Matt Day: First Impressions with the Potsdam Kino Film


Whenever Ohio-based photographer Matt Day reviews photography gear, the film community will listen and take his word. Therefore, we are always extra excited, when he runs Lomography film through his camera. Luckily, the new Potsdam Kino 100 120 Film was exactly what Matt was hoping for. And apparently even made it his new go-to for 100ISO Black and White Film.

Matt Day with the B&W Potsdam Kino 120 ISO 100 Film

Welcome to the Lomography Magazine, Matt! We're pretty sure everyone who reads our magazine, knows you, but still: Could you introduce yourself real quick and tell us a little bit about your work?

Thank you for having me! My name is Matt Day, I’m a photographer from Chillicothe, Ohio, and I try to share my passion for photography through my YouTube channel and Instagram. If I had to sum up what I like to shoot, it’s honestly just documenting whatever I come across. I go for specific subjects from time to time, but most of all, it’s just whatever is in front of me. Family, hometown, everyday life.

Thank you for testing the Potsdam Kino Film and reviewing it on your channel. The photos came out great. What did you shoot it with and how was shooting a roll you don't know what to expect of?

I shot that roll of Potsdam with my Pentax 67. I’ll be honest, I don’t like changing up my film stocks that often, but I’m trying to work on that this year! So I was actually excited to try something completely different.

What was your first impression when you saw the results?

The film has more contrast than I’m used to in my typical black and white film.

Anything that particularly surprised you about the film?

I was pleasantly surprised by how much information was in the shadows with this film. I had heard it had some really rich contrast, and it does, but the detail doesn’t suffer at all. That surprised me.

Matt Day with the B&W Potsdam Kino 120 ISO 100 Film

You also shot our B&W Berlin Kino 400 35mm Film of our cine line. Do you have a preference between the two? If so, why?

I think I prefer the Potsdam of the two, simply because I don’t already have a go-to 100-speed black and white film. I really enjoyed that film, especially for portraits. And with portraits, I like the slower speed. Finer grain and I can control my depth of field a bit easier this way.

What do you want to see happening in the film photography world in the next 5 years?

The film world has really seen a lot of growth in the last 5 years and I’m always trying to push that. In the next 5 years, I’d really like to see that continue to push higher and higher. More film stocks being revived and even new film stocks being developed. Like I said, I like to stick to the same film stocks I’m used to, but if it means more companies are working on them, I’ll shoot them and put the money into it!

Thank you so much for your time and for sharing your photos with us. Any last words you want to say to the Lomography community?

Lomography has been very good to me over the last few years with support to my YouTube channel and I couldn’t be more thankful for that. Anybody pushing film forward is doing the right thing in my book. So keep it up!

Matt Day with the B&W Potsdam Kino 120 ISO 100 Film

Make sure to swing by Matt's YouTube Channel and follow him on Instagram

written by birgitbuchart on 2019-06-19 #gear #people

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