it all and I was not ready to leave when my plane took off. Japan will definitely see me again.

When I travel I love to shoot film and I don’t even take digital cameras with me. For work I want to be quick and not think about what I am doing, I need things to run without giving it a second thought.
But for my private photos, just for myself, I prefer shooting film because it does the opposite: It slows me down, it makes me think more than twice about the shots I am taking. Film photography reminds me to see beyond and look at the details. Seek the little joys.”

– Nadia Meli

LAB NOTE

With Nadia we worked on a color profile that was close to her usual body of work while maintaining that film flavour. It was scanned on the Frontier adding some warmth to the color palette to create an earthy-cozy vibe. We understand each photographer is different and we love to work with them to develop the colors that represent how their mood.

 

 

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