Film Friday in Yuhuan China with Ilford Pan 400
by Lee Webb
Hi, Steve and Brandon.
Thanks for keeping this wonderful photography resource running all these years and hopefully many more to come too.
My name’s Lee and I like to shoot street photography.
I mostly do so with vintage lenses on a digital body, although more recently I’ve been doing some film shooting too. This began when I picked up two film cameras from a charity shop in the UK. It only cost me for the pair of them.
One of these cameras – a Canon Sure Shot AF-7 – then ended up with me in the small Chinese coastal city of Yuhuan, in Zhejiang province.
Loaded with a roll of Ilford Pan 400, I set about documenting the place as I saw it. The images here are a few of my favorites from the trip. Being new to shooting monochrome film, this was one of my first experiences trying to find scenes that I thought would work well in black and white while viewing them myself in color.
This meant a lot of shapes, silhouettes, and shadows. I also tried to capture scenes of the (re)development that’s going on across the city. Coupled with the grainy film, I think the subject matter makes the place seem kind of desolate, which is unfortunate!
I must say that Yuhuan, on the whole, is nicer than these images might suggest. 🙂 That said, I am pleased with how they turned out as photographic works, and I hope your readers enjoy looking at them too.
Perhaps, in keeping with the theme of this series, they’ll provide some inspiration to pick up a film camera too. Especially when they can be found so cheaply in charity shops.
These photographs are part of a wider set I published in a photo essay of my Yuhuan trip, which can be found here: http://www.myfavouritelens.com/yuhuan-film-photography-essay/
To see more of my photography, both with film and with vintage lenses, my Instagram is here: www.instagram.com/myfavouritelee/
Thank you, Steve and Brandon.
Keep up the great work.