Meet Banyong Ngamwilai (E-morephoto), a Thai photographer who has passionate about analogue photography and loves developing black&white film by himself. In this article, he would like to share a photo series he shot with our latest Black and White Kino film, the Fantôme Kino B&W ISO 8. Please enjoy!
Did you have any previous experience shooting with slow film? What was the lowest ISO you’ve tried in the past?
I used to take photos by Agfa sound st8d ISO12 films which give high contrast as well.
Tell us a bit about the photos you’ve taken with our film.
I had the concept before l was asked to test the Fantôme Kino B&W ISO 8 film. Since the beginning of this year, we have faced PM 2.5 and COVID-19 so I wanted to take portraits that represent fear and protection concepts by wearing a mask. Therefore, there’s an image in my head and I wanted to try with some low-speed ISO film to create movement in blur photos that represent fear of invisible things. I sketched the photos in my notebook, I also noted that I would like to take double exposure photos since this is the style I love. But for the actual day of shooting, I was very pressured and had to stay focused on which images to take, because there were limited exposures in the test roll. So there’re lots of mistakes hahaha, It’s still not good as I imagine.
Did you have your roll of film developed in a lab or did you develop it yourself? If so, could you tell us a brief explanation of your development process (ie: which developer you used, type of agitation, how long...etc)?
Yes, I develop it by myself because I want to know the process of this film with my regular used developer and I have a bit mistake hahaha. I develop with Kodak Tmax (1:4) / 7.30 min / 20 c/stop / fix 5 min. After I scanned all of the photos, I realized that I should develop at 5.30 min. Unfortunately, there was only one roll of the film for testing hahaha.
What could you say about the results? What are your thoughts about the Fantôme Kino B&W ISO 8 film's “look”?
Actually, If I develop in the right process, It will be an interesting film that gives high good contrast. So I think you can bring this advantage to create your own works.
Lastly what kind of photography would you recommend our new black and white film for?
I think It depends on your creativity. We just use the characters from this film to create some portrait, street, and landscape photos.