CARMENCITA GRANT AWARD – SPRING 2020

 

András Zoltai

PROJECT: MAJULI
The day has arrived!! We finally have the very first project that will receive the Carmencita Grant in partnership with Kodak Professional Europe! As you may know from our previous post, the grant supports the selected artist with up to 50 rolls of any stock of their choice from Kodak and the developing & scanning costs of those, at any resolution desired.
We have to admit, it’s been a really really hard decision to make, the selection process was meticulous and that’s why it took us so long to consider all the entries received. First of all, we need to thank each and every participant cause the quality of the overall submissions was mindblowing! More +30 entries from more than 11 different countries that made us there is room for more grants to come!

All the possible factors were taken into consideration, the topic, the quality of the work, the involvement, the impact, the trajectory of the project, and the courage that it takes to complete. A jaw-dropping level of the images was also taken into consideration as we believe this is a major key factor along the body of work consistency and storytelling to make the project really succeed!

 

With all that in mind, and using some good old democracy, it’s was great to see that both the grant jury from @carmencitalab and the grant jury from @kodakprofessional_europe agreed in most of the core values that made András Zoltai the well-deserved winner of the Carmencita Grant of Spring 2020! Our most sincere congratulations.
PREVIOUS WORKS: ARMENIAN BOXERS

 

Gagik Xacikyan, multiple youth champion of athletics, is waiting for his daily training in one of the oldest gyms named after the Olympic champion, Albert Azaryan.

András Zoltai (1990) is a freelance documentary photographer living in Budapest, Hungary. It’s present in his photographs the concern as a photographer to be able to blend into the scene and tell the hidden stories for the vast majority of society with overflowing humanity while portraying social topics in a very respectful way, squeezing the maximum narrative power of his camera.
András’ work for this scholarship is based on Majuli, the largest inhabited river island in the world, where we see how its inhabitants enter conflict with the monsoon and its erosion of the island every year. This immediately grabbed our attention, although there has been a ton of photographic work done in India already, this was proposing another approach away from the colorful festivals and focusing on the raw living conditions of those away from the spotlight.

Locals attend every regional championship to see unforgettable moments and cheer for their friends and family members.

Ashot Gasparyan, senior coach at Albert Azaryan Gymnastic School is showing them how to do an exercise correctly.

One of the most important things that we take a look into is previous work, this provides a lot of inside on the artist, and when we saw the project made in Armenia we were just blown away. András blends into the walls of a boxing school in Armenia where he explores the relevance of sport in the society of this country. The way the images are executed is outstanding and we have to say, all selection is done judging only the images, and narrative provided for the project, no age, no CV, no followers are taken into consideration. When seeing the images, honestly, we were wondering if they were really taken back in the 70s for Magnum or Life magazine, we were truly mesmerized by them. It was hard to believe that the images were only taken a few years ago (on Portra film of course) but the approach, the treatment of the color was extremely interesting.
We can only express our most sincere gratitude to all those people who have participated, in Kodak Professional Europe for joining in this wild idea and all those who supported this adventure spreading the word and cheering for us. Muchas gracias! Only 1 Grant was available for now but we will open for new submissions in autumn and we can’t wait to see what projects come up!!

In rural areas training are the only community programs after school.

Competitions are their opportunity to be noticed by coaches of the National Team. They take it very seriously and fight for their last breath.

COMPLETION OF THE PROJECT

It’s clear that COVID-19 did not make this project any easier, that being said the project is set in 3 phases and 1 is already completed while the remaining 2 are scheduled for mid-2021 to be executed. All projects that are awarded the grant need to be completed within 1 year after the publication of the winner, so it’s very likely that by summer next year we will start seeing some of the results from the trip. In the meanwhile, we strongly recommend you to check Andás website to see more of his work.

These are some of the images that are already completed from the project, and we can’t wait to see more.

All images are shot on Kodak Portra 400 and with a Mamiya 7

 

 

 

 

CLAVES PARA DISPARAR EN ANALÓGICO – [PDF]

*NOTE: This post is only available in Spanish at the moment, we are working to make all the information available in english soon!

 

UNA GUÍA DE LA FOTOGRAFÍA ANALÓGICA ACTUAL

 

Durante los últimos 3 años hemos estado realizando talleres puntuales aquí y allá, en cada taller ofrecemos una parte prácitca pero también una teórica, junto con un dossier para cada asistente.

Por primera vez vamos a poner todo este contenido online en forma de PDF, completamente gratis, revisado y actualizado. Ya no hay excusa, todo lo que necesitas saber para empezar a crear imágenes espectaculares con película está aquí : ) Dejando tu correo electrónico abajo de lo enviaremos directamente y te avisaremos si lanzamos más contenido, lo actualizamos o realizamos algun taller nuevo!

 

DECARGAR PDF

Te enviaremos el PDF directamente a tu correo electrónico* 🙂

 

 

 

 

*¿POR QUÉ DEBERÍA DAROS MI MAIL? Buena pregunta y totalmente legitima. “Roma no se construyó en un día” y llegar a conocer todos los detalles de la fotografía analógica es igual! No vamos a usar tu correo para mandarte publicidad ni hacerte Spam de ningun tipo, queremos poder enviarte articulos y material que hagamos en el futuro que expanda y complemente el contenido de dossier de “Claves para disparar en analógico”, así de fácil! Si de verdad no quieres dar tu mail de ninguna manera, al final del articulo encontrarás un enlace para descargar el PDF también (pero te perderás todo el futuro contenido!)

 

 

 

 

En el dossier de Claves para disparar en analógico dividido en varios capítulos para poder consultarlo siempre que necesites y para estructurar un poco toda la infomación que hay, podrás encontrar información resumida de los siguientes temas:

  1. Formatos (35mm & 120)
  2. Tipos de cámaras
  3. Latitud de la película
  4. Cómo exponer
  5. Forzar la ISO
  6. Características de los principales carretes
  7. Como hacer dobles exposiciones
  8. Posibles fallos o errores de la película

 

 

Esperamos que esto sirva como una guía general para orientarse, aclarar mitos y leyendas sobre el analógico y para demostrar que realmente, disparar en película es más fácil (y divertido!) de lo que parece : )

Si después de darle un buen repaso sigues con dudas, ya sabéis que estamos abiertos 24/7 en nuestro correo eléctrico ask@carmencitafilmlab.com para resolver cualquier duda o nos podéis preguntar a través de redes sociales.

 

Mucho ánimo y gracias por hace que la película siga viva!

 

 

COFFEE & FILM – DRIP COFFEE ROASTER

We know how hard is to start a project, and if it wouldn’t be by the many photographers that supported us in our first steps Carmencita would never be the Carmencita we know today! So, whenever we have the chance to support a new project, especially coming from fellow film photographers, we try to figure out how could we give it some love.

Fabian Schmit is a film photographer that along with a friend kickstarted a small roaster in Bern, to be able to provide fresh quality beans for those who are serious about coffee!

SUSTAINABLE GREAT BEANS

Coffee is our second love (after film photography of course), and we know as photographers, those long editing days would just not be the same without the deliciousness and the energy boost of a great cup of our favorite black beverage. When Fabian showed us his project we just felt in love, not only for the minimal design and the great taste of their beans but also due a great sustainability program.

It made total sense to partner up in some way and that’s why starting this March, every time you get your negatives back you will receive a small bag of roasted coffee by Drip Roasters until we run out of units, we have 50 bags to share so do not hesitate!

If you need to buy some fresh rolls, or just wondering how your old negatives are doing at the lab, purchase your shipping back and your negatives will come back flying to your home along with a small bag of freshly roasted beans!

 

 

More info about Drip?

driproasters.ch/en

@driproasters

[NEW] BLACK EDGE in all 120 film formats is here!

by Andrea Rivera

 

It’s not been easy, since we first released the Black Edge in 35mm last April (thanks to the Swedes and their 3D printing), we have got so many requests to bring the Black Edge to 120 film in all its formats, that at some point it was not even funny anymore.
Now, almost a year later, we make it happen! Black Edge is now available in all formats of 120 film ! 645, 6×6, 6×7, 6×9… you name it!
WHY?

Didn’t you know? Black Edge is the new Black!

Ok ok… jokes aside, it is mainly a pure aesthetic option, our scanners are already adjusted to crop as little of the frame as possible, but as a commercial scanner, it was never designed to show the full edge of the frame, since all scans were meant to be printed and people didn’t fancy for some irregular black edges to appear on the prints back in the day.

Well, to be honest, it can be useful for those with 645 cameras that print information on the negative about exposure. Cameras like the Mamiya 645 AFD, Contax 645 & Pentax 645N print that information on the negative that is usually cropped from the final image, cause it is useful for the photographer but not really relevant for the subject or client of the images.

by Joel da Palma

 

Different formats, Different Edges

As you may have guessed already, each format has a different mask to be scanned in our scanners, that means it has it own ratio and every camera prints a different image on the film. We will review the main film formats for you to have an idea of what to expect from each. Ready? Let’s go:

On 645
This is perhaps the format where we find bigger differences between the frame layouts. Some will print information on the film like the Contax or Mamiya AFD and some others will not (usually older models). Not only that, this is also the format where the film stock (Kodak Portra 400 for example) is more often seen printed on the sides of the negative.
You will also notice each camera maker has their own frame width, for example, Contax has the “fatter” frames that “eat” most of the edge (even with the enlarged mask), while Pentax having the “slimmer” frames, will show a bigger amount of black edge.
Does this mean you are always losing a bit of the frame unless you scan with Black Edge? Well, as many things in life, yes and no. Yes there is a bit of cropping on the image, but almost all cameras have between 96-98% viewfinder coverage anyway, so when you look through the lens you are not actually seeing 100% of the actual frame. The reason for this is since there is always some cropping in the process, the camera manufacturer was already cropping the image, so you would get a final image as close as you shot it.

by Masha Golub

by Vicente Saez

by Evgeniia Venidtkova

by Vicente Saez

by Alexandra Kern

by Rui Vaz Franco

by Alexandra Kern

by Liza Liztinovich

 

On 6×6

This is a bit less popular than the 645 format but still we found that the major difference come with the Hasselblad frames and their characteristic 2 dents on the left side of the image (as you can see on the cover of this article). The Hasselblad frames said to be 55×55 instead of 60×60 and even in standard masks we can see some edges some times. We do not know for sure what was the reason Hasselblad made their cameras this way, perhaps because they were aimed at professional photographers(?) therefore they wanted to see the absolute 100% of the frame.

Some other cameras, like the Rolleiflex for instance, create a much bigger frame in every way and you will notice there is not much room left for black edges.

by Stymir Kari Erwinson

by Jonas Burman

by Andrea Rivera

On 6×7

The beast & the beauty at the same time, the kings (or queens) of the hill in this format are the Pentax 67 & the Mamiya RZ67, they bare little differences between their frames so not worry too much about it, usually they are the ones that offer a more regular frame.

If you have a Makina 67 or a GF670 please send some rolls over so we can see the actual frame they produce, it woul be a fun comparison! You will notice the size of the black edge is smaller than other formats and this is only because well, the actual frame is bigger so in comparison makes the edges smaller.

by Joel da Palma

by Adrian Schlumpf

 

Shut up & take my money!

In love with it? We too! The black edge is not for everyone but for those who like their images with a complementary style that adds visual movement to the image itself it’s perfect. The best of all? Yes, it’s completely free, so you can your save some coins on that and perhaps invest them in purchasing a Back Up Service for your scans or adding Proof Prints to your rolls.

We keep working to improve the services we can offer, with need addons and options that will enable film shooters go further and make the most of the craft we love!

Happy shooting!

CARMENCITA x KODAK – CREATIVE GRANT

Helping photographers is in Carmencita’s DNA, we work as hard as we can behind the scanners to bring the best out of every negative but we want to take it one step further. We want to put some skin on the table and offer a proper sponsoring for those projects that need to see the light, everything is planned but need an extra push to make it breath.

When we dreamed about a grant we were ambitious, we know how hard it is for artists to make projects come to life, and we couldn’t do it alone if we wanted to offer a complete grant. That’s why we reached out to our dream partner,
and boy they were as excited as we are to work side by side!

We couldn’t be more proud to announce that Kodak Professional Europe is joining the grant contributing
with the fresh film needed to make the project move forward.

If you have a project that you want to develop, give it a read. We are eager to hear from you!

[NEW] Direct 20×30 CONTACT SHEETS are here!

New 20×30 Contact Sheets – Carlos Roca

It’s been 2 years since we first introduced our 10×25 and 20×30 contact sheets, it was by popular demand to both organize your negatives and to see & select the images you were more interested in. As photographers, most of us grew up either in class or online seeing some of the first contact sheets by the big photographers, specially when learning from those at Magnum and the book that is pretty much a must have Magnum Contact Sheets.

For those like us who breath film photography and appreciate the heritage, real contact sheets are hotter than a summicron. Being able to truly see your negative in positive, all at once, with every mistake and every triumph in one sheet of paper is often something hard to describe. Back in the day printing was really costly so this was a practical way to “preview” your film and later chose what to enlarge, that is obviously not the case nowadays but still, there is something so beautiful in it that really adds another something to the whole experience of shooting analog photography.

 

New 20×30 Contact Sheets – Sergio Galarza

HOW CAN I GET MINE?

We’ve been trying to wrap our heads up on how could we make it happen, believe us that we’ve tried many things and non really worked up until one crazy idea did. Some testing later and we are able to deliver! Start November 1st, 2019* all 20×30 contact sheets will be made as if they were direct positive of the negative. We believe that’s the closest thing to the real thing we can offer and many will be thrilled to finally be able to order them at a decent price.

 

New 20×30 Contact Sheets – Carlos Roca

ONE LAST THING…

For those who like us that enjoy to get nerdy with these things, we will clarify: these are not direct negative to paper and printed with RA4 process. Sorry if we bring the hype down a liiiiittle with it but that would just no be comercially viable. We were on the verge of offering it or discarting it but we believe the world will be a better place with real contact sheets, and even thought if it take extra time on our end, we want to make it happen. Because it freaking cool to be honest =)

The contact sheets are not aimed to be perfect, although you can render a good amount of quality from them it would take much longer than the regular process. You might see some dust and small vertical lines that belong to the sleeve in which the film is in, those are small imperfections that come with it and we can’t really help to aviod. That being said, if you require the digital version of the contact sheet we can also provide it to you and if for an exhibiton of bigger prints you would like to print your contact sheets bigger and in better quality, YES, we can do that but it is under a non-standard fee. Feel free to drop us a line at carmencita@carmencitafilmlab.com for more infomartion!

Believe us when we mention that we are very excited to finally be able to pull this one out and be able to bring small new things to the lab every year. Do we miss something still? Please let us know! Our inbox is open 24/7!

 

*If you’d like to have the old 20×30 with a white background just let us know and we can do it of course! But it will be under request and not by default

 

New 20x30 Contact Sheets - Leo Amaya

New 20×30 Contact Sheets – Leo Amaya

Why Acros100-II is the most important news for film on 2019

It’s a bright Monday morning of June, nothing seems out of the ordinary, coffee, toasts and orange juice… openning the news and why not, let’s check IG. Everything seems fine until emulsive.org drops the bomb: Acros100 is coming back from the dead

It creates the expected effect: sharing, retweeting, sending PM’s to all the photographer friends. Fuji, the good old Fujifilm that have rised their pricing 30% straight up for all their film line and chemistry just a few months back, discontinued their FP instant film, all their B&W line and is still unexplainably sustaining a large amount of slide films on stock, is on the news with something to bring into the table!

In a nutshell, there were about 40 something companies that used to manufacture B&W back in the day. B&W film is relatively “simple” (big quotes here) film to make. When color came into play that was another story. The process is highly complex and that made that from those 40, only 4 companies in the world were able to survive the color transition: Agfa, Ferrania, Kodak & Fujifilm.

 

 

We all know where those companies are (or are not) these days, and there are many reasons for it. We ended up with 2 key players that each managed to stay in business in a completely different way, surviving and if possible thriving within the transtition. How? Well, it comes to one word, diversifying and applying technology everywhere they could. This was the recipe followed by Fujifilm specially.

NOTE: (I know, you are probably wondering what has this to do with Acros? Well, you need to see the bigger picture with me here)

Kodak filed for bankrupcy back in 2012, it was all know that. In the meanwhile Fujifilm was just unvieling their X-series cameras that wasn’t the success it is today, but it was enought to get people hyped. Truly the situation was night & day.

Long-story-short, 2019 Kodak is still alive and actually bringing new films to the market, listening to film photographers who still love their product and putting some skin on the table with Ektachrome, PMax3200 and their Vision-3 line up for cinematographers. They went back to the roots and even if it is probably not enough to sustain the structure of the whole company only with film, they gave some love and photographers answered with their love & sales back. Wondering why Portra 400 is out of stock in all Europe? Because it’s basically sold out and sales outstand their estimates!

 

Fuji on the other side took a different road, at the moment, film sales are about 0,8% of their revenue, they had to move on and they did it successfully for their numbers and shareholders. We don’t blame them, it’s hard to imagine how difficult is to manage a sinking ship until you are on one. But it is true that Fujifilm felt a bit more Fuji and a bit less film every year.

Even if Mr. Komori (current Fujifilm CEO), who has been in the company for more 40 years, says that Fujifilm is still deeply committed with film and they will be the ones to manufacture the last roll of film if the day that film cese to exist ever comes. It honestly felt quite hard to believe those words even if he says so and it’s written in his own book, seeing everything that was going on for the last years with the company. From a film photographer’s perspective Fujifilm has been doing moves driven by profit, which is understandable for a company of that size, but also, something that truly has been attached to the Fujifilm brand is, without a doubt, QUALITY (capitals letters intended). Fuji Pro 400H is a film that was introduced in 2004 and today, it still holds up to the highest quality standards, even with Portra 400 new release in 2010 many photographers still prefer 400H tonality and latitude. And when it comes chemistry, even if it’s more a lab related thing, Fujifilm still is the king over every other manufacturer.

There has been a lot speculation that Fuji is not manufacturing film for many years now, rumor has it that it is all frozen and they are just taking it off the freezing chambers and repacking it. Plus all the discontinueing of products certainly didn’t help to send those rumors away…

 

BUT, this changes everything.

 

Fujifilm will be producing new film, so they still manufacture emulsion for all those who deny it. And as a lab, Fujifilm has been producing the highest quality chemistry for years and there hasn’t been anyone able to match it. And so they did with their film, so they will most definetely produce the new Acros with the highest quality standards for sure.

 

 

Not only this, it means that perhaps film is experimenting a real growth or at least they are bouching for it. We can’t ignore when a giant moves, same happened with Super 8, we are without a doubt in a Super 8 come back and even if Kodak’s Super 8 brand new camera is still not in the market their film is and their announcement plus Ektachrome return was a massive influence for everyone.

If Fujifilm is starting to back up the analog reinassance this is big news, like BIG news. Our friend Nico made a really nice analisis on the situation https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ys3PbjsWwng and we couldn’t agree more. Fuji announced it will be release in Japan only at the moment, but no doubt it will get into everyone’s hands soon. And then it will be our turn, as photographers to put our money were our mouth is. If we do our part, buy the film, use it, share the results and have this new tool to create photography work (did you know Acros was only orthopanchromatic film available?) it’s most likely that Fujifilm or other companies will take things into consideration.

We strongly believe there is a domino effect, and also, Kodak deserves full credit also for kickstarting this with the announcement of Ektachrome and re-release of PMax3200, now Fujifilm comes into place and who know what’s next. We are small community, we do not make a lot of noise out there, but certainly there is a common love for analog that perhaps goes beyond what we are aware off.

Happy shooting!

 

INSIDE CARMENCITA FILM LAB BY CAMERAVILLE!

Our friends at Cameraville came to visit us one month ago and they have released the video of the insights of the lab! They are doing a lot of work for film community and we couldn’t be more thrilled to be part of it!

This is the first time that a video illustrates what really is going on at Carmencita Film Lab headquarters!

 

 

Theresa Pewal: Momente vom Freisein

Today we are thrilled to take you guys on a tour to Villach, hometown of one of our beloved clients, Theresa Pewal. “Why would we do so?” you may ask yourself. We’ve been following her work from the very beginning and have to admit that her artist and self-portraits, as well as wedding photography, has amazed us ever since.

For all of you who wondered what Theresa’s personal work is about, we’ve got the answer: Momente vom Freisein. A project passionately lived during several years and brought to our eyes with much love and dedication this summer, on July 2 at Dinzlschloss venue. Even if the vernissage was in Austria, we are in Spain and you – all over the world, Theresa gave us the opportunity to visit her exhibition virtually, what we are incredibly happy about. Truly special and intimate photographs showing very personal moments of freedom, a fugitive feeling masterfully captured on her Hasselblad and carefully scanned at Carmencita.

We asked Theresa to tell us more about her vision, creative process and what’s actually behind her project, so happy exhibition tour, folks!

Why have you started to explore this particular subject? 

It happened by chance. I was taking portraits of a close friend at one of our favourite places: outside the city near the river. Motivated and inspired she then asked me why wouldn’t we create some nude portraits. This wasn’t our plan originally, but the new experience turned out to be very close to where I wanted to get with photography. She was living the moment of such an expression that she suddenly turned into a tree, then she was a stone near the river, and then she stopped posing and that was her: her true self, extremely satisfied with her body and who she was. My creativity went free and I took a lot of pictures (on my digital camera back then). When looking back I can say that this honesty really touched me and that feeling’s where it all started: I wanted to achieve that state of mind for the one I’m photographing.

 

Why is it important?

After the two shoots (friend’s and boudoir for a client), I didn’t plan any other projects of that nature. These were wonderful photographs but I absolutely didn’t want to show them on the internet. After talking with friends and thinking a lot about my possibilities I came to the conclusion: they had to be exhibited. So I talked with the cultural advisor of my hometown Villach, who, at first, was irritated by the subject of my project. He hesitated until I showed him some examples, telling him about my approach and motivation. In the end I was given space in one of the most beautiful places and galleries in, I would say, Carinthia. However, the exhibition was scheduled to happen in 3.5 years, what obviously seemed like a long waiting line. I wasn’t sure if after that time I would still be into it, but somehow it all started to grow. I realized that we all are longing for our true selves, for those moments when we feel at ease with who we truly are: being in a particular place and mood when nothing occupies our mind, and all the worries are gone – that fugitive “now” I call freedom. It is so different for each of us and so changing as well. This is what made me willing to dig into the subject more and more. To find out what women need to feel free or at least to smell their freedom. It’s a constant expedition, an eternally striving.

 

Which shapes does your freedom take?

Oh, it’s all changing actually, but when I am thinking about it there is always something that stays no matter what: to be seen. I mean, when the very core of me is truly seen. To be loved without being judged. To love without being judged. This is when I feel free.

 

How does photographing help you to translate them?

Since I’ve always found my way of expressing emotions in music and photography, photographing moments like “Momente vom Freisein” was a natural move. A photograph is only a tiny detail, the proof or evidence of what happened in real life: freedom can be found anywhere, in nature, a feeling, a person and that’s been the purpose of my project. Each photograph comes with a story. The one with sea crushing on the shore speaks about different facets of my personality: the calm and deep one, and the rebel, passionate one. The stone symbolizing borders of society, while the wave tries to smoothen its roughness. The one with a lonely house surrounded by trees was taken in Iceland. There was no sign of outer world around it but overwhelming, bittersweet freedom and I started realizing its multifaceted nature.

Was it difficult to show a whole personality of each woman in one single photograph?

I didn’t want to, and it wasn’t my purpose. Not the entire story has to be told. It is merely an attempt to bring the inside out. An attempt to show the genuineness of these moments, colorful, honest and intense! There couldn’t be enough of them.

When the women and I started to select their exhibited photograph, we ended up having the same one or two frames in mind. It fulfilled me to see how confident they felt about their choice, confident about who they are.

 

Do you use your Hasselblad for all the personal work? Why?

Yes, this camera is an “extension” of my heart (laughs). All photographs, except the two which mark the beginning of my project, are shot on medium format film.

 

Are there any conclusions or any other output after the whole work you’d like to share?

I am completely overwhelmed and feel this is just the very start.

 

Does shooting film mean a certain experience for you?

Definitely. It makes me slow down and focus on the moment I am in, focus on life, on the person I am with, on the essence of the conversation. It makes the moment more intense. I love looking into the eyes and not into the camera, I love connecting.

Has it changed your way of thinking at some point?

Yes, it has. I don’t like the word “photo session” or “shoot”, rather than using a camera and taking a picture it’s all about the connection and letting the personality speak. And this is only one approach!

A musician expresses the way he feels with music and his instrument is just a channel to make these sensations audible. Therefore, I believe there is no such thing as “my” instrument, in the end it is not about the medium but all about the music in your soul and about letting it speak. It is about making the unseen seen.

When I sent my first rolls to the lab, I realized I showed my very personal work to a lot of people I didn’t know at all. When receiving the first feedback on my scans I couldn’t hold back my tears, there was someone at the other end of the line who had never seen me but a part of my heart and, what truly touched me, knew this as well. He did not believe those were my first film portraits. From the very beginning all these people at Carmencita Lab believed in me and this is part of my freedom: being seen.

 

Traveling Light – Connect & Create

THE INTERNATIONAL GATHERING FOR FILM PHOTOGRAPHERS

Oct 31st – Nov 5th 2018

Torroella de Montgrí, Girona, Spain.

One of the crucial revelations we had at one point regarding film photography was how much of what we loved about it was the whole community behind it. At first glance, and from a distance, one might be tempted to think that the main assets of film photography are the uniqueness and realness of the images that film produces, the authenticity that an actual physical medium provides, the way it forces you to really mean every shot you take or the plethora of amazing cameras and lenses that are available. Don’t get us wrong: obviously those are some of the main reasons we shoot film. But through the years we came to realize that there was an element without which those awesome features felt quite sterile, and that is a supporting community of peers sharing both passions and struggles, coming from totally different biographical and geographical standpoints but moving into the future together, united within our diversity by our common passion.

Needless to say the internet has been the starting point and quintessential daily nurturing point for this community. No wonder the two founding members of Carmencita Film Lab met on a Facebook film scanning group. But regardless of all the amazing info and support you can access online there’s always something that is missing. The human touch. The face to face moment when you realize that no matter how much more experienced someone is, when they’re sharing something film related with you they’re coming from exactly the same emotional place as you. That, along with the memories, relations, laughs and insight that come from it, we’re afraid the internet can’t provide.

Photography is a weird art form. Like many others it’s (technically) performed individually, and depending on the style there can be other people involved in the making, in front or behind the lens. However, regardless of whether you shoot the busy streets of a huge city, virgin landscapes in Siberia or a wedding, the actual “making” takes place in a fraction of a second (or a succession of them). After that you’re left alone with a bunch of images and a whole lot of thinking to do. Personally we choose film because the amazingness of film lets us actually focus in those fractions of a second and get gorgeous work without having to use all that “thinking time” to run tons of presets through digital files. However, all that time away from the actual shooting time can be very lonely regardless of all the internet groups and/or interaction with clients. Additionally, a whole lot of experience and soul searching is needed when shooting film in order to provide, whenever the actual shooting occurs, the conditions for that fraction of a second to provide the best possible result.

Here’s when the community kicks back in. In our experience nothing beats filling a little bit of that huge alone time that we photographers have with meeting other photographers that just like you chose film as their medium. That’s the whole spirit behind Traveling Light. Actually meeting face to face with film photographers from all around the world and sharing the passion that we have in common. As a springboard for all that passion sharing we designed a set of nine conferences from what we consider some of the most influential film photographers out there as well as six more specific workshops by some of them. All this will take place in the perfect setting provided by the small town of Toroella de Montgrí, a couple hours north of Barcelona, Spain.

Last year’s first edition was incredible and it confirmed what we had in intuitively guessed through the years. Film has a strong and passionate community to back it up, and coming together and enriching each other with all those different backgrounds united by our common passion is an essential part of it. Last year we had people of from all over the world (16 different countries!) come to this small town in Spain to talk and live film photography. This year we want to make sure you join the community to, so we’re offering a 20% discount for all Carmencita Film Lab clients (use the code CARMENCITA when checking out).

We’re extremely excited about this years speaker line up, so here’s a little about what they do and where they’re coming from.

JONATHAN CANLAS

Jonathan is the man behind Film Is Not Dead. He has been sharing and promoting film photography since he started 19 years ago. Established as one of the most well-known wedding and portrait film photographers in the US, he also works side-by-side with Kodak to do product testing. Because of his extensive film work and experience there are few that know more about film than Jonathan.

More about his work at:

canlasphotography.blogspot.com

instagr.am/jonathancanlas/

ISABELLE HESSELBERG

Being one of the most acclaimed Swedish wedding photographers, having traveled the world with her label 2 Brides and photographed of various boutique cookbooks, Isabelle is a modern day warrior like no other – family lion, business woman, artista galore and if you see her rock the camera we promise you that you will be short of excuses to tackle the next level in your photography!

More about her work at:

2brides.se 

instagr.am/2brides

LAURA PANNACK 

Laura is driven by research led self-initiated projects that combine her interest in psychology and photography. In her own words, she does all she can “to understand the lives of those captured, and to present them creatively”. She is a firm believer that “time, trust and understanding is the key to portraying subjects truthfully”.

More about her work at:

laurapannack.com 

instagr.am/laurapannack

PASHA LUTOV

His work caught our eye many years ago, with a combination of playfulness and romanticism that we often see coming from the eastern part of our continent. His compositions and set ups are usually full of detail and that detail translates into the quality of the work he outputs.

More about his work at: 

pashalutov.com 

instagr.am/pasha_lutov

CÉLINE HAMELIN

Born in Paris and raised in the pacific south of France, moved by the wind and waves, Celine’s work deals a lot with textures, atmospheres and moments in travels that for her always render better on film. Her bold spirit has taken her to collaborate in many different projects and finally just made a book on her own, about Trans-Siberian adventures.

More about her work at:

celinehamelin.com 

instagram.com/celinehamelin

OSAMU YOKONAMI

Through rhythmic repetition and seriality, Osamu Yokonami contemplates socialization and cultural homogeneity, highlighting our interconnectedness with nature and with one another. He explores dualistic, oppositional conceptions of selfhood and the fine line between innocence and vice. He is the connection with the land of the rising sun this year.

More about his work at:

yokonamiosamu.jp 

instagr.am/osamuyokonami

CARLOS BLANCHARD

Most known by his outdoor photography, Carlos has made his way into being an stablished international snowboard photographer, using film in the most inconvenient weather possible he creates powerful action sport images yet with a strong sense of aesthetics.

More about his work at:

carlosblanchard.com 

instagram.com/carlosblanchardphoto

ELLIOT VERDIER

In collaboration with Analog Mag, we discovered the work of Elliott “A Shaded Path” and the quality of his documentary work quickly stood out. Combining a strong narrative with a sense of composition and color that correlates with the subject. Using large format he documented the depths of Kyrgyzstan.

More about his work at:

elliottverdier.com

instagr.am/elliottv.erdier

MARTÍ ANDIÑACH

Martí took too seriously the “Film is not dead” motto, his passion for analog photography led him to wet plate photography and 3 years ago he decided to make that his way of living. Being clearly too young for the technique he is the one that gave a breeze of fresh air to wet plate photography in Spain. He has the kind of craziness we love.
More about his work at:

martiandinach.com 

instagr.am/martiandinach

Come join the film community and meet us for what will surely be an incredible experience.
Be sure to grab the 20% coupon before they’re gone!
UN ABRAZO!
See you in October-November!

 

www.travelinglight.eu

 

 

New Backup Service!

Something most of film photographers are know for it’s their concern for the archival and preservation of their work through the years. As it’s one of our concerns too we present our new backup service tailored for film photographers of the XXIst century!

Your Scans, Always Available

Through the years we’ve received many emails about hard drives failing, missing downloads, losing files, needing to download things from several devices, etc… There is always the chance to re-scan negatives but it’s a lot of work to be done, we store all the scans for one month by default but unfortunately our hard drives are not unlimited so we had to make room for the new scans, so long term storage was not possible… until now!

We’ve upgraded our infrastructures and we can offer you two months of digital storage by default and the possibility of, just for few extra cents, storing your digital files for up to 4 years! With unlimited re-downloads at anytime and the possibility to be transferred by WeTransfer or Dropbox at your wish.

No more worries about losing scans, we’ve got you covered 😉

 

Real Negative Archival

Even more importantly, there are the negatives. The ultimate backup for your images for the years and years to come, which if had taken good care of probably your grandchildren will be able to find and see 🙂

It is known that we offer 1 year of storage for your negatives for free when sending the very first roll to the lab. It’s a bit more challenging to improve that by default but if you add the backup when filling in you order form, along your scans, your negatives will also be stored in our long-term archival facility, for the next 4 years as well!

This comes specially handy for those who like to re-scan specific frames into XL or XXL resolutions after a while. Either to have bigger files in TIFF or make bigger prints, now it’s easier than ever, cause we will have your negatives right in the lab already!

 

 

In The Future

This is a really exciting project for us cause this will enable us to make it even easier and safer to shoot film! Also we plan to upgrade the service in the future. We want you to be able to access to all your backed up files from everywhere without having to download a zip etc… You will be able to access to all your scans right from your cell phone. We believe it’s possible and we are working to make it happen 😉

 

Check it out on our new Order Form!

 

 

Got questions? Email us!

carmencita@carmencitafilmlab.com

 

 

Traveling Light 2017 · 2 spots giveaway!

 

You’ve probably heard about Traveling Light, the film photography gathering that is being held in the surroundings of northern Barcelona, at the heart of Costa Brava. We feel really close to the project in many ways as we have always wanted to connect photographers and make film photography go further. That’s why we created the Carmencita Meets, and the experience has been so positive through the last 3 years that our founders wanted to take it a step further, and not limit the experience to 15 people but rather to 150 photographers 🙂

 

 

10 Conferences & 8 Workshops

So, what’s it gonna be about? There’s 10 Conferences from different photographers that move in various fields, the 1st day it’s going to be orientated towards editorial work & business, and the 2nd day will be focused on photography itself and the relationship with film. The schedule has recently been launched and you can see all the details!

It’s gonna be a very unique chance to learn and network inside the film community because there has never been this many film photographers under one roof in Europe or elsewhere. Traveling Light is meant for you to take a break during the after-season, away from the big city life and create a space to connect and share without fears. Some of the speakers will also host an optional full day workshop during Saturday 4th, some of them are already sold out but if you are interested make sure to check it out since many of the speakers do no offer workshops regularly. Oh and all of this by the side of the mediterranean catalan coast.

 

Spot giveaway!

Interested? Wanna be part of it? Now is your chance. We’ve partnered up with Traveling Light to giveaway 2 spots for free among all the people that are interested in the Facebook event! How it will work:

  • Mark “Interested” in the Traveling Light 2017 Facebook Event
  • On the 12th of July we will randomly pick 2 names from the list of those interested
  • The first 2 names to pop up will own a Traveling Ticket 2017 worth 295€*

Easy? We think so! Also we will be there to meet and greet the winners. Probably not all the Carmencita family (since there’s 30 of us nowadays) but for sure a good bunch of us!

 

*If for some reason either of the winners won’t be able to attend we will pick another name randomly from the list.

 

We are lucky enough to be working side by side with some the big names in the European film photography scene nowadays, and we are even luckier to be able to call them friends. We believe they are great photographers not only by the images they create but also by how they push film photography further and make it available to other photographers, how they shaped the industry in the last years and how using traditional techniques they’ve been able to set themselves at the top of their game.

We feel it’s a very exciting time to be a photographer nowadays and there are hundreds of interesting people that choose to express themselves behind a camera and make us see the world in a new way. We love them and we want to add our grain of sand in this community of analog dreamers : )

All the info at:

travelinglight.eu/

 

See you there!

 

[ PHOTO FORUM BARCELONA ’17 ]

Photo Forum is finally here! We are really glad that BodaF has grown and decided to move to Barcelona to open itself to the international community. They invited us to participate as part of the photographic scene in Spain & Europe and we just couldn’t say no.  We are still trying to get over the terrible news about Rodney Smith, and we know this event won’t be the same without his contribution but we are still thrilled to be part of it. We aim to make the best out of it and to put the spotlight on film photography!

Scanning your own negatives!

FRONTIER

 

YES it is happening! We are bringing a Frontier Scanner to the conference so you can sit in front of it and scan your very own film. One of our scanners & editors will be present to help and to guide you through the process.

We want you to see by yourself what happens during the scanning process and witness just how much does the scanning affect the outcome of the final image. This will be completely free of cost and you will be able to walk away with your images.

This is the first time we are doing something like this and we are really excited about you being part of it. We believe it’s not necessary to be super technical about film to create beautiful images, but it helps a lot when dealing with your lab if you know what is exactly going on behind the scanning process 🙂

Book your 20 min scanning session: HERE

BrancoPrata

BrancoPrata is one of the key speakers at this year edition of Photo Forum ’17. Their trajectory has grabbed the attention of both digital and analog shooters and there are plenty of good reasons for it.

They’ve been working hard since 2004 to define their own style and to understand why should anyone hire them to capture their wedding day. How to make a difference whilst making sense and expressing what you want through flowers, design and photography. It’s been a long way but it wasn’t until a year ago when they finally found the path to follow for both themselves and their brand, and if you talk with them, they’ll tell you 2016 was the best year on their career exactly because of that.

Be Distinctive, Be Unique. That is what they realized is the reason behind everything they do. Every frame, every graphic, every flower… everything they choose is intended to go in that direction and to make their clients feel this uniqueness. They will talk about a moment in time where everyone has a camera and just how can you create work that says something clear and distinctive in a world filled with images.

  • Thu. 16/3 at 16:15

 

Keynotes


2 Más En La Mesa

Este tándem de fotógrafos del norte de la península llevan un par de años reivindicando la película a nivel comercial de verdad.

Creando cada vez más bodas disparadas íntegramente en película dentro del mercado español y demostrando que si se puede vender fotografía analógica comercial en España.

  • Jue. 16/3 a las 11:15


Wesley Nulens

If you’ve been following our blog for a while you probably know who Wesley is.

He’ll talk on how 10 years behind a camera led him to realize that time is the most valuable thing he had. How he was able to get his life back through film photography and how this helped him to be a better photographer, friend and husband.

  • Fri. 17/3 at 13:30

*Todas las keynotes son gratuitas ya que se encuentran dentro del recinto comercial, solo hay que registrarse aquí

*All the keynotes are free entry since they are on the comercial area, you will only need to register here

 

¡Nos vemos allí!
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[ WORKSHOP EN VALENCIA ] 2ª EDICIÓN CLAVES PARA DISPARAR EN ANALÓGICO

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¡Estamos super contentos de anunciar la segunda edición del workshop de fotografía analógica de Carmencita en Valencia!

Queremos acercar la fotografía analógica a todo aquel que tenga curiosidad y quiera descubrir más dejando de lado la cámara digital y sin morir en el intento. La idea es seguir compartiendo todo lo que vamos aprendiendo año tras año con los fotógrafos de nuestra ciudad y de todo el mundo.

Por ese mismo motivo hemos decidido poner este conocimiento sobre papel y en forma de taller intensivo de un día, más fácil imposible. Queremos transmitir todas las bases sobre la fotografía analógica tal y como se está disparando hoy en día a nivel comercial en Europa y EUA. ¿Tiene sentido seguir poniendo carretes en nuestras cámaras?, ¿Qué es lo que hace que desde 2007 las ventas de carretes suban cada año? Queremos ser un libro abierto y explicar al detalle todas las claves para disparar en película =)

 

LeicaM6 KodakTMax100 CarmencitaFilmLab KirstinMckeephoto by Kirstin McKee

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Rolleicord KodakPortra400 CarmencitaFilmLab PabloGarceraphoto by Pablo Garcerá

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EL PLAN

Explicaremos al detalle qué hacer, qué no hacer, cómo exponer, las opciones de película que existen y las características de cada una de ellas, entre otras cosas. Y como sabemos que del dicho al hecho hay un trecho, tendremos una parte teórica y una parte práctica. Al final de la jornada volveremos al laboratorio y podremos ver el resultado de lo disparado por la tarde.

También aprovecharemos para enseñarte las entrañas del laboratorio y todo lo que les sucede exactamente a tus carretes desde que entran por nuestra puerta hasta que llegan a tu buzón.

Aquí tenéis el programa con más detalle:

  • Película y cámaras
    • Formatos
    • Tipos de cámaras
    • Tipos de carretes
    • Latitud de la película
    • El forzado de película
  • Exposición
    • Cómo exponer para película en color
    • Cómo exponer para película en B&W
    • El porqué de sobreexponer
  • Trabajar con un laboratorio
    • Qué pedirle a un laboratorio
    • Comunicación
    • Hasta dónde es importante un buen revelado
    • Diferencias entre escáners

 

Contax645 KodakPortra400 CarmencitaFilmLab MarionHeurteboustphoto by Marion Heurteboust
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DETALLES

Fecha: 1 de Abril de 2017

Horario: 10 – 13:45 y 15- 20

Precio: 100€ (IVA incl.)

Reserva: Aquí

Lugar: Carmencita Film Lab

*Con el precio de la asistencia va incluido un revelado y escaneado L gratis

Una vez hecha la reserva os enviaremos toda la información respecto horarios concretos, material que llevar, etc…

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CÓMO APUNTARSE

A través del siguiente enlace accederás a nuestro apartado de tienda donde puedes comprar tu plaza. Hay plazas limitadas así que no lo dudes demasiado 😉

Aquí

¿Tienes alguna duda? Estaremos encantados de responderte en:

meets@carmencitafilmlab.com

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¡HASTA PRONTO!

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FIND in a BOX: The complete guide

  – “The only silly question is the one not asked.”

To properly start talking about what’s FIND in a BOX we should probably begin with a big fat “Alooooooooha!”. This Hawaiian value of love and family and sharing is really what’s at the essence of the Film Is Not Dead movement. But the idea that strikes me the most about FIND was the excerpt above. I’ve heard it every time at the beginning of each of the seven FIND Workshops I’ve attended.  Without fail, I’d see it in the other photographers’ faces: a slight smile and the expression that “this guy is for real”.

Perhaps we do not mention this enough, but at Carmencita we have a deep relationship with FIND and theFINDlab. One of our co-founders received a scholarship to FIND Maui back in 2011 and then spent 3 months the following year in the US working at the FIND lab and helping in several other workshops across the States.

All that experience lead us to realize how quiet the film scene in Europe was back then (hello 2012) and sparked the desire to open a full service pro-film lab like there was in the other side of the Atlantic. With that idea and a scanner, Carmencita was born. For us, theFINDlab is the closest thing we’ll have to a sister lab =) 

 

At Carmencita, we stand for helping all those photographers who want to shoot film; regardless of location or circumstance. These were also some of the main motives behind the FIND workshops and we believe that continued learning and the sharing of knowledge it is the only way to keep film alive and kicking. But all good things come to an end and after 8 years and 50+ workshops, FIND as a workshop came to an end. We were fortunate enough to be a part of the last two FIND workshops in Berlin and Madrid and Carmencita was able to collaborate with Jonathan Canlas. It was an amazing experience and we see today, about a year later, how many of the photographers in attendance then are happy, full-time film shooters today. That’s the best reward we could have asked for.

That being said it, to be honest it was a bittersweet moment; bitter  because FIND was coming to an end, but sweet because it we could bring FIND to Europe. But then we realized that when a door closes, another one opens… and boy it did open big time.

Film Is Not Dead. In a BOX.

It was a huge relief when Jon told us what he had in mind for FIND, as a husband and a father of 6 kids we completely understood when he told us family comes first but he also told us “I’m gonna make the FIND experience available to everybody with a computer”, and he did just that with the FIND in a BOX.

 

All the knowledge gathered, polished and perfected during the last 8 years, improved with shared experiences and feedback from many of the attendees makes FIND in a BOX the complete guide; a bible, of sort, for the modern film photographer, professional and hobbyist alike.

For Jon and for Carmencita, film is, and always has been, a tool to help photographers find their own voice. Less is more, and when it comes to photography, anything that makes you focus on the subject and having only a viewfinder to see how your image looks makes you think twice and harder about where are your pointing your camera. You slow down a bit and are more aware of the whole experience.

We believe that the value of a photographer exists behind a camera and not behind a computer =)

Curious?
You can watch one of the videos completely for free and judge for yourself!

Cheat Sheets Samples

Cheat Sheet Leica vs Bessa and Portra160

 

The Community

Without a doubt, one of the best things that comes with FIND in a BOX is the online community. Every photographer that owns a FIND in a BOX guide has guaranteed access to the FIND in a BOX private Facebook group. This group is dedicated to keep process of learning alive once you’ve read it all, the idea is to challenge photographers out of their comfort zones and share the experiences so everyone can learn from them.

This is a very diverse and active community of photographers just like you and us, who are passionate about film paired with a constant desire to learn. There are weekly challenges proposed by Jon and also reviews of your work, pricing, blogging, you name it! There is already more than 300+ photographers participating monthly and it keeps growing, it honestly is a well of knowledge and experience where everybody can come to drink and benefit.

Also, for those curious about different combos of cameras & film, there are hundreds of examples and comments of photographers trying different gear with different lighting situations and film. The group is very focused on developing yourself as a photographer and shooting personal work but also a helpful place to ask when in doubt in a professional level.

How to get it

What you’ll get:

  • 15 explanatory videos
  • Metering, reflected and incident
  • Description of all film stocks available
  • Film Basics from 101 till complicated tips
  • Film Camera reviews and side by side comparisons
  • Access to the FIND in a Box Facebook Group
  • Posing & Storytelling
  • Useful cheat sheets
  • Troubleshooting

Using the code CARMENCITA to will get a discount of -700$ from the original price, that’s like having 40 rolls free of cost and with the developing & scanning already paid! This offer is only for a limited time so don’t miss out!  =)

If you have any questions drop us a line at carmencita@carmencitafilmlab.com!

The man behind it

For those who don’t know the man behind it all this hoopla; his name is Jonathan Canlas, a film photographer since day one, fifteen years ago until today. I feel I can easily say that he is probably one of the photographers that did more for film to come to life nowadays, not only with the Film Is Not Dead workshops but also spreading his knowledge online, making more and more people fall in love with photography while loading the backs of their cameras with silver-coated gelatin. From answering questions, to providing free PDF’s to start out, talk about gear, doing film test, etc…

To have a picture of his trajectory, he’s been the only photographer to be sponsored by both Fujifilm and Kodak, why the switch you may ask? Several reasons but the fact the Fuji keeps pulling out from the film scene is one of it, the discontinuation of 400H in 220 was the tipping point for Jon.

That among a deep knowledge of the network of the film scene in the USA, a never ending journey for learning and pushing the film limits combined with his not especially quiet personality, made him one of the most influential commercial film photographers around the world.

So when it comes to learning, you should choose good teachers and we can say with confidence that if there is something Jon knows, it’s film (oh he is pretty good with food too btw).

A magnific tool

  – “Hard work, sacrifice & discipline”

“Is the FIND in a BOX for me?” Well, definitely it is an investment but worth every penny. The amount of knowledge gathered inside it’s worth several workshops, countless ours and years of experience that would require you spending money on gear, messing film rolls, workshops, frustrating Saturdays and more… Yes all of that is part of every photographer but think if you could skip all those painful steps and focus more and developing your own photographical voice, investing more time in creating images that are meaningful to you and other that love your work.

As a lab we believe feedback is one of the key jobs for anyone that is working on your film in order to help you progress and learn about your craft, and we are always open when it comes to provide tips and advice. But FIND in a BOX is like having all that knowledge in your hands, ready when you need it 24/7 plus the a handful of photographers with a supporting attitude online building a magnific community.

Our sincere advise is that if you can afford it, take advantage while it lasts. You’ll find everything you need when it comes to shooting film and also develop your photography a step further. If you are starting, the basic and technical knowledge is priceless; if you’ve been shooting already for a while, the FIND community will help you push forward your photography and vision.

We’ve already got ours and it was wonderful to see and discover stuff that we didn’t know or ignored about certain film, cameras or even blogging and social media. We are all photographers at the lab and we can ensure your that every single one of us learned far more than a couple things from it and this only makes us be better professionals and better at understanding film and helping you create the images you dream.

Still got questions? Email us!
carmencita@carmencitafilmlab.com


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