UK Film Lab Spotlight | Alex Bonney

It’s been a while since we turned on our UK Film Lab Spotlight, but it’s now on again and it’s beaming straight down on to photographer Alex Bonney. Alex is one talented man; not only is he a skilled photographer but he’s a musician too, and so we guess this isn’t the first time he’s been under a spotlight! We were looking through Alex’s back catalogue of orders that he’s sent to us and there was such diversity that it made it difficult to choose. So with that in mind we tried to choose a range of photographs that reflect the places he’s been and things he’s done. As always we’re kicking things off with a Q&A:

Why do you take photographs?

I have a diverse career as a musician, sound engineer and photographer in constantly changing proportions. I love photography as a quiet retreat from the noise of everyday life (and sometimes even a break from music is welcome!). I think I’m fascinated by light as much as sound and love to capture both. Wandering around an unfamiliar landscape with a film camera is pretty much bliss to me.

Why do you shoot film?

Firstly I think it’s important to say I’m (like I imagine are a lot of your clients), a hybrid photographer and digital is very useful to me too. However, my heart lies with film and pretty much all of my (and my favourite photographers’) personal work that I really feel attached to from years gone by was shot on film. Photography for me is largely about capturing the beauty of light and film simply looks more beautiful to me. In a world where I feel subtlety is being slowly erased I am increasing drawn to it. Digital shoots these days are starting to feel like slightly slowed down video capture now memory cards are virtually unlimited: music has taught me a lot about economy of notes and the importance of silence and I somehow feel comfortable with a morning’s walk and 10 shots to take on a roll in a 6×7 camera. Sometimes if I’m up a mountain I might really push the boat out and shoot 20 or even 30 images! As a result it’s unusual not to feel some kind of emotional connection when I press the shutter on a film camera. Plus, getting to know how a real film stock responds is more exciting to me than any digital filter.

Why do you use UK Film Lab?

After some years of being frustrated with my home scans (and very mixed experiences with other labs) I was so happy to find a UK lab giving such consistently great results and with excellent service and helpful feedback. I finally have confidence in that stage of my workflow. I’m almost ashamed to say shooting film feels like less work than digital to me now! It’s obvious to me UK Film Lab love what they do and are artists that care about their clients’ work. They run a business helping to keep film photography alive and well into the second decade of the 21st century, and I want to support that. Plus the ‘your scans are ready’ emails are like Christmas day as a kid!

Do you have any tips for your fellow film photographers?

Although I’ve had some happy accidents with misty underexposed shots in the past, I wish I’d realised the benefits of overexposure on film years ago. The exposure feature you did was a real eye opener for me and several photographer friends. All film shooters should check out that great bit of research! Other than that, just please keep shooting film so as a community we can keep enjoying it!

Before we move on to a selection of Alex’s photographs, here are a selection of links where you can check out Alex’s range of photographic and musical talents!

Alex on Flickr  Alex on Tumblr Alex’s music site

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UK Film Lab University

Following a significant number of requests, we are soon going to be launching a brand new and extremely exciting avenue for UK Film Lab!

UK Film Lab University (or UKFL-U) will be delivering learning events beginning in 2015, based in our new purpose-built learning space. You already know us for our unrelenting approach to quality film processing and we’re now taking that same approach and keeping everything in-house for UKFL-U.

In a world overrun with photography workshops and conferences UKFL-U will provide REAL learning on a personal level. At our events you’ll create beautiful photographs but what you’ll leave with – which is even more valuable – are the skills and knowledge to successfully shoot film yourself or further develop your existing skills.

To register your interest and be kept informed of announcements when they happen, simply send an email to university@ukfilmlab.com with the word ‘Subscribe’ in the subject field.

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UKFL Image of the Day – August Round-Up!

One of our favourite times of the month – sharing all of the amazing UKFL Images of the Day that our talented clients have created!  We have many more amazing images that we have the pleasure of working on every single day, and only wish we had time to share more…We try to select photographs with a variety of subjects (though this month we seem to have been slightly sidetracked by redheads!), film stocks and cameras, and we also like to use the opportunity to share a little of our own photography with you as well. But one of the key aims is to showcase the stunning versatility and downright beauty of film, and to demonstrate how talented photographers are using it every single day for both personal and professional work – film is well and truly alive and kicking!

A couple of the images here have had slight skin retouches or been straightened by the client, but other than that, these are the images exactly as we sent them out to our clients following our scanning and editing process.  We pride ourselves on working closely with our clients and delivering unbeatably beautiful scans.  So without further ado, please enjoy and share this gorgeous work…

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Ricardo Aguiar Mamiya AFDii/Kodak Ektar:

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Egle Laukyte Mamiya AF/Kodak Ektar:

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Jared Macias / Into the Light Mamiya 645AFD/Kodak Tri-x 400:

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Oswald Malachowski Contax 645/ Fuji 400H:

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Hanke Arkenbout Mamiya 645/ Kodak Portra 800:

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Dmitry Serostanov Pentax 645 / Kodak Portra 160:

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Christian Ward Contax 645/Fuji 400H:

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Jane Haglund Pentax 67 / Kodak Portra 400:

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George McConville Hasselblad 500C / Kodak Portra 400:

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Oxana Kohler Pentax 67 / Kodak Portra 400NC:

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Jenny Owens Mamiya 645 pro / Kodak Portra 400:

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Britt Spring Canon 1V/Kodak BWCN:

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Christian Ward Pentax 67ii / Fuji 400H:

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Tereza Lee Mamiya 645 / Fuji 400H:

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Christian Ward / Pentax 67ii / Kodak Ektar:

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Carolien Joubert Canon EOS3 / Fuji 400H:

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James Lester Rolleiflex 3.5F/ Fuji 400H:

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Chloe Browne / Caught the Light Contax 645/ Fuji 400H:

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Ryan Brothwell Olympus OM10 / Kodak Portra 160:

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Oswald Malachowski Contax 645/ Kodak Portra 400

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UK Film Lab | A Truly International Lab

Although we’re called ‘UK Film Lab’, we are actually a truly international lab. In the past 2 days alone, we have delivered work for clients who live in the following countries: Italy, Australia, France, Malaysia, Germany, England, Scotland, Ireland, Northern Ireland, Denmark, Holland and Sweden.

We love having such a varied client base! Thanks to everyone near and far for putting their trust in us. 

And because we can’t have a post without a picture, here’s one of Christian’s shots on Kodak Ektar, taken with a Pentax 67ii.

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UKFL Image of the Day – July Round-Up!

Our new Image of the Day feature has been incredibly popular.  Our idea was to showcase the talent of our clients, to help spread the word far and wide about the versatility and beauty of film, and to share more of the work we do here at UK Film Lab.  Our Image of the Day is shared via our Facebook business page, Twitter feed and Instagram, and we also thought it would be great to do a monthly round-up here on our Blog.  We are incredibly fortunate to have such a multitude of talented clients who are happy to allow us to share their wonderful work.  Thank you so much!

Alex Hahn:

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Davy Priestley (L) / Jay Emme (R):

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Davy Priestley (L) / Siegrid Cain (R):

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Me! (Erica Ward) (L) / Lucy Birkhead (R):

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Carolien Joubert:

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Debs Ivelja:

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Jenny Blad:

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Molly Matcham:

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Scott Johnson:

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Helen Cawte:

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