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My interview with photographer and author Johnny Joo

A great interview from “Rust Belt Girl”. Film photography, writing, and spooky stuff all rolled into one artist’s work? Count me in!

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I’m so thrilled to present this interview with Johnny Joo, a fellow Northeast Ohio native, whose photography* I’ve featured at the blog before. But this time, we get the stories behind the lens…

Johnny Joo is an internationally accredited artist, most notably recognized for his photography of abandoned architecture and surrealistic digital compositions. Growing up sandwiched between the urban cityscape of Cleveland and boundless fields of rural Northeast Ohio provided Johnny with a front row ticket to a specialized cycle of abandonment, destruction, and nature’s reclamation of countless structures. Since he started, his art has expanded, including the publication of four books, music, spoken word poetry, art installations, and videography.

Johnny, how did you first get into photography–and abandonment photography in particular?

I was an art student in high school, and photography was another art class I could take, so I took it to fill space with as much…

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Summer Fun on Cape Cod 2019

Here’s a selection of photos from my summer vacation back in August.

These were taken in Cape Cod, Massachusetts in Hyannis and on Mayflower Beach.

I used my Pentax KM along with some FujiFilm C200 and a “new” el-cheapo Vivitar 50:1.8 lens.

As a bonus, you also get “lamp in sky” which is my very first accidental double exposure using film. I had to fix my shutter and this happy accident (as Bob Ross would say) occurred. I think it looks pretty cool, and it’s the kind of thing that can only happy organically on film. I’m also keen on the odd chemical aberration that happened from the pic riding across the Bourne bridge.

Also of note: when your subject is seagulls, Wheat Thins are an effective form of payment to encourage them on the shoot.

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How Many Lenses Should You Own?

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I recently purchased a Vivitar 50mm 1.8 prime lens (K-Mount) for my Pentax KM. This brings my total # of vintage lenses up to 7, across two camera bodies.

Since each of them is a prime lens (meaning fixed and cannot zoom), I wondered what other film photographers consider the “correct” number of lenses for their kit?

For my Ftb and KM I have a 28mm wide angle, 50mm, and 135mm macro. FD and K-mount, respectively. I also have a 55mm K-mount, but it is very similar to the 50mm. I feel like this gives me a decent range and capability for various projects.

I was lucky to inherit a number of the lenses, and find good deals on others, especially since film photography can get expensive and I’m trying to stick to a firm budget.

What are your preferred lenses? Do you like the sharpness of primes, or the flexibility of zoom lenses so you don’t have to lug around as much in your bag?

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Vintage 35mm Film Cameras

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I wanted to change things up a little for my first post of 2019.

I recently acquired two different 35mm cameras and wanted to talk about them here, since I plan to periodically post film photography stuff on the blog mixed in with the regular writing and book-related content.

The first is a Pentax KM (~1975) and the other is a Canon FTb (~1971).

Here’s a photo of them taken with a modern digital camera, ironically.

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Read more details about these cameras after the jump.

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