Thomas Revington

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Thomas Revington (b. 1989)
Johannesburg

What kinds of things do you most enjoy photographing?

Everything and anything that interests me, catches my eye or makes me feel a certain way. It could be sad, funny, sentimental or just odd.

Describe your photographic style.

I am first and foremost a D.O.P. (Director of Photography), so I look for a balance of story with aesthetic. I generally shoot pretty loose to favour the moment over the technical aspects. Of course I aim to achieve both, but story comes first.

Photography is a lot about the journey. How has it influenced your personal life
and the way in which you view the world (around you)?

I think it teaches you to live in the moment and appreciate life around you. When walking around with a camera in hand I’m always looking at the world like a photograph, which makes you notice things that you normally would not. Apart from that it’s a passion, and I want to be as good as I can so I spend as much time looking through a lens as possible.

Photography is also about capturing a moment in time. What is your approach to a
shot, and your approach to a new body of work?

One of my favorite things to do is explore a new city or place alone with a camera. I shoot loose and rough. I think that sometimes people get too wrapped up in the technical and can’t see the wood for the trees.

Is photography your professional career? Or do you work in another field?

I am a cinematographer by trade.

What gear do you shoot with? Specifically camera arsenal and film stock.

I have a range and love collecting old cameras. There is something sentimental about giving new life to old things and the fact that these things are made to last forever – nothing is made like that nowadays. I have a Mamiya 67, Olympus OM1, Pentax Ashai 1000, and a bunch of others. My favourite camera that goes with me everywhere is a Nikon L35 AD. It’s a little point and shoot 35mm from the 80’s. That with Ilford HP5 400 or Portra 400. But I generally like to stick with black and white so I can print in the darkroom.

Growth is important for any artistic craft. How do you stay motivated and
enthusiastic about your work?

Sho, I don’t know. Make the most of when inspiration hits and trust it will come around again. I generally don’t force it, maybe I’m lazy.

What are your influences? Please list other photographers you look up to or
things that generally inspire your image-making process.

I love local. Fausto Becatti, Jono Wood, Elsa Bleda, Mooki Mooks, Ross Maxwell, Wilhelm Venter, Yetunde Dada, Deji Dada.  We’re all in the same spaces but look at things so differently. Internationally, I love the work of my cinematic heroes like Roger Deakins and Emmanuel Lubezki.

What else do you enjoy? (Hobbies, etc – Any other creative exploits or interests?)

I play in a band. *eyerolls*

Any tips for aspiring film photographers?

Shoot, shoot, shoot. Also don’t listen to Instagram likes; listen to yourself.

What lies on the horizon (any plans for series, exhibitions, travels etc)?
And what do you hope to achieve in the future?

Not much. I just enjoy what I’m doing for now. I love the dark room so maybe more prints in the future. Also possibly a platform where I sell my work for charity.

Do you have a specific series or body of work that sums up your portfolio best?

No, I’m erratic AF.

Website: http://www.tjrevington.com/
Instagram: @tommyrocket89

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All photos by Thomas Revington

DEAD TOWN™ | Film-only Photographic Showcase ©2017-2018.

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Our Exhibition & Zine Launch at Kalashnikovv Gallery

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On the 25th of January 2018 we launched the very first DEAD TOWN publication, along with an exhibition of featured work, at the Kalashnikovv Gallery in Johannesburg.

The zine includes images from 39 South African photographers, with 26 participating in the gallery show. The work is up for the week, and zines and prints are still available.

Below are some images of what went down:
Photos by Chris Preyser 

Join us for a walkabout and hang-out at at the gallery this Saturday, 3 February (the last day to view before it comes down). We will be making a trip to Cape Town soon, so look out for more details in the near future.

If you would like to contribute film photographs to our platform then please send them via email (deadtownphotoclub@gmail.com). We always welcome submissions and are dead keen to create more projects relating to analogue photography.

#DeadTownZine

DEAD TOWN Zine and Exhibition opens tonight!

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The day has finally arrived and we are super excited to share our debut publication with you. The limited edition zine features 39 photographers over 92 pages, with 2 series (by Matt Kay and Gabriella Achadinha).

DEAD TOWN Zine Preview:

Order you copy via email and look out for a show in Cape Town later in the year. Thanks for all the support thus far.

Check out the making of video below:

The launch opens at 6.30pm, 25 January 2018, at Kalashnikovv Gallery, JHB.

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Select prints from the zine available for purchase. 26 photographers on display.

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More info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1544918178928683/

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DEAD TOWN Exhibition & Fanzine Launch

Super excited to introduce the DEAD TOWN fanzine; a full-blown publication with an amazing collection of film photographs.

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Digital mock-up of DEAD TOWN fanzine. Cover image by Matt Kay.

Please join us at the launch and exhibition:
Thursday 25 January – Saturday 3 February, 2018
Wreck Room at Kalashnikovv Gallery, 153 Smit Str, Braamfontein, Johannesburg
(free entrance – and please use the service road)
https://www.facebook.com/events/1544918178928683/

The zine and group show will feature various work by South African photographers using analogue film. Copies of the zine and select prints will be on sale. The launch will also include live music from The Bad Ass Execs and The Moths.

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If you would like to pre-order your copy then please get in touch via email (deadtownphotoclub@gmail.com) to arrange EFT and postage. We are going to be shipping worldwide, and will also be looking at getting copies into your favourite photography and zine stores.

Zine specs
Size A5, 92 pages, 150gsm silk, 300gsm matt laminated cover, thread sewn
Black & white and colour images, with 39 South African photographers
Two featured series by Matt Kay and Gabriella Achadinha
Limited edition, stamped and hand-numbered

Katya Abedian | Gabriella Achadinha | Mike Bell | Christiaan Beyers
Frans Borman | Paris Brummer | Pieter Coetzee | Yetunde Dada
Luke Daniel | Meghan Daniels | Lee-David de Haas | Gideon de Kock
Saaiqa Ebrahim | Michael Ellis | Tao Farren-Hefer | Daniel Futerman
Andrew Gregory | Eduan Groenewald | Kleinjan Groenewald | David Peter Harris
Stan Kaplan | Matt Kay | Gray Kotze | Duran Levinson | Angus MacKinnon
Jack Daniel Mason | Kevin Murning | Shalom Mushwana | Jabu Nadia Newman
Albert Retief | Thomas Revington | Cameron Richards | Cat Rudolph
Willy Sheepskin | Anton Scholtz | Cecilia M. Scholtz | Aidan Tobias
Willem van den Heever | Cale Waddacor

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Sample spreads with work from Gabriella Achadinha, Shalom Mushwana, Angus MacKinnon, Matt Kay, Jack Daniel Mason and Christiaan Beyers.

Press and media may download the full Press Pack: please follow this link.

About DEAD TOWN:
Founded by Cale Waddacor in January 2017, the DEAD TOWN platform has published over 50 South African photographers in one calendar year, with in-depth interviews posted online, as well as a feature video with Andile Buka.
The showcase focuses on the South African film niche in order to expand the medium as a means of classic documentation, while also highlighting the excellent stream of local photographers who continue to explore the format.
In the future, Waddacor hopes to continue his passion for documenting the arts by releasing more self-published fanzines and annuals, and later photo books and monographs.

The exhibition causes for celebration.
#FilmIsAlive

Michael Ellis

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Michael Ellis (b. 1990, Springbok, Northern Cape)
Cape Town

What kinds of things do you most enjoy photographing?

I shoot a wide array of subjects. On film I enjoy shooting portraits, landscape and scenes I come across. On digital I enjoy shooting motorcycles and cars.

Describe your photographic style.

Attention to detail with a splash of absent mindedness.

Photography is a lot about the journey. How has it influenced your personal life
and the way in which you view the world (around you)?

Photography has played a major role in my life. It has put me on an exciting journey and taken me to crazy places. I’ve met some of my closest friends because we all share the same passion. I’m always amazed how much one can discuss this topic.

A big thing it has taught me is to be more observant of what’s happening around me and be patient. This has helped in photography and in my business life as well.

Photography is also about capturing a moment in time. What is your approach to a
shot, and your approach to a new body of work?

Sometimes I have a particular image in mind and I’ll go out and create it. Other times you keep wandering around until you spot something.

Is photography your professional career? Or do you work in another field?

Photography and creating videos is my full time profession.

What gear do you shoot with? Specifically camera arsenal and film stock.

Camera wise I have five main bodies I alternate between. For 35mm, a Nikon F3, Pentax K1000 and Contax G1. For medium format I use a Mamiya 645M Super and a Mamiya 7.

Film wise, I shoot a lot of Agfa Vista 200 35mm and Fuji PRO400H 120mm and Kodak Portra 160 120mm.

Growth is important for any artistic craft. How do you stay motivated and
enthusiastic about your work?

To be honest, I’m still figuring this one out.

What are your influences? Please list other photographers you look up to or
things that generally inspire your image-making process.

My list of photographers is forever changing. Right now it would be the following:

Janne Savon – his images are so simple and clean yet it makes you think about so many things at once.
Tyrone Bradley – for starters his images from the Blunt Magazine days were all over my room growing up. He get’s to shoot some crazy projects and his style/aesthetic remains consistent regardless of what he’s shooting.
Rupert Walker – his mountain biking films are incredible. A big inspiration to keep producing better content.
Frederic Schlosser – the guy shoots cars, and he does a phenomenal job at it.
Daniel McCabe – an incredibly hard working guy who goes places and shoots things most people are too afraid to.

What else do you enjoy? (Hobbies, etc – Any other creative exploits or interests?

I don’t have any other creative exploits besides making films. Whenever I’m not shooting I’m either riding my dirt bike or running.

Any tips for aspiring film photographers?

Always keep shooting and shoot for yourself.

What lies on the horizon (any plans for series, exhibitions, travels etc)? And what do you hope to achieve in the future?

Cape Film Supply, a business I started with a good friend has been going for a year now and things look good. We have big dream and goals and most of our free time gets put into that.

I’m hoping to launch two zines soon. Hopefully I’ll get my arse into gear and start with my list of photo projects I would like to finish before I die too. I really wish our days were 48 hours long, 24 just isn’t enough time to get stuff done.

Website: http://www.michaelellis.co.za/
Instagram: @michaelmichaelellis

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All photos by Michael Ellis

DEAD TOWN™ | Film-only Photographic Showcase ©2017.

Tatenda Chidora

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Tatenda Chidora (b. 1988, Gweru)
Pretoria

What kinds of things do you most enjoy photographing?

I enjoy photographing people, architecture, landscapes — and documenting everyday stories.

Describe your photographic style.

I really love black and white photography. I try keeping my images simple and less complex. I would confidently refer my work to be mostly approached from a documentary point of view. Embracing the beauty around me through everyday stories is what inspires me.

Photography is a lot about the journey. How has it influenced your personal life
and the way in which you view the world (around you)?

That’s absolutely right, it is a journey and photography has influenced my life rapidly because photography is everywhere. Beauty surrounds us everyday and there is a frame somewhere — you might not see it but there is something that you can capture. Photography has engraved my mind to be able to look at light, see textures, see shadows and create from the surrounding subjects everyday.

Photography is also about capturing a moment in time. What is your approach to a
shot, and your approach to a new body of work?

I look for a subject and have an idea in mind. At times (when shooting on film) you have to think a lot because you don’t have many frames to shoot and can’t just ‘select the best one’ like with digital. There is always a need to think about the frame and conceptualise.

When I approach a new body of work, I think of what I would want to photograph and how. If its portraiture, I think light, background and my subject. From there I create a line that will bring a story out.

Is photography your professional career? Or do you work in another field?

It is my professional career.

What gear do you shoot with? Specifically camera arsenal and film stock.

I shoot with a Minolta X300 and a 45mm lens. Ilford HP5, and I have also been using expired Kodak Film and Ilford Delta 100. When I am treating myself, I shoot on a Hasselblad 500C.

Growth is important for any artistic craft. How do you stay motivated and
Enthusiastic about your work?

One thing that keeps me going in my personal life is the realisation that I have the ability to create. Every time I lift up my camera, I have the ability to create something different. It’s not easy to keep going, but if you have a love for something (even when you hit the ceiling) you keep pursuing the heartbeat. I am constantly working with people that are really creative. I am always rubbing off people that are always working. This drive inspires me to keep going.

What are your influences? Please list other photographers you look up to or
things that generally inspire your image-making process.

Everyday portraits drive the general inspiration for my image making process. By “Everyday Portraits”, I refer to the things that surround us everyday and how light just falls on different subjects. The juxtaposing of the world we live in is my daily heartbeat of inspiration. I adore work by photographers such as Sebastio Selgado, Kristen-Lee Moolman, Trayvs Owen, Ross Garrett and Andile Buka (just to mention a few).

What else do you enjoy? (Hobbies, etc – Any other creative exploits or interests?)

What else do I enjoy? I love coffee. I still believe that one day I will own a coffee plantation. I am a roadrunner, I enjoy running — that’s my zone out district; I push myself to ultra marathon. So if I’m not behind a camera, I’m on my feet on some road, somewhere.

Any tips for aspiring film photographers?

Film is beautiful. It will teach you patience and a critical way of thinking. Embrace it because you only see the image in the viewfinder and there is no playback until the film is developed.

What lies on the horizon (any plans for series, exhibitions, travels etc)? And what do you hope to achieve in the future?

I was thinking the other day that I have slowly forgotten what was my first love. I have decided to go back to the drawing board and maybe do a series of subjects I love. I have a few group exhibitions coming up and have recently been challenged to do a few collaborations with some artists.

Instagram: @tatendachidora

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All photos by Tatenda Chidora

DEAD TOWN™ | Film-only Photographic Showcase ©2017.

Pieter Coetzee

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Pieter Coetzee (b. 1987, Johannesburg)
Jozi-based — after selling my soul to the devil and falling in love with the beast.

What kinds of things do you most enjoy photographing?

People. Portraits.

I enjoy showing someone a portrait of themselves and them liking what they see. Especially the timid, insecure, or self-loathing: Society isn’t a very compassionate space for the individual and we’re generally too hard on ourselves.

Everyone has something beautiful about them. Everyone has a story to tell. Everyone is hurt and lonely and fucked in their own unique way. I just want to capture some of that uniqueness.

Take a moment to pause and acknowledge the other: “You’re beautiful and I see that. I see you.” And at the same time, I feel a connection with someone. I get to escape my own loneliness for a moment — even if it’s only for 1/125th of a second.

That’s how I see it. It’s what the romantic in me would like to believe. He’s infamously delirious.

Describe your photographic style.

Impulsive? Opportunistic? I don’t think if I’ve really developed a definitive style yet.

I rarely plan what I shoot: I carry my camera everywhere and take pictures of the things I see. Things I find beautiful.

Photography is a lot about the journey. How has it influenced your personal life
and the way in which you view the world (around you)?

I would like to think it has made me more mindful.

The thing I love about film is how slow the process is. Life is too fast for my liking. Film photography helps me to slow down and appreciate the smaller things in life. Feed me a couple of beers and I’ll start ranting about the ‘underratedness’ of shapes and colours.

Photography is also about capturing a moment in time. What is your approach to a
shot, and your approach to a new body of work?

Carry your camera everywhere you possibly can? Shoot for yourself? Not sure you can call it much of an approach: Either you have your camera on you and catch the moment, or you don’t and you miss it. And you can only shoot what you enjoy, what you find beautiful… you can’t force an eye, so don’t try to be something else in the pursuit of pleasing others’ validation.

Is photography your professional career? Or do you work in another field?

Nope. It’s therapy. Part of what keeps me in balance.

What gear do you shoot with? Specifically camera arsenal and film stock.

Pentax Spotmatic SPII is where it started, and I’ve shot most frames on some version of that camera: SP1000, K1000, SP, F, etc.

The film I’ve used most is probably Kodak Gold 200: Cheap, unassuming, and I like the saturation. Go-to everyday shooter. My favourite to date is Ektar 100. For that special day out. The grain and saturation is unbeatable in my opinion. Also, did I mention I love colours?

Growth is important for any artistic craft. How do you stay motivated and
enthusiastic about your work?

God, there’s so much to learn. I haven’t shot much medium format, so that’s up next. As well as shooting some ideas regarding photo stories/essays. And learning more about different printing techniques.

What are your influences? Please list other photographers you look up to or
things that generally inspire your image-making process.

I think the local scene is quite inspirational. So many exceptional photographers making the format their own. I’m glad we’re not just copying the big international names. We’re forging our own style/presence. I’m very optimistic about what the future is going to produce.

Guys worth mentioning are Mark Reitz and Michael Ellis. Two friends whose pictures were some of the first work that really made an impact on me and inspired me to shoot more film.

Also, Janus Boshoff and Dennis Da Silva at Alternative Print Workshop, for sharing their knowledge on film photography, printing, using old techniques, etc. They play an active role in keeping the local film scene alive.

What else do you enjoy? (Hobbies, etc – Any other creative exploits or interests?)

I used to enjoy avo toast, but who can afford that AND film these days.

Just kidding, I have too many hobbies and interests to mention here: I won’t want to put everyone to sleep!

Any tips for aspiring film photographers?

Buy a solid cheap camera: there are so many to choose from. Buy the cheapest film you can find. Get off your ass and start shooting.

Learn the Sunny-16 rule. Mechanics > Electronics. Most importantly, do it for yourself.

What lies on the horizon (any plans for series, exhibitions, travels etc)? And what do you hope to achieve in the future?

Be sure to catch the Joburg B&W Group Exhibition at In Toto Gallery (opening Thursday 30 November 2017) which will be showcasing work by local shooters focusing on the love we share for this city.

Also, I’m looking for a fellow artist to share a studio/darkroom/creative space within the Joburg CBD area. Holla at me if you are interested.

Instagram: @pietskietfilm

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All photos by Pieter Coetzee a.k.a. Piet Skiet

DEAD TOWN™ | Film-only Photographic Showcase ©2017.