Film photography has been a bit of a rabbit hole for me. I’ve always been into photography among many other visual and artistic endeavours. I have a background in graphic design and visual arts, but for some reason I didn’t consider myself much of a photographer until I got back to 35mm film photography in 2016. I had some initial experience in analog photography as a teenager, around the late 90’s and early 2000’s just before the world went digital. Digital photography didn’t do it for me though, and I experienced a great disconnect with photography during those years. It never felt real so to speak.
I do shoot both film and digital, but none the less, film is the only true medium for me. I certainly think about it more and it seems to teach me more about photography and it’s fundamentals. That is the reason I started writing this blog too. Since I’m thinking about film photography so much, I want to print out my thoughts, as an open learning journal. I also want be part of the film community and help spreading the word about this awesome medium.
Approach and influences
I like straight photography and in-camera techniques. I use Photoshop in my daily work as a graphic designer more than enough and want to leave that out of my photography as much as I can. I try to avoid editing and even cropping. Black and white images look beautiful as they are and I usually add just a hint of contrast or adjust the tones slightly.
My favourite genre is street photography, inspired by the usual big names of classic photo journalism, such as Cartier-Bresson, Doisneau and Alfred Eisenstaedt — even though, I don’t have a favourite photographer as such. I’m just a fan of photography and art in general. I also enjoy very much the work and teachings of John Free. In addition to street photography, I very much enjoy anything nature related, as I am an avid outdoor enthusiast, which is probably less obvious judging from my photo gallery. But occasionally you can find me from a long arctic hike from Lapland with my camera. I’m originally from Helsinki, Finland, where I like to shoot most of my street photos. Nowadays I live in a rural area in Sipoo near Helsinki, which have given me a different view of the urban environment.
— Pekka Keskinen