Get Featured: Click hereHi there, my name is Haley Vahlstrom and I'm from a small town in Northern California called Gilroy. I've always been interested in taking pictures but didn't get involved in photography until I started college about two years ago. I started by using my friend's Canon DSLRs and my love for shooting spiraled from there. Film has also been an interest of mine since starting but I hadn't started using it until a little while ago due to the sort of pressure of perfection that surrounds it, but I'm glad to say I'm happy I took the dive and ventured into this side of photography. I'm almost finished with my last quarter of college and hope to do something in the field of fashion styling, graphic, design, and photography.
The thing that attracts me to photographing with film the most is honestly the aesthetic quality of it. The experience is a huge part as well as it can be a rush just clicking the shutter not knowing what the image you just captured will turn out as, but I just absolutely love the look of film and how much character it gives each picture.
I've gravitated to using either disposable cameras or my Canon T70. For film my first roll was on Kodak T-max 400 and I've just started up a roll of Portra 400 I'm pretty stoked about.
This first picture I'm submitting is from a couple weeks ago back in Hollywood when my friend and I were on our way back from Amoeba. It was such a beautiful sunset I knew I had to whip out my disposable Kodak. The other pictures were from my T-max 400 roll. It was my first roll of film ever (besides a previous disposable camera) and I was going around to different locations up north to use it up.
This video is a conversation between photographer Glen E. Friedman and Guy Piccioto of Fugazi, at an event celebrating the newly released second edition of Friedman's book of Fugazi photographs, "Keep Your Eyes Open."
You can buy the 2nd edition of "Keep Your eyes Open" here:
Growing up, I became a huge fan of the band Fugazi. Being "Ian Mackaye's band AFTER Minor Threat," I knew I had to check them out. I dutifully bought each record one by one, as funds allowed. Back then, in the mid-90s I was buying vinyl, for a couple of reasons. The first: it was cool! I can't say I was an audiophile because I had the crappiest old turntable I could afford that I bought used at a record store along with the cheapest little speakers. The second reason: it was a time when CDs ruled the world as the choice medium of music delivery technology, and vinyl was CHEAPER!
The best punk and hardcore records, and pretty much anything else, could be found in the dusty vinyl bins of places like Rasputin and Tower Records for just a few bucks a pop. Rarely did I pay more than $5.00 for a record.
Fugazi even became a huge influence on my own band(s) that I would form with my friends.
And then there were the photographs. Guy Picciotto doing impossible-looking flips, Ian Mackaye with his Gibson SG, yelling into the microphone, all captured and frozen in time by Glen E. Friedman's lens and sharp eye.
In 2007, Friedman released "Keep Your Eyes Open," a collection of photographs he made of Fugazi from the beginning of the band, all through to their last show on US soil, with so many shots of on-stage performances and off-stage, in-between moments of the band's life.
The book had since gone out of print. But, in July of 2019, under a new publisher, it was newly re-released with new photos and a new interview with Ian Mackaye. Upon the books new release, Friedman and Picciotto participated in an interview at Rough Trade Brooklyn, which is presented in the video above. To say that the interview is special to me is an understatement...but to make things a little more special, Friedman is wearing a ShootFilmCo shirt! My head may have exploded a little.
I am from a small town in California named Gilroy. I am currently a full time college student at San Jose State working as a tutor to keep my love for film photography/film in general in my life. I don’t have a certain style of photography but I love doing a mixture of both street and portrait style work. I am currently documenting everything I do in my life and working on a series for it. I am also trying to make a Zine/magazine by the end of 2019.
I think the look of film just gives off that more authentic look that digital couldn’t produce even after the many edits. My friend got me into after seeing his light leak photos and admiring the imperfections of film. You really never know what you’re going to get out of a picture so it makes you really focus and stay attentive to each picture you take. The process as well talking to my film developer each time I get a roll in, he gives me advice on how to handle each work.
I tend to attract to simple work. Pictures that are simple and clean with some sort of fashion mixed in is what I tend to gravitate towards.
The three pictures I am submitting are a mixture of portraits to show the imperfections of film. These are just shots I took of friends in my city. These pictures were done in close up with a fast ISO speed. Since I like fashion work/editorials I like implicating a sense of fashion in mine. As well as keeping it simple and clean. Those are my two main points whenever I shoot film.
I work in office and have master degree in law but my true passion is film photography. I started as a video production family business but switched to photography after few years of work in business. Now I mainly provide photo services in Lithuania and Italy, I work for several wedding planners and create my own art projects that I shoot mainly on film. Recently I started the concert photography on film in order to learn to use film in harder conditions. I also write film review articles since 2017 so one of my ideas was to write several articles for film photographers about shooting film in concerts or during the night. I also have my blog and on every shoot I use vlogging as a part of my services. I publish my articles in Lithuanian and English and I am glad that they receive quite positive feedback in film community.
Since the move to photography I fell in love with the film colours and it was 2 years ago when I realised that it was film that dictated such colour pallets that I adored. My first attempts were very bad due to unprofessional lab that I used. So at first I stopped for a while but later I picked up my film camera again and this time I sent my film to a pro lab in Germany. Since then I could not stop shooting film.
I use both 35mm and medium format cameras at the moment. I shoot Mamiya AFD 645 with 80m F1.9 and various Canon AF cameras (currently 300v and 500n). I tried manual focus (Olympus) but I made too many mistakes with the manual focus (I wear glasses and contact lens) that I decided that the gear in hands is not that important as long as it does the job for me allowing me rather focus on composition and idea. I shoot various film, my most liked are Portra 400/800, Fuji 400h and Lomography 400/800.
I would like to submit the newest work from my concert photography on film project. Adding the shots that I liked the most. They may not reflect the whole beauty if film during the concerts that I shot but I found them quite interesting and unique.