Nick Pegg

Word and Imagery Artist from Canada.

Category: Film Photography

This Past Summer

This past summer I built a darkroom in my basement apartment. Guess I’ve come a long way since the first post on this blog.

This past week, a series of prints that I developed in that darkroom are now for sale at a local art shop called Iris Arts¬†in Cambridge Ontario. Guess, I’ve really come a long way since the first post on this blog.

It takes about 3 minutes total to see the image on the paper, once you get the enlarger in focus in the darkroom. About 2 seconds once you press the shutter button on your iphone.

The 3 minutes time statement is a lie actually. I took these images 3 years ago, on a old Bronica ETRSI medium format camera that I traded a bunch of thrifted Polaroid camera’s for at Burlington Camera.

So I guess, these photo’s took 3 years to appear on paper.

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Speaking of thrift shops. I was at one about 2 years ago and stumble across a box loaded with darkroom equipment. Up until that moment in my life I had never even seen darkroom equipment in real life before. Literally everything except the chemicals and a dark light sealed room was in that box. For $40 (which I actually didn’t have at the time) was all they were asking for about (if sourced all individually) $1000 + worth of gear.¬† So smacked that $40 dollar charge on to my credit card and brought it home, cleaned it all up, and stored it in my dads basement for about 2 years.

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One day early 2018 I was taking a pee in a small unfinished bathroom. It had a small window, bunch of two by fours and running water. I thought, after flushing the toilet of course, I could block out that window and make this into a darkroom.

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So this summer, I decided to follow through with that, I pulled out the 1000 archived negatives from the past 5 years and decided to find something to print and hang on my wall.

I’m really glad I did that.

More to come soon.

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Blue.

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Maybe we are all disappearing into where we think we ot’ to go.

Sad.

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It almost seems to sad to emit any light at all. But every night, when it’s to dark to see, it shines the brightest.

And so can you.

Never Quick, Nor Easy.

Easy Divorce.

This photo would fit well into a project aimed around the ideas of “commitment” or a series on “North American Living”. ironically of course.

This was a sign outside what seemed to be a small, walk in, walk out law office in the lower east side of Manhattan.

Walking around with my Nikon AF600 (a small point a shoot 35mm camera) while waiting to play a concert at a small venue, I spotted the sign. Having no idea how to photograph it though. I walked up and took a picture of it for my own personal memory, knowing the composition would hold no value. Later, however, after developing the roll, I noticed that I accidentally captured a bus with a American Flag on the side. This, I think, adds some sort of value to the image. Leading one to impose an idea of a downfall in North American culture as to the idea that divorce as become a way of life and a cultural norm. I think that it speaks to the area of commitment and instant gratification all at the same time.

I think it’s a neat picture.

Shot on some expired Blacks 200iso film that I found at a thrift shop. the best thing about this film is that it has the processing included. Free developing. Go team!

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Walking a Dog in NYC.

NYC Pug

I feel like owning a dog in NYC would suck. It would have to live in your small over priced apartment. It would bark and make your neighbors mad. Dog hair. Dog smell. Dog poop. You would have to walk it down narrow busy streets full of tourists and pissed of cab drivers. Then when it decides to take a crap on the side walk, you have to grab the little bag a pick up its crap while 300 people eating pizza and wearing “I heart new york” t shirts watch and shame you as if dogs aren’t supposed to poop.

And then not to mention some long haired Canadian guy will decide to take a picture of your dog as your’e walking it down the side walk in hopes that it will do it’s business so you can go back to your apartment, throw on Netflix and stress about how you’re going to make your next rent payment.

Life yahknow?

anyways.

I’m less afraid to point my camera at animals than I am to point it at people. This dog still didn’t seem to impressed.

This is on some small numeric street in west Manhattan last week.

Nikon AF600 F3.5

A Lake.

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Yashica FX-D Arista Black&White

After dropping this camera down a mountain, I’ve started wrestling with light leaks. Some may say that Light leaks are creative and artsy, but not when you are trying to take a non-lightleaked photo..Duhh.

This was one of the few on the roll that was not affected. Haven’t really figured out why yet.

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Look Left.

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Those Hamilton one ways.

Arista 400 35mm Black and White

Two Fails (Day 25)

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Well day 25 has come and gone. It’s now the 29th as I write this. – I can give you excuses as to why i havent posted for 6 days, but Instead I will just give you this.

The above photo is my Yashica FX-D SLR. I Love this camera. It was my first found and hunted second hand shop Film camera when I was first trying to get into film shooting. – I’ve learned so much on this camera about shooting film. different film speed and light metering. the F16 rule shoot slow Black and White traditional films- using flash with film.

Next to it is a roll of Kodak Portra 400. It’s a professional fine grade film if you don’t know. You can’t get it in Canada anymore so I order 5 rolls from NewYork City.

While doing this month of Photo blogging I was also doing a Month of one roll of film. This particular roll in the photo to be exact. I’ve been really pushing myself to try and capture colour especially this fall as the leaves change on the tree’s. So, with this camera and film with 36exposures I set out Oct 1rst to capture 36 images for another 31 days of blogs in Novemeber from this roll. To explain my journey, findings, and lessons learned while shooting colour and fall on film.

Last sunday, I went on a walk with my gf to a punch bowl water fall in Hamilton Ontario. I really wanted to climb down to the river that led away from the waterfall and photograph the intense amounts of orange that lay in touched below. – it had rained the night before – As I scouted for the easiest way down, as there was no cleared safe trail. I found a spot that I was confident I could climb down. I try my best to convince Sarah that she was also capable of this descent.

As we started, we quickly realized that fear had overtaken us. That in fact the steep cliffs walls were holding much more moisture than I expected, and it was basically a mud slide. – I turned and was convinced by Sarah to turn and go back up.

I was wearing a HashtagHope Hoodie with the front kangaroo pocket. I wrapped up my SLR and buried it into that front pocket, because I did not want it to hit off the rocks of the cliff.

Just as I turned to reach out for Sarah’s hand, I felt the most particulate feeling. The kind of intrigue and confusion. The kind that quickly turns to realization and then into regret.

My camera, the one I love so much, has fallen out of my pocket and it wasn’t until it was tumbling down hitting what seemed to be every rock and tree on the way down, did I believe it to actually be happening.

dangit.

I guess straps are worth their value.

I ended up risking the descent to try and recover the camera. Only to find out just how dangerous it actually was.

I located the camera and my only desire was that the back of the body be closed, preserving the months work of film. – I knew by this point the lens would be toast due to amount of rocks I watched it make friends with on the way down.

To my sadness, The back had popped open. To my surprise, the lens was not in a million…little….pieces…

Risking my life to climb back up a mountain without ropes with my camera in pieces scattered in different pockets.

I’m alive to write this, so I guess I made it.

Camera still works, all shutter speeds seem normal. A few dents on the corners and the back takes a bit more to close. Will have to check for light leaks. The Lens seem to be okay. The only real loss was the film.

— I’ve been discouraged because of all my hard work that went into the 23 or so exposures that were on the roll already. – I haven’t even touched my other film camera’s since. been using the 40mm on the 60D (Digital)

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Rain (Day 17)

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I’ve posted this photo before but I love it so much.

Canon canonet QL19 + Walmart Parking lot + Thunderstorm.

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A Picture Of Things That Take Pictures. (Day 10)

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Here are my most used cameras.

In the middle is my DSLR a canon 60D – on it is the 40 mm canon 2.8 pancake lens.

On the right is a 1971 45mm 1.9 Canon QL19 (it shoots film)

On the left is a Yashica FX-d Quartz. SLR with a 2.0 50mm – (it also shoots film)

In the middle is what is called …. Film.

Featuring the Japan Camera Hunter dot com film case.

What’s in your bag?

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