5 Years of Photoblogging

I started Film Photography for the 21st Century in 2014.  I’m not entirely sure what my intention was.  But you may have noticed that my subject matter and frequency of posting waiver fairly wildly.  I know this isn’t what’s recommended to be a successful blogger but hey, I just appreciate your readership as I continue to sort out what it is I’m doing here!  And maybe you can chime in and let me know what you’d like to see more of.

Anyway, in looking at my stats, it’s very clear that the film photography community prefers my camera reviews than my attempts at journalism, but I’m not giving up yet!

My Ode to the Humble Nikon FM2n

One of my first blogs, My Ode to the Humble Nikon FM2n still gets a majority of my traffic.  And 5 years later, my FM2n bodes are still regular shooters.  These will certainly be lifelong use cameras, so long as they hold up!  And I believe that they will.

In a similar vain is another of my favourite blogs, Defending the Nikon FM10.  I still see this blog cited, by others, not just myself (!) in discussions of the FM10 and Cosina legacy cameras.  I think that this is a body that will remain a center of controversy and therefore people will keep finding use in articles about it.

Behold, the Konica III

Behold, the Konica III has been backlinked to in other Konica blogs several times.  I read over it now and am very happy with the photographs and the enthusiasm with which I wrote it.  I haven’t been so excited about a camera since.  Thanks to FilmosaurMike Eckman and Jim Grey for the support!

I’ll also never forget when MiNT Camera reposted my review of their TL70 and the CEO personally emailed me to thank me for my feedback!

The blogs that were most important to me though, were the ones where I played journalist.  They don’t seem to pull the traffic that camera reviews do, but these projects are what my photography aspires towards.

In 2016 I broke a national news story with the help of Buzzfeed, regarding a transgender teen being removed from a Ted Cruz rally in my blog, A Turbulent Cruz in Frederick.  My coverage of the story also sparked another blogger to accuse me of conspiracy!

Hillary in Harrisburg

Next, I covered a Hillary Clinton rally, hopeful of her election as U.S. President.  Well, we all know how that turned out!

EPSON scanner image
Rockin’ Out with Kodak TMAX P3200

In March, Kodak sent me some of their newly rebooted P3200 film and I photographed a local band with it.  Rockin’ Out with Kodak TMAX P3200 was picked up and republished by Petapixel.  I took a lot of shit in the comments section, as often happens to film shooters on that site, but I’m most grateful for photogs like Steve Bleistein who, in his Emulsive article, cited my work as inspiration to use this awesome film!

And I feel like I helped some 120 shooters by interviewing a Kodak representative about their new backing paper.  This blog was picked up by Film Photography Project.

It was an honor to interview movie and television photographer William Gray this year.  WOW, I can’t believe Natalie Portman is part of my blog now!  And I have some more interviews with other influencer film shooters coming soon.

Interview with Production Photographer, William Gray

I hope I’ve managed to keep your attention and I’ll try to keep providing useful, inspiring and fun content for the us 21st Century Film Photographers.

Thanks so much for reading!  And let me know if there’s anything, or anyone, you’d like me to feature!

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14 thoughts on “5 Years of Photoblogging

  1. Congratulations on five years of blogging. And I really like that you’re not sure what your intention was (is?). Spontaneity and reacting to the moment are preferable to rigorously planned and focused blogs – that’s my excuse anyway.

    I suppose gear posts will always be the most popular. My blog used to be hosted on Medium and they still send me the stats for it which show that my review of my Minolta XD is far and away the most read post. They also show that more people read that post in a week than read my current blog in a week!

    And just so you know your ode to the FM2n was one of the reviews of that camera I read before deciding to buy my own FM2n. So the review post ultimately led to a ‘photographic’ outcome!

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    1. Olli, thank you for the insightful comment. This is my hope too, that the more basic gear reviews can pave some way for more serious writing and muscle-flexing of the continued viability of film to record events. I’ll be sure to check out your blog too!


  2. Congratulations on your blogging fifth! I’ve picked up quite a bit reading here and even from your helpful comments on various forums, etc. I did pick up a FM2n after reading your review and had it tuned up, its like new now! I recently bought an FM10 on a whim remembering your positive review, and I love it! It’s a lot nicer than I expected. I was actually just out with it in the snow, at that price one don’t worry about taking a camera out in less than ideal conditions. Here’s to many more years of interesting blog posts!

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