Welcome to the Frugal Film Project!
In January 2019 a group of photographers joined together to start the collective you see here on this site. None of us knew one another and we span the globe. The goal of the project was to use a camera that cost less the fifty dollars (including shipping if there was any) and the cheapest locally sourced film we could find. Once we begun some of us found that film was unavailable to us locally, and some of us found the locally sourced film was not frugal! If that happened then ordering online was allowed.
We committed to using the camera and same film stock for one year. Twelve rolls of cheap film in a cheap camera were the only rules. Choice of subject matter was up to the photographer, but it did need to be family friendly.
So who were the photographer who joined up?
Dustin Cogsdell a 31 year old Draft Beer Technician located just outside of Atlanta, Georgia, USA. He is also a co-host of the Grainy Dayz Podcast.
Matt Melcher is a film photography enthusiast from Norwalk, Iowa, USA (in all it’s suburban glory, but can still see cornfields and wildlife from his house.) Matt shoots many different cameras, films, and expecially loves expired and odd film stocks as well as alternative processes of developing film. “I’m a humble office worker, happily married to Mrs. Melcher for over 26 years.” Also Matt runs the Box Of Cameras Podcast – the Drunk Uncle of all film photography podcasts.
Graham Binns This is my first year using film, I bought my first film camera (Canon Ae1 program) in the Spring of 2018. I enjoyed shooting with film so much I soon bought a Bronica ETRSI from a good friend, the Bronica goes everywhere with me and I am enjoying learning more about film each month. I also develop and scan at home. I specialise in landscape photography and I’m aiming to capture the same beautiful landscapes with this old 1936 Zeiss Ikon camera. Graham is located in Yorkshire, England.
William Lehamn “My friends call me Bill.” He is a 48 year old maintenance technician for a 501c3 that provides affordable housing in Elkhart, Indiana, USA where he lives and works. Bill has been shooting film his entire life, though he didn’t really start using photography as a way to express himself until a few years ago.
Brian Havican Professionally, I work in a Forensics Unit in SE Wisconsin-think CSI without all the glitz and fancy cars and clothes. I am 47 years old, and have been interested in photography most of my life. My earliest memories are of my family parties, holidays and having friends over; my dad had a small pocket Kodak 110 with pop flash cubes and a Polaroid Instamatic out so someone could grab it and shoot photos.
Monette Cruz is a night shift nurse in Los Angeles, California, USA. She is using a Nikon EM with a Nikon series E 50mm f/1.8 lens that she found online for$30 (including shipping.)
Jason Konopinski I’m a copywriter by trade and work for a small boutique advertising agency here in York, PA, USA called GRIT Marketing Group. I’m also a yoga and meditation teacher at House of Yoga, a donated-based studio (also in York, PA). My analogue photography journey began just over two years ago with a Canon AE-1 Program. I’d categorize myself mostly as a street/documentary-style photographer, but I also enjoy 4×5 urban and “conventional” landscape photography.
Sherry Christensen I first picked up a film camera in 2016, a bit of a latecomer to the craft. She is a 51 year old grandmother who lives on a farm just outside of Irma, Alberta, Canada. She is also the host of Embrace The Grain Photography Podcast.
Nelson Mullis started learning photography a few years ago using vintage lenses on a mirrorless camera, a great way to learn how exposure works. Collecting various lenses from thrift stores and eBay, I occasionally picked up a film camera with a lens I wanted. One camera was so nice and elegant that I wondered if it worked. I put a couple rolls through a Minolta XD5, sent them to the Darkroom, and was pleasantly surprised. Soon after I learned developing film is fun, interesting, not that difficult, and inexpensive. He is located in Warner Robins, Georgia, USA.
Marius-Andrei Voicu, he’s a 32 year old automotive engineer from Bucharest, Romania (EU). For this awesome project he has chosen a Canon AT-1 camera, with a 50mm f/1.4.
Rolando Bravo I am 31 years old living in Oklahoma. In 2015 I received an used DSLR for my Birthday, my very first camera ever. I took my camera everywhere and took pictures of everything and everyone. After having my camera stolen I picked up a film camera, that is when I realized that it was probably the best medium to preserve my pictures in negatives and prints.
Matt Murray I’m a travel, portrait and stock photographer based in Brisbane, Australia. I started shooting film in 1994 with a Pentax Zoom 90 WR, before moving on to photographing Australia, Asia and the UK with a Canon EOS camera and colour transparency film. I bought my first digital camera in 1999, but kept coming back to film. Matt is also the host of the Matt Loves Cameras Podcast.
Sam Warner I’m 48 years old and live near Dayton Ohio. In 2017 I decided to devote most of my photographic time to shooting film. By this time, I had amassed approximately 150 cameras, and had this crazy idea that I wanted to try to shoot as many of them as possible.
Matt Jones I was born in to the film era in 1970 in Melbourne Australia. I had always been interested in art and painting took over from photography for me from my late teens until 2011 when I put down the brush and got back in to photography via a mirrorless camera. I bought a Lubitel from the Ukraine as a “prop” just something I thought looked interesting for people to hold in my digital shots. A few years later in 2016 I decided to see if film was still available for that Lubitel and haven’t looked back since. Matt is currently residing in Thailand.
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