Matt Mangham's ‘Analog’ Series Features Film Photographer Anastasia Petukhova

In the third instillation of filmmaker Matt Mangham's Vimeo series “Analog” the viewer sits down with photographer Anastasia Petukhova for an intimate and candid conversation about her favorite photographic medium: film.

Petukhova started her film journey two years ago and proudly states that she learns something new about the medium every day. As a fairly young photographer she never had the opportunity to shoot film growing up, something I can identify with. “It’s something that my generation wasn’t born with, it’s new to us,” said Petukhova.

Echoing what many film/digital hybrid photographers feel, Petukhova uses film as a sort of escape, a relaxing exercise to escape the deadlines, the precision, and the sterility of digital work.

It’s my personal pleasure, some people go shopping — I go shooting film. It’s my way to relax, it’s my way to slow down.

Below is some of Petukhova's film (and digital) work from her Instagram:

I miss LA and these views.

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Without a doubt, if you haven't seen the other two videos in the series check them out below. They're all equally beautiful and are excellent looks into the lives, processes, and art of other film photographers.

To keep up with Petukhova be sure to check out her website, Instagram, or Facebook.

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Really nicely produced series- love the tones, love the feel
Really curious how film has now turned into this novelty
FYI- might wanna move the slide the incident dome over when using the meter in reflective mode

Austin Rogers's picture

Yeah, I noticed that too. Hopefully she wasn't actually metering — otherwise it'll be a shade too dark. :)

Mike Last's picture

Great video series, a lot like - miss those videos. I thought the patches and lapel pins were pretty cool, direct link to the full collection -

I enjoyed watching the videos. I started out shooting film as a teenager using my parent's Polaroid Land Camera and I got my own Polaroid camera. In 1980, I bought my first SLR, a Canon A-1; I still use that camera. Why? Because the camera still works and film is still available; although my options for developing have shifted to out of state since the "wet labs" have moved to "dry labs" where the negatives are destroyed in the process.

I was shooting at an air show. I put in a new roll of 36 exposure film prior to the start of the US Air Force Thunderbirds. During their performance, I had to reload; fortunately, it was during a lull in their performance. During that day, my film budget was six rolls of film; which I used.

I enjoy trying different films: Kodak, Ilford, and Fuji are generally the ones I use. I'm trying Adox Silvermax for their 14-stop range. Kodak Ektar 100 is great for outdoors; Kodak Portra 400 is a great general purpose film. I did a shoot out comparison of Kodak TMAX 3200 and Ilford Delta 3200 at a baseball game; I prefer Kodak, but TMAX 3200 is discontinued (I have a few rolls in my freezer! Gamma rays be damned!)

In 2013, I added a F-1N to share lenses and later a 5D III. In researching DLSR models to buy, I ran into "Analysis Paralysis" in deciding which camera to buy. Now, it's an "arms race" with Canon and Nikon trying to out-megapixel and out-feature each other. Sure, I prefer full-frame since that's what 35mm film is, but it's more expensive. The 5D III is comparable to my A-1 and F-1N in fps with their respective motor drives.

I will continue to shoot film along with digital as long as film is still available and my film cameras work. With two film cameras, one is loaded with color and the other is loaded with B&W.