About Attempts at 35mm

About the blog

Attempts at 35mm is a blog that revolves around 35mm film photography. Usual topics are street photography, gear reviews and theory. Initially the website started out as a personal online learning journal of the author, Pekka Keskinen (yeah, that’s me — hi!) but as time went by, the blog has started to shape into a general analog photography resource.


Please bear in mind that attemptsat35mm.com is not an encyclopedia or a bible. Photography is my hobby and this is an independent, personal website. Every article is an opinion based writing, not always to be taken too seriously.

It’s also worth mentioning that I produce content without any financial bias which means I’m not pressured to write articles that aims to sell or please marketers. I do not have any kickback affiliations because I don’t like blogs that are merely containers for ad banners. I don’t track my visitors (basic Google Analytics only) or use cookies. Enjoy your read!


As mentioned, my name is Pekka Keskinen. I live in Finland. 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. I shot film circa 1997—2002, just before the world went digital. I experienced a great disconnect with photography with digital cameras, but in May 30th 2016 I stumbled upon my old cameras and hand made darkroom prints. It was like being reunited with an old friend. I’ve been shooting film ever since.

Approach and influences

I find straight photography and in-camera techniques compelling. I use enough Photoshop in my daily work as a graphic designer and want to leave that out of my photography as much as I can. 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 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. 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.

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Email: pekka@pekkakeskinen.com

Your pal,
— Pekka Keskinen