Update on the Thai Analog Film Project May 30, 2019:
[A project to document life in rural Thailand on film for future generations]
This was a good week for the film project. I found a lab in Bangkok able to produce good looking small film scans, excellent in fact. I highly recommend them. The store is simply called “Husband and Wife Shop” They sell film, books and supplies, as well as offering film scans in several sizes with developing. https://husbandandwifeshop.com/ This is a major step forward, as showing the public and potential sponsors, viewable results is important. The above slideshow is Kodak Ektar 100, shot at box speed. Including color in the project was something that took considerable thought. I am aware that color is not as archival as black and white, the differences being decades vs centuries, which is a substantial difference. One factor in my decision was seeing what is being done with color negatives from WWI. Viewing the color work done in the first world war is dramatic, and often gives the viewer a more real feeling as to what is happening. I feel this may be important is some respects for my project. Colors of the clothing and structures give a realistic view of rural life in 2019. So, the bulk of my work will be made using black and white film, but some color will be added for perspective.
In the above slide show, Siri, a Thai woman, is preparing and arranging food offerings for her Spirit house, a monthly event, coinciding with the lunar cycles.
The black and white Kodak T-Max 100 images above were made at a temple where 3 brothers I have been documenting were short term Thai Buddhist Monks. My project. “Five Monks of Pakpli” can be seen here: http://www.leecraker.com/wp/five-monks-of-pakpli
So, I’m pleased with where the project is going. Very shortly it will be rice planting time which has always produced some strong images, as it is all hand done. I’m looking forward to including some film in my documentary workflow throughout the rice planting and harvest seasons this year.
I want to take a moment to thank those who are supporting this project with equipment, donations and/or well wishes, and also thank my local community here in rural Thailand. your support means a lot.
If you wish to support this project with a donation click the button below, if you wish to donate film or equipment (which is much needed) please use the contact form om the blog to send me a message. Thank you.